Based inside a private studio, Consistent Personal Training eschews the intimidation of gigantic gyms for an intimate environment. Its experts draft customized programs for clients, targeting specific goals with a 30- to 45-minute mix of strength and cardio exercises. Sessions geared toward weight loss, competition prep, and outpacing thrown spears during Warrior Dash races emphasize judgment-free teachings that correspond to each patron's experience. Having made the transition from customer to trainer, fitness buff Ron Griffin can testify to the empathy and efficacy of the studio's workouts, which encompass boot-camps as well as one-on-one and group lessons.
ComedySportz's teams of improv artisans compete for belly laughs in a fast-paced, unscripted stage match fueled by audience participation. With humor hampers full of fluffy, clean jokes, the players act out suggestion-based scenes and yodel out impromptu songs while vying for the viewers' glow-stick votes. A referee officiates the games and penalizes off-color language by making the speaker wear an unfashionable brown bag for a bonnet. Much like snowflakes, no two shows are the same, and all are best enjoyed with an outstretched tongue.
In the 2001 movie Osmosis Jones, Bill Murray's character dreams of attending the National Buffalo Wing Festival. Although that made for an amusing plot point, there was a problem: at the time, no such festival existed. When Buffalo native Drew Cerza heard about this oversight, he realized that it was a wrong that needed righting. He threw his inaugural festival that same year, and the rest is meaty, sauce-slathered history. Now, every Labor Day weekend, wing fans flock to Buffalo, and they usually bring their appetites to chow through one million-plus wings over the duration of the festival.
At each festival, restaurant representatives travel to Coca-Cola Field to share their tastiest, hottest sauces with festivalgoers. A select group of buffalo wing purists participate in the festival's traditional and creative sauce competitions, whipping up sauces onstage before serving their concoctions to a panel of local celebrity judges. The sauce-off is one of the festival's many contests, which also include wing eating competitions and bobbing for wings in a pool of blue cheese.
Aside from the many wing-based events, the festival features entertainment ranging from live music to live quiz shows. In 2006, the festival even hosted a wedding, fulfilling every father's fantasy of grabbing a snack as he accompanies his daughter down the aisle.
The handpicked personal trainers of Fitness Institute & Pilates Studio draw from education in areas such as Kinesiology and Exercise Science during interactive one-on-one sessions with clients of all fitness levels and needs. Within a facility punctuated by Pilates reformers, cardio equipment, and stability balls, participants build a personal fitness routine that addresses goals such as weight loss, rehabilitation from injury, or bench-pressing family members. Trainers also help clients tackle medical issues such as arthritis, diabetes, depression, and high cholesterol. After personal sessions, fitness buffs have the tools to help them remain steadfast in their health objectives in the face of holiday sweets and Dean Martin's persuasive insistence that it's cold outside.
The outdoor enthusiasts at Play Hard Niagara outfit visitors for romps on the water, beach, and street. Gear rentals ranging from sit-on-top kayaks to bikes equip explorers for adventures throughout the Port Colborne area, including trips along the old canal and Lake Erie shoreline. For a small fee, Play Hard's staff delivers equipment to nearby locations for full-day rentals. Back in Crystal Beach, the shop displays a multitude of recreational equipment, ranging from land-bound scooters to surf gear that stands ready to skim over a cresting wave or through layers of the upper atmosphere.
Bright orange orbs dominate the landscape at Mr. Pumpkin—one of Niagara’s oldest farms—along with a wealth of family-friendly attractions, which work together to signal the arrival of autumn. Outside, guests can wander through a 10-acre corn maze or stand still watching pumpkins get chucked up into the air. These flying fruits can reach speeds of up to 160 km/h and are shot up into the sky by air cannon or trebuchet-style Punkin Chunkin devices in an effort to knock down the sun. The farm also entertains younger visitors who can feed a carrot to Bella the pony or Darcy the donkey at the petting zoo or enjoy age-appropriate frights during a daytime haunt.