Lock N Surf recognizes the difficulties of being a surfer in the city, carrying boards for blocks and trying to maneuver through crowded subway trains. The Lock N Surf staff makes their lives a little easier by offering 24-hour access to a private storage facility where clients can stow their boards and gear between trips to Rockaway Beach. Using an electronic key tag that's waterproof for wearing in the ocean, clients gain entrance to Lock N Surf facilities located just two blocks from the beach's only dedicated surf spot. After carving through waves, surfers can wash off in private showers and use Lock N Surf's cleaning equipment to hose off any sand or maps to Atlantis stuck to their boards.
On each of the 18 holes at Jacob Riis Park Golf Course, players have three chances to pitch and putt their way to par. Splayed over the 26,000-acre Gateway National Park, holes are kept short—150 yards and less—so as to make accuracy the prime concern, as opposed to driver distance or leaping like Michael Jordan some 400 yards and dunking the golf ball. Since the course's establishment in 1935, this attribute as well as the wide-open format and generous bent-grass greens have made it an ideal place for beginners and rust-banishing veterans to hone short game skills.
From its surfside location in Rockaway Beach, Aloha NYC Surf School teaches students how to navigate the sea on surfboards. During private and group surfing lessons, instructors demonstrate basic warm-up techniques to get the muscles moving. Then, they show students how to balance on their boards in the water, paddle in search of a wave, and pop up to ride it back to the shore. The school also provides wetsuits, boards, and rash guards as part of every lesson.
Blinking panels glow on the rank of file of cardio machines that stand like a robot army, ready to reshape humanity. Life Clubs' vast and luxurious facilities house fitness amenities such as a full-sized Pilates room with reformer machines, as well as hygienic touches such as hands-free water fountains that only respond to screaming. Light wooden lockers line the tile walls of changing rooms, which cushion feet with soft carpeting. Directly adjacent lay steam rooms that banish toxins from bodies with waves of heat.
While adults work out on the basketball court or in a group exercise class, children keep active in a kids' area with climbable indoor playsets. Once they sweat out the bad, guests restore themselves with good smoothies at a juice bar and paninis and salads at the Life Cafe.
A team of friendly gurus runs each club. Fitness buffs of all buffness levels feel welcome in the fun and accommodating atmosphere at Washington Sports Clubs. During your two weeks, you get access to all the professional equipment, group exercise classes, locker rooms, and facility amenities offered (some group exercise classes require a reservation). Different clubs have on-site features such as pools, Pilates and yoga, babysitting services for a tag-along papoose, electricity, and more. Search for the club that suits your checklist here.
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