At Wynn Fitness Clubs, exercise isn’t about altering how the body looks. It’s about changing clients for the better from the inside out. Here, during group and one-on-one training, fitness experts pair encouraging words with adaptable exercises involving dumbbells, kettlebells, Selectorized weight machines, and functional movements such as pushing and balancing. In addition to bolstering the body, these programs strengthen the will to achieve, propelling exercisers toward goals faster than an espresso-fuelled hockey puck. Calming fitness classes such as yoga and Pilates unite the mind and body with deep stretches, focused core exercises, and measured-breathing techniques. Club members can torch calories with solo sessions on the clubs’ cardio machines or during boot camps, cycling routines, and Zumba dance parties that cultivate friendships while boosting energy and endurance. Post-workout, spa-like locker rooms and couch-lined cafés invite exercisers to relax and recharge.
A pirate ship sways back and forth, whisking youngsters away on virtual high-seas adventures. Elsewhere, inflatable jumping castles invite bouncers to defy gravity while contemplating future positions in parliament. In the free-for-all Fun Game Zone, carnival mirrors distort giggling guests’ reflections, and ping-pong and air hockey test competitors’ skills. These are just a few of the many activities that fill the days at Family Fun Fest, an annual family-friendly extravaganza that entertains and enchants its myriad visitors.
As youngsters and their parental units explore the various areas of the gargantuan indoor playground, they can make a pit stop for live entertainment. Helmed by the titular Trevor, The Trevor Show dazzles audiences with interactive song and dance numbers, followed by Doo Doo the clown, who had no choice but to become a clown, what with the name Doo Doo.
Katerina Atapina sees no conflict between fun and professionalism. Armed with degrees in both art and education, she designs classes that underpin the exuberant artwork of kids and adults with a firm grasp of colour theory, design principles, and technique. Even high-school students often turn to the school to develop the skills they’ll need to pursue careers in comic-book illustration, animation, and fashion design. Weekly workshops and art classes for adults and children focus on painting, ceramics, watercolours, and sculpture, and summer camps help students beat the heat by painting ice-cold pictures of lemonade or crocheting a ceiling fan.
The rugged indoor playing field at Defcon Paintball’s Toronto and Mississauga locations span more than 40,000 square feet and beckon sharpshooters to engage in multicoloured campaigns. For each session, players don their gear and load their guns before Defcon staffers helm a comprehensive safety course that outlines essentials such as equipment usage, the rules of the game, and how to ornament opponents’ backs with dramatic chiaroscuro. Participants bob and weave through a dirt-floored indoor course littered with concrete cylinders, ducking behind piles of sandbags as they fire 100 polychromatic slugs at their rivals.
Mess for Fun combines a paint-your-own ceramics studio with an eclectic indoor arena of children's toys and play structures. Up to 75 children can occupy the playground for two-hour play sessions, pursuing friends into the ball pit and staging coup d'états within the walls of an inflated jumping castle. Tiny adventurers climb to the peaks of wooden play forts, navigate their way down massive plastic slides, and engage painted murals of children's characters in staring contests. Adults may relax ringside in a fenced-off table area, or play with their kids—though the playground is designed for children under 8.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30?60 minutes
Brands Used: Adidas Boxing, Sledbarrow, Crossbells
Pro Tip: Please come in comfortable workout clothes and be ready to learn the sweet science.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
Apart from your business's main attraction, do you offer any "hidden" services or activities that visitors are always delighted to learn about?
Our facility is brand new. We have a three level space with a 20-foot by 20-foot ring. The look and feel is industrial chic, with a bar and cafe at the entrance. We have free wifi for our members on the go and espresso to keep them energized. CBA has a growing pro shop with protein, gloves and all things needed to stay efficient and stylish while boxing.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
We are most proud of our approach to training our members and our special programs. Particularly our twelve week fast-tracks to get you to your Fight Weight? (optimized healthy body weight) and Girls Just Wanna Box?. We are also very proud of the caliber of coaches, their professionalism, and the plans we have for our amateur teams.
What?s your favorite part of your job?
Meeting new people everyday and having the opportunity to turn them into fighters and fight fans. We make boxing and all its benefits accessible and attainable to everyone. Also, letting people know you don't have to get hit, to get fit!
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Clancy's Boxing Academy is the home gym of Agency Wars, an annual corporate charity boxing event for the ad and media agencies. Our coaches, trainers, and nutritionist work with two teams of twelve under our 12-week fast track programs to get them to their optimal fight weight. They then become licensed amateur boxers and compete in a lavish live boxing event in front of friends, family, and colleagues. Televised by the Fight Network.