The hangers and shelves at Momentum Clothing and Equipment sport laid-back clothing and accessories bearing more than 70 brand names that range from household favourites such as Volcom and The North Face to boutique treasures. The store's knowledgeable staff members deal in duds seven days a week, turning walks stylish with Nike or Toms shoes or with feet-contenting Volcom or LRG Socks. Jeans and hoodies made by the likes of Obey and 10.Deep are on hand for further torso coverage and look completion. Momentum also hosts a slew of events, creating opportunities for patrons to stylishly mingle with new friends or to have deep conversations with new T-shirts.
At Bike Universe, a team of cycle specialists works to keep the community's bike traffic rolling smoothly by stocking new equipment and upgrading old rides. Their handiwork helped earn the shop a ranking among Saskatoon's best bicycle stores in Planet S's Best of 2010. As active outdoorspeople themselves, staff members personally test and carry high-performance outdoor sports equipment including kayaks, slacklines, longboards, and apparel, preventing athletes from having to borrow their elder siblings' old-timey swimming singlets.
The top rope and lead climbing routes at Grip It Indoor Rock Climbing beckon wall scramblers up an extensive variety of vertical terrain suitable for any skill level. For novices, the gym's team of certified instructors offers one-on-one coaching and lead classes such as an Introductory offering, appropriate for those unacquainted with the sport or those with an uncontrollable tendency to keep rocks as pets. Climbers can also enlist themselves for longer climbing programs, such as the Technique course, which helps improve form and mindset, and Learn to Lead, which instills safe indoor climbing skills.
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.
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.
Positively Fit Personal Training derives its name from the upbeat attitude of owner Amanda Stalwick, who has orchestrated dozens of transformations during her 25 years as a certified personal trainer and triathlon coach. Stalwick tailors fitness programs to clients of all ages and skill levels, including teens, seniors, and adults who've never set foot in a gym or wrestled with a bear's overwhelming cuteness. Instead of focusing solely on the calorie burning, she balances strength and flexibility movements with exercises that bolster cardiovascular endurance.
Personal-training sessions can take place at home, at work, outdoors, or at the PACE Athletic Training Centre. Group training often takes the form of boot camps, which bolster agility and core strength with tools such as kettlebells, yoga poses, and group runs. And during high-performance training sessions, Stalwick draws upon her Ironman experience to push athletes toward personal bests.