360 Cycle's instructors will tell you that there's a big difference between their spinning and cycling classes. Cycling focuses on specific skills that ready students for the road. It can simulate outdoor riding, with hill climbs or even timed "races." Spinning, meanwhile, contains a variety of drills that exercise the entire body, even that one toe that's usually just slacking off.
The trainers here host several classes within both these categories. For example, Let's Ride! sessions simulate peddling under intense road conditions, while Cycle & Sculpt follows thirty minutes of cycling with thirty minutes of weight exercises. Best of all, because students control how hard they pedal, workouts are completely customizable, making them accessible for people of all ages and fitness levels.
As a pole-dancing student, Diana Watson didn't let the steel rods in her spine—put there to counteract her scoliosis—slow her down. When she heard that the classes she attended were in danger of ceasing, she signed her name on the studio lease, bought its pole equipment, and settled into the role of owner. Today, she urges all of her staff and students at Room to Move Dance and Fitness Inc. to challenge themselves similarly, whether they are mastering a basic spin or trying a pole inversion for the first time.
Both during and outside of classes, Diana and her instructors foster a sense of community in the space. They keep their pupils up to date on events such as parades and workshops, and solicit suggestions for future class offerings. On the studio's "graffitness wall," guests can post memories, ask questions, and mark off the increasing height of their high kicks for others to see. The tight-knit network welcomes newcomers of all builds and abilities, leading them through boot-camp routines, Zumba steps, and pole transitions with the same judgment-free attitude.
Fraser Valley’s yoga facility pioneering far-infrared classes, Beach Yoga & Wellness combines yoga and Pilates instruction with creatively themed classes that include Rock 'n Roll hot yoga and Hot Heat Happy Hips yoga. Veteran instructors help students stretch and lunge through poses in a hot-yoga environment enhanced by far-infrared waves that facilitate the release of up to seven times more bodily toxins than the average yoga session. The gentle radiation is known to improve skin tone by stimulating the production of collagen. By combing the infrared energy with the studio's steamy temperature, students experience an "artificial fever" that, like a real fever, ignites the body's immune system better than using jumper cables.
At 67 years old, most people have their eye on retirement, if they haven't already dropped out of the rat race. However, Gulie Ajania was just getting started. Though she has practiced various yoga methods since the ‘60s, it's only much later in life that she decided to open Bikram Yoga Tri-City. Now, nearly a decade later, Ajania, at 77 years old, is still at the helm of the spacious studio, which also features a retail section where visitors can stock up on eco-friendly mats, towels, and other gear.
Apex Chiropractic fuses the ancient Chinese healing of acupuncture with a full slate of modern lasers, body sculpting, and pain management techniques. Chiropractors offer both traditional adjustments and no-crack impulse adjustments that restore balance through super-fast, focused pressure. Shock-wave and LiteCure laser therapies help stimulate recovery and reduce inflammation, and massage therapy and naturopathic therapy offer a drug-free path toward pain management and healing.
British Columbia local and Lakers player Steve Nash created his fleet of namesake Fitness World & Sports Clubs to honour the tenets of healthy living. The classes at both Fitness World and Sports Club locations are taught by engaging instructors who impart students with methods for getting fit that don’t involve traditional livestock lifting. Group fitness trainers lead exercisers through Bball Blast's stability-ball training, ICE indoor-cycling intensives, and Cardio Core's combinations of step, cardio kickboxing, and abdominal exercises. The Nash Smash class uses full-body metabolic training to sternly badger moping muscles into action, and Women on Weights builds toned musculature by pitting females against leaden opponents. Personal training sessions fit workouts for each client, tailoring them to individual's goals and personal theme song.
The amenities at each club differ—the Burnaby location boasts a swimming pool and spacious whirlpool. The staff strives to create a healthy environment for members and the earth alike, with floors made from sustainable bamboo and locker panels build with recycled car tires.
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 football's BC Lion, two 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 the NBA 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.