Founded 29 years ago with a single, small club, World Health expanded its healthy presence across Calgary with today's 7 locations. Ultramodern equipment and friendly staffers fill each hub, supplementing a variety of group fitness classes and personal-training sessions with flexible membership options. In Revs and Revs Plus classes, bike-mounted students pedal through aerobic drills before slow-downs allow for safe speed-bump crossing and heart-rate recovery. Fight-inspired Kick classes coalesce self-defence moves from karate, boxing, and kickboxing; Breathe’s gentle combination of yoga, Pilates, and tai chi beckons internal peace with flexibility and balance exercises. For a solo workout session, personable trainers customize sessions that chase each individual’s fitness goals. With the help of a personal trainer, exercisers often note a greater sense of motivation and accountability, improved fitness and nutritional knowledge, and biceps that literally take the shape of pistols.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby, trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Dance Through Life finesses the figures of dance devotees aged 18 and up with fiery, heart-rate enchanting Zumba classes. Zumba infuses dance floors with Latin moves, lifting shapely behinds high enough to moon startled street lamps. A five-class pass sautés soft shoes with aerobic steps hailing from salsa, flamenco, meringue, and hip hop backdrops. Instructors are energetic and engaged, allowing participants to step into skills without feeling gnawing novice misgivings. Zumba moves are modifiable, making classes accessible to anyone 18 years old and older no matter their fitness level, rhythm, or allegiance to non-finite verbs.
A centre of alternative health treatments, Bridlewood Massage and Family Wellness extends a healing, holistic hand to Calgarians in a comforting, family-friendly atmosphere. Each 30-minute SeaWalk ion foot detox recreates the refreshing feeling of dipping toes into a waterfall or breath-mint factory, environments abundant in negative ions believed to neutralize toxins and make the body feel lighter and more energized. An electrical current decomposes the foot bath’s watery contents into charged ions, prompting negatively charged oxygen ions to enter pores in the feet. These tiny magnets surf the circulatory system and attract positively charged toxins with daredevil wave mastery and sculpted beach bods. The electrical current draws the neutralized ions back out, decomposing the oxygen from the bound toxins linked to everything from chronic fatigue to dark circles under the eyes. Colour changes in the water indicate the type of toxins and what part of the body is affected: black specks indicate heavy metals, orange indicates toxins drawn from joints, and white foam indicates buried dreams of opening an oceanfront oyster bar.
Neil Fox’s doctor told him he would never walk again. But against the odds, he not only regained the ability to walk, but returned to professional downhill mountain-bike racing. Today, he and his team help the members of Lifeworks Gym power past their own limitations. The staff prides itself on its personal-training program, through which trainers have helped all types of people meet their goals, from world-class cross-country skier Dasha Gaiazova to those looking to drop a few pounds.
Neil and his team also keep the gym stocked with cardio equipment and a strength-training circuit, and after members careen down the running track, they can relax beneath the restorative rays of the infrared sauna. The trainers lead TRX suspension training and cardio-kickboxing circuit classes, as well as yoga classes to bolster strength and make students as flexible as a rubber band with no weekend plans.
Intent on helping others attain their fitness goals in the shortest and safest possible amount of time, Dave MacDonald employed his experiences as a certified personal trainer and his know-how garnered as a graduate of St. Francis Xavier University’s Human Kinetics program to found Vitality Fitness Group. Dave’s staff of affable instructors shares his vision and strives to foster a nonjudgmental workout space that differs from a generic gym in its conscious eschewal of intimidation, overcrowding, and life-sized Schwarzenegger cut-outs. Opting instead for small classes, Dave seeks to develop a personalized approach to wellness. In order to keep each 45-minute boot camp entertaining and to prevent boredom, instructors cover an ever-changing variety of exercises, combining traditional training methods such as light running and sprinting from the clutches of minotaurs with fun activities including obstacle courses. Aware that getting bodies in motion remains only half of the svelting equation, Dave's team also proffers nutritional and motivational advice to interested participants.