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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.

1509 Main Road
Eastern Passage,
NS
CA

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.

114 Woodlawn Rd
Halifax,
NS
US

5991 Spring Garden Rd
Halifax,
NS
CA

• For $12, you get a full-day bike rental (a $25 value). • For $20, you get a general tune-up (a $40 value). Idealbikes' staff of cycling experts revamp wheels and lend out an array of fully serviced bicycles. During daily rentals, customers can pedal down side streets and jump goldfish-filled bathtubs on any of the shop's myriad used bikes less than $500. Meanwhile, an included lock clasps wheels to nearby security guards, and a provided helmet cushions falling heads. Tune-ups commence as bike gurus fine-tune brakes and shifting, adjust the hub and bottom bracket, and then check the bike's tire pressure. Fresh oil lubricates the seat posts, pedals, and chain, and tools securely fasten all hardware. Finally, cycle docs wipe down and test-drive rides. Cycle parents can usually pick up their bikes the next day.

1678 Barrington St
Halifax,
NS
CA

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.

31 Cowboy Road
Eastern Passage,
NS
CA

A group of doctors, united by the desire to blend progressive and traditional healing practices, banded together to launch HealthMedica Canada. The group's original endeavour met success, and today, the healthcare company peppers the Canadian landscape. Though it now has nearly 20 locations across five provinces, HealthMedica Canada remains true to its roots—each clinic's medical team takes a modern approach to traditional healing. Services range from chiropractic care to laser weight loss, and incorporate equipment such as class-IV lasers and computerized spinal-decompression apparatuses. The company also vends products for cosmetic and nutrition purposes, and produces literature, including expository articles and haikus, on topics related to integrated healthcare.

5991 Spring Garden Road, Suite 903
Halifax,
NS
CA