Solars Sports Clubs has fitness fanatics of all stripes covered, offering amenities that range from the parquet of the basketball court and the hardened evergreen of the tennis courts to rows of weight machines and the whirr of the smoothie bar. Group classes whip participants into shape, whether it's heart-pumping belly dancing or spin classes that encourage cyclists to workout without having to share the road with reckless turtles. Solaris also offers kids classes and summer camps, getting little ones off the couch and into action while honing their sports skills.
Half the personal trainers at Sport & Wellness left lucrative careers in other fields to become fitness professionals. The other half jumped right into the world of fitness, accumulating multiple certifications. Regardless of background, the trainers share a common love for athletic pursuits. At Sport & Wellness, they work with equally passionate tennis pros, group-exercise instructors, and climbing experts to help clients become healthier. The professionals oversee five DecoTurf hard tennis courts, a 1,000-square-foot climbing wall, a fitness center, and group-exercise studios. They lend assistance when requested and stay mum when it's not, just like robot butlers. At the on-site nursery, attendants supervise kids while parents work out or socialize.
By the numbers, Westchester Table Tennis Center seems to have it all: 14,000 square feet of space, 19 tables, 100+ parking spots, and a 3.5-block walk to the Pleasantville Metro-North station. That type of convenience means kids and adults can pick up a paddle and enjoy the game with ease. The center offers a number of ways to play, from day passes to leagues and long-term memberships. Players can stop by seven days a week and the center stays open until 11 p.m. throughout the summer.
TGA of Bergen County's staffers know golf and tennis, but above all else, they know kids. The highly trained pros and education experts have teamed up to design age-specific golf and tennis programs that not only teach children the rules of the game but also instill valuable life lessons, education, and a love for physical fitness. A proud USTA National Partner, the TGA develops its methodologies and curriculum in conjunction with the USTA's youth tennis standards. As children swing clubs and rackets, the instructors stress playing fair and developing self-confidence through success, giving them positive motivation and praise after they sink a tricky putt or hit a winner on the tennis court. The classes are interspersed with academic lessons on subjects such as math, science, and history, and of course, a healthy dose of fun. Whether the prescreened and certified instructors are leading kids in a summer camp or after-school program, they provide all the clubs, rackets, balls, and robo-caddies needed.
Since 1978, Twin Oaks Swim & Tennis Club has helped members and guests take advantage of summer heat with 33 acres of tennis courts and swimming pools. Shady trees sway gently above outdoor lounge areas, and a network of paved pathways winds through the grassy lawns that connect two pools and eight Har-Tru tennis courts. Both pools utilize a heating system to maintain steady temperatures and prevent icebergs from forming in the deep end. In the Twin Oaks clubhouse, the Acorn Café offers a full selection of sandwiches, salads, and picnic fare. Members obtain access to all these facilities, along with lessons and clinics for tennis, swimming, or any hybrid variation of those two sports that may be invented in the future.
The player toes the baseline, bounces the tennis ball a few times per ritual, and then tosses it skyward for the first serve. The ball is hit a touch too firmly, and it sails past the service area for a fault. No matter, you get two faults in tennis. The second serve takes some oomph off the stroke while imparting spin, hoping to keep it safely in-bounds. Instead, the ball is lands wide of the sideline for fault number two.
It's common situations like these that certified tennis instructor Peter Ohanyan believes separate an average player from confident players whose skills are refined. Recognizing the need to combat mental obstacles and boost confidence, particularly with beginners, Peter applies all the knowledge learned from playing singles at the NCAA level, coaching a high school team, and earning degrees in psychology and physical education. He takes a positive, reinforcing approach to teaching the game, and employs a wide range of equipment—such as agility ladders, cones, and hurdles—to help his students sharpen technical skills.