In oases of wellness scattered across Canada, GoodLife Fitness strives to improve people's lives with exercise classes for all ages and skill levels. For cardio, there's RPM, a high-energy spinning class, or Jillian Michaels's metabolism-boosting BodyShred. For mental serenity as well as healthy flexibility, there's hot yoga and Pilates. And for strength training, there's BodyPump, a barbell class; BodyFlow, a mix of yoga, tai chi, and Pilates; and BodyVive, a low-impact workout using Vive balls and tubes. GoodLife also offers corporate and business partnerships to ensure wellness in the workplace.
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 caf?, 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.
Greater than the sum of its parts, the team of health professionals at Cardiomed Health Clinics works together to deliver clients a healthier life. Physiotherapists, kinesiologists, chiropractors, and massage therapists work closely with each patient's physician to tailor client-specific programs geared toward rehabilitation, cardio health, and other physical concerns.
A three-phased approach begins with an assessment in the on-site Human Performance Lab, where clinicians evaluate general health and pinpoint trouble spots to keep an eye on. Then, together patient and clinician create a therapeutic treatment plan and a program to help keep patients in top condition to prevent new health problems, which could include changes in exercise and diet. With a wide range of treatments, they can guide patients through weight loss plans, for example, or post-cardiac rehabilitiation, as well as getting them back to work at the hammer dodging lab after an injury.
“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.
A bronze-medalist and former member of the Guatemala National Team, Master Sergio Plaja has been devoted to Tae Kwon Do for more than 30 years. He earned his black belt at age 15 and never looked back. All his hard work and training since then lead to realizing his dream of opening Millennium Tae Kwon Do in 1999. Today, with his black-belt wife, Patricia, they train kids and adults the ancient form of self-defense. During sessions, they foster a positive environment where students learn discipline, respect, and focus. They also give students a pretty good workout that can ready them for competition, if competition is a goal. They're also committed to creating a sense of community. To do that, they host special events throughout the year for all students and their families.
Moksha Yoga Brampton's yogis practice their exercise as a means to achieve peace of mind and health of body. They make these states-of-being a little easier to achieve by running their classes out of a custom-built green studio. The floors are made of cork and the walls are coated in paints free of volatile organic compounds. Heat comes from energy-efficient radiant heating panels designed by the Environmental Protection Agency and hugged by at least one woodland animal.
In this body-, mind-, and environment-friendly refuge, instructors teach up to eight yoga classes a day, focusing on five different styles. Each class adheres to the core of of the Moksha Yoga philosophy, though teachers are encouraged to bring their own unique twists to asanas based on their experience and preferences.