Cold winter wind howls across Ontario, but students of The Swim Academy are keeping warm as they glide through the 90-degree waters of the center’s indoor pools. For more than a decade, the academy’s dedicated and skilled swim instructors have guided students of all ages through the crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly, conducting classes within pool locations in fitness centers and resorts throughout the local area. The coaches keep class sizes small and offer programs for all levels of experience, from beginners to high-school athletes to advanced triathlon trainees. They even offer a course for infants, during which a certified Pedia Swim instructor leads tadpoles as young as 6 months through basic water skills. Additionally, the Academy offers lifesaving classes, during which experts teach aspiring lifeguards and swim coaches first-aid techniques, such as how to administer CPR to swimmers and water wings.
Little shoes pound against 4,500 square feet of indoor playground and sports facilities at Kidsportsplex. Stay at the complex to watch over exuberant spawn, or leave them under the supervision of experienced staff as you spend three precious hours alone, finally popping that last sheet of bubble wrap. A toddlers' room ensures safe, supervised fun for those under age 5, and older kids run free in a gymnasium equipped for sports such as floor hockey, basketball, and volleyball. Interactive sports kiosks include free-throw challenges and mini batting cages, and swiftly return launched balls and pucks quicker than a caffeinated dog.
No matter what stimulates them, kids' imaginations get fired up at Little Rascals Place. Here, they engage in all kinds of events including birthday parties, summer camps, or after-school programs to enrich their minds and creativity. Parents will find their little ones constructing fantastical structures with the centre's seemingly endless supply of Legos, painting portraits, or building motorized robots with the centre's tools. Art and drama sessions such as sketching/cartooning and painting technique let burgeoning artists explore different mediums, while Drama 4 Kids engages them in role playing challenges to introduce them to topical issues, such as bullying. During the after-school builder's club, kids create original, motorized Lego models to help them better understand the principles of robotics and science. Those who have energy to burn dive into ball pits, climb multi-level playground structures, and tumble through padded tunnels.
It's impossible to feel left behind at a Quad spin class. This fact is true in a literal sense, as the indoor cycles are stationary, but it also reflects the welcoming mindset that prevails at each studio. Several introductory sessions hosted throughout the month acquaint students with the the Schwinn IC Pro bikes, as well as different hand positions and proper cycling form. Standard 60-minute lessons balance intervals of challenging speeds with more serene periods, permitting guests to set their own pace. Other class variations include 60-minute endurance rides and spinning combinations, which mix indoor cycling with exercises such as Pilates and deep stretches.
Inside The Sports Training Academy's 25,000-square-foot facility, professional instructors help athletes develop skills that emphasize multisport training: core strength, coordination, speed, and a competitive edge. By focusing on multiple sports, the academy believes young athletes will be more well-rounded and less prone to burnout than if they dedicated all of their time to one activity.
Though its curriculum may be geared toward training across the sports spectrum, the academy's facilities offer a plethora of sport-specific resources for golf, baseball, softball, hockey, soccer, and lacrosse. The golf training facility keeps clubbers sharp in the offseason with two golf simulators, an 800-square-foot putting green, and an indoor driving range where golfers can see 30 feet of ball flight. Sharp line drives speed over the synthetic turf in the baseball and softball training areas, where players practice batting, pitching, and sculpting old gum wads. Meanwhile, a 4,000-square-foot rink of indoor, synthetic ice hosts hockey-training exercises for shooting and deking.
Although seventh-degree black belt Mike Martin is a world taekwondo champion, his most-prized distinction is simply "dad." He takes the concept of family seriously, incorporating it into his studio's philosophy. He helms martial-arts classes in which whole clans of moms, dads, and siblings can learn the art of self-defence or settle unresolved remote-control battles together in the same session. He also leads classes designed exclusively for adults only and for kids only. In addition to hand-to-hand combat, Rising Sun instructors also lead kickboxing classes and boot camps, as well as courses in Korean swordsmanship.
International flags hang over the mat-covered practice area, which also boasts wall grips for climbing and a mountain-range mural. The space additionally plays host to kids’ birthday parties in which tots spend their afternoon taking in a martial-arts lesson, climbing on the walls, and breaking boards with their bare hands, just like carpenters who've replaced their hands with saws.