Dispersed throughout a class studio and a spacious workout floor, World Gym Rochester's trainers usher guests of all ages and abilities toward physical health. Their certifications—granted from organizations such as NFPT, CrossFit, and Moms in Motion—bespeak experience in several fitness fields, just as the gym's class curriculum covers exercise styles from Zumba dances to martial arts. As the trainers emphasize realism during their personal sessions and group workouts, they eschew the gimmicks of pocket treadmill salesmen for a focus on achievable results.
Guests can cycle beneath the lightning bolt decor of the spin zone, watch television as they jog in the cardio area, or heft weights aboard strength machines on the fitness floor. Tanning and chiropractic amenities can also tend to physiques that aren't working through reps or posing as life-size Operation game boards in the childcare room.
At RockVentures, climbers of all ages and experience levels scale challenge-filled walls lining the 18,000-square-foot facility. Classes impart students with surefooted spirit and fundamental climbing skills such as anchoring the rope for comrades. In addition to individual challenges, the center hosts several group events, ranging from team-building weekends to kids' birthday parties and summer camps. Rock Ventures grants discounted admission to veterans and their families with advance reservation on Saturday mornings, and helps disabled climbers conquer the rocks by using block-and-tackle systems to hoist themselves up.
Owner Kent Winchester informs his work at RockVentures with a multifaceted history of leadership and team-building experience, including a stint in the Peace Corps.
Canoes float under a sunny sky, kayakers speed along lush riverbanks, and standup paddleboards engage core muscles in adrenaline-pumping workouts. With dozens of watercraft for rent and sale, BayCreek Paddling Center's team brings aquatic adventures like these to life. Their staff members, which range from young enthusiasts to 30-year industry veterans, launch customers into Irondequoit Creek, where they can float amid an orchestra of bird songs and opera-trained fish. In addition to rentals, the staff guide activities. Aboard their various watercraft, certified instructors lead lessons and nature tours that wind through glacier-carved terrain and former Seneca Native American lands.
"The Tub," as Bathtub Billy's Restaurant and Sports Bar is fondly referred to by its regulars, is part sports bar and part family restaurant. For more than 20 years, locals have made this neighborhood staple their go-to spot for food, drinks, and, above all, sports. Televisions tuned into the game can be found everywhere here, from the big screens above the bar to the smaller TVs tucked into each booth. Outside, Bathtub Billy's features a giant two-level deck that overlooks a popular outdoor volleyball court; inside, kids and adults alike can play arcade games, pool, and darts. The menu is what you'd expect from a proper sports bar, with hearty pub burgers, flatbread pizzas, supreme nachos, and deep-fried footballs.
Rick Rugg and Bob Schiffhauer founded their first gym in Buffalo in 1980 and now boast a network of six women-only gyms. In addition to personal training, instructors at these facilities lead hundreds of group fitness classes, including cycling, yoga, Pilates, and Zumba. After workouts, guests can slip into saunas and private showers; most locations also have steam rooms, and the Perinton location has a pool, which hosts such classes as Aqua-cise.
Rookies Sports Bar & Grill rouses scores of sports fans with a menu of classic American pub fare, weekly trivia events, and 23 big-screen TVs. Nab a booth with a team of friends and throw in on a 24-count plate of Rookies jumbo wings ($16.95), tossed in one of 10 savory sauces and repeatedly told about bad airline food to prevent them from flying away. Eight-ounce, certified Angus beef burgers ($6.95+) heckle Zweigles quarter-pound hot dogs ($4.95 each) in a heated, home-grill rivalry, and serious scarfers or retired paleontologists dig into full racks of baby-back ribs ($18.95) slathered with house-recipe sauce and fall-off-the-bone attitude. Clamp jaws around slices of philly steak pizza ($8.95) topped with shaved prime rib, peppers, onions, and mozzarella.