Tennis pros, much like Supreme Court justices, strut around courts, serve to the best of their abilities, and celebrate favorable decisions by posing for pictures with Anna Kournikova. Up your game to high-court status with today's Groupon: for $23, you get a one-hour private tennis lesson at Midlothian Athletic Club (a $47 value).
The renovated courts at Midlothian Athletic Club pair Sam Cohen and other tennis pros with protégés of all skill levels for personalized courtside conditioning. On one of 11 netted tennis turfs garnishing the grounds, experts monitor players as they polish their forehands, backhands, and ruby-adorned rackets. Put your swing under the microscope during a stroke analysis and figure out how playing against a human differs from playing against a mannequin with strategic psychological coaching. Weakness identification and custom competitive training from one of three pros prepares players for hard-fought matches with opponents and avenging nemeses with visceral volleys.
Midlothian Athletic Club
Since 1988, Midlothian Athletic Club has dedicated its 70,000 square feet to myriad forms of achieving healthy living. Whether members want to hone tennis and racquetball skills, break a sweat in group exercise classes such as spinning and BodyPump, or relax in a sauna, they can do it at the MAC. The staff troll a stock of cardio and strength-training equipment, including FreeMotion Elite weight machines, Life Fitness treadmills and ellipticals, and Precor machines, ready to dole out technique pointers. At the indoor pool, swimmers can get a workout on the lap lanes, slip down water slides, or pretend to be toddlers in the kiddie pool. The club also has six indoor lanes, where instructors lead water-aerobics classes that are gentler on joints than moon aerobics.
To help guests recover after a hard workout, the Midlothian Athletic Club hosts many means of relaxation. The massage therapists calibrate their fingers to several styles of kneading, including deep-tissue, Swedish, and myofascial release massage. At the MAC Cafe, chefs sear turkey burgers, bake lime-chili parmesan fries, and blend protein shakes to order for nutritious refueling.