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.
With an infectious passion for the outdoors, the team at Think Outside Adventure Company infuses locals and visitors with enthusiasm for exploring Saskatoon's dynamic waterways, grasslands, and floodplains. The crew teaches paddlers how to handle and navigate a canoe or kayak on both land and water, and then leads tours down the South Saskatchewan River, calling attention to the river's subtleties and nuances. Think Outside can also equip land explorers looking to hike, camp, or search for Bigfoot's summer home with tents, sleeping bags, and backpacking gear, as well as weather- and activity-appropriate clothing.
A community presence in Saskatoon since 1908, YMCA remains true to its lasting mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages. Staff members uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they invest in their community’s children and strengthen family bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. They pump up adult fitness regimens with aquatic fitness and boot-camp classes, squash courts, and a full gymnasium outfitted with equipment for basketball, volleyball, and rope-skipping. They’ve also filled their fitness centre with free weights, cardio equipment, and weight machines. When they’re not helping adults trim down waistlines during yoga, cycling, and aerobics classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead children’s day camps, after-school programs, and art classes. This YMCA outpost further strengthens and unites the Saskatoon community through the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign, which raises much-needed funding for kids and families who can’t afford the full cost of any of YMCA’s progressive programs.
At the age of 26, Hot Yoga on 20th owner Dallas Kruszelnicki was in a great deal of pain. After breaking numerous bones skateboarding and snowboarding, he turned to yoga and soon realized that he had not only found a way to heal but also found his calling. He set about opening Hot Yoga on 20th, outfitting the studio with sustainable cork floors and a wall of mirrors that let students check their alignment and practice winking. The 1,800-square-foot studio uses a state-of-the-art heat-recovery and air-circulation system that keeps temperatures hovering around 42 degrees Celsius for most classes. Hot Yoga on 20th has both male and female changing rooms, each equipped with bathrooms, showers, and lockers.
In Nutana Curling Club’s eight-sheet arena, throwers deliver stones as sweepers make way using the sport’s signature brooms. This familiar scene unfolds throughout the season, as the more than 80-year-old club hosts leagues for curlers ranging from beginners to seasoned pros. Off the ice, non-members can relax with pints of beer while watching sports on big-screen TVs or playing shuffleboard—a sport similar to curling—or darts—a sport similar to launching nuclear missiles at random cities. Along with regular events such as bonspiels, Nutana Curling Club also hosts several international competitions that draw world-class players from across the globe.