When people hear the phrase "water aerobics," they might envision a dull scene of swimmers lifting buoyant weights and doing the "YMCA" at sloth speed. At Progress Fitness & Aquatic Centre, however, the 25-metre pool acts as a stage for nine high-intensity classes, in which students battle water's relentless resistance. Students can slip into suspension belts to rehearse deep-water running, or groove to swing-dance tunes as they twirl against the H2O molecules. The gym embraces the entertainment afforded by variety outside of the pool as well—its group studio hosts workouts that range from cardio-kickboxing drills to Hatha yoga stretches. In the equipment area, cycles, treadmills, and rowers whir beneath mounted televisions and free weights challenge muscles at squat racks and benches.
The centre's personal trainers and veteran swim coaches
take on clients of all ages and abilities. They teach Red Cross swimming lessons for children—who progress from AquaTots to AquaQuest and, finally, AquaLawSchool—and craft custom programs for adults. An on-site massage therapist and a travel agent endorse relaxation between exercise bouts.
Omega Fit Club's amenities evoke scenes from science fiction movies. The facility is lined with Technogym cardio and strength equipment, and a futuristic Kinesis wall challenges fitness seekers with more than 250 distinct exercises centred around working against gravity's resistance.
For all its high-tech toys, however, the gym is neither cold nor robotic—its team of trainers support members as they sweat through group exercise classes and one-on-one sessions. Members can also find relaxation inside an infrared sauna or on a hydrotherapy bed, which buoys physiques on a dry membrane while water jets stamp out muscular knots.
Part of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve, the 1000 Islands rest in the shadow of mountains carved by multiple glaciers over millions of years. A diverse biological landscape, the 1864 islands are frequented by a variety of animals as they migrate between Canada and the United States. Lush forests, marshlands, and waterfront architecture help create a setting picturesque enough to prompt involuntary yodelling.
Within this ecologically bountiful area, 1000 Islands Kayaking's certified instructors lead courses that teach fundamental and advanced techniques. Their programs can focus on topics such as exercise or can be geared toward kids and fostering leadership skills. Alternatively, staff members rent out kayaks for self-guided journeys lasting up to a week, equipping adventurers with maps that show detailed routes and the homes of celebrity fish.
Guides also plot more elaborate trips, scheduling luxury camping expeditions complete with private cooks or engineering romantic getaways to Gananoque made all the more memorable by full-day guided tours. Their trips remain engaging no matter the size, luring in everyone from curious couples to business groups, wedding parties, and social clubs.
Explorer Diving's seasoned instructors––many with NAUI, TDI, SDI, and PADI certifications––submerge aspiring divers in adventuresome waters and scuba know-how during their series of fun and intensive classes. Their introductory scuba and snorkelling courses get participants' gills wet in the fundamentals of underwater inhalation and appeasing sea-monkey royalty; a slew of advanced courses torpedoes more experienced divers toward open-water, dive-master, and night-diver mastery. Explorer Diving also rents out and sells various scuba equipment and refills empty air tanks.
Life Yoga's passionate instructors share their expertise in a 1,200-square-foot studio with spacious, spa-inspired shower rooms and a practice space embellished with handmade fabric wallpaper. Students burn calories and release mental stress in small classes with helpful one-on-one attention: gentle Restorative Yoga, energizing Vinyasa Flow, and Hatha Fundamentals are just a few options. In the studio's lobby area, local businesses such as Rhubarb Paper Co. display their wares.
Membership is only valid at the location you choose. Each membership can be used toward unlimited visits and free weight-management classes with trained professionals.
Power Play Centre equips ball-hockey players with a full-size outdoor rink. With a one-hour rink rental, any number of teammates, friends, colleagues, neighbours, or barbershop quartets can run in the arena while honing their hockey skills. The open-air rink supports players of all age groups and experience levels, making the hour ideal for birthday parties and intense scrimmages alike. All hockey stars of the future must sign a waiver and furnish their own equipment and half-time puppet show.
At Tallack Martial Arts, seasoned sensei help students master Goju-Ryu, or hard-and-soft karate, as well as other martial arts, including kung fu, jiu-jitsu, kobudo, and laido. Led by eighth-degree black-belt master instructor Hanshi K.B. Tallack, the studio’s more than 20 male and female black-belt masters lead workouts imparting strength, coordination, lawn-mower-repair tips, and mobility with a focus on providing close, personal attention to each student. Cardiovascular warm-ups get blood pumping, and stretches limber ligaments before karate-movement practice and partner exercises teach discipline and ready students for dark-alley run-ins with combative cinder blocks. The studio, located in a spacious, sunny facility, provides participants with the proper uniforms, T-shirts, and belts. Check the class schedule to confirm dates and times.
