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.
On Sugar's Bike Shop’s website, there’s a photo of a little boy with a mop of messy brown hair, his half-tucked T-shirt says “Chip,” and he’s holding up a trophy with a little gold bicycle for the camera. The picture is of Damian “Chip” Sugar, the bike shop’s current owner and an original member of Team Sugar’s BMX. Nearly 40 years ago during the infancy of BMX racing, Sugar’s began building custom BMX bikes, and Damian and his brother Matthew started a racing team that went on to sponsor many neighborhood kids as the sport became more popular.
Like their racing team, Sugar’s Bike Shop also grew over the years, and in addition to BMX bikes, now includes cycles in a variety of styles from brands such as Giant, Redline, Jamis, and Haro. Lifetime and one-year warranties ensure bicycles stay in top shape, and the service department tunes up broken-in rides; the shop also has a buy-back program that enables customers to sell old bikes and parts in virtually any condition. In an effort to supporting kids’ cycling, the Grow with You program allows parents to apply trade-in value toward larger bikes as kids outgrow their old ones.
The course at Brockport Golf Club strings together a cornucopia of holes that require golfers to adapt their game to a green that is at times hilly and flat, lengthy and less so. Wedges establish themselves as the most important components of the golf bag on the front nine, edging out the woods and remote-control air horns, as tight fairways often leave players scrambling to get up and down. Water is more frequent on this side, with a stream twice crossing the fairway of the third hole, a 507-yard par 5. After players make the turn, the course opens up considerably and becomes better suited to long hitters, who can finally unleash pent-up power by nailing their tee shots or returning the flagstick to the cup with a 100-yard javelin throw. Though the track requires skill with each club, the undulating greens place most pressure on the putter and spell doom for those players who three putt too often.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par-72 course * Total length of 6,075 yards from the White tees * Course rating of 69.2 from the White tees * Course slope of 128 from the White tees * Three sets of tees per hole * Scorecard
Arrowhead Golf Course’s 18-hole track rubs shoulders with the banks of the Erie Canal, which players follow on a picturesque tour of flora and fauna. Richard Wholers built the course in 1976, and made up for the lack of available distance by keeping the bluegrass fairways narrow and the bentgrass-greens compact. In addition to the canal, which looms heavily on the mind throughout a round, golfers must also factor water hazards on 12 holes into their shot-making decisions and choice of location for talking about how dumb mermaids look. These aquatic pitfalls take the form of nine ponds and two creeks that snake their ways across the beryl-green grass.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 66 course * Total length of 4,171 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 61.5 from the back tees * Course slope of 103 from the back tees
At Adventure Landing, children frolic through six completely interactive indoor and outdoor attractions. The WOW! Factory surrounds visitors with more than 9,000 foam balls, which they load into cannons to blast at moving targets or into foam geysers to knock down hard-to-reach birthday balloons. They time each other in races down a three-story slide or while traversing webbed nets and bridges. Aerial antics continue at a ropes course suspended 18 feet about the ground, but guests can channel their energy into creative activities instead as they build stuffed animals at the Teddy Bear Factory. Outside, they compete through three themed mini golf courses, where shots and curse words shouted by lawn gnomes traverse 18 holes of tunnels, waterfalls, and small mountains. Adventure Land's staff regularly coordinates kid-friendly events such as a playground-wide Easter egg hunt, charity raffles, and fundraising events, or organize fully catered and decorated birthday parties.
Foxbriar Golf Range's verdant grounds challenge all aspects of golfers' games with a variety of practice areas. Callaway range balls perch atop tees in the 4,000-square-foot grass tee area or on realistic range mats, with automated ball dispensers that allow players to practice at any time, day or night. A grassy putting green tunes up short games with challenging lies, and a sand trap helps golfers practice chip shots, wedge skills, and wrestling balls out of the claws of territorial crabs.
New players and seasoned golfers looking to perfect their swings can up their game by taking lessons from Foxbriar’s on-staff PGA Professional, Mike Judy, who sports 30 years of mentoring experience. And kids’ or Lilliputians who want in on the fun can swing their clubs on the 18-hole miniature golf course, whose heather grass eschews kitschy obstacles for tricky, links-style layouts