The certified yoga instructors at Sol Yoga Burlington believe in the value of connecting to the self and to others, and in achieving spiritual wholeness. They help their students work toward that state with more than 20 classes per week in their newly built hot yoga studio. In addition to standard classes, hot classes are held in the detoxifying warmth of far infrared light, which helps people sweat, breathe easily, and heat leftover soup. Learn the basic poses in a Fundamentals class, or turn things up in a Level 2 session, where students flow though a series of challenging poses for a more intense workout. There are also frequent workshops and teacher training sessions, and you can drop off the kids at the onsite childcare center.
For more than 20 years, the Phoenix Fitness team has been building unique relationships at the gym, and the results of those strong bonds are apparent in the success of Phoenix Fitness members. The facility offers a diverse roster of group fitness classes that run the gamut from Hatha yoga to