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.
What services does your business offer and what makes your business stand out from the competition?
For more than 20 years Curves has been helping women transform their lives and we will continue this mission with new exciting, effective programs. We offer a 30-minute circuit that works every major muscle group with strength training, cardio and stretching
Exercise is challenging. How do you keep clients motivated and engaged?
We offer Jillian Michaels, Body Basics and Body Balance Classes daily! We also offer Curves Complete: a fully personalized weight loss solution that includes the Curves Fitness Program, customizable meal plans, and one-on-one coaching and support.
What was the inspiration to start or run this business?
To create a supportive environment that welcomes women of all shapes, sizes and ages to reach their
goals. We are committed to providing busy women with the tools that will empower them to live more fulfilling lives.
What do you love most about your job?
We love to help women reach their goals!
Since Judi Sheppard Missett first created Jazzercise in 1969, the dance-fitness fusion has become a household name, and she is still the driving force behind the company today. Though Judi can’t attend all 32,000 classes held weekly in 32 countries, every 10 weeks, instructors around the world receive video of a new routine choreographed by Judi herself. And the routines have certainly evolved since their inception. They currently integrate elements of yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, and resistance training, and are set to a consistently updated soundtrack of top 40, hip-hop, rock, and country hits. Generally, the 60-minute classes begin with a light warm-up before launching into 30 minutes of cardio, a segment with weights and strength training, and then a cooldown with stretches. Students of all ages and experience levels are welcome, but nervous beginners can cuddle up on the couch with their new sneakers and watch videos of signature moves at home before attending their first class.
Inside Ground Yoga, the hustle and bustle of the city seems a million miles away. Though cars whiz past every few seconds, stillness rules between the walls of this urban sanctuary. Here, seasoned instructors impart ancient poses and breathing techniques to help students calm the chaos that rages within. Earth-toned paint and shiny wooden floors infuse the space with hints of nature, making stress melt faster than a snowman at a chili cook-off. In the classroom, students explore classical traditions such as Hatha and Ashtanga through alignment-focused bends and balances. Beginners flock to Sivananda classes, which build strength and flexibility at a leisurely pace. Filled with inversions and arm balances, Power 2 sessions cater to seasoned yogis and novices seeking a steep physical challenge. To guide students through all stages of life, the studio also hosts classes for expecting mothers and children aged 6–12.
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.
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.
"Breathe Cycle and Yoga Studio welcomes diversity!" staffers exclaim on their website, adding, "Whether you’re a grunter, a heavy-breather, or if you sometimes feel a need to growl or scream…you are more than welcome to share your energy with us!" Its ultra-welcoming philosophy isn't the only thing that makes Breathe unique. Take the indoor bicycles, for instance: they're RealRyder brand bikes that swerve and lean just like their real-world counterparts, which means riders stay steady by engaging their quads and cores. Breathe's boot camp is one-of-a-kind, too, incorporating not just exercise but nutritional guidance and meditation, as well. Yoga classes incorporate classic breathing techniques (Flow), teamwork (Mom & Baby), or even those RealRyder bikes, for a yoga class schedule as multifaceted as its community.