Nestled within a Tudor-esque square, Bead Rock imbues junior jewellers and senior accessory-smiths with the ingredients and the know-how to craft sparkling, wearable wares. As a one-time session, Beading 101 meets by appointment only, so check your calendar or cuneiform tablet and then call the repository of tiny, glittering eye-magnets to schedule your foray into the basics of bead-stringing and earring-crafting. Class materials are included in today’s Groupon, ensuring would-be beaders’ earlobes and necklines need not be naked for long.
Upon entering Me First Fitness, awarded the 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 Diamond award for Best Boot Camp from News Advertiser, guests notice a distinct absence of rows of people doing the same exercises over and over on the same machines again and again. Here, patrons battle their own body weight with TRX suspension cords, swing kettlebells, jump rope, and pummel punching bags to whip into shape. The staff of certified and specialized trainers pushes patrons to achieve healthy lifestyles through personal-training sessions and high-intensity boot-camp classes. They boast that no two workouts are the same, preventing minds from getting bored and bodies from becoming accustomed to the movements, thus rendering workouts less effective. To supplement their body-sculpting workouts, the trainers motivate guests to change their diets, equipping them with healthful meal plans and recipes, and raiding secret storage lockers full of Twinkies.
Extreme Fitness sets Toronto's calories ablaze at the 13 renovated, multimillion-dollar locations peppered throughout the greater suburban area. Each facility hosts a menagerie of group fitness classes, which can be taken à la carte or bundled into a gym membership. Muscles loosen up in hot-yoga classes or bulge into sinewy symbols of might in outdoor boot camps, where students soak up vitamin D or distill Capri Sun from the sun's rays. To make sure members get the most of the gym's myriad amenities, personal trainers kick off fitness journeys with their Smart Start program, taking BMI measurements and analyzing heart health and oxygen uptake to give patrons a clearer picture of how much and what types of exercise they need to hit their goals.
After working up a calorie-blasting sweat, members can retire to the steam rooms or whirlpool tubs to soothe sore muscles. The internet business lounge lets people catch up on email while sipping a rejuvenating smoothie from the juice bar, and the basketball courts host pick-up games where adults can show underdog teams of fifth-graders that it takes a little more than pluck and an adorable animal sidekick to win games.
Wings & Slicks' professional instructors pass on heart-pumping tutelage during stunt-driving and formula-car-racing experiences in the United States and Canada. The pro drivers impart pupils with the skills needed to execute a variety of as-seen-on-TV stunts, including slalom-course runs and reverse 180-degree spins, or to navigate the track in a Formula 2000 car capable of going from 0 to 60 miles per hour in less than three seconds. Each once-in-a-lifetime adventure revs up adrenalin levels while prioritizing safety; every experience begins with a lesson and includes protective equipment. Wings & Slicks, which was recently featured in a The Globe and Mail story, also baits competitive edges with timed events that pit drivers head-to-head in a test of dexterity, skill, and not closing one’s eyes during the hard parts.
The Chef instructor at Liaison College shares the art of cooking and stuffs patron's recipe rolodexes during culinary lessons that focus on soups, sushi, sauces, and tapas. The homemade pasta and sauce class, designed for 16–18 students, encourages amateur hands to fashion a spread of pesto flavoured fettucine, black olive papardelle, and potato gnocchi into fun and interesting shapes which they can later taste in class or spoon-feed at home to snoring loved ones. During the sushi lesson, spicy salmon and the state of California fit neatly into sushi rolls, and the knife skills class teaches sophisticated paring choreography to aspiring culinary swordsmen. To populate dinner party dessert trays, the Chef also enlarges the pupils in hungry eyes with a pastry tutelage that yields white chocolate cranberry biscotti, butter pecan tarts, and classic apple turnovers.