As a pole-dancing student, Diana Watson didn't let the steel rods in her spine—put there to counteract her scoliosis—slow her down. When she heard that the classes she attended were in danger of ceasing, she signed her name on the studio lease, bought its pole equipment, and settled into the role of owner. Today, she urges all of her staff and students at Room to Move Dance and Fitness Inc. to challenge themselves similarly, whether they are mastering a basic spin or trying a pole inversion for the first time.
Both during and outside of classes, Diana and her instructors foster a sense of community in the space. They keep their pupils up to date on events such as parades and workshops, and solicit suggestions for future class offerings. On the studio's "graffitness wall," guests can post memories, ask questions, and mark off the increasing height of their high kicks for others to see. The tight-knit network welcomes newcomers of all builds and abilities, leading them through boot-camp routines, Zumba steps, and pole transitions with the same judgment-free attitude.
It seems like Mark Salgado is constantly in motion—practicing yoga, training in jiu-jitsu, and heading workout sessions at his own studio, Core Focus Training. Armed with a degree in human kinetics and years of coaching experience, Mark captains a staff of certified trainers as they lead personal-training sessions, fitness-rehabilitation programs, and boot camps. Their unconventional 10-week Core Focus course strengthens participants’ cores through fast-paced workouts designed to foster long-term strength, endurance, and agility. The team packs their workout space with functional exercise equipment in lieu of the cardio machines and soft-serve ice-cream dispensers found in most gyms.
Fraser Valley’s yoga facility pioneering far-infrared classes, Beach Yoga & Wellness combines yoga and Pilates instruction with creatively themed classes that include Rock 'n Roll hot yoga and Hot Heat Happy Hips yoga. Veteran instructors help students stretch and lunge through poses in a hot-yoga environment enhanced by far-infrared waves that facilitate the release of up to seven times more bodily toxins than the average yoga session. The gentle radiation is known to improve skin tone by stimulating the production of collagen. By combing the infrared energy with the studio's steamy temperature, students experience an "artificial fever" that, like a real fever, ignites the body's immune system better than using jumper cables.
The team at Xclub fitness accommodates patrons of all fitness levels, whether they are seasoned athletes or stepping onto a treadmill for the first time. The staff comprises not only personal trainers and coaches, but kinesiologists, occupational therapists, and registered nutritionists who work together to motivate clients to lead healthier lifestyles. Within the 14,000-square-foot facility, patrons can carve chiselled physiques with cardio and strength-training equipment or bolster their mind-body connections in yoga classes. In addition to sessions of bending and stretching, the instructors lead spinning classes, boot camps, and dance-based fitness classes, such as Zumba and Danceology. Wee ones can romp or discuss string theory under the supervision of the staff as parents work on their figures. Post-workout, members can recharge with a protein shake or smoothie at the onsite juice bar.
360 Cycle's instructors will tell you that there's a big difference between their spinning and cycling classes. Cycling focuses on specific skills that ready students for the road. It can simulate outdoor riding, with hill climbs or even timed "races." Spinning, meanwhile, contains a variety of drills that exercise the entire body, even that one toe that's usually just slacking off.
The trainers here host several classes within both these categories. For example, Let's Ride! sessions simulate peddling under intense road conditions, while Cycle & Sculpt follows thirty minutes of cycling with thirty minutes of weight exercises. Best of all, because students control how hard they pedal, workouts are completely customizable, making them accessible for people of all ages and fitness levels.
As a champion bodybuilder, Karen Lopez learned the value and impact of sage advice from a certified professional. Using her own experience as a springboard, Karen helps others achieve their goals through personal training sessions suited to the individual. Sessions emphasize the unique needs of each client, ranging from improved strength or cardiovascular endurance to a defined and show-ready body composition. Karen hosts sessions at her fitness studio or travels to their home, helping build strength and self-confidence for high school athletes, busy working moms, and aspiring competitive body builders.