The certified personal trainers at Hard Core Fitness put all of their eggs in one basket, and then they dead lift that basket until they’ve hit their target health goals. Every ounce of Hard Core's personal trainers’ energies goes toward motivating their clients, whether they're athletes or people recovering from injuries, during one-on-one sessions that last between 30 and 90 minutes. To clear up the murk and mire that can sometimes make getting in shape confounding, they clear-cut a path to fitness by designing, step by step, programs for each client that not only help them hit their fitness goals but blast right through them, unlike the Kool-Aid man trying to quench the thirst of a guard inside Fort Knox.
Through strengthening regimens that fortify backs and the muscles around bad knees, they work on functional correction and address strength and balance issues with customizable workouts for seniors or people that like to wrestle on tightropes. They also specialize in postnatal exercises, mold eight-week weight-loss programs to suit clients needs, and plan to open Zumba studios that host the upbeat dance-party workouts in a supportive group setting.
Since opening in 1981, Rochester Fencing Club has produced two world-champion fencers and a slew of prodigious Olympian qualifiers, including five members on the 1996 team, four on the 2000 team, and one on the 2008 team. Two of those Olympians, sisters Iris and Felicia Zimmermann, have returned to the facilities as co-owners and instructors. Iris’s fencing aptitude has earned her a position as the president of the Stanford Fencing Association, while Felicia’s fencing prowess—she was the first and only woman to win the NCAA championship in both foil and épée—remains unrivaled despite rumors that rhinoceroses will now be allowed to compete. Continuing the club’s tradition of excellence, the staff cultivates talent among young fencers in summer camps and classes of all levels. Two-hour birthday parties teach kids fencing basics, followed by an hour of frenzied birthday-cake consumption and duels with piñatas.
Colony Dry Cleaners, a company that has been grooming garments since 1969, restores sullied clothes to a pristine state with dry-cleaning and laundry services that include complimentary home or office pick-up and delivery. Skilled clothes cleaners apply gentle cleansers and solvents to delicate fabrics, obliterating traces of dirt, sweat, and sauce. Begrimed shirts ($2.50+) and pants ($5.75+) can find stain-free redemption, or clients can have more complicated vestments such as wedding gowns and hazmat suits cleaned and taxidermied. Prep for power lunches with a freshened suit ($11.75) and tie ($4.25) or ready beds for power naps with a newly immaculate comforter ($17+). Apparel experts take special care with delicate fabrics, sequins, and belts with social anxiety disorders.
Truly a community organization, the Penfield Symphony Orchestra's volunteer musicians take breaks from their lives and careers to treat fellow citizens to masterpieces from the classical repertoire. Music Director David Harman leads the group, showcasing the skills that have placed him in front of such esteemed ensembles as the Cincinnati Symphony, the Shanghai Conservatory Symphony, and the Orchestra of the Spring Festival of Contemporary Music in Ljubljana, Slovenia.
In the cozy confines of Created By Us's art studio, clients daub bisque figurines, dishware and vases with personalized designs as they sip espresso drinks from the on-site coffee bar. A staffer oversees all proceedings, armed with technical tips and advice on color palette. After fully decorating their masterpieces, patrons leave them behind for studio staffers to glaze and finish, rather than holding them over the next campfire along with the camp counselor's retainer. For special occasions, children and adult revelers alike can take their painting projects into private-party rooms decorated with balloons and fuel their efforts with provided popcorn.
The teachers at Quantum Prep recognize that each of their students possesses a unique learning style, and they craft a curriculum personal to each pupil. Whether teachers are tutoring grade-school students, helping with homework, or prepping a high schooler for the SAT, the process remains the same. They devise the best way to teach each individual student—based on a profile of his or her learning style—and then work to build a sturdy knowledge base. Once that’s in place, they not only add new knowledge and skills, but also foster better study habits. During the nine hour videos of SAT prep, students learn 100 subtopics and practice with the official SAT prep problems disclosed by the test writers.
For almost 40 years, the instructors and staff of Dip 'N Dive have demystified the magic of breathing underwater. They instruct and outfit both scuba divers and snorkelers at their Buffalo location, and the facility's curriculum of PADI and NAUI courses help budding divers stay safe, maintain control of their equipment, and walk like Naomi Campbell while wearing fins. From beginning diving lessons to advanced instructor training, courses include classroom work, pool exercises, and real open-water-diving trips.