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.
With Global Gym’s access card, members gain 24-hour access to an expansive workout terrain that hosts ample cardio and strength-boosting gear. Guests can bulk up before dawn and finally attain the ability to silence alarm clocks with one well-aimed shot put as they hoist free-weights. To work off unwanted calories, guests can pedal in the bounds of a large cardio theatre, toning gams as they anchor eyes to onscreen entertainment. For custom exercise regimens, patrons can attend personal-training sessions, during which they absorb the tailored wellness guidance of an experienced trainer to better craft a fat-burning routine. On-site tanning beds and massage therapists further augment freshly chiselled physiques.
Digital Boot Camp's leading drill sergeant Darrell Young's passion for digitized photography first encompassed close-up images of subjects but quickly progressed to include sweeping landscapes and flattering portraits. Today, the shutterbug enjoys turning his lens toward his 4-year-old daughter and helping others attain the knowledge and skills required to capture life's striking moments. Darrell's Canon or Nikon boot camps are hands-on workshops where novices and advanced photogs alike probe DSLR and digital-camera settings, glean Photoshop savvy, and tackle flash techniques in order to aptly draw out any subjects' beautiful red eyes.
Founded as an outdoor-only club for the 1977 Canada Games, Greenbelt Tennis Club proved its dedication to providing St. John’s denizens with a year-round racket-swinging venue 25 years ago with the construction of indoor courts encased under a snowy-hued dome. Greenbelt’s knowledgeable staff foster a friendly, casual club atmosphere bolstered by a host of programs—such as adult clinics and junior programs—aimed at accommodating the needs of new players and seasoned match pointers alike. A quartet of alfresco courts facilitates summertime round robins, and six indoor courts remain warm despite winter’s gusting winds thanks to the breath of the club’s resident dragon. Greenbelt also sports a viewing area, which enables fans to revel in bird's-eye views of ongoing games from within the balmy confines of the attached clubhouse. Staffers work tirelessly to keep the men’s and women’s change rooms and shower facilities clean and tidy, and the canteen’s affable staff prevent legs from throwing midgame tantrums as they provide guests with refreshments.
An expanse of 550-million-year-old rock surrounds the geological exhibits at The Johnson GEO CENTRE, a 33,600-square-foot facility that resides mostly in stone’s favourite hangout: underground. There, the Steele Earth & Space Theatre screens high-definition science-minded films in 2-D and 3-D, and the Geo Theatre projects the four-billion-year history of the earth onto a rock wall featuring a cave, running stream, and glowing lava. Exhibitions include scientific oddities such as a cutaway of the earth and 565-million-year-old fossils preserved in layers of volcanic ash. The museum also highlights the educational opportunities found in more recent events: real-life artifacts and interactive kiosks tell the Titanic's tragic story, and the ExxonMobil Oil and Gas Gallery explores energy with scale models of an oil tanker and offshore supply vessel.
At the KidsPlace, youngsters aged 1–7 can put on science-inspired plays on the puppet-theatre stage or study trilobites and eight-track tapes in the fossil corner. The gift shop also outfits kids with educational books and games, and adults can stock up on agate wind chimes and sterling-silver jewellery. In between bites of GEO sandwiches in the GEO café, members can peruse schedules of numerous monthly events or plan enrollment in summer camps aimed at junior scientists.
Sculpted into the rocky hillsides that comprise the shores of an Atlantic Ocean inlet, The View Golf Resort charms clubbers with sweeping vistas throughout its nine-hole, executive course. Seaside breezes snake through groves of pine trees and fairway-side shrubs, cooling off players and hot-tempered 9-irons as they traverse the 2,250-yard layout. The course challenges duffers with narrow fairways cleaved through ponds, sand traps, and natural hazards, placing accurate shot-making at a premium.
Along with its scenic fairway chain, The View Golf Resort regales guests with two distinct eating options—the Dining Room and Lounge—that serve a menu of traditional Newfoundland cuisine. Six well-appointed suites dot the resort’s placid expanse, providing overnight accommodations for those hoping to enjoy a romantic getaway with their golf bag or spend a weekend boating, hiking, or fishing in the resort’s rustic surroundings.
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