At Green Door Vitamins, shoppers can peruse an array of nutritional vitamins, fitness supplements, and beauty products chosen for their health-enhancing properties. The shop's multitudinous multivitamins include Natural Factors' Super Multi, which packs a day's worth of nutrients and four suitcases into one pill ($18.99 for 90 tabs), as well as offerings from Greens Plus composed of nutrient-rich green things such as vegetables, herbs, and Loch Ness–monster extract ($19.99 for 60 tabs). Fish-oil soft gels from Carlson Labs come packed with healthy omega-3 fatty acids ($18.99 for 1,000 mg bottle), and InterActive Nutrition's chocolate-flavoured whey protein powder can assist in body bulkification ($26.99 for 340 g). Green Door Vitamins' spectrum expands to nonswallowable products, such as Weleda Skin Food, an ultramoisturizing skin cream that hydrates parched pores and irrigates epidermal fields using natural and organic ingredients ($17.99 for 2.5 oz).
Patrons enter Kingston Glass Studio and Gallery to discover the handmade work of more than 30 North American artists, including unique glass creations that focus on various styles, shapes and colours. Adorn freshly cut evergreens in a candy-cane design that reflects twinkling lights across its crimson hues, or place a bucket beneath a green-glass icicle in case it melts back into sand. An on-site studio beckons visitors over for daily demonstrations, in which local artisans use pipes to transform glowing glass into semi-transparent vases or summon flames by loudly gossiping about dragons in order to render glass beads. After selecting their five ornaments, customers can peruse the other artwork that occasionally sprouts from the store's exposed stone wall, including paintings, sculptures, and vases.
Deftly dodge colourful crosshairs on a fully equipped one-day paintball bonanza on Bronson & Bronson’s two unique fields of play. Clad in the supplied safety mask and your Sunday messiest, take advantage of exciting paintball gaming during all-day play (a $10 value) by wielding field domination over competitors with supplied CO2 and refills, a ball hopper, marker (a $25 value), and 200 paintballs (a $15 value).
Ground Zero Paintball provokes the most colourful of warfare on its more than 200 acres of land and plays host to teams of dedicated paintball warriors. War games meet high-velocity paint tag in this action-packed test of strategy, stamina, and human-tree blending in which players aged 10 and older compete for the cleanest victory on a variety of fields such as XBall, a fortress, and woods warfare. Collect gear if need be, then proceed to belly-crawl over rocks and dash between bunkers as small paint-filled capsules hum past; then open fire, tucking, rolling, and shouting in slow motion, as enemies, best friends, or coworkers are decimated in a splatter of colour. Ground Zero fosters safe, challenging play, marshalling fairness-fixated referees to remedy wrongful hits and 20-foot-high netting to prevent stray splats from mussing spectators on the five voyeur-friendly fields. In between deploying secret missions appropriately named after Top Gun characters, battlers can heat up competitive spirits at Ground Zero’s grill-laden covered picnic areas.
MAP has been in business for almost 25 years.
We offer Mixed Martial Arts Classes specializing in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Kickboxing and MMA.
We also have a great Fitness program consisting of UBfit - Fitness Kickboxing, TRX - Strength Training and Yoga.
We cater to all levels of athletes from beginner to advanced
As the sun sinks below a flat, barn-dotted horizon, Kingston Family Fun World’s three towering movie screens flicker to life. The drive-in theatre is an idyllic sight that dates back to 1966. Each weekend, carloads of moviegoers fill up the parking lots to catch current, popular flicks. Over the years, Kingston Family Fun World has expanded to include other classic, family-oriented diversions: guests can hop into one- and two-seat go-karts and race around an outdoor race track, or duck behind sandbag barricades on the laser-tag field. After a day of diversions, refuel with snacks from the concession stand.
Kingston 1000 Islands Cruises' fleet of boats meander the waterways just off of the Kingston waterfront with dozens of different cruise options. From sightseeing and dinner cruises to dance parties, the schedule boasts watery sojourns every day of the week, with late-night shindigs on Fridays and Saturdays in the summer. In addition to their group cruises, the team also runs ships as private charters, each voyage boasting custom music, entertainment, and bar services.