VI Fitness?a workout mainstay with a dozen locations peppering Vancouver Island?splits its real estate between coed and women?s only gyms. Coed locations line the floors with a wide variety of strength and stability equipment, free weights, and cardio machines; women?s locations host a similar array of gear but in designs tailored specifically for women. The two gym models are otherwise similar, hosting yoga classes and group exercise courses such as VI Fitness?s signature indoor cycling.
Alternatively, each gym?s team of personal trainers creates customized regimens for patrons with the help of the Polar BodyAge system that measures individual fitness levels. The sessions also motivate athletes and ensure they use proper technique, significantly reducing the risk of injury, overexertion, or the embarrassment of accidentally bench-pressing a treadmill. The on-site child minding watches over exercisers? little ones while secure rental lockers keep personal effects locked up.
At Weightbusters Fitness, students gain control of their fitness and health with an arsenal of group classes. Experienced instructors guide the diverse array of classes, which range from flexibility-boosting flow yoga to high-intensity total-body conditioning. As clients sweat to their full potential under the watchful eye of a personal trainer, nutritional coaches help pupils fuel their bodies with healthy, sustainable food choices. The group environment unites friends and aspiring athletes with fun, engaging Zumba or Pilates workouts, and collective training sessions further encourage camaraderie.
A renaissance athlete, Konrad Wasiela’s résumé boasts accolades in football, judo, and track and field. Now he pours this experience into training others both at his indoor studio and outdoor locations, Alive Fitness, which features a program of personal training and group boot-camp classes. Each session aims to burn fat and build lean muscle through exercises that can be modified to accommodate various fitness levels and ailments, such as injured knees, backs, and prehensile tails.
The trainers at West Coast Fitness don’t think work when they think about working out; they only see it as a way to help others improve their health, and, thus, their lives. This passion fires them through small-group boot-camp workouts, which incorporate such fitness accoutrements as BOSU balls, TRX suspension trainers, and kettlebells. Individualized routines target a client’s problem areas in personal-training sessions, the results of which can be enhanced by a session with the gym’s certified holistic nutritionist.