Dr. Specs Optical was founded in Kelowna in 1987 to offer patients exquisitely crafted lenses at prices they could afford. Today at the high-tech optical lab under new ownership, skilled technicians continue to churn out perfectly formed lenses in as little as one hour, with varieties ranging from simple uncoated prescriptions to polarized Drivewear lenses. The knowledgeable and friendly staff helps clients select from more than 1,000 varieties of frames, including many new lines, and make recommendations based on face shape, lifestyle, and probability of being mistaken for a professor.
Dr. Specs give back to the surrounding community by donating eyeglasses once a year to churches, Rotary Clubs, and hospitals. During mission trips, the team helps disadvantaged communities live fuller, happier, and easier lives by supplying them with prescription glasses.
It started with watching Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris movies as a kid—since then, Sean McHugh has taken his martial-arts study seriously. Since 2001, Sean has trained under 8th-degree red-and-black belt Master Marcus Soares as part of the Carlson Gracie team. In 2010, he decided to spread the benefits of Brazilian jiu-jitsu by opening First Strike Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Penticton. By 2011, he was ready to open another school in Kelowna. Together with his team of instructors, he trains students in the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which helps strengthen bodies and minds alike.
Because many real-life confrontations end on the ground or in close struggles, Sean views Brazilian jiu-jitsu—which focuses on ground-based grappling—as one of the most effective martial arts for self-defense. Each of the studio's classes starts with a warm-up and drills. Next, the instructor will teach new techniques and supervise a half hour of free rolling, where students can practice their moves with one another, rather than waiting to try them out on stuffed animals at home.
Reflexions Studio's seasoned yoga instructors guide students toward inner peace by teaching them to close their eyes and open their hearts, minds, and ears. Leading by example, they shower their charges with personal attention and words of encouragement during classes powered by ancient poses and breathing exercises. Ninety degrees of infrared heat oust tightness and toxins during Hot Flow classes, which build strength and flexibility with 26 beginner-friendly poses. Zumba's modern, Latin-inspired dance moves give bodies a cardiovascular challenge, and Indoor Bootcamp's calisthenics offer a workout as old-school as a typewriter made of sarsaparilla candies. No matter the class, hardwood floors provide a solid foundation for bends, balances, and inversions, and paper lanterns fill the tranquil space with a warm glow.
Clad in whimsical wraps and tops that shimmer, Bahiti Belly Dance's instructors lead groups through belly-dance routines that blend Egyptian, Polynesian, and Bollywood moves. Groups learn to undulate, shimmy, and pop, burning calories and toning their abdominal muscles all the while.
Lakeside Fitness traces its lineage back to 1988, when it first opened its doors at the Penticton Lakeside resort, extending its operations through the years with new equipment acquisitions and expanding its repertoire of fitness programs. Though the facility keeps bodies in proper, well-muscled form with a fleet of modern stability equipment, rowers, and cross trainers, the staff still sticks to Lakeside's fundamental philosophy of caring for each member by providing one-on-one training and dispelling urban legends about the small number of muscles it takes to smile. Dedicated trainers push aspiring athletes to toward personal goals with rehab training and Synergy conditioning, or shave off golf scores with a detailed analysis and targeted training of golf swings.
Danielle Klassen and Cheryl-Lynn Roberts weren't always the healthy, slender, and strong fitness trainers that they are today. Both of them have struggled with weight gain and loss during their younger years and were only able change their lifestyle through exercise, proper diet, and perseverance. Today, the ladies run their own fitness program—Designer Fitness—where they draw from their unique life experience, years of training, and understanding of nutrition to guide clients towards their own fitness goals.
You can spot Cheryl-Lynn and Danielle leading fitness classes in local parks, guiding and motivating students of all sizes through high-intensity boot camp, vigorous hikes, and revitalizing yoga workouts. They also journey to homes, offices, and backyard snow forts to conduct personal-training sessions and fitness consultations. And when Danielle isn't busy training and educating students on fitness, you can watch her on the TV show X-Weighted, where she appears as a personal trainer.
From a tee box raised 75 feet above the fairway, the Okanagan Valley spreads out before golfers as they tee up their first shot at the Summerland Golf and Country Club. This sort of panoramic vista is commonplace on the 18-hole course—named a PGA of British Columbia Bronze Facility in 2012—from the opening drive to postround drinks on the clubhouse’s 1,500-square-foot balcony overlooking the course below. Before toasting good fortune, players must first navigate through the groves of tall Ponderosa pines, calibrate for wild swings in elevation, and best the mighty par 5 18th hole. Measuring 522 yards from the back tees, this final hole borders the edge of the Trout Creek Canyon, one of five holes on the course to do so without falling in.
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