Tom Dowd isn't just the founder of Bikram Yoga Guelph; he also designed and built the entire studio himself. Its rough limestone walls, original maple floor, and muskoka hemlock pillars garnered it the Gordon Couling Award from The Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. Inside this serene space, Tom and his team of experienced teachers go on journeys with their pupils through Bikram yoga's 26 postures. The room's 105 degrees Fahrenheit heat helps to cleanse bodies of toxins while students improve their flexibility, posture, and mental focus.
Instructors at the Everybuddy Ballroom Dance Studios believe that stiff, stilted dancing isn't a result of too little talent—it's a result of too much information. Dancing comes naturally to most people, they profess, and harnessing that nature is simply a matter of simplifying the process. When teachers bombard pupils with dance patterns and technical details, the students' brains take over their bodies, leading to awkward steps and uncomfortable performances. At Everybuddy Ballroom Dance Studios, teachers instead introduce students to a few easy steps they can use over many styles of music. Once they feel like second nature, steps are gradually differentiated until every dancer can execute Latin and ballroom moves in a flowing manner. They've dubbed this the SNAP teaching method, and though slow-going at first, it often helps students learn to dance even faster than with detail-heavy or battery-powered dance-shoe methods.
With a winter schedule sporting morning, afternoon, and evening classes six to seven days a week, Pilates in Guelph’s skilled instructors keep pupils inspired and inclined to stay fit. Pilates builds strength through endurance and repetition achieved by a slow but steady regimen led by muscular metronomes. During mat classes, Pilates plebes and experts alike practice total body strengthening poses and use their own weight to build toned muscles, and foundation and basic reformer classes assists in torso toning and physique sculpting via the reformer’s sliding metal carriage and resistance springs. Low-impact reformer sessions are also ideal for post-rehabilitation injury recovery. Motivation also plays a big factor in staying on the path to fitness, which, at Pilates in Guelph, comes from cheerful instructors and friendly classmates, rather than from bitterly chanted mantras and tyrannical resolutions.
Licensed instructor Joanne O'Grady of Zumba with Joanne tones torsos with Latin-inspired dance aerobics fit for all body sizes and skill levels. Borrowing beats and steps from salsa and reggaeton, classes (a $10 value/class) burn down calories like a dragon at a snow-cone stand. Each session spans one hour to maximize time spent increasing heart rates, resisting episodes of Degrassi, and exploring accessible dance grooves. The Elliott Community classes hold court Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6–7 p.m., and Saturday mornings from 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. to conveniently de-stress after typing thoughts into Wikipedia.
At its 10 locations throughout Canada, The Athletic Club provides access to exercise machines and fitness classes, but that’s only part of the story. Club staffers also follow an overarching mission to making discovering a healthy lifestyle fun rather than onerous. While exploring the multilevel fitness arenas, members and guests may catch encouraging shouts from personal trainers or a medley of splashing and laughter from children taking swimming lessons from professional instructors. They can also investigate the benefits of yoga or spinning during group classes or one-on-one instruction. Cardio machines boost heart rates and bolster endurance, while flat-panel televisions attached to each machine keep members entertained. In addition to building new bodily abilities, members also keep their minds sharp with services such as nutrition counselling or wellness classes held on the astral plane.
The certified medical team at Bodyklense Health Services flushes toxins from colons and bolsters healing abilities. The body gurus whisk clients away to private rooms for their natural treatments, during which gentle cleansings and hydrotherapies can target a range of conditions including pain and poor nutrient absorption. Focused on guiding patients towards healthier lifestyles, the cleansing pros also advise on proper diet and exercise regimens to maintain intestinal health without having to transform antacids into cupcakes.
Dawson Dental Centre's dedicated team of professionals implements oral hygiene and assists customers in administering safe tooth-bleaching procedures. After an exam and x-rays, a cleaning helps take care of plaque and more, before the buffing of teeth with a 10-minute polish. NiteWhite take-home whitening kits arm blanchers with custom whitening trays that coat mouths in carbamide peroxide-based gel to lighten enamel stains. Brighter smiles typically appear within the first week, and the trays inconspicuously snuggle inside travel cases in between uses.