Though its name suggests a brutal stadium where two competitors enter and only one leaves, Gladiators Paintball Arenas lets players roam freely in and out of the brightly lit indoor arena equipped with turf flooring. Those amenities are available at both Gladiators' Toronto and Gormley indoor speedball fields. Each location also has an outdoor tactical field where players can duck and cover under an open sky. Blue barrels and yellow, red, and black inflatables dot all playing grounds, where under the trained eye of referees, players blast opponents with paintballs fired from rental Tippmann 98 custom markers. Paintball guns line the shelves inside Gladiators' pro shop, which guests can visit after matches or after attending onsite parties replete with pizza feasts and three-hour paintball sessions.
The instructors at High Speed Hockey mould skilled hockey players through focused drills that aim to help them improve their skating, puck handling, and goaltending. The centre’s centrepiece is the Woodway Blade skating treadmill, a piece of equipment that, just like a running treadmill, can be adjusted for speed and incline to help skaters develop an efficient and explosive skating stride. While players glide on the ice-like belt, a video monitoring system provides feedback to help them identify the inefficiencies in their mechanics and works one-on-one with skaters to correct their stride.
Since outright speed is of little value if the player can’t score, instructors also lead shooting sessions to impart proper grip, release, and follow-through techniques. Meanwhile, net minders can practice their own unique set of skills during goalie training, which helps build net awareness, puck-tracking abilities, and the mental toughness necessary to face the most challenging shooter.
Spinbuddies Pole Studio wants workouts to be fun. That's why its friendly, seasoned instructors—some with more than three years of experience—offer pole-dancing classes designed for students of all ages and levels of fitness. While learning pole moves, students can burn up to 350 calories in one session and tone their arms, shoulders, and backs. The workouts also help build strong cores, enhance flexibility, and foster confidence. For bachelorette gatherings or girls' nights out, Spinbuddies hosts lively parties to teach moves to groups of 10 or more as they snack on appetizers and cocktails.
At Gymalaya, trainers introduce kids ages 18 months to 10 years to the fun and challenging elements of gymnastics. Two studios maintain kid-friendly workout zones marked by brightly coloured walls and equipment scaled down to accommodate tiny hands, huge imaginations, and average acrophobia. The gym's noncompetitive environment emphasizes fun; although more advanced classes teach difficult skills such as back handsprings and round-offs, all teachers maintain a focus on building strength and confidence.
On six wind-swept acres of sprawling green grass and leafy trees, two half-acre ponds shimmer and occasionally ripple as rainbow trout pierce the surface in search of tiny winged dinners. The scenery is pleasant, but the trout are the stars of the show at Burd’s Family Fishing resort where anglers of all kinds cast lines into well-stocked ponds in hopes of big catches. The staff provides all equipment including a rod and bait, allowing new fisherman to try out the sport without investing in expensive gear and a “Gone Fishing” garage door cover. They also clean the incandescent fish for free and bag them on ice for easy transport. Rod-reelers need only pay admission and a fee per hooked trout. Visitors can also take a respite from angling to picnic among the pastoral landscape and tranquil ponds by bringing their own lunch.
Head coach Robert Bethea founded Arroyo Volleyball Club as a way to grow the sport of volleyball and nurture young bump-set-spikers into confident and healthy individuals. The nonprofit organization deploys a professional cast of coaches—all certified through the USA Volleyball Coaching Accreditation Program—to locations throughout Durham, where they conduct practices, summer camps, and tournaments and invite all players to participate regardless of their experience level or whether they have springs implanted in their fingertips.
To ensure each student receives personal attention, the club strives for a 6:1 player-to-coach ratio and never lets it exceed 12:1. Instructors encourage each athlete to improve physical fitness and partake in Arroyo's team-based learning dynamic, which instills the lifelong virtues of responsibility, discipline, and always joining spontaneous massage trains.
The ElectroDash's organizers score their 5K night runs with the most appropriate soundtrack: electronic dance music. The pulsing beats, which can be heard at runs throughout Canada and the United States, attract runners to tackle the neon-light illuminated course. On the track, a slew of light displays, lasers, fog tunnels, and black lights highlight competitors' eye-dazzling accessories, including neon duds, glow-in-the-dark glasses, and water bottles filled with an excited anglerfish. Though the ElectorDash's main mission is fun, it also champions giving back to the community by donating a portions of the proceeds to support a local charity.