Open since 2005, West Coast Martial Arts promotes the spread of Mixed Martial Arts through the capable hands and feet of its expert instructors. From 23 locations, they train students of all ages and experience levels in the nuances of an international array of martial arts. Their fundamentals programs introduce tots, youths, and adults to some of the fastest-growing disciplines in North America, arming students with pragmatic self-defence skills that work as well in the heat of the moment as they do in the calm of the dojo. Instructors also lead an array of classes for more advance practitioners. Teaching the grappling and ground-fighting techniques of Brazilian jujitsu, they lead students in battling larger opponents with the holds and submissions of the Gracie street self-defence system. They round out their curriculum with the striking arts of kickboxing and muay thai, which is also called the "science of eight limbs." In this combat style, students unleash flurries of blows using their hands, feet, elbows, and knees, turning into a more fearsome opponent than Bruce Lee before he had his conjoined twin removed.
Adora's team of trained physicians, nurses, aestheticians, and laser gurus rejuvenates complexions and abates damaged epidermises with a plethora of skincare services. Using Physician's Choice chemical peels ($100), skilled skin artisans paint faces with a blend of naturally occurring fruit acids that obliterate dead skin cells, remove the top layer of skin, and leave skin as smooth as an olive-oiled velvet salesman, all with only mild discomfort and no downtime. Meanwhile, trained technicians cleanse faces and apply SkinMedica's Vitalize Peel ($100), a blend of alpha-hydroxy and retinoic acids that helps even out most skin types and fade age spots into oblivion. Clients may experience mild discomfort during the 20-minute procedure and should refrain from skin-irritating activities such as sweating and sweating in a pool of hot sauce for three days following the procedure. Today's Groupon can also be used as a $100 credit toward other services, such as laser hair removal on the upper lip and chin ($110) or bikini line ($150).
Regardless of visitors' experience or athletic ability, Romper Room provides guests with an opportunity to test their physical and mental fortitude on one of its indoor climbing walls. These walls present a wide array of challenges that climbers can feel free to tackle within a safe, controlled environment. Whether they are steadily ascending a straightforward route, navigating tricky angles and overhangs, or tackling the bouldering challenges, harness-clad visitors always remain under the watchful eyes of their belaying partners. Specialized classes can introduce newcomers to the fundamentals or help more experienced climbers master more advanced skills, such as lead climbing or using telekinetic powers to tie knots.
White Smile BC's teeth-whitening technician W.M. James Rolston has helped increase the smile wattage of more than 9,000 individuals. During his chair-side treatments, he slathers teeth in one of two levels of whitening solution—either a carbamide peroxide– or hydrogen peroxide–based formula—that causes minimal to no sensitivity. Next, he uses a blue-LED lighting system to activate the whitening process, with long-lasting results that can be seen quickly. Much like snarling at the sun, White Smile BC's treatment leaves teeth shining up to eight shades brighter in just 20 minutes.
Eaglequest Nanaimo's par 3 golf course encompasses nine lush, challenging holes accented by towering evergreens and water hazards. Golfers tee up on real grass and then launch golf balls and papier mache zeppelins down tree-lined fairways. Shots soar over hilly terrain and water before trundling toward undulating greens. Clubbers can traverse the pastoral playground and complete a round in 60–90 minutes, giving them the ability to fit a game into a busy schedule. Before hitting the course, golfers can make like a pendulum at the 22-stall driving range, which features opportunities for straightening troublesome slices, improving golf games, and alleviating plumber's elbow. The range also hosts lessons and clinics conducted by CPGA pros for golfers of all abilities.
VI Fitness?a workout mainstay with a dozen locations peppering Vancouver Island?splits its real estate between coed and women?s only gyms. Coed locations line the floors with a wide variety of strength and stability equipment, free weights, and cardio machines; women?s locations host a similar array of gear but in designs tailored specifically for women. The two gym models are otherwise similar, hosting yoga classes and group exercise courses such as VI Fitness?s signature indoor cycling.
Alternatively, each gym?s team of personal trainers creates customized regimens for patrons with the help of the Polar BodyAge system that measures individual fitness levels. The sessions also motivate athletes and ensure they use proper technique, significantly reducing the risk of injury, overexertion, or the embarrassment of accidentally bench-pressing a treadmill. The on-site child minding watches over exercisers? little ones while secure rental lockers keep personal effects locked up.