Great West Fitness & Tennis Club helps its members get or stay in shape with cardio and weight training equipment, a slate of group classes, and both indoor and outdoor tennis facilities. Divided into ladies-only and coed sections, the gym provides options both for the solo exerciser and for those who prefer to bond over mutual sweatiness. The former can build or tone muscles using the club's weightlifting machines and free weights or gaze at mountain vistas through extralarge windows while they trot in place on a bank of treadmills. Classes, led by Great West's certified trainers and instructors, include yoga, boot-camp, Latin-flavoured Zumba, and cycle classes designed to strengthen midsections and enhance apple-slicing skills. You can receive a free fitness assessment administered by a personal trainer or relax in an infrared sauna with complimentary towel service.
Open since 2005, West Coast Martial Arts promotes the spread of jujitsu through the capable hands and feet of its expert instructors. From 23 locations, they train students of all ages and experience levels in the nuances of an international array of martial arts. Their fundamentals programs introduce tots, youths, and adults to some of the fastest-growing disciplines in North America, arming students with pragmatic self-defence skills that work as well in the heat of the moment as they do in the calm of the dojo. Instructors also lead an array of classes for more advance practitioners. Teaching the grappling and ground-fighting techniques of Brazilian jujitsu, they lead students in battling larger opponents with the holds and submissions of the Gracie street self-defence system. They round out their curriculum with the striking arts of kickboxing and muay thai, which is also called the "science of eight limbs." In this combat style, students unleash flurries of blows using their hands, feet, elbows, and knees, turning into a more fearsome opponent than Bruce Lee before he had his conjoined twin removed.
Go Fusion Fitness couples group workouts with spa services to build both healthy bodies and a communal environment for women. Owner Daphne Guenther hastens heart rates within her clean, sunny studio with intense circuit-training regimens. During classes, each participant completes intervals on hydraulic weightlifting machines, undergoes intense bursts of cardio exercise, and elucidates a complex series of riddles. After their workouts, members can retire to infrared saunas to send toxins fleeing from pores, or enjoy other services such as massage therapy, reflexology sessions, and soothing, detoxifying ionic footbaths for tired feet. All staff members—from instructors to childcare-centre personnel—are women, providing a comfortable haven for ladies to break a sweat.
There's no better way to make a workout more effective than to add a little heat to the mix. That's the idea at Oxygen Yoga & Fitness, a studio that helps students work up a sweat with far-infrared hot yoga. Hot yoga has all of the physical and mental advantages of regular yoga, with a few extra perks. The added heat increases flexibility and stimulates collagen production, and the infrared waves break down cellulite. The studio's advanced infrared technology ensures that it never gets too hot; instructors liken the temperature to what you might experience on a summer day at the beach.
VRC Fitness hastens heart rates in a squeaky-clean and eco-friendly facility of more than 25,000 square feet. Members get access to four cardio areas, a pool and hot tub, seven courts for racquet sports, and a motivational butler. Pump iron in a weight room organized by targeted body zones, or work a round of reps in the circuit weight room. A one-on-one orientation session with a certified personal trainer, who will create a customized workout program suited to personal health ambitions, accessorizes all new memberships. A bountiful schedule of group fitness classes fosters collective vigour through cycling, boot camps, dance classes, and more, and a ladies-only area demolishes guts of diligent divas. Registered goal-smashers can take advantage of family and local benefits or sign up for tanning, towel service, registered yoga classes, and additional personal training sessions for additional costs, though entries in stationary-bike races are always free.
Gaetano Aramini’s website features a video of the trainer sitting on his clients, pinning them to the ground as they let loose onto punch pads strapped to the dedicated trainer’s hands. It's all in a day's work for Gaetano, a personal trainer who brings 29 years of martial-arts experience and a decade in the fitness industry to his job as head of his business. In addition to working one-on-one with clients, Gaetano also leads small-group personal-training sessions, which bring an element of camaraderie into the physical challenges. Group training takes place indoors, just like food fights and boot camp. The 60-minute boot-camp sessions led by Gaetano or another instructor are composed of half strength training and half interval cardio and designed to challenge a variety of levels. Patrons can complement their training with guidance from the on-staff holistic nutritionist, who imparts her dietary wisdom via video chat.
Apollo Athletic Club spans nearly 45,000 square feet of body-moulding fitness facilities enhanced by a stereophonic sound system, an abundance of natural light, and a layout designed to facilitate availability of equipment. The one-month membership requires no contract or crop-sharing arrangement, bestowing upon members a pass card that grants unlimited access to all of Apollo's fitness areas. Facilities include the weight room, outfitted with Hammer Strength and Cybex equipment, a 25-foot lap pool and three hot tubs, squash and racquetball courts, two steam rooms, a basketball court, and designated seniors- and ladies-only areas. Approximately 40 classes per week harness the power of group motivation and wind energy of simultaneous jump roping with strength training, Zumba, and six senior classes, such as Osteo-Fit, designed for those living with osteoporosis.