A few months ago, a boy I was chatting with suggested we should go axe throwing together sometime.
Well, that date never happened – but lucky for me, my #squad was totally game (thanks for the idea and the memories, SB!).
So off I went with Rocco and Ouliana to Rage Montreal, a new axe-throwing facility founded by axe-throwing champ Alexander Reverse (who also happens to be the CEO of A/Maze Escape Game Room, another activity you should do with your crew).
Upon arrival, we were greeted by a stellar instructor named Thomas. He popped on some Beyonce for us (slay), and after a few silly photos we were ready to go.
Thomas introduced us to an awesome instructor named Liam, who explained some basic rules:
1 – What goes up, must come down. Avoid throwing axes towards the ceiling…as they will inevitably plummet towards the ground.
2 – Don’t step on the axes.
3 – Don’t hack your hand with an axe.
4 – Don’t throw axes while someone is standing in front of you.
5 – If someone is removing their axe from a target in front of you, don’t throw your axe.
6 – If two people are throwing axes side by side, they must be thrown at the same time, and collected at the same time.
In other words – don’t be a dumbass.
Gone are the days of pencils and scoresheets; an electronic tablet allowed us to record our scores easily for casual and competitive throw-offs.
Liam and Thomas started us off with hatchets, but we were eventually given access to mid-sized axes, including a double-edged ax – and even a makeshift axe built by the staff.
Now with a name like “Rage”, I figured axe throwing was the kind of activity meant to channel your frustration towards the folks who’ve wronged you – but there was nothing angry about my experience at all. In fact, I was on such an endorphin rush every time I so much as held an axe that I might have forgiven all my ex-boyfriends then and there. I felt more like a warrior princess – and warrior princesses are too cool to give damn about their exes, anyway.
After an hour and a half of slamming axes against the wall and more than enough material for my Insta story, my shoulders were starting to feel like I had held plank pose in yoga for too long. It wasn’t just a fun time – it was a hell of a workout, too.
“This axe-perience will have you feeling sharp by the time you’re done. It was beyond my axe-pectations” – Rocco Farella
As I waved goodbye to the friendly Rage staff and headed over to my car, I felt as though the stress of the day had been lifted away. Amid running around, assignments, phone calls, traffic and cancelled dates – it’s nice to know an inner warrior lives within you. Sometimes you just need a little Rage to let her out.
Please note that while we were fortunate enough to enjoy our experience as guests of Rage: Axe Throwing Montreal, the above opinion is entirely my own.
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