After winding its way past Foxborough and Mansfield, the Rumford River gurgles to a brief rest in the Norton Reservoir where 530 acres of shallow waters ebb around coves and a small cluster of islands. Amid the bald eagles and ospreys that frequent the reservoir's edges, the instructors of the Norton Kayak Company lead kayaking and fishing expeditions from May 1 to October 31. Whether undertaking everyday tours or hatching special seasonal trips to watch the harvest moon or celebrate holiday weekends, instructors make sure that paddlers of all ages and ability levels stay safe and engaged. They also helm fishing trips for anglers aged 15 and older with valid fishing licenses, floating groups to spots where large-mouth bass, pickerel, and panfish lurk like schools of sunken fishing waders. Since the leaders depend on Mother Nature for their livelihood and letters of recommendation, they enforce a carry-in/carry-out practice that ensures guests leave no litter behind.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's Gym members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
The winner of five major toy awards, Word Frenzy requires players to quickly construct words while utilizing spelling, vocabulary, and word association, as well as mathematics. Players compete against each other and Father Time as they exchange cards to create words associated with a group category and collect the Frenzy prizes, six colorful foam blocks. The game focuses on four-letter words, promoting vocabulary expansion while leveling the playing field between novice spellers and celebrated laureates. Each deluxe set comes with a 52-card laminated deck, an 18-category card deck with 36 categories, 50 score sheets, instructions, and Frenzy prizes.
The fashion-savvy stylists at Frenzy Boutique rotate garment racks with the latest looks for women and girls by Soul Revival, Level 99, Ankh, and other high-profile designers. Off-the-shoulder shirts by Vain reveal the skin's funkier flairs ($62); pairs of wedge gladiator sandals by Sergio Zelce embellish feet in black-and-brown hues and act as a backup weapon in the event of sword failure ($58). Royal Plush jeans shower lucky legs with snug streaks of attention ($79–$225), pairing primly with T-shirts designed by Inappropriate ($62) and accompanying handbags ($75). As patrons peruse Frenzy's clothing, they can discuss fashion trends or the benefits of bathing in dust with the in-store mascot, a chinchilla named Toby.
GoForItKickboxing.com?s certified trainers draw on two fitness methods to get clients in shape: kickboxing and high-intensity interval training. During classes, they teach students real kickboxing punches, kicks, and combinations that work the entire body while imparting invaluable self-defense knowledge. They combine these techniques with a high-intensity interval-training philosophy, which alternates between periods of intense aerobic activity and short periods of rest. The result is a workout that is fun, energetic, and can burn up to 800 calories in one session.
Over the painted lanes and distance markers at Ace Archers' outdoor field, arrows hurtle toward American Whitetail target mats situated between 15 and 90 meters away. The range hosts practice sessions for tournaments trainees, and additional instruction takes place at an indoor range where arrows whizz down 14 lanes. Under the tutelage of coach Tom Herrington, participants learn level 1 and level 2 archery instruction or improve their shot with video coaching, with which Tom analyzes a participant's form after filming it from seven angles. Group classes guide archers of all levels with a custom curriculum, and individual coaching pairs students with instructors who focus on issues requiring special attention. Elsewhere, the staff sells competition and hunting bows at its pro shop, hosts two-hour archery parties, and holds annual tournaments where competitors show off their skills by shooting wedding rings onto Maid Marion's finger.