Since 1989, the Palmer family and a tight-knit team of personal trainers have helmed Fitness Gear and Training, promoting healthy, fulfilling lifestyles through expert one-on-one fitness guidance. In addition to helping clients maintain muscle-toning workout regimens with 30-minute Fit courses or personal-training sessions, Fitness Gear and Training keeps home gyms running smoothly with fitness-equipment repairs and sales.
Owner Liz Lampard and her elite squad of trainers combine a kitchen-sink approach to fitness with an all-comers clientele policy that welcomes sweat seekers to group classes designed to challenge both the peak-condition athlete and the career couch potato. Innovative, high-octane flex-fusion programs combine an array of calorie-scorching methods, with 45 minutes of cardio and strength training followed by 45 minutes of Vinyasa flow or Yin yoga. Group sessions rendezvous at several area locations for kickboxing and boot camp. The company's online booking system makes it easy for clients to reserve their spot in class and schedule three-round sparring matches with Dynamo's kickboxing instructor or tax accountant.
Crave Fitness's trainer, Dean Kerpan, has always loved sports and fitness, but he doesn’t consider himself a natural athlete. He always had to work hard to improve—but he didn't let that stop him from boxing competitively, running the Boston Marathon, or becoming a personal trainer. At Crave Fitness, he motivates clients to reach their personal fitness goals through rigorous boot camps and one-on-one and partner training programs. His training programs are supplemented by nutrition advice and training homework that helps patrons apply what they've learned and remember drills for at-home fitness routines. During group training sessions, four–six students band together to encourage one another during individual and partner exercises, such as jogging while maintaining a perfect human pyramid.
Dean also fosters an encouraging atmosphere in his boot camps, which might meet in parks or at the beach. The ever-changing routines channel high-intensity interval training and exercises such as dragging tires or boxing to help campers burn fat and pump up their agility and strength.
VI Fitness?a workout mainstay with a dozen locations peppering Vancouver Island?splits its real estate between coed and women?s only gyms. Coed locations line the floors with a wide variety of strength and stability equipment, free weights, and cardio machines; women?s locations host a similar array of gear but in designs tailored specifically for women. The two gym models are otherwise similar, hosting yoga classes and group exercise courses such as VI Fitness?s signature indoor cycling.
Alternatively, each gym?s team of personal trainers creates customized regimens for patrons with the help of the Polar BodyAge system that measures individual fitness levels. The sessions also motivate athletes and ensure they use proper technique, significantly reducing the risk of injury, overexertion, or the embarrassment of accidentally bench-pressing a treadmill. The on-site child minding watches over exercisers? little ones while secure rental lockers keep personal effects locked up.
The instructors at Two Bettys Bikini Bootcamp commit to a weighty promise—that their clients will be beach-ready in six weeks—and commit their charges to an equally intense workout regimen. The boot-camp classes blend running, stair climbing, hula-hooping, yoga, and even some moves on the ballet barre to set metabolisms racing. But that doesn't mean the teachers act as drill sergeants—to the contrary, each group session is rife with affirmations and support.
Equipment: Cast iron kettlebells.
Students should bring: Water bottle, towel and mat.
Average class length: 30 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Pro Tip: I am a caring and compassionate person, especially good with those new to a fitness program.