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.
Just because workouts are intended to make people sweat, it doesn't mean that they can't also be fun. This is the central tenet of the Zumba classes at Fit ZStyles, which lead students through a series of dance-inspired exercises set to upbeat Latin music. Using relatively simple choreography, instructors create heart-pumping workout routines that students of all skill- and fitness-levels can follow. And along the way, students might improve their strength and stamina and jump-start their metabolisms. Classes includes the traditional, cardio-focused Zumba workout as well as sessions that include strength-building exercises intended to help sculpt bodies and tone muscles.
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.