MAX Arts. Athletics. Wellness. is a kind of Athenian-style gymnasium that celebrates the intersection between physical and intellectual pursuits. The instructors teach arts courses in dance, music, and theatre and help to increase physical grace with jazz and ballet, train aspiring thespians through acting classes, or build musical acumen during one-on-one singing or instrument lessons.
On the other end of the spectrum, athletics programs include volleyball and basketball camps to hone sport-specific skills, such as spiking the ball or building new hoops out of peach baskets. Martial-arts instructors arm students with confidence and self-defence skills through youth karate classes, adult kenpo training, and women-only kick-boxing courses. Yogis and Pilates instructors also make use of the centre’s space to strengthen cores and limbs with stretches and asanas.
All classes take place within one of four top-of-the-line teaching centres, which house ample classrooms along with a fitness and conditioning centre. Inside, 66 feet of field turf stretch across the gym, providing better shock absorption as students work with kettlebells, battling ropes, sleds, and hurdles.
The sounds of stretch-induced groans and enthusiastic high-fives echo throughout the workout rooms at New World Fitness, an all-purpose facility that opens its doors to members of any age and fitness level. Though each of the gym’s group fitness classes blends a results-oriented workout with a healthy dose of social interaction, the similarities tend to end there. Toning workouts such as the Ab Blaster target core muscles with short, intense exercises—a marked contrast to the relaxed stretches of a yoga session that slowly eases tension out of overworked limbs. Feet lead the way through aerobics classes based on the movements of martial arts and dance. The gym’s indoor pool hosts an aquatic-therapy program alongside joint-friendly Aquafit classes, after which guests can dry off with a sprint around the indoor track.
Bense Optical & Optometry's comprehensive, on-site examinations parse the eye with machinery found in few other offices in St. John's. From Essilor, the Visioffice system forms a 3-D map of the eye to help opticians craft accurate prescription lenses and form-fitting synthetic eyelids. In the showroom, shelves of frames await lenses, representing high-end brands such as Gucci, Fendi, and Kate Spade. Bense Optical offers same-day pickup for many orders.
8 Limb Muay Thai club leads female exercisers through the art of Muay Thai–enhanced cardio in two-hour weekly classes. Certified personal trainer, amateur fighter, and Kru-certified Catherine MacLean leads ladies through cardio exercises focused on Muay Thai's punches and kicks using hands, feet, knees, elbows, and well-timed eyebrow furrows. Femme fatales alternate combat-adapted exercises with floor-bound Pilates sets aimed at toning core muscles. Kru Catherine molds class content to accommodate exercisers of all experience levels, aiding ladies in increasing agility, flexibility, strength, and ability to punch perfect circles through notebook paper. Classes require no additional equipment or fees, other than participants’ own bodies. Club facilities challenge athletes to bouts and to sophisticated philosophical debates in two square boxing rings and on a panoply of exercise equipment ranging from punching bags to skipping ropes.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine maneuvering and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Totally Tanned is St. John's first stand-up tanning salon. We have been in business almost 13 years and pride ourselves on a clean salon and wonderful customer service. We offer stand-up and lie-down tanning, nail services and a variety of tanning lotion and accessories.