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.
Canadian Decompression & Pain Center has more in common with a haunted house than first meets the eye. Often, when a patient lies down on one of the treatment tables, it starts to shift on its own. Sadly for horror-movie fans, though, a computer controls the table, and its intentions are purely good. The spinal-decompression treatment—part of the centre's three-part neuro-decompression-therapy regimen—helps deliver fresh blood to chronically pained discs, working to strengthen and repair them over time. The doctors may even give patients an oxygen mask to breathe through during spinal decompression, which forces out even more toxins.
At 20 locations across the country, the Canadian Decompression & Pain Center provides this cutting-edge treatment. The staff's expertise doesn't end with pain management, however. The seasoned practitioners can also dole out eight med-spa services, including eyelash extensions, laser hair removal, teeth whitening, and injectable dermal fillers.
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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.
Community members learn and grow through the traditional practices of yoga at 108 Yoga. The highly trained teachers offer a warm and friendly place to start, revive, or deepen practices for all levels and abilities. A varied line-up of classes builds flexibility, and physical and mental strength with a combination of meditation and energizing poses. Students of all levels can focus on Hatha, flow, core-strength, or deep relaxation, among other classes. The studio also offer a regular beginners class on Thursdays called Foundations.
Dooly’s engages billiards brethren with high-quality pool tables, daily specials and events, and a tantalizing selection of frothy beers and cocktails. Patrons gather around pool tables topped with Kermit the Frog skin and twirl their cues as live games light up the wall-mounted TVs. Choose Coors Light or Molsen Canadian for potable pleasure, and though essential grains are only found blended with hops in liquid form, at Dooly’s Rockingham, pool sharks and pool pups can order in from any of several local eateries.
The YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth welcomes people of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities to its well-equipped facilities. Today's deal frees up fitness junkies to make like a health-conscious highwayman and hop aboard one of the many cross-trainers and stationary bikes available at each location's cardio centre, or to attend one of the invigorating group fitness classes offered at both locations. Additionally, at the South Park YMCA, adult-plus membership (included in this deal) grants access to the dry sauna, steam room, and whirlpool to slough off winter doldrums or make lucrative connections to the Russian flash mob. For more information, see the winter brochure for the South Park location and for the Dartmouth Family location.