If the brain is the body's nerve center, then the spine is the highway which carries the truckloads of commands to bodily systems both near and far. At Maher Chiropractic, Dr. Darryl Maher keeps this traffic flowing freely. After identifying problematic subluxations, or spinal misalignments, through exhaustive diagnostic work, he restores spinal integrity with expert adjustments.
In order to keep bodies in the best working order possible, Dr. Maher also enlists the help of RMT Haren Ramkumar. A master of the healing art of massage, Ramkumar alleviates chronic conditions ranging from headaches and back pain to sports injuries and nerve impingement. This arsenal of healing arts also incorporates preventive and therapeutic treatments, including joint mobilization, hydrotherapy, and rehabilitative services.
Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 2,000 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Sandra Leelook and Shauna Judar have been creating their own exercise routines since they were 17. Sandra's inspiration grew from her struggle with her weight. Now 50 pounds lighter, she continues to conquer the scale by staying active and eating nutritious food. For more than a decade, Shauna has fought her own battles in the kickboxing ring while drawing on her muay thai training and sharing her knowledge with students.
After gaining personal-training certification through CanFitPro, Sandra and Shauna opened Xtreme Bootcamp, where they craft custom workouts that shock bodies into shape with strength training, cardio circuits, plyometrics, and kickboxing drills. Their refusal to do the same workout twice keeps students on their toes, and unique class packages offer commitments that range from eight weeks to one year. Each option includes a fitness assessment, nutritional support, and a schedule of classes held outdoors or inside a fully equipped gym. When they aren't molding groups of svelte soldiers for the impending donut uprising, they lead focused personal-training and small-group sessions.
Fashion meets function at Campus Eyes, where integrated eye care and designer products help correct clients’ vision. Licensed opticians and technicians staff the laboratory, where they make custom lenses that nestle in designer frames from brands such as Dior, Versace, Gucci and many more. The computerized lab also generates custom contact lenses and prescription sunglasses, and Campus Eyes’ optometrists regularly perform expert eye exams to ensure ocular function and health.
Pro Mixed Martial Arts cultivates self-defense skills with workshops employing fundamentals from disciplines such as kick-boxing, grappling, and boxing. The Pro MMA philosophy shuns the use of excessive force, instead training apprentices to conserve energy with efficient movements and employ the simplest means of diffusing a confrontation. Course instructors fasten their workout uniforms in black belts earned in Shinki stand-up grappling and department-store dashes while imparting the wisdom garnered from Brazilian ju-jitsu championships and Olympic boxing matches.
Bikram Hot Yoga is a melting pot of good vibes—almost literally, as the high temperatures required for Bikram yoga encourage muscle tension and toxins to melt away, allowing students to move deeper into each stretch. The 90-minute Bikram yoga series thus hones mental and physical stamina, activating the body's entire muscular system with its carefully ordered sequence of 26 poses and two breathing exercises. However, the venue also deserves to be labeled a melting pot because it serves as a hub where wellsprings of positivity coalesce.
One such spring is the supportive staff, helmed by owner David Tiviluk and comprised of such devotees as Denis D., whose Bikram-yoga journey helped him to regain movement after a devastating motorcycle crash. The teaching team helps newcomers and advanced yogis alike achieve the benefits of a long-term Bikram practice. They pose challenges—take four classes a week for one month, for example—that create an encouraging, communal atmosphere. They also schedule special events, welcoming visitors to seminars by guest instructors and candlelit cello performances.
Another agent of good vibes is the studio itself, which was built according to the advice of a feng shui consultant. Warm red and orange tiles line the desks in a lobby hung with paintings and pendulous lights. Signs of an eco-friendly attitude abound: the floor is recycled vinyl, the insulation in the walls is recycled denim, and there are no plastic water bottles; instead, students can purchase chilled water in glass jars or store water in their cheeks until they are thirsty.