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.
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.
Pro Home Trainers' definition of "personal training" is even more personal than the typical gym's. The trainers lead strength training and total body conditioning sessions, helping students ages seven and older with objectives from injury recovery to strength improvement.
Although each spacious, warm-coloured room of Studio Energi serves a different purpose, each one welcomes guests of all fitness levels. The studio offers various services, including personal- and group-training sessions, which use custom workouts to help clients reach their fitness goals, and group fitness classes, which range from high-intensity boot-camp classes to indoor-cycling sessions set to upbeat music. In addition, the studio's experienced instructors lead Vinyasa and Yin yoga classes and Pilates-yoga fusion classes. And for those who like to swim, bike, and run but don't know how to operate their treadmill-powered underwater velocipede, the studio offers triathlon training.
Owner Dawn Byers channels 15 years of experience and training into Pilates workouts for students of all ages and skill levels at The Pilates Studio. Dawn holds certifications in all levels of mat, reformer, wunda chair, and cadillac instruction, which she uses to integrate body movement therapy into her workouts and private training sessions. Her studio hosts classes six days a week that may incorporate a variety or other equipment, including rings, foam rollers, and stability balls.
At Serenity Valley, skilled instructors design golf-geared workouts to help budding golfers bulk up their bodies and bolster their technique. Club-wielding Groupon customers can utilize the PGA Tour golf simulator for one hour, whose camera system records each swing and hole-in-one victory cartwheel. Instructors then play back the video frame by frame to analyze golfers' techniques and discuss areas for improvement. Simulator sessions also include a full-body assessment, during which each student's posture, strength, and flexibility are measured and recorded on needlepoint pillows. After the analysis, students delve into a personalized workout that incorporates Pilates, stretching, and strength-based exercises to build core strength. The workout targets muscles used during golf games, helping golfers master a swing as smooth and powerful as a slow dance with a tub of margarine.