Embodied Energy's spacious, sunlit studio brims with professional fitness equipment?free weights, kettlebells, and aerobic steps share floor space with adjustable cable systems and Olympic squat racks?but their most valuable asset is their training team. That's because Embodied Energy is not a gym, but a personal-training studio designed to grant clients with holistic fitness routines that are personalized to them, from the individual workouts right down to the music they play during sessions. They extend this individualized approach to their group-training classes, which limit their size to no more than ten students in order to ensure personalized attention from the instructor. From classes in mixed martial arts and boot camp to Tabata intervals and strength-and-conditioning routines, this extra attention ensures that participants get the most from their workouts by using good technique, exerting enough energy, and keeping anti-gravity shoes in the "off" position. Once workouts are complete, clients retire to upscale locker rooms replete with hair dryers, organic soaps, and towel service.
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.
On a sprung dance floor, Joanne O'Grady leads groups through a series of Zumba dance moves set to upbeat Latin, international, and pop music. Zumba Toning classes add "toning sticks" or hand weights to the mix, helping students burn extra calories and tone their whole body. The high-octane workouts can burn up to 800 calories per hour, and aim to help students have fun while getting a full-body workout.
Just because workouts are intended to make people sweat, it doesn't mean that they can't also be fun. This is the central tenet of the Zumba classes at Fit ZStyles, which lead students through a series of dance-inspired exercises set to upbeat Latin music. Using relatively simple choreography, instructors create heart-pumping workout routines that students of all skill- and fitness-levels can follow. And along the way, students might improve their strength and stamina and jump-start their metabolisms. Classes includes the traditional, cardio-focused Zumba workout as well as sessions that include strength-building exercises intended to help sculpt bodies and tone muscles.
MadJam Fitness is a women-only fitness studio that helps its clients get into the best shape of their lives using positive encouragement and a schedule of constantly changing classes. Inside the boutique, mirror-lined studio, certified instructors teach belly dancing, kick fit, boot camp, and TRX fusion classes, fostering a welcoming, laid-back atmosphere that makes it easy for participants to do their best. What's more, they also offer small group and personal training sessions that help clients reach their goals with personalized routines, nutritional advice, and workouts choreographed to their favorite motivational movie score.
Century Physio and Fitness
combines the aerobics and group fitness classes of a traditional gym with access to physical therapy, chiropractic, and other rehabilitative treatments. Members burn calories during Zumba classes,
or build muscle in boot camps or strength-training sessions with names such as Body Attack. Meanwhile, chiropractors adjust patients' bones and physiotherapists focus on soft tissues, which is a more effective way to remove pain than trying to scare it out by yelling "Boo!"