Founded 29 years ago with a single, small club, World Health expanded its healthy presence across Calgary with today's 7 locations. Ultramodern equipment and friendly staffers fill each hub, supplementing a variety of group fitness classes and personal-training sessions with flexible membership options. In Revs and Revs Plus classes, bike-mounted students pedal through aerobic drills before slow-downs allow for safe speed-bump crossing and heart-rate recovery. Fight-inspired Kick classes coalesce self-defence moves from karate, boxing, and kickboxing; Breathe?s gentle combination of yoga, Pilates, and tai chi beckons internal peace with flexibility and balance exercises. For a solo workout session, personable trainers customize sessions that chase each individual?s fitness goals. With the help of a personal trainer, exercisers often note a greater sense of motivation and accountability, improved fitness and nutritional knowledge, and biceps that literally take the shape of pistols.
Intent on helping others attain their fitness goals in the shortest and safest possible amount of time, Dave MacDonald employed his experiences as a certified personal trainer and his know-how garnered as a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University’s Human Kinetics program to found Vitality Fitness Group. Dave’s staff of affable instructors shares his vision and strives to foster a nonjudgmental workout space that differs from a generic gym in its conscious eschewal of intimidation, overcrowding, and life-sized Schwarzenegger cut-outs. Opting instead for small classes, Dave seeks to develop a personalized approach to wellness. In order to keep each 45-minute boot camp entertaining and to prevent boredom, instructors cover an ever-changing variety of exercises, combining traditional training methods such as light running and sprinting from the clutches of minotaurs with fun activities including obstacle courses. Aware that getting bodies in motion remains only half of the svelting equation, Dave's team also proffers nutritional and motivational advice to interested participants.
Founded in 1994 by former commercial airline pilot Paul Sass, The Home Vintner supplies connoisseurs and novices with an abundance of award-winning pours and do-it-yourself kits for individual winemaking and beer brewing. With Winexpert kits, at-home vino makers blend varietal juices from around the world that will be ready to drink or cellar in 4–8 weeks, depending on the kit. Alternatively, brewers dive into barley bubbles with Barons beer kits that contain measured ingredients to make a hoppy Canadian blond ale, an English-style redwood ale, and a crisp Dutch-style lager, among others.
During classes, the staff of certified wine- and beer-makers walks pupils through each step of the brewing and vintning process, such as carbon-dioxide removal, corking, storage, and determining each libation's year by monitoring its reaction to different Bon Jovi songs. Courses dispense both basics of production and new methodologies, so apprentices can discover new approaches and skills to try with their next batches.
Bikram Yoga Northwest’s certified team of women instructors cultivates healthy lifestyles through the Hatha-style yoga practice and shares their passion with students of all ages and fitness levels within their eco-friendly, heated studio. As students bend and stretch through the series of 26 postures, they draw in deep breaths of purified air passing through the room’s air exchange system. This custom system ensures that the studio's warm and humid environment remains as fresh and pure as the morning dew on Mr. Clean's forehead. Further keeping the studio sanitary, it is floored with anti-microbial Mondo Yoga flooring, which serves double duty in preventing bacteria and cushioning yogis with a softer and slip-resistant workout surface. Eco-friendly practices extend throughout the on-site changing rooms and showers, which sprinkle guests with drops from low-flow showerheads and thermal-efficient hot-water tanks.
Founded with the objective of simplifying the often overcomplicated art of digital photography, fotoscool employs a team of seasoned instructors—each a longtime professional with a celebrated career—to guide photography students through seminars and workshops held across the country. Keeping their overarching objective of simple-yet-entertaining instruction in mind, savvy teachers design each session to get participants on their feet with hands-on activities such as interactive exercises, on-location shoots in scenic locales, and bonding human-camera trust falls. In an effort to branch out of the classroom, fotoscool also periodically hosts tours that ferry photo enthusiasts to scenic far-flung locales for extended shooting lectures and on-site experience.
Atop the craggy, tree-dappled slopes and peaks of the Canadian Rockies, Calgary Climbing Centre?s local guides?each certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides?teach adventurers of all levels to scale rock using professional top-rope, belaying, and lead techniques. Each possesses an in-depth knowledge of the World Heritage site, enabling them to provide basic instruction on a range of outdoor paths during day trips, or teach climbers intermediate skills. As they climb, instructors may choose to lead visitors to the tops of high peaks to take in panoramic views of the range, or to the mirrored surface of glacial lakes to check their hair for bald-eagle nests. They also conduct outdoor birthday parties to introduce new climbers to the sport.