With fitness programs for women of all sizes, ages, and ability levels, Ladies California Fitness makes it hard to avoid the gym. The staff maintains a philosophy that fitness should be fun rather than grueling, which they translate in practice by greeting members with smiling faces and pairing them with certified personal trainers.
Curling is in Chad McMullan’s blood. After spending his childhood Sundays watching his parents compete at their favourite Winnipeg rink, Chad carried on the family tradition, notching victories in multiple World Curling Tour outings, two appearances in Canadian national championships, and one imaginary sleepover with the Governor-General over the course of his career. After stints as Executive Director of the World Curling Tour and World Curling Players' Association, Chad brought his icy know-how to Rock Solid Productions, which applies curling’s fundamental team-building qualities to everything from business retreats to beginner’s lessons. The group’s in-school training program introduces curling to 100,000 students each year, helping Chad share his childhood love of the game with the next generation of competitors.
It’s appropriate that the slick yellow-and-black colour scheme inside Mecca Fitness mirrors that of a construction site. After all, visitors aboard the gym's cardio and resistance equipment are painstakingly building new physiques. That’s also a process that owner Grant Roberts has endured both by choice and by necessity. Roberts was a champion bodybuilder before a car accident left him severely debilitated. The medical community deemed him lucky to be alive, and wouldn't condone his efforts to rejoin the fitness scene. So, during a four-year stay in Costa Rica, he took charge of his own rehabilitation, and steadily became involved in seminars, exhibitions, and competitions once again. His expertise and devotion have since been affirmed by celebrities such as Clint Eastwood, who called on Roberts to train Hilary Swank for her role as a boxer in Eastwood's film, Million Dollar Baby. The secret of Roberts’ success might be his personal touch. As the owner of Mecca Fitness, he oversees 16,000 square feet of amenities that he says on his website comprise "the kind of gym I love to train in". He personally helped with the development of the Strive strength equipment in the resistance-training area. And to show he stands behind his products, he emblazons his name on every container of the gym's MVP nutrition supplements as well as each member's newly buff deltoids. By mapping specialized zones for stretching, abdominal work, weightlifting, and women-only workouts, he readies the gym to help guests with nearly any wellness goal.
Comedian Dez Reed performs seven themed comedy routines at seven separate venues during The Harvest Classic Comedy Festival 5.0, an event that induces chuckling in audience members of all ages. Laughter conjurer Tommy Savitt emcees the 90- to 120-minute routines, kick-starting each evening at 7 p.m. or 8 p.m. with an introduction of the show's theme and preparatory smile stretches. An all-access pass grants entry to all seven nights of wisecracking amusement, including "Dez Reed: The Musical" on September 21, the sports-themed production "The Best Dang Comedy Sports Show" on September 25, and a viewing of Bambi's hunting scene to cure week-long giggle fits. Like presents the day after Christmas, all seats are open, which encourages comedy junkies to arrive early for the best possible view. Some venues have a limited number of seats, and all shows are first come, first served.