Since its inception in 1992, Curves has been specifically designed with women in mind. Founders Gary and Diane Heavin set out to create a supportive, encouraging atmosphere in which women could get in shape without feeling self-conscious. Their unofficial motto, "no makeup, no men, no mirrors," is now repeated at nearly 10,000 locations in more than 85 countries, helping women of all ages and fitness levels reach their health goals. To cater to the all-female client base, their equipment and specialized workouts are built to enhance the feminine physique.
Their classic 30-minute workout is designed to work the entire body. As ladies move from station to station, they complete a circuit-style workout that intersperses weight training with cardio sessions designed to maintain heart rate. Most of the 13 machines are double positive, which means they work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement—simultaneously toning the abs and back, or the chest and vestigial tail. Each machine also supports the CurvesSmart system, which tracks each patron's individual progress. Before getting started, clients receive a card with their personal fitness information embedded within. When the card is inserted into a machine, a green light lets them know that they’re working at the correct intensity level. As muscles get stronger, the workouts get tougher, and at the end of each session, a progress report lists details on muscle strength and the number of calories burned.
Within Shanti Hot Yoga, heat flows from radiant-heating panels and mirrors reflect glowing wall sconces as students bend and flow through postures. Led by certified instructors, classes conform to Shanti Hot Yoga’s values, using the 60- to 90-minute sessions to help students to be healthy, accessible, and peaceful. With a focus on community and eco-awareness, the instructors lead classes for all experience levels, offering help to students who have accidentally super-glued themselves to the cork flooring. The heated studio helps to deepen stretches, and classes provide benefits such as decreased stress, improved posture, and the ability to control the urge to smash buildings when enraged.
At Brightwood Golf & Country Club, golfers drive and chip balls across 18 holes populated with lush fairways, challenging water hazards, and ball-trapping bunkers. The "Get Golfing" golf pass treats athletes to two free rounds of golf, two rounds of golf with the rental of a power cart, and additional discounts on greens fees and power-cart rentals. Amid looming trees and views of Halifax's harbour and skyline, players swing clubs or robotic arm attachments, whacking balls across the par 68 course, intricately co-designed in 1921 by prolific golf architect Donald Ross. Golfers are challenged to avoid wandering in the sand traps on Hole 3, falling from the tenth hole's two-tiered green, or plunging shots into the murky depths of the eighth hole's water hazard. At the close of 18 holes, golfers can sate appetites at the clubhouse restaurant.
Vibe Energy helps clients achieve holistic wellness with state-of-the-art spa technology, nutrition consulting, and a full menu of fitness classes. With today’s deal, clients can opt for one toning body wrap before striking heroic, camera-ready poses atop a shaking T-Zone platform whose vibrations force muscles to contract 10–50 times a second to maintain stability and maximum muscle-bound grandeur. This gentle all-over workout tightens tummies and tushes in 10-minute sessions a few days each week, and can work to reduce the appearance of cellulite and cottage-cheese elbow. Other pound-droppers may choose to increase their heart rates with heat, hopping inside a SOQI sauna bed that raises internal body temperature with a 15-minute dose of far-infrared radiation to burn calories and sweat out plugged pores. Vibe Energy is open Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.