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.
In order to succeed at the University of Toronto as a student and dual athlete, Nabil Tadros had to balance his time between hitting the books, sharpening his jump shot, and perfecting his serve. Decades later, Nabil is still at UT, but as the head coach for both the women's and men's Varsity Blues tennis teams. In addition to his 30 years coaching the Blues, he's also led secondary-school programs and has run tennis and basketball clinics around the globe. At Basketball Tennis, Nabil helms the tennis, soccer, and basketball youth programs while also running a competitive men's basketball league with refereed games and playoffs that grant grown men a competitive arena outside of backyard barbecue pits and paint-your-own pottery kilns.
Curling is in Chad McMullan’s blood. After spending his childhood Sundays watching his parents compete at their favourite Winnipeg rink, Chad carried on the family tradition, notching victories in multiple World Curling Tour outings, two appearances in Canadian national championships, and one imaginary sleepover with the Governor-General over the course of his career. After stints as Executive Director of the World Curling Tour and World Curling Players' Association, Chad brought his icy know-how to Rock Solid Productions, which applies curling’s fundamental team-building qualities to everything from business retreats to beginner’s lessons. The group’s in-school training program introduces curling to 100,000 students each year, helping Chad share his childhood love of the game with the next generation of competitors.
The piercing clang of well-struck drives resonates across the grounds at Golden Ridge Golf, their echoes beckoning to clubbers to come groom their game at the multifaceted complex. Guests can smooth out rough-edged swings with a stint at the 300-yard driving range, where players can hit off of natural grass or faux-turf mats and take cover in sheltered hitting bays during rainstorms or pelican pranks. An 18-hole mini-golf course channels the charm of an old country town with a decorative wagon, general store facade, and putters that double as moustache combs. All of the grounds’ score-shaving resources are utilized to the fullest during Golf Academy clinics and lessons, which are overseen by CPGA-certified pro and former touring professional Gordie Burns.
Whether golfers are coming in from the snow, the rain, or a downpour of golf-club-sized hail, the sun is always shining on the virtual courses of OnGolf Club. While making their way to one of five course simulators, guests hear the healthy swoosh of a finely swung club. Each station boasts a selection of 80 world-renowned courses brought to vivid life with high-definition projection screens and effects like elevation, different lengths of grass, and trees swaying in a virtual breeze. Simulators also churn out analytics on each swing while onsite pros offer golfing tips for beginning or advanced students. Additionally, guests waiting for their tee time can watch the world of outdoor sports on one of the numerous TVs in the lounge.
Glowing monkeys scamper toward a neon waterfall, and a knight bearing a radiant yellow lance rides past a bright orange octopus emerging from the ocean. What appears to be a time-traveling session gone awry is really the evolving environment within Putting Edge?s indoor black-lit mini-golf course, which whisks players to deep seas, Aztec jungles, and medieval times. Since opening its original location in Canada, Putting Edge has now expanded to 18 North American locations, all of which invite guests onto its challenging 18-hole courses to seek victory over opponents and the forces that keep their teeth from not glowing as brightly as they could. Elsewhere, the facility houses private party rooms, concessions, and an arcade filled with gamer favorites such as air hockey.