The most secretive body parts are muscles, which hide behind layers of skin and appear only occasionally to help lift cars off trapped kittens. Flex your biceps in the absence of a cat emergency with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a one-month unlimited membership to Mecca Fitness (an $87 value).
Mecca Fitness's 24-hour gym encompasses more than 16,000 square feet of workout areas and exercise equipment with no time limits or sign-up boards. Watch flat-screen TVs while running on treadmills, or shake up muscles and jelly-bean maracas on vibrating Power Plate machines. Exercisers select from nine different resistance levels to tone limbs on an array of muscle-building equipment designed by Strive and Mecca's resident fitness guru Grant Roberts. Meanwhile, bodies sculpt six-pack midsections at the abdominal area, women lift weights in a ladies-only workout space, tanning machines bronze bods, and athletes catapult orbs—like children throwing balls of fire at the sun—toward backboards at the basketball court. Gym members can also stock up on workout fuel at the smoothie and supplement bar.
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.
309 Fairmont Dr.
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7M 5G7