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.
Pilates in Guelph's certified instructors woo the mat-curious with a lineup of 55-minute classes that blend styles and skill levels. Within a spacious, mirrored studio, groups of about 12 students acquaint themselves with the latest in advanced Pilates equipment such as trapeze tables and fitness circles designed to whittle muscles into toned renditions of interestingly shaped countries. Beginner-level classes, such as the Pilates Basics class, instill fundamentals; classes that target certain body areas, such as the intermediate-level Abs, Shoulders & Core class, employ weights and the participant's own body weight to strengthen the entire upper body. Intermediate-level students can glower in the face of the Pilates Bootcamp class, which zips students through high-intensity cardio movements and equipment work, leaving muscles grizzled and ready to punch in walls. Instructors cater to individual needs such as physical limitations and specific health conditions.
On a sprung dance floor, Joanne O'Grady leads groups through a series of Zumba dance moves set to upbeat Latin, international, and pop music. Zumba Toning classes add "toning sticks" or hand weights to the mix, helping students burn extra calories and tone their whole body. The high-octane workouts can burn up to 800 calories per hour, and aim to help students have fun while getting a full-body workout.
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.