Burlington Fitness & Racquet Club earned the Burlington Post's 2011 Readers' Choice Award for Best Fitness Club by challenging exercisers with trainer-guided workouts or solo sweat sessions inside a 70,000-square-foot facility. Racquets propel balls year-round at indoor squash and tennis courts, where certified instructors improve fledgling players' backhands and prepare athletes for humanity's imminent war with pitching machines. Licensed personal trainers help fitness seekers navigate rows of cardio and weight equipment, and energetic instructors lead classes such as yoga and boot camp—a high-intensity combination of tae bo and power drills. Welcoming staff slings healthy snacks at an on-site café, where occasional events such as cooking classes and muscle-trading parties entertain club members.
It's a good thing Cedar Springs Health Racquet & Sportsclub is open 24 hours a day, because it takes a long time to explore everything it has to offer. Fresh off a two-million-dollar? renovation, the Burlington location measures in at 200,000 square feet, including seven swimming pools, four water slides, courts for tennis, squash, and racquetball, a 24-hour gymnasium, and even an onsite restaurant. Classes operate more than 12 hours a day, and range from the strength-building Group Power program to the Latin dance?inspired Zumba class. Thanks to an assessment by a professional trainer, tennis and racquetball players can be paired with opponents of appropriate skill.
At 10,000 square feet, the Ancaster location is considerably more compact, but it still manages to house plenty of exercise equipment and host lots of spin, Zumba, and other group exercise classes.
Two-time national boxing champion and certified NCCP Level 1 coach Ryan Rannelli offers personal-training sessions, wing chun classes, and anaerobic workouts. There's one thing he doesn't offer, however, and that's excuses.
?There?s always excuses that you can find (to not work out),? Rannelli told the Hamilton Spectator. ?It?s not to say we don?t have things that sometimes get in the way, but at the end of the day, we all have these roadblocks. And you have to decide to do something about it.? That's why he named his downtown gym?No Excuse Fitness and Training.
Kelly Parker started her journey toward fitness as a working mother of three who was 60 pounds overweight. Employing the same techniques she now shares with guests in boot camps, she was able to shed the unwanted weight, regaining her health, happiness, and self-confidence. During high-energy workouts at Fit Body Boot Camp, she challenges guests with metabolism-boosting cardio and muscle-toning resistance training. Parker also helps guests adopt healthy habits outside of the classroom by offering customizable eating plans and needlepoint guides for knitting asparagus scarves.
Owner Dawn Byers channels 15 years of experience and training into Pilates workouts for students of all ages and skill levels at The Pilates Studio. Dawn holds certifications in all levels of mat, reformer, wunda chair, and cadillac instruction, which she uses to integrate body movement therapy into her workouts and private training sessions. Her studio hosts classes six days a week that may incorporate a variety or other equipment, including rings, foam rollers, and stability balls.
The instructors at Orange Lotus Yoga and Wellness includes yoga and Zumba instructors, a reiki master, and Pilates instructors. They dispense their skills inside an airy studio with booty-shaking Zumba moves set to international tunes and private and group yoga classes. The yogis also travel to kids’ birthday parties, senior centers, and adult parties for relaxing yoga sessions or lead them in-studio.