Danielle Chevalier likes how exercise makes her look, but she loves how it makes her feel. That’s why she started Adrenaline Xtreme Fitness—to help others achieve a natural high that’s good for them and those around them. Exercisers of all levels, including members of the Windsor Spitfires hockey team, flock to her functional fitness classes, which challenge the entire body with boot-camp-style plyometrics and bodyweight exercises. Most workouts take place inside through the winter months, though they move outside in warmer weather, allowing participants to soak up sunshine as they jog up hills and whisper sweet nothings to earthworms during planks and crunches. Between classes, Danielle leads personal-training sessions that target goals such as weight loss and sports performance. She also posts free fitness videos to the studio’s website, which helps clients and their friends hone push-ups, squats, and core-toning manoeuvres.
At Punch Kettlebell Gym, owner and certified fitness trainer Rob Santarossa leads a team of instructors who lead group and private exercise regimens and nutritional coaching to help each client achieve a slim physique and healthier lifestyle. Rob’s dedication to fitness stems from his own early weight-loss struggles, an experience that allows him to coach with empathy and enact appropriate levels of motivation. About 12–15 students partake in the group and boot-camp classes, which stress weight-and-cardio combinations using diverse exercises, each scalable to fit individual needs or allergies to jumping jacks. Kettlebells and other forms of resistance are added along the way to round out the focused 30-minute routines. To help maintain a healthy lifestyle, fitness seekers will also be equipped with online nutritional software, which helps lay out customized meal plans, charts nutritional progress, and shouts warnings of falling anvils.
Randa Marar-Mueller grew up in the restaurant business and always knew she wanted to open her own place. When she returned from Michigan to raise her two kids in her hometown, she found Bacio Café & Lounge up for sale and figured it was time to take the plunge. She called in her mother, renowned chef Norma Marar, and the two overhauled the menu and aesthetic, opening with a menu of grilled paninis, gourmet pizzas, and French- and Italian-style entrees.
While Norma crafts delicacies in the kitchen, baristas cum mixologists steam up lattes and specialty teas or mix a selection of gourmet martinis for after-hours drinks. Gelato—made fresh in-house daily—sweetens palates with flavours such pistachio and mango, and baked goods resting under cake domes and in oversized martini glasses conclude meals more sweetly than a hug from a grandmother.
At Yoga Shelter, you won't hear esoteric chants echoing through the halls or meditation music reverberating from rock-shaped speakers. That's because founder Eric Paskel wants to make yoga accessible for all students, whether they're searching for inner peace or a more toned bod. Hip hop, dance, soul, chill, contemporary, and classic music accompanies all classes, ranging from Yoga Rocks, which focuses on sequenced postures, to Fusion, a blend of faster- and slower-moving classes. There is no hierarchy of classes; each 60- to 75-minute session is open to all skill levels. As Paskel himself puts it on his about page, “What's different about us is that we admit we have issues, we know we have work to do—if you can relate to that, you'll love this place.”
Muscular instructors help exercisers of all fitness levels slim silhouettes and chisel muscles with motivating boot camps, one on one personal training, and fat-evicting nutrition plans. During boot camps, a certified fitness coach draws on more than 15 years of experience to build up bodies with a series of high-intensity interval and metabolic resistance training. The encouraging trainer conducts a symphony of grunts as students strain to lift sandbags and tires within the indoor gym before hitting the fresh air to hurdle over motionless freeze-tag players and other outdoor obstacles. They’ll also compliment their rigorous workout regimes with nutrition guidance that equips students with grocery lists and recipes that ensure balanced meals.
The RyeGate's chefs draw from an array of culinary disciplines to create a menu populated with eclectic choices such as sushi, steakhouse fare, and seafood and Italian dishes. White wine veloute drizzles over a roasted chicken breast stuffed with garlic cloves and brie cheese ($21), and garlic shrimp scampi and fried calamari keep a 12-ounce Angus new york strip steak from floating up to the ceiling ($35). Meanwhile, chefs sprinkle italian sausage, caramelized onions, smoked bacon, and a bevy of cheese onto a thin crust pizza that bakes to a golden brown inside a stone oven ($15). Diners can complement their culinary journeys with a spicy tuna roll ($12) and sing tired forks a lullaby after finishing off a turtle chocolate tart for dessert ($6).