Though the world around Blank Skate + Snow has changed dramatically since the shop first opened in 1978, the team holds firm to its roots. Committed to carrying only trusted snowboard, long board, skateboard, and surf gear, they strictly avoid less-than-quality equipment, while maintaining a promise to never become a "clothing-skateboard store." To that end, staffers give skateboards and snowboards by Canadian manufacturers top priority in the shop, along with trucks, wheels, bearings, boots, and wax by companies such as Endeavor and Never Summer. They also keep their clients’ snowboards and skis maintained each season by edging boards and waxing away winter stubble.
Nick Berry and Pat Rigsby founded Fitness Revolution and Athletic Revolution with a strong sentiment in mind: “The fitness industry has failed us.” Disillusioned with the impersonal trainers, unrealistic promises, and intimidatingly buff treadmills they saw as symptomatic of big-box gyms, the duo set out to create a fitness haven focused on individuals. At their centers, trainers work with clients one-on-one in small groups to customize workouts to each one’s highly personalized goals. Eight or 16 students at a time—adults or kids— take part in these small-group personal-training sessions, which serve to combine personal attention with a supportive atmosphere.
For more than 10 years, in more than 300 centres nationwide, the trained health coaches at Herbal Magic have helped their clients shed excess pounds through a combination of nutritional counselling, personal coaching, and supplements. With a focus on portion control and choosing the right foods, clients can oust 2 pounds per week on average and are protected by a guarantee of satisfaction.
Snap Fitness has locations on five continents, all open 24/7 and staffed by certified fitness professionals. The Leduc gym houses an expansive workout floor equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and tanning machines. Trainers lead personal-training sessions and group fitness classes, as well as additional services such as fitness consultations and nutrition profiles.
The windswept, coastal hillocks of the Old Course at St. Andrews and the seaside cliffs of Pebble Beach both come to life in the aboutGolf Simulators of The Golf Den. Showcasing massive, high-definition screens, the four simulators let golfers—armed with their own clubs or sawed-off curtain rods—play rounds at digital replicas of 40 of the world’s top courses. Players can also work on their swings in the practice modules, which feature systems of high-speed cameras that project the flight of each shot.
Before warping into digital Scotland for a round of 18, golfers can perfect their form with a lesson from one of The Golf Den’s CPGA-certified instructors. During lessons, the staff use V1 Video swing-analysis software to provide visual feedback for each shot, and FlightScope technology to track the ball’s trajectory. Guests in need of replacements for aging clubs or sand wedges that have taken jobs as firewood axes can browse The Golf Den’s inventory of Callaway clubs.
Inside their "no-frills" training facility, CrossFit Machine Shop owners Angie McNally and Dean Eckel merge several fitness certifications with a shared drive to redefine both their own and their clients' physical limits. Their emphasis on functional CrossFit actions rejects complex equipment for a challenging-yet-common-sense mix of core work, plyometrics, power lifting, and circuit training. During these intense workouts—as well as personal-training services and fitness classes—Angie and Dean stress proper form and a disciplined state of mind for sculpting tougher physiques and avoiding deep-fried sticks of butter. They blast music to spur reps onward amid walls bearing colourful graffiti; however, their shop's industrial interior and lack of kettle-bell-shaped whoopee cushions speak to the duo’s no-nonsense methods.