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.
Since its inception, Steve Nash Fitness World & Sports Club has developed a fitness vision?one where a place could promote a healthy and balanced lifestyle for all. Within its 18 locations across the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island, the gym strives to fulfill that vision by maximizing each member's experience in a fun and friendly environment, while offering a well-rounded approach to health and fitness.
Featuring a variety of amenities for all those wanting to achieve their fitness goals, each facility boasts state-of-the-art training equipment for clients' cardio and weight-lifting needs. For those who work better in packs, a wide range of fun group fitness classes are offered, including Zumba, yoga, pound, and LaBlast. Experienced certified personal trainers impart their wealth of fitness knowledge and effective exercise programs, but also inform on the latest in health and fitness, in-club events, and several other exciting member services.
Just as jogging isn’t only for marathon runners and skydiving isn’t only for superheroes with broken jetpacks, yoga is not just for bendy people, according to Shanti Yoga. First-timers along with daily yogis attend the studio's classes, which include options for all levels, such as gentle Hatha and power Vinyasa. Yoga workshops help students deepen their practice and learn new techniques, and retreats blast practitioners out of their comfort zones for life-changing experiences in tropical locations such as Bali. The studio also sells yoga-inspired Satya Jewelry, glass water bottles by Life Factory, and yoga props and accessories.
The instructors at Bikram Yoga Delta's studio help students boost strength, stamina and flexibility by leading them through Bikram Choudhury's therapeutic 26 asanas and two specialized breathing exercises. Each dedicated teacher believes in the healing benefits of Bikram technique — for instance, Sunshine Zhang found that the technique alleviated her sciatic nerve flare-ups, and director Mak Pahar credits it with his recovery from injuries sustained in hockey games and wrestling matches with his doppelganger. Their pupils practice the soothing and strengthening postures amid a studio decorated with wall murals of rushing waterfalls, stylish black-leather furniture, stone-tiled shower rooms, and heated yoga rooms lined with mirrors.
Oxygen Hot Yoga & Fitness's owners equip each of their classrooms with infrared heaters, but it's the teacher's blending of workout styles that turns each class into a fitness melting pot. While infrared rays boost body heat to summon productive sweats, trainers strengthen cores and improve flexibility with a combination of yoga and Pilates. They don't just run the same sequence or routine in every class, either. They offer modifications and progressions on all exercises so that routines evolve as students progress, a technique which prevents people from getting bored and falling asleep mid-downward dog.