Anytime Fitness, which boasts more than 2,000 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day for 365 days a year. As fitness seekers challenge themselves on cardio and Hammer Strength machines and hoist Iron Grip free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, who demonstrate moves and sling motivating tips. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or hop into one of the tanning booths available 24 hours a day.
Housing a gladiatorial staff of former varsity and professional athletes, Next Level Fitness specializes in administering hard-hitting doses of program-based motivation and encouragement in a small studio setting. Unlike advertisers specializing in headless horsemen, the fitness gurus at Next Level target the total body and mind, combining programs tailored for beginners and dumbbell doyens alike with an emphasis on education. To that end, push-up patrons are encouraged to explore various classes by mixing and matching the four courses available with this Groupon. Whip work-shy hearts and craven cores into shape in the Total Body Training boot-camp course. Unlike traditional boot-camp instructors, who inspire fear through bluster and the threat of calling parents, the kindly coaches of Next Level gently lead students towards their flexibility, stability, and strength goals.
Within a studio replete with environmentally conscious design features including benches forged from Ontario barn wood, Moksha Yoga Cambridge’s cadre of expert instructors guide posers of all abilities through classes seven days a week. A two-week unlimited-class pass grants deep breathers the chance to sample an unfettered buffet of bending classes, including and Yang Yin, for 14 days, the amount of time it takes to train the body to fold into a violin case. During the 60-, 75-, and 90-minute Moksha yoga classes, agile pedagogues send physiques forth through a series of postures designed to open, strengthen, and detoxify bodies. A gentle Yin yoga class features seated or reclined poses that stretch out muscle tissue tense from a summer spent pointing people toward the beach, and a hot yoga class induces perspiration-gilded sun salutes.
Sandra Leelook and Shauna Judar have been creating their own exercise routines since they were 17. Sandra's inspiration grew from her struggle with her weight. Now 50 pounds lighter, she continues to conquer the scale by staying active and eating nutritious food. For more than a decade, Shauna has fought her own battles in the kickboxing ring while drawing on her muay thai training and sharing her knowledge with students.
After gaining personal-training certification through CanFitPro, Sandra and Shauna opened Xtreme Bootcamp, where they craft custom workouts that shock bodies into shape with strength training, cardio circuits, plyometrics, and kickboxing drills. Their refusal to do the same workout twice keeps students on their toes, and unique class packages offer commitments that range from eight weeks to one year. Each option includes a fitness assessment, nutritional support, and a schedule of classes held outdoors or inside a fully equipped gym. When they aren't molding groups of svelte soldiers for the impending donut uprising, they lead focused personal-training and small-group sessions.
At Atlas Yoga Studios, instructors want to help their students learn to integrate yoga into their daily lives, which the team facilitates by opening classes to all ages and fitness levels. The instructors even allow students to start mid-class if that better suits their schedules. The studio's classes use the Atlas method, which focuses on building mental, physical, and spiritual balance. Students work through classes that challenge the body while also focusing on focusing their minds to deepen relaxation and improve stress response both in and out of class. Along with yoga classes, the studio also offers courses that teach the traditional healing art of Thai yoga massage and yoga training.
For a gym, FitWall Vaughan’s studio floor is surprisingly devoid of fitness equipment. Its primary piece of training equipment, which is flush with the wall rather than on the floor taking up space, is a ladder-like structure called the FitWall, which uses the human body as a weight, pitting users’ muscles against the force of gravity. With add-on resistance bands, shelves, and grips, the simple device manages to pack a full-body workout into a single 30-minute session.