The experienced instructors at Studio de Danse Danielle keep their training accessible for all students, offering a fully accredited dance program in both English and French. They also back up their seasoned years with professional standings: the team is fully comprised of accredited and certified instructors. In a variety of dance classes, they teach students of all ages how to perfect the steps to ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, Bollywood dance, and Acro—a blend of dance and acrobatics. Adult students can also take advantage of cardio fitness classes such as Zumba. Above all, student safety remains a top priority at the centre, where obstacle-free studios feature floors covered with a springy surface to reduce the risk of injury.
The instructors at Patenaude Martial Arts embody fang shen do, or "way of survival" with several types of classes: kung fu, mixed martial arts, kickboxing, and self-defense. These experts combine Eastern philosophies to teach the finer points of martial arts in classes for men and women. For self-defense, the also bring in kids or the full family. In all of these classes, the training doesn't focus entirely on fighting. The classes also teach things applicable to all areas of life, both inside and outside class, such as confidence, self control, and how to wear a belt with impeccable style.
Ropes and giant tires litter the ground, and large resistance bands hang from rafters—this isn't a tractor warehouse, it’s PhysXtreme's well-stocked training grounds. Here, a fleet of certified instructors, led by trainer Shane Miller, leads high-intensity boot camps and athletic strength training programs. Whether outdoors or inside, they helm the sessions using a variety of heart-pumping and muscle-building workouts, such as sandbag training, flipping tires, lifting kettlebells, and giving piggyback rides to friendly bears.
Gym-Max presents fitness fanatics with a fully equipped facility open seven days a week. Scheduled throughout the week at all three locations, trainer-led group fitness classes provide students with a chance to appease the sweat gods by filling bright studios with calorie-crushing exercises. Hasten heart rates in athletic conditioning classes, or channel the Tour de France in spinning classes without having to learn the French word for “velocipede.” Minds and bodies get centred in a yoga class, and Zumba shows students how to shimmy into shape. A month of full access to Gym-Max's well-maintained, spacious gym facilities gives customers free rein to bulk up with free weights, practice fashion runway strutting on a treadmill, or train for their next elevator boycott on a stairmaster.
180 Fitness's owner, Adrian Delorey, specializes in calorie-torching boot-camp workouts?shapeshifting ones. Though each session focuses on full-body toning and fast-paced cardio, the exact exercises change each session, a trick that helps prevent fitness plateaus and boredom. The moves in Delorey and his team's rotation range from kettlebell work to battling ropes to calf-toning runs through quicksand. This eclectic mix is reflective, in part, of Delorey's status as a certified kinesiologist.
Despite his credentials and his efforts to inspire and encourage his charges, Delorey knows that weight loss can't be done by a trainer alone. To complement his clients' training, he encourages them to explore their personal reasons for wanting to lose weight, which he argues will help them make long-term lifestyle changes and keep the weight off.
More than 1,000 Snap Fitness centres stand out in Canadian cities and northern states, staying aglow throughout the night with the kinetic energy of evening patrons. The centres provide members with 24-hour access to all equipment, allowing them to train at whatever hour their espresso shots finally kick in. During appointments, personal trainers work with members on free weights and cardio machines in order to help them reach individual goals such as losing weight, toning muscles, training for sports competitions, or recovering from injuries. As an added accommodation, some Snap Fitness locations host tanning studios that bronze and define muscular contours and help chest hairs flourish through photosynthesis.