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Channel Your Inner Lumberjack at The Wood Shed Axe Throwing

The Wood Shed Axe Throwing

I remember growing up in a small time where the only entertainment came from the local movie theatre where I worked or cruising up and down Main street. There wasn’t anywhere to go or anything to do and I longed to live in a city full of new experiences. Fast forward a few years, I found myself in a small city with the same feeling of having nothing to do.

I can’t say that now, though. Perhaps because I’ve grown, matured, and found hobbies to fill my time, or perhaps because there are so many new businesses popping up to give people a place to go have fun. Enter The Wood Shed, a new axe throwing facility in Sylvan Lake, which was opened specifically because there was a lack of entertainment in the town outside of summertime lake fun.

The Wood Shed Axe Throwing


The Wood Shed allows for the perfect setting to blow off some steam with your friends on a Friday night, try something new on your next date night, host a birthday party, stag/stagette or corporate team building event.

You’ll want to leave your egos at the door, though.

There’s more to axe throwing than just, well, throwing the axe. There’s a certain technique to get that blade to stick into the wooden target. The way you hold the axe, the distance from the target, the angle of your wrist, keeping your elbow tight to your body, it all makes a difference. I went in thinking, no big deal, we’re strong, fit chicks and this will be a breeze. Jessica, on the other hand, was convinced she wouldn’t even stick the axe.

Turns out, Jess was a natural, sticking the axe on her first throw. Me on the other hand, I struggled. There’s a reason I don’t play sports because I have a hard time remembering to do all the little details needed to get the right throw. It was a humbling experience, to say the least.

The Wood Shed Axe Throwing

The Wood Shed Axe Throwing

Our instructor was awesome, patiently giving us all the tips and trick needed to make the perfect hit. We learned to throw one-handed, two-handed, overhead, underhand, and even some trick throws. They even filmed us in slow motion to analyse our movements to help us even further. Once we got the hang of things, we played some games, which really got me fired up. Jessica took the win on this one, she really killed it.

Did I mention that we worked up a bit of a sweat? We heated right up with the Jack and Jill saw at the beginning of the night, and kept the momentum as we continued swinging axes.

The Wood Shed Axe Throwing

What’s great, aside from feeling like a total badass when you hit that bullseye, is that you’re free to bring in outside food and beverages (alcoholic beverages are not allowed for obvious reasons), giving you the freedom to create the perfect party for whatever occasion brings you in to channel your inner lumberjack.

Should you happen to love the sport of axe throwing enough, there’s a competitive axe throwing league to take it to the next level.

With The Wood Shed being Central Alberta’s only axe throwing facility, it should definitely be added to the list of places to check out the next time you think there’s nothing to do.

What to Wear

Closed-toe shoes are a must. Loose comfortable clothing is best, but hoodies are not recommended. A plaid shirt is optional, but let’s be real, can you call yourself a lumberjack without one?

The Wood Shed Axe Throwing

Hours

Scheduled Drop-In Times

Friday  6:00-9:00pm
Saturday 2:00-9:00pm
Sunday Closed

Group Events

Wednesday 6:00-10:00 pm
Thursday 6:00-10:00 pm
Friday 6:00-10:00 pm
Saturday 2:00-10:00 pm

Open all holiday Mondays from 2:00-6:00 pm

Available during the day for group bookings of 6 or more people.

Bonus

Buy a box of wood from the old targets for your summer fires.

For More of The Wood Shed

www.woodshedaxe.ca

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5 Things to Do This Spring in Red Deer

5 Things to Do This Spring in Red Deer

As I write this it looks more like January than mid-March outside. But the days are slowly getting longer which means hopefully soon we can stop huddling inside to escape the snow and cold. While we’re still a few days away from the first day of spring, it’s never too early to start planning some activities other than spring cleaning!

5 Things to Do This Spring in Red Deer

We will be taking full advantage of neighborhood walks and bike rides with plenty of puddle jumping but I thought I would share some other activities to check out with your family throughout the city.

  • Go for a spring snowshoe! Pursuit Adventures for Snowshoe in the City.Since we just got a ton of snow, there should still be time to head out with $30 gets you all the gear you need for an evening guided snowshoe adventure through Heritage Ranch, followed by a complimentary drink and serving of wings at Westlake Grill.
  • Run a race! Kick off the season with the Spring Fever Run 5 or 10k on April 22. The Women’s Fun Run on May 13th includes a 3, 5 and 10k race as well as 100m diaper dash, young men’s 100m race, 500m little ladies race, and 1k mom and son run. The Woody’s Marathon also includes a full and half marathon and 10k race with kids races too which makes local spring races fun for the whole family.
  • Take part in an Easter Egg hunt. Flying Cross Ranch is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on April 15 with a petting zoo, face painting and pony rides. Heritage Ranch hosts both a day time and a flashlight hunt and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame hosts a family event throughout their museum which is a great chance to not only partake in some Easter activities but take a peak into the fun and interactive museum.
  • Hit up the Farmer’s Market! The Red Deer Farmer’s Market opens again on May Long weekend and we are counting down the days. Winter is too long if only because we aren’t graced with a year-round market.
  • Go on a Wolf Walk. This just happens to be the wolves most playful time of year at Discovery Wildlife Park. You can spend an hour walking through the woods with Nisa and Lupe and their handlers. The park opens for the season on May 1 and rather than visiting in the summer when the sun is scorching, plan to visit on a cooler spring day when the animals are more likely to be active.

What’s your favourite spring activity? 

Community Healthy Living Where to Workout in Red Deer

Where to Workout in Red Deer: Studio Pilates

Where to Workout in Red Deer

Good morning friends! I’m so glad everyone is excited about my project to review the various fitness and classes in the city as much as I am. It’s going to be a big undertaking and it’s likely that I might die in the process, but hopefully I will come out smarter and fitter and able to help this city find their favourite places to workout. The first stop in this little project of mine was Studio Pilates Red Deer, where I spent a week trying a variety of classes.

What to Expect at Studio Pilates Red Deer

About Studio Pilates Red Deer

Studio Pilates is definitely not new to the city, however, they’ve recently moved into a beautiful new, 7,000 square foot facility in the McKenzie Business Park in South East Red Deer. While their focus is on private, semi-private, and small group pilates classes, that is definitely not all they have to offer. Along with various fitness classes, Studio Pilates offers a full wellness studio with massage therapy and an on-site dietician.


What I love most about the studio itself is just how beautiful it is. It has a crisp, clean feel with the most beautiful lighting. It’s hands down, one of the prettiest studios I’ve been in. There are large washrooms with showers available for use at any time.

Child minding is available Monday-Saturday from 9am-noon, Monday-Thursday 5-7:45, and Friday 4:30-6. While I didn’t get a chance to check out the child minding with Liam, I am impressed with their evening and weekend offerings. This is a great option for those working parents who want to get in a sweat session.

Another bonus: Studio Pilates carries the latest Lululemon gear which I sometimes think is a bit of a secret gem to our city.

Studio Pilates Red Deer

About the Classes

Studio Pilates main focus is on their private, semi-private and small group pilates classes (you can read about my first pilates experience at the studio here). All classes are designed to be co-ed and good for all fitness levels. In addition to pilates they offer:

  • Booty Barre, including Booty Barre Sculpt and Baby Barre for mamas
  • Piloxing – a mix of pilates, boxing and dance intervals
  • TRX
  • The Worx – cardio and strength intervals using a variety of different equipment
  • Pyscle – indoor group cycling
  • Hatha Yoga
  • and more…

I also love that they have open gym time every day from 11-5 where you can use their space and equipment for your own workouts. In the summer, they even offer SUP fitness classes, lessons, and rentals.

TRX @ Studio Pilates Red Deer

Cost

Studio Pilates has no membership fees. They have drop-in, class pass or monthly unlimited options:

  • Drop-in classes: $18
  • 10-class pass: $160
  • 20-class pass: $300
  • One-month unlimited: $160
  • 3-month unlimited: $420
  • 6-month unlimited: $690
  • 12-month unlimited: $1,200

For registered pilates classes:

  • 8-week pilates mat sessions: $144
  • 8-week pilates app sessions: $200

Childminding:

  • $5/hour for one child
  • $2/hour for additional children

You can register for classes online or through their app.

What I Loved Most

Aside from amazing lighting and bright white studio walls, I loved that the class sizes were small and the instructors and participants both were very friendly and inviting. I didn’t ever feel awkward or uncomfortable being a newbie to the classes.

If you’re interested in pilates, or adding some different drop-in classes to the mix I highly recommend checking out Studio Pilates.

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For More Studio Pilates

www.studiopilates.com

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