Though Adrenaline Personal Training Studios looks like a garage, there’s not a single car or snow blower inside. There’s a tire or two and also a sled, but it looks nothing like a toboggan. This is a weighted sled, a tool that helps exercisers build speed and power. It’s part of an arsenal of functional training equipment, which includes agility ladders, strongman yokes, squat racks, and York weightlifting gear. Certified trainers and strength coaches teach clients how to use these tools during workouts that range from partner training to outdoor boot camps. One-on-one training is tailored to individual goals such as weight loss, sports performance, or injury rehab, and group sessions revolve around shared objectives and teamwork. In addition to leading strength and cardio workouts, staffers build custom nutrition plans to help clients slim down, build muscle, or win a staring contest with a many-eyed potato. After workouts, exercisers can head to the locker room to change or unwind with the help of a massage therapist’s relaxing strokes.
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 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.
First Tee Indoor Golf’s stable of 10 golf simulators whisk duffers to the emerald alleyways of 65 golf courses, including 18 PGA Tour greens. Players tote their own clubs to the studio and pulverize spheroids into 15-foot-tall, high-definition displays as golf motion software precisely tracks swings, deftly projecting the distance, trajectory, and spin inflicted by each shot. Players can bisect the cerulean waters and treacherous sand traps of a replication of famed Pebble Beach, which augments verisimilitude with a coterie of pixilated seagulls known for cawing at crucial swing moments. The simulators instantly transport players to the location of their most recent shot, condensing an 18-hole round into one 45- to 60-minute session. As players chip, pitch, and pay windmill tolls on their way through verdant course simulacra, First Tee Indoor Golf keeps them tethered to reality with eight high-definition televisions and a broad selection of appetizers and on-tap brews.
The bowling centre, which touts itself as Regina’s largest, hosts five-pin bowling in a festive setting. Along with bumper rails that keep the ball in play for kids, new bowlers, and physicists studying bounce effects, the centre sports glow-in-the-dark lanes for nighttime bowling battles. Bowling shoes, dubbed this year’s up-and-coming accessory at Paris Fashion and Anaerobic Exercise Week, are included with this Groupon for up to six people (adults $2 per pair, kids $1). Spend an hour at Nortown taunting your friends and taking out frustrations on a group of hapless pinheads. Unlike other competitive sports, such as dogsled racing and rap battling, bowling has zero barriers to entry and a shallow learning curve.
Massage therapist Ranée Leduc soothes weary muscles and banishes tension with relaxation and therapeutic massages. In a relaxation massage, Leduc takes her cue from clients on whether to use light or medium pressure as she unknots gnarls and soothes minds. A therapeutic massage, meanwhile, alleviates a specific sore spot or injury point and can include deep-tissue massage, trigger-point therapy, or a strongly worded letter to evict headaches and other pains. Leduc, who has 10 years of experience, reinforces her training with further education and high-grade concrete. En route to the massage table, clients greet a pond full of fish and turtles that have obligingly agreed to serve as a physical manifestation of tranquility.
As they enter the training circle at Curves Regina, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity. All of this takes place within the spacious facilities of the four Regina studios, which have been approved and certified by the franchise as Shining Star Clubs for being model branches.