“You can change your whole body. You can change your whole life.” This motto is personal for Time for War Fitness’ co-founder Jesse Bruce. After being picked on throughout his life for his diminutive size and suffering from low self-esteem, Bruce turned to weight lifting, and with his increased strength he gained confidence. He went on to graduate with a Kinesiology degree from the Niagara College for Fitness and Health Promotion and the University of Guelph-Humber, earn a certification in personal training, and win several obstacle races, including Warrior Dash Ontario, Urban Warrior, and the O Couse 10 times. At Time for War Fitness, Bruce has created warrior-camp programs that help members boost their self-confidence, increase their stamina, and rival the chiseled musculature of Queen Victoria’s stiff upper lip.
In oases of wellness scattered across Canada, GoodLife Fitness strives to improve people's lives with exercise classes for all ages and skill levels. For cardio, there's RPM, a high-energy spinning class, or Jillian Michaels's metabolism-boosting BodyShred. For mental serenity as well as healthy flexibility, there's hot yoga and Pilates. And for strength training, there's BodyPump, a barbell class; BodyFlow, a mix of yoga, tai chi, and Pilates; and BodyVive, a low-impact workout using Vive balls and tubes. GoodLife also offers corporate and business partnerships to ensure wellness in the workplace.
When you look around Xtreme's 33,000 square feet of space, it's hard to discern what stands out the most. Is it the 40-plus cardio machines? The free weights, sauna, or juice bar? Every gymgoer can find something special under this roof—and there's still more than enough room for Zumba, Mixed Martial Arts, and boot camp classes, too. If that wasn't enough, each class is led by a dynamic instructor and some of the staff even boasts experience in the UFC ring. The facility also opens up at 5:30 a.m. during the week to accommodate regular work schedules and anyone who works out as their day job and child care services are available to members at no additional cost.
At Wynn Fitness Clubs, exercise isn’t about altering how the body looks. It’s about changing clients for the better from the inside out. Here, during group and one-on-one training, fitness experts pair encouraging words with adaptable exercises involving dumbbells, kettlebells, Selectorized weight machines, and functional movements such as pushing and balancing. In addition to bolstering the body, these programs strengthen the will to achieve, propelling exercisers toward goals faster than an espresso-fuelled hockey puck. Calming fitness classes such as yoga and Pilates unite the mind and body with deep stretches, focused core exercises, and measured-breathing techniques. Club members can torch calories with solo sessions on the clubs’ cardio machines or during boot camps, cycling routines, and Zumba dance parties that cultivate friendships while boosting energy and endurance. Post-workout, spa-like locker rooms and couch-lined cafés invite exercisers to relax and recharge.
Bathed in the gentle glow of subdued, relaxing light, Impressions Day Spa’s talented staff deploys upwards of 20 years of industry experience as they lavish bodies in serenity-inducing services. The spa’s dedication to individualized care is evidenced in the lush private treatment rooms wherein aestheticians tailor treatments such as microdermabrasion and organic airbrush tanning to fit each patron’s skin type and accommodate comfort levels. Bolstering existing beauty remains a spa specialty, but Impressions' team of RMTs also perfects the art of stress erasing through treatments such as Swedish massage, which can help relieve trauma resulting from having a quarter painfully extracted from an ear by a street magician.
Fuel Fitness owner Sharon Roopnarinesingh is the definition of a health-and-fitness guru. She’s not only a personal trainer, aerobics instructor, and spinning instructor, but also a registered nurse, nutrition-and-wellness specialist, and fitness consultant. Sharon established Fuel Fitness Clubs to help others find their passion for fitness. Inside, personal training and group fitness classes give clients diverse options for working toward greater fitness as well as access to strength-training and cardio equipment. Ten group fitness classes, including Zumba, step aerobics, boot camp, and Vinyasa yoga, are offered seven days a week and encourage muscle toning and weight loss through high-energy sessions. Fuel Fitness's experienced personal trainers also help clients lose inches by consulting and developing programs based on their individual needs while strengthening their willpower by dressing up like a slice of cheesecake during workouts. Fuel Fitness also supports whole-body well-being through the aid of cosmetic treatments at an onsite med spa. Technicians rejuvenate skin by eliminating unwanted hair, scars, veins, and wrinkles with an intense pulsated light (IPL) laser, and treat skin issues with chemical peels and photofacials.