The instructors at Brass Belles work to create and empower a community of strong women by offering ways to stay fit, have fun, and embrace their sensual sides. Ten ladies at a time swing through the pole dancing classes, working their way through beginning and intermediate sessions—which last anywhere from four to 32 weeks—until they’re ready for advanced pole classes, where they’ll do handstands in the air and learn difficult flag holds for upcoming Model UN forums. In addition to pole dancing, the instructors host unique parties for gals, as well as lead burlesque dance courses and drop-in classes such as hula hoop, chair fit, or sensual floor work.
CyberGolf Lessons' duo of veteran instructors smoothes out swings and divulges birdie-hunting wisdom at the Markham Golf Dome. The score-shaving syndicate pairs human expertise with modern golf refinements, utilizing video swing analysis that provides golfers with a visual aid to better understand instructors' feedback and determine their sand wedge's good side. After lessons, pupils have access to a Swingview! Pro profile that stores video captures of their unique motions, allowing them to compare them with a database of PGA Tour swings and chart their progress over time. CyberGolf also doles out rental clubs free of charge for use during lessons, saving beginners the hassle of buying new clubs or inventing the self-hitting golf ball.
It’s not the 25 metre-indoor pool, the racquetball courts, the shiny basketball courts, or even the 20-foot waterslide towering over the beach-entry family pool that first catch guests’ eyes at Regency Family Fitness, it’s the reception desk. Forged from cherry wood and stainless steel, the desk embodies the centre’s ethos: the experience is in the details. A staff of 60 meticulously maintains the 50,000-square-foot facility, which houses more than 100 cardio machines, an aerobics studio, yoga studio, and Boxing For Fitness studio, the last of which encompasses a pro-sized ring, heavy bags, and speed bags. The staff has also developed a 40-minute strength-training circuit that tones muscles with 26 machines, rather than leaving exercisers to design their own workouts and contour in six-packs with professional-grade makeup.
Delving deeper into the details, members can take full advantage of a variety of amenities. After workouts, recently sweaty people can head to the juice bar café, lounge in steam rooms, or pick up their progeny from the daycare centre. Regency Family Fitness also has a Play Zone designed for kids 8–17 years old that is equipped with dance pads, a youth exercise circuit, and Sony game bikes.
“You can change your whole body. You can change your whole life.” This motto is personal for Time for War Fitness’ co-founder Jesse Bruce. After being picked on throughout his life for his diminutive size and suffering from low self-esteem, Bruce turned to weight lifting, and with his increased strength he gained confidence. He went on to graduate with a Kinesiology degree from the Niagara College for Fitness and Health Promotion and the University of Guelph-Humber, earn a certification in personal training, and win several obstacle races, including Warrior Dash Ontario, Urban Warrior, and the O Couse 10 times. At Time for War Fitness, Bruce has created warrior-camp programs that help members boost their self-confidence, increase their stamina, and rival the chiseled musculature of Queen Victoria’s stiff upper lip.
Propelled by a lifelong passion for athletics, Duro Akinremi began working as a fitness trainer more than 20 years ago. After teaching in renowned facilities such as LA Fitness and Goodlife Fitness, Akinremi opened his own training studio—JA Fitness & Wellness. Amid the private facility’s advanced CrossFit equipment, Akinremi leads personal-training sessions and boot camps throughout the week, and Zumba classes are also offered. His courses combine strength training and cardio to improve endurance, enhance muscle, and torch fat. Akinremi also promotes healthy lifestyles outside of his gym, providing his students with nutrition plans and encouraging them to record goals, track their progress, and keep a daily diary written from the viewpoint of Richard Simmons.
For the certified personal trainer at Bold Fitness, working out solely in the studio is thinking too small. That's why the company's services aren't limited by location—clients can exercise in their homes, outdoors, or even in the office as part of a customized corporate program. They needn't sweat alone, either. Boot-camp classes get groups of up to 12 people motivated with energizing drills, whereas semiprivate training sessions focus on two clients at a time.