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With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Three-man comedy trio Search Engine Improv serves up comedic improvisation with five original shows that craft compelling, innovative theater from audience suggestions and technological prompts. The Lazy Susan show weaves fast-paced scenes in which the three principals play nine—and sometimes more–characters between themselves, the exponential increase bringing the show to hilariously dizzying heights of confusion. GoogleProv projects the famous search engine above the stage, where its results and prompts inspire the next scene. Paul and Vinny Automotive mixes live sitcom and improv as two fictional friends chronicle their boyhood dreams of turning into real cars. Audience members join the scenes in Improv Tap-Out, while Monsssstrocity twists a serpentine tale from a single, audience-derived word, nearly always "belly button."
Knowledgeable tour guides helm the Sam Patch and the Mary Jemison cruise vessels, glissading guests over the rippling waterways of the historic Erie Canal and Genesee River while recounting the aquatic route's rich history. The Sam Patch, a replica of a 19th-century packet boat, floats down the canal for just over a mile, allowing guests to ogle the New York Canal Corporation maintenance center, panoramas of lush wildlife, and packs of majestic life rafts migrating south for the winter. To ensure a memorable canal experience, the craft will ferry visitors to Lock 32, in which three million gallons of water will raise the Sam Patch 25 feet in the world's slowest game of airplane. After admiring this impressive piece of canal technology, guests are whished back to port. An urban vista awaits those who choose to board the Mary Jemison, a wooden vessel built over 75 years ago. From within the enclosed cabin or from its open upper deck, seafaring riders take in views of Mount Hope Cemetery as well as the crossings of the Canal and the Genesee River. As the boat heads northward, guests are treated to spectacular views of the Rochester skyline, replete with the modern, crescent-shaped Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglas Memorial Bridge.
Harro East Athletic Club molds bodies with the tutelage of its devoted trainers. Courses, which meet throughout the week, suit a range of fitness levels and goals and convene in a variety of spaces featuring professional gym equipment and freshly sponged chalkboards. In addition to classic disciplines such as yoga and qi gong, the club focuses on nontraditional courses such as Nordic walking, which emulates the intensity of Nordic skiing minus the skis, snow, and frost-bitten Norwegians. The water-fitness class flows in a gravity-defying, high-density buoyancy chamber, sparing joints from constant impact with solid ground, and group cycling trains cyclist for the grueling, mountainous terrain of the Tour de Imagination. The Instructor's Challenge, for intermediate fitness levels and above, forces unruly calories through a gauntlet of workouts including circuit training and spinning. Many classes meet more than once a week, and fitness fanatics are free to mix and match.
Since 2007, the coaches and team members at Rochester Parkour have introduced novices to the sport of parkour, the free-form physical discipline of training the human body to overcome physical obstacles in the most efficient way possible. At the activity’s highest level, bodies can deftly navigate even the densest urban spaces, contorting to squeeze through narrow passageways and nimbly leaping to snatch pies from third-story windowsills.
As with most sports, however, beginners start with simple maneuvers, conquering basic vaults, swings, and jumps before moving on to more complex movements. In Rochester Parkour’s diverse array of classes, students of all ages and experience levels first explore an indoor gym filled with I-beams, scaffolding, and vault boxes, all ideal for practicing moves away from hard concrete and heckling pigeons. In keeping with the central tenet of parkour, individuals remain in control of their own speed and maneuvers at all times; if moves in the basic classes are too overwhelming, Rochester Parkour also offers low-impact and low-mobility variations.