With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
As pioneers of the CrossFit method in the Syracuse area, the dedicated coaches at CrossFit Dewitt help individuals of all fitness levels work toward their fitness goals. They accomplish this by leading workouts that use universally scalable exercises based on everyday functional movements, such as pull-ups, push-ups, squats, dead-lifts, and rowing motions. Despite having more than 3,500 square feet of space, the facility doesn't feature any of the treadmills or muscle-inflating pumps found at traditional gyms. Instead, students are encouraged to use any free weights or medicine balls that they feel comfortable hefting, allowing them to safely challenge their limits without risking undue strain or injury. The ever-changing nature of the workouts help keep people motivated and engaged throughout each session, as does the unwavering encouragement of the instructors as well as the other students. Functional Fitness via Crossfit classes aid students in all aspects of their life, and Crossfit Kids is designed for the specific cognitive and motor functions of children.
When kids get lost in their imagination, they can feel like they’re starring in a movie. So it's apt that when Rachel Long needed a location for KidVentureDome—a kid-focused play center—she chose a nearly century-old movie house. In collaboration with her architect husband, Dan, the mother of four spent years planning and building some of the play equipment in her 8,000-square foot facility, which opened its doors in 2013.
Inside, sock-clad youngsters board a two-level pirate ship or look out over an imaginary ocean from a lighthouse. Nearby, kids climb toward a miniature rock wall's summit; others map out a multi-level play structure's tunnels, tube slides, and cross-dimensional portals; and competitive tykes play rounds of skeeball and air hockey in the arcade. All the while, parents can watch TV and surf free Wi-Fi in the lounge or head to the café for snacks and baked goods.
Located in the Waterloo Harbor Campground right on the Seneca River, Fuzzy Guppies makes meandering the river's locks and creeks easy. Those who want to explore a bit further can rent kayaks, canoes, and other equipment to investigate the nearby Seneca Lake and Cayuga Lake; Fuzzy Guppies can deliver the watercraft. In addition to renting vessels, Fuzzy Guppies also gives lessons and oversees the Human Waterball. The Waterball gives people the chance to float and run on the water in a ball exactly like a hamster would, if a hamster could pay the rental fee.