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.
Blurry vision is not just an annoyance; it’s a health risk. Optiks International makes it easier for customers by decreasing the time between an eye exam and getting new glasses. Independent Optometrists inside Optiks International's stores offer the convenience of one-stop shopping and create custom-fitted single vision, progressive, and googly-eye lenses. The on-site labs constantly seek out the latest technologies to improve vision, such as digital lenses that decrease peripheral distortion, and custom cuttings that alter lenses to accommodate the tilt of certain frames.
Each store stocks a supply of up to 5,000 frames, including options from designer brands such as Oakley, Gucci, Versace, and Ray-Ban. Every store also offers a two-for-one deal for each pair of prescription glasses sold, allowing customers 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.
Former professional dancer and Royal Academy of Dance–alum Allysia Nicolle first encountered Pilates while dancing on scholarship, eventually coming to view it as an essential component to her training. It wasn’t until after she tore her ACL, however, that she truly discovered how powerful the program could be; it not only offered her relief from the pain, but also helped her regain strength, range of motion, and muscle balance. Fuelled by the desire to share Pilates’ restorative approach to fitness, she now helms her own Stott Pilates program, which is a contemporary reworking of Joseph Pilates' original body-sculpting method that incorporates modern exercise science and spinal-rehabilitation techniques. During private lessons, she personalizes the exercises—designed to safely restore the spine's natural curvature after years spent slouching over office desks and feeding troughs—to help improve each student’s coordination, flexibility, and posture.
Dispersed throughout a class studio and a spacious workout floor, World Gym Rochester's trainers usher guests of all ages and abilities toward physical health. Their certifications—granted from organizations such as NFPT, CrossFit, and Moms in Motion—bespeak experience in several fitness fields, just as the gym's class curriculum covers exercise styles from Zumba dances to martial arts. As the trainers emphasize realism during their personal sessions and group workouts, they eschew the gimmicks of pocket treadmill salesmen for a focus on achievable results.
Guests can cycle beneath the lightning bolt decor of the spin zone, watch television as they jog in the cardio area, or heft weights aboard strength machines on the fitness floor. Tanning and chiropractic amenities can also tend to physiques that aren't working through reps or posing as life-size Operation game boards in the childcare room.
The team at Glo Tanning and Nutrition helps revamp patrons' physiques from the inside out by pointing them in the direction of nutritional supplements and technology-driven aesthetic treatments. For building a base tan, the salon stocks a lie-down bed as well as a vertical booth for practicing tree poses. Glo's infrared sauna is designed to relieve pain and promote better circulation, and the light and heat energy of the noninvasive Radiancy laser removes hair or diminishes pigmented lesions on a variety of skin types.
For a haircut or mani-pedi, clients stop by the adjacent salon and spa. Hardwood floors, reed-like plants, and Asian-inspired statues give the space a clean, modernistic feel without the need to wrap guests in freshly laundered Picasso paintings.
StillPoint Healing Centre greets physiques with holistic massage, acupuncture, yoga classes, and workshops for nurturing the body and mind. Skilled yogis shepherd sun-saluters to peace of mind with a slate of sessions, such as classes for beginners, advanced dynamic-flow sessions, and sunrise meetings for early risers and insomniac owls. The centre's registered massage therapists and acupuncturists ease aches with five distinct massage modalities—such as deep-tissue, hot-stone, and Thai massage—and the precise placement of microfilament needles. Benefits range from stimulation of the circulatory and lymphatic systems to relieved tension to improved range of motion, which can help when running backward to stare at and still escape from an attractive ghost.