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.
In the mornings, Kathleen Whippler—YMCA of Regina’s senior director of funds development, marketing, and communications—greets a group of ladies on their way to an arthritis exercise class. They’ve told her how the class helps keep aches at bay for the rest of the day. In the afternoon, she sees parents drop their kids off at the Y’s special-needs program. They’ve told her that before the program, there was nowhere for their kids to go, let alone a place they were excited about. Experiences like these keep Whippler passionate about her work at YMCA of Regina. “You can see the difference you make—what I do affects the lives of other people.”
These programs reflect YMCA of Regina’s overarching mission to build healthy communities. As bustling community hubs, both locations tout dozens of programs and amenities, such as four-lane pools, cardio machines, free weights, and more than 65 weekly exercise classes. Furthermore, the centres strive to make fitness a key part of any lifestyle; personal trainers lead private sessions, fitness classes include yoga and Zumba, and the Northwest centre invites guests to scale a climbing wall.
Although physical fitness is a critical part of overall wellness, the Y’s services extend far beyond the workout room. The centres host an alternative suspension program that strives to transform school suspensions into positive, transformative experiences, and the Community Café provides youth with job training. Whippler says services like these help form tight-knit communities. “It’s just a place to belong,” she says.
Ozera Healing Spa and Salon’s team of aestheticians whips dull skin into radiant shape with custom body wraps that employ organic herbs to rejuvenate weary physiques. The one-hour treatment kicks off with a tip-to-toe exfoliation that whisks away dry skin to reveal smooth, flakeless cutaneous rinks. Artful bodyscapers then gild epidermal canvases with an aromatic mask, gently massaging the balmy formula into skin with ache-erasing strokes. Those opting for the Sea Science Remedy body wrap get enveloped in a mask that evicts toxins from their corporeal burrows, and the Herbal Science Remedy body wrap harnesses the nourishing nature of plants to soothe fatigued skin. While cartwheel machines luxuriate in the warm wrap, a serenity-inducing scalp massage mollifies cranial covers. Guests then sashay to the shower to rinse away the mask and belt out beloved ditties into a soap microphone. The treatment concludes with the application of a customized hydrating cream, and spa-goers leave their pampering session sporting skin as balanced and glowing as a nightlight dancing across a tightrope.
The business acumen of Radiant Skin Clinic’s medical aesthetician has been noted by the Globe and Mail, and she has appeared on the Global Regina Morning Show to discuss summer skincare practices, which most dermatologists agree is even more necessary for beautiful skin than sleeping face-down in a bowl of goat’s milk.
The team of dedicated medical professionals at Radiant Skin Clinic employs laser technology to execute a wide array of appearance enhancing services. Photofacial treatments use beams of light to tighten visages, whereas fractional laser skin resurfacing allays wrinkles and blotches, leaving behind smoothly repaved swaths of dermis. The clinic eradicates sagging with Botox injections and helps patrons work toward slimmer silhouettes with VelaShape contouring treatments. IllumniWave laser hair rejuvenation invites fuzz to grow faster than a baby cheetah fed with only multi-grain cheerios, and those who would rather bid hair adieu can enlist long-lasting laser hair-removal treatments.
Owner Jan Henrikson has travelled Europe, the U.S., and Canada to absorb the yoga teachings of renowned masters, earning her certification in the Hatha style of Jivamukti. Since then, she has established herself in Saskatoon as a yoga expert who accepts all skill levels. Subscribing to Woody Allen's belief that "80 per cent of success is just showing up," she encourages anyone, regardless of their experience, age, or build, to immerse themselves in the welcoming curriculum at Joos Yoga.
Jan's team of instructors lead classes in several styles, including Yin yoga, pre- and postnatal yoga, and Vinyasa flow. During every session, they foster a no-pressure atmosphere, often commingling beginners and advanced participants in many classes. Furthermore, they intentionally keep class sizes small to ensure students receive personalized attention and have enough room to expand their consciousness without bumping into someone else's pneuma.
Joos Yoga also spreads an appreciation for the limbering arts through corporate programs and teacher-training courses, whose standards exceed those put forth by the Yoga Alliance.
Though Adrenaline Personal Training Studios looks like a garage, there’s not a single car or snow blower inside. There’s a tire or two and also a sled, but it looks nothing like a toboggan. This is a weighted sled, a tool that helps exercisers build speed and power. It’s part of an arsenal of functional training equipment, which includes agility ladders, strongman yokes, squat racks, and York weightlifting gear. Certified trainers and strength coaches teach clients how to use these tools during workouts that range from partner training to outdoor boot camps. One-on-one training is tailored to individual goals such as weight loss, sports performance, or injury rehab, and group sessions revolve around shared objectives and teamwork. In addition to leading strength and cardio workouts, staffers build custom nutrition plans to help clients slim down, build muscle, or win a staring contest with a many-eyed potato. After workouts, exercisers can head to the locker room to change or unwind with the help of a massage therapist’s relaxing strokes.