Laced with elements of yoga, Pilates, and gymnastics, the women-only classes at Aradia Fitness sculpt lean, toned physiques. And though physical fitness is a cornerstone of the studio, it's not the only one. Classes foster certain amount of unrestrained confidence that, as Aradia puts it, “teach[es] women to unapologetically love their body and themselves.” With locations in Canada, Aradia’s certified fitness instructors provide a studio environment that is safe for ladies of all shapes and sizes. No matter the class, the environment at Aradia is always lighthearted, nurturing, and more supportive than a stainless-steel hammock. Ladies may gather their friends and book the studio for a girl's night out, birthday, or bachelorette party.
Brunswick Zone has been a trusted name in recreational pin pulverizing for more than a century, providing good times to patrons across the country. Friends and families season afternoons with a pleasant peppering of strikes, spares, and easygoing gutter balls under classic bowling conditions, or take the next bold step in ball-hurling evolution and engage in a round of cosmic bowling, where dancing lights, thumping tunes, and black-lit gear light up the full sensorium. At XL locations, game rooms beckon with nimble joystick workouts on classic and modern arcade games.
Created by a former professional driver, Formula Kartways recreates competitive racing in a safe, controlled environment. Drivers get 25 laps around the indoor quarter-mile road course designed by a team of professional drivers and retired roadrunners to reproduce the same challenges they face (a $35 value). Drivers weave through turns and corner types that include fast sweepers, esses, a carousel, and a hairpin turn around an average of 30 seconds per lap. To maximize performance on the track without sacrificing safety, the same pro team developed Formula Kartway's custom K1 karts. Scrutinized over more than 2.5 million test laps and 3.5 million energy drinks, these fast, lightweight karts zip through the track with the support of the patented IMPACS bumper system.
Jody Minhas and her husband, Paul, had a dream to combine their skills as a motivational speaker and martial artist, respectively, to empower and inspire women. To bring this dream to fruition, they opened a women-only kickboxing studio designed to help ladies not only get fit but also gain self-confidence.
Today, their Ultimate Kickboxing trainers lead groups through a training system that starts off with a warm-up regimen before incorporating calisthenics, kickboxing, and conditioning into the mix. Students strike protective pads during the no-contact classes, which incorporate elements of muay thai to work out the entire body, including muscles that tend to be ignored in traditional workouts. Ultimate Kickboxing also offers personal training, which can be tailored to fit all manner of goals, such as losing weight, learning self-defense, or body slamming a rhinoceros.
Since 1978, the English equestrian facility Myrddin Equestrian Centre has led students of all levels through classes based on the safe practices of the Canadian Equestrian Federation Rider Level Certification Programme. At the 50-acre facility, instructors oversee classes inside a heated arena or outside along varied terrain including rolling hills and verdant woodlands. The training-level XC course takes steeds through fences, ditches, and steeples, whereas the all-weather sand ring beckons horses to practice their jumps and beach-volleyball skills.
Head coach Margaret Godson, the facility's operator for the past three decades, selects each training horse for its temperament and ability. Visitors to the animals' renovated-bank barn can get to know Molson, a 22-year-old thoroughbred, or Marty, a clyde and standardbred crossbreed who delights smaller riders with tales of his youth as a carousel pony.
Target Pro Archery's president, holder of the NCCP's Level 1 and 2 coaching certifications, leads a team of experienced archery instructors. Though their primary focus is on beginner- and intermediate-level classes, they cover similar topics in all their sessions, such as the basics of shooting with a bow and the proper way to pronounce "yeoman."
Many of the centre's coaches also teach outside of class, helping customers navigate a pro-shop stocked with bows, arrows, and accessories. To expand its space, Target Pro Archery often partners with Peel Archery Club: a 24-hour training facility dedicated to the arts of compound and recurve archery. Members of Canada's National Team may often be found practicing on the indoor range's 3D targets.