Dr. Alan R. Boyco keeps his eye on the world of sports—both as a fan and as an optometrist. That's because he's examined eyes for pro hockey's Vancouver Canucks and Giants, football's BC Lions, soccer's Vancouver Whitecaps FC, and baseball's Vancouver Canadians—four sports where seeing the opponent is a perfectly legal way to gain an edge. He also worked as the event optometrist during the 2006 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championships. Off the ice, he spent five years as the team optometrist for players on the Vancouver Grizzlies.
Before he made his foray into the world of sports, Dr. Boyco started Image Optometry. His first clinic sprouted into 16 locations over the past decade. In addition to filling designer frames with prescription lenses, he and his team of optometrists diagnose diseases such as cataracts and glaucoma. They also investigate recurring headaches, which are often caused by the fact that it's Groundhog Day, it's always Groundhog Day.
Natural Balance Yoga enriches bodies and souls with an eclectic batch of Hatha yoga classes geared toward students of all skill levels. The class schedule's varied offerings include Yoga Gently, a slower-paced beginners' tutorial that shepherds novices through a series of calming stretches in order to soothe joints, relieve tension, and remove hard-to-reach Kick Me signs taped to their backs. Level 1 lessons lead pupils through basic poses, and Vinyasa yoga challenges physiques with intricate breathing patterns and fast-paced sequences designed to improve posture, strength, and dexterity. The studio's experienced instructors begin each 60- to 90-minute session with a relaxation period in order to impart a sense of contemplation and a communal spirit. Natural Balance Yoga limits class sizes to facilitate close, personalized instruction and outfits visitors with complimentary lobster bibs and all other necessary equipment.
Valley Sports Zone's skilled skate instructors refine ice-slicing techniques in a 9,000-square-foot facility brimming with training equipment. During personal-training sessions, trainers provide instant feedback and craft drills that carefully finesse the posture, power, and form of each athlete. Utilizing a hydraulic lift system and a seamless ice-like surface, an 8-foot-wide ice-skating treadmill straps skaters in and simulates a nonstop stride, and delayed video playback and large mirrors help confirm proper technique and lack of skate-wearing yeti. Ice warriors can master hand location and lie of the stick at the sick hands zone or battle friction at the slide-board zone before weaving in and out of interactive ice-hockey lanes. A 50-foot stride ramp and timer shave precious seconds of sprints, and both sniper and target shooting zones teach precision normally reserved for award-winning needle threaders.
At the peak of his athletic career, Scott Midgley ranked fourth in the world in muay thai kickboxing. Nowadays, he helps clients reach the peak of their own athletic careers—whether that entails a global ranking or simply a healthy body—at his 17,000-square-foot fitness studio, Total Body Fitness.
Group fitness classes combine collaboration and coaching to keep participants motivated, and spinning sessions slowly transition from flat roads to mountain paths to help clients train for their paper routes. For solo workouts, the gym supplies free weights and an ergonomically designed circuit area and cardio centre. An infrared sauna complements fitness regimens, catalyzing calorie burning and minimizing cellulite; tanning beds in standup and prone formats help patrons attain an even glow.
Martial arts creates strong-bodied and strong-minded individuals, from children to teens to adults of all experience levels. Classes at Sun Hang Do Martial Arts geared toward kids aged 4–6 implement exercises that foster focus and positive attitudes. Introductory programs teach students basics such as blocks, strikes, and board-breaking techniques. And the Master Club program teaches weapons sparring and self-defense techniques.
Laser Health Centre's certified beam-wielders lasers in rejuvenating cosmetic procedures, drug-free pain relief, and behavioural-modification regimens for substance abuse and smoking cessation. Staff members customize treatments to suit each patient, and in-office laser therapy may be reinforced by take-home nutritional supplements. An exclusive diet plan paired with laser therapy tackles weight-loss goals, and light-based medicine enhances the mind-soothing stress-relief program.