At its 10 locations throughout Canada, The Athletic Club provides access to exercise machines and fitness classes, but that’s only part of the story. Club staffers also follow an overarching mission to making discovering a healthy lifestyle fun rather than onerous. While exploring the multilevel fitness arenas, members and guests may catch encouraging shouts from personal trainers or a medley of splashing and laughter from children taking swimming lessons from professional instructors. They can also investigate the benefits of yoga or spinning during group classes or one-on-one instruction. Cardio machines boost heart rates and bolster endurance, while flat-panel televisions attached to each machine keep members entertained. In addition to building new bodily abilities, members also keep their minds sharp with services such as nutrition counselling or wellness classes held on the astral plane.
Although each spacious, warm-coloured room of Studio Energi serves a different purpose, each one welcomes guests of all fitness levels. The studio offers various services, including personal- and group-training sessions, which use custom workouts to help clients reach their fitness goals, and group fitness classes, which range from high-intensity boot-camp classes to indoor-cycling sessions set to upbeat music. In addition, the studio's experienced instructors lead Vinyasa and Yin yoga classes and Pilates-yoga fusion classes. And for those who like to swim, bike, and run but don't know how to operate their treadmill-powered underwater velocipede, the studio offers triathlon training.
The instructors at Pilates in Guelph try to make their studio a peaceful sanctuary where students can focus on mindful fitness. Inside the bright, welcoming space, groups of like-minded exercisers build core strength and learn to use their bodies more efficiently through Pilates. The fully equipped studio has everything you need to practice the craft, from professional reformer machines to foam rollers, exercise balls, and other resistance and stability-training equipment. Along with a variety of mat and equipment Pilates classes, the studio also offers private lessons for more focused one-on-one attention.
Tom Dowd isn't just the founder of Bikram Yoga Guelph; he also designed and built the entire studio himself. Its rough limestone walls, original maple floor, and muskoka hemlock pillars garnered it the Gordon Couling Award from The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. Inside this serene space, Tom and his team of experienced teachers go on journeys with their pupils through Bikram yoga's 26 postures. The room's 105 degrees Fahrenheit heat helps to cleanse bodies of toxins while students improve their flexibility, posture, and mental focus.
The certified yoga instructors at De La Sol Yoga Hamilton believe in the value of connecting to the self and to others, and in achieving spiritual wholeness. In their yoga studio they help their students work toward that state with more than 70 classes per week geared toward all skill levels. Learn the basic poses in a Fundamentals class, or flow though a series of challenging poses in a Level 2 session for a more intense workout. In addition to standard classes, hot classes are held in the detoxifying warmth of far infrared light, which helps people sweat, breathe easily, and heat leftover soup. There are also frequent workshops and teacher training sessions.
Alexandra Evans knows firsthand the myriad benefits of Bikram yoga. After discovering the exercise form while living in Japan, the director of Bikram Yoga Hamilton Dundas noticed a marked change in her skin, physique, and ability to reach cans of green beans on a high shelf. Following certification and teaching stints in cities throughout Canada and in Mumbai, India, Evans established her 3,000-square-foot studio in Dundas as a place to share her teachings with enthusiastic students, helping them build muscle tone, burn calories, and centre their minds.