Exercise is a pleasurable activity for both would-be athletes and recovering pyromaniacs desperate enough to settle for burning calories. Fuel fitness regimes with today’s Groupon: for $29, you get one month packed with athletic services at New England Athletic Club in Cromwell (up to a $134.95 total value). The package includes:
• One month of gym membership with unlimited fitness classes (up to a $34.95 value)
• A 30-minute massage from a licensed massage therapist (a $40 value)
• A personal training session (a $60 value)
• Access to the Champion Skating Rink during all public skate times (approximately 30 held each month; free with membership)
The New England Athletic Club whips members into shape with a full arsenal of personal-fitness equipment and group classes such as Pilates, Zumba, and yoga. During a 30- to 60-minute personal training session, an experienced body buff helps students to develop fitness goals and learn the proper way to juggle dumbbells.
A licensed massage therapist comforts bulging muscles in a half-hour session of expert kneading and knot untying. Little ones can play in a childcare center while their caretakers burn calories in cardio and muscle-conditioning classes, build muscle in abs and back classes, or cycle in sync during spin classes. Free access to the Champion skating rink during public skate lets members practice backward skating and provides an excuse for displaying leotard collections. Meanwhile, those seeking warmer water can submerge themselves in the New England Athletic Club's 25-yard heated pool, where amphibian instructors teach aquatic aerobics.