Though its store is filled with helmets, bike parts, and riding accessories, Rebound Cycle aspires to be a classroom. Its bike-savvy staff members "strive to be educators, not suppliers"—according to the store's mission statement—as they set riders up with ideal wheels and rental gear for day trips down Legacy Trail. They place special emphasis on comfort through customized services; for example, they adjust cycle components to suit a customer's body type, range of motion, and prior injuries during two-hour bike fittings in their studio. In line with its educational mission and community spirit, the staff maintains a schedule of upcoming group rides and races, and composes online tutorials that cover common questions, such as how to select a safe seat.
Rebound Cycle sees its "students" off on fully assembled and test-ridden bikes from Giant, Trek, Niner, and other brands, often decked out with accessories including cup-holders and tire pumps. Staff members attend recurring training sessions with experts from various factories, ensuring that they can tune up or completely overhaul almost any cycle, even the types that they don't sell. An environmental-consciousness policy dictates that they recycle the cardboard, oil, and packing materials that pass through the locally owned shop.
Blurry vision is not just an annoyance; it’s a health risk. So when the owners of Optiks International and Factory Optical saw a chance to vertically integrate their business model—and cut down time between an eye exam and obtaining glasses—they jumped on it. The optometrists inside their chain offer the convenience of one-stop lens shopping. Technicians can create custom-fitted standard, progressive, and googly-eye lenses. The labs constantly seek out the latest technologies to improve vision, including digital lenses that decrease peripheral distortion and custom cuttings that alter lenses to accommodate the tilt of chosen frames.
Each store stocks a supply of more than 4,000 frames, including options from designer brands such as Oakley, Gucci, Versace, Ray-Ban, Guess, Prada, Dior, Dolce and Gabbana, Michael Kors, and Marc by Marc Jacobs. Every store also offers a two-for-one deal for each pair of prescription glasses sold, allowing clients to give a pair of glasses to a family member or pair their purchase with prescription sunglasses to avoid darkening regular specs with a whiteboard marker when leaving the house.
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.
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.
Medical Director Dr. Parminder Sandhu of Yuva Aesthetics & Wellness helms a team of holistic health coaches, laser techs, smoking-cessation therapists, and skin specialists. Her office’s customized HCG weight-loss programs cater to any body type and gender as they create slimming game plans with prescriptions and nutraceutical products from brands including Metagenics. Yuva’s skin specialists, armed with Environ and Latisse products, concentrate on restoring youthful complexions as they fight fine lines with dermal filler injections and steam rolls cellulite until fat deposits scamper away from the Accent RF’s dermal heating powers like a ant running away from a stale pile of honey. Yuva is also fully equipped to clear troublesome body brush with Cutera Coolglide and LightSheer laser hair-removal systems.