The story of Rose Brook Golf Course dates back to the late 1960s, when—according to course lore—a retired iron worker who had found success by inventing the popcorn machine set out to turn his lifelong dream of owning a golf course into a reality. In the process of achieving his goal, a course maintenance mishap culminated with the man driving a bulldozer over a 100-foot gorge. The man survived the plunge, the story goes, and drove the heavy machine 2 miles out of the creek before returning to sculpt the rugged earth and relentlessly remind the dozer that it owes him its life. Styling itself as “the working man’s country club” ever since, the course has retained the vision of its founder, as friendly, laid-back vibes resonate across 18 holes of rolling terrain in a diverse, 5,806-yard layout, providing guests a pressure-free respite from their vocations. During each round, players contend with 12 ponds as well as frequent encounters with the aforementioned gorge, which runs across multiple holes and sends shudders down the cybernetic spines of passing golf carts. After their birdie-hunting expedition, clubbers can enjoy succulent meats right off the grill or sudsy beverages to wash down inadvertently swallowed divot tools.
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The fitness mavens at Kwik Fit Niagara believe peak performance comes from personal training and approach fitness using the 15-minute workout principles outlined in Body by Science by Dr. Doug McGuff and John Little. Clients reconstruct bodyscapes in low-force, high-intensity 15-minute workouts once a week (initial sessions last about an hour with a consultation), using scientifically designed MedX equipment and the latest high-tech butter churns. Engineered for biomechanical precision and extremely low friction, MedX machines increase weight in 2-pound increments, allowing for more rapid and precise progress than conventional machines, which increase resistance in 10- to 15-pound increments.
Exercisers choose their own fitness adventure at Studio Twenty, where the class schedule brims with opportunities to stretch, dance, and pedal. Star Trac spinning bikes welcome cyclists of different sizes and skill levels with grippy, adjustable seats ideal for treks over imaginary hills and under imaginary limbo poles. Four types of Zumba classes, including options for kids and seniors, melt calories with Latin-inspired dance moves set to salsa, merengue, and cumbia. Class sizes are small, which lets students soak up personal attention from the instructors.
In addition to hosting fitness classes, the studio holds workshops on nutrition and other wellness topics on Wednesday nights. Lined with wooden floors and glowing lanterns, it also makes a calming venue for parties, where children or adults can enjoy yoga or Zumba classes along with spa treatments such as manicures and chair massages.
Equipped with private showers, spa-like changing rooms, and a coffee bar filled with energizing beverages, Fonthill Fitness' 3,600-square-foot facility was built with comfort in mind. The folks in charge aim to help clients incorporate physical activity into their daily routines, as well as cultivate healthy lifestyles. Light streams through the windows of two workout studios, illuminating clients as they pedal during spin classes and stretch toward the sun during yoga. Clients may also climb aboard a slew of Life Fitness equipment, including treadmills and elliptical cross-trainers, as well as leg-, chest-, and shoulder-press machines.
During one-on-one sessions, certified personal trainers develop workouts filled with progressive exercises that push participants to achieve their goals at a sustainable pace, unlike antiquated exercises, which only push participants to lift medicine balls and repeatedly call their trainer a dandyish fop. The trainers tailor exercise programs to fit each of their students’ needs, keeping fitness levels, physical abilities, and health limitations in mind at all times.
The ocular experts at Vision Clinic assess eyesight and stock their boutique shelves with frames from names including Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, and Alain Mikli. Devoted to creating eyewear that suits the wearer’s lifestyle, the staff consults with each client to ensure lenses withstand prolonged staring at computer screens or prolonged staring matches with younger siblings. Once frames are selected, technicians keep them fitting with complimentary adjustments and onsite repairs.
Vision Clinic’s attentive care stretches beyond its shop doors—the practice provides prescription eyewear and exams for the local community. The company also makes frequent contributions to a number of charitable organizations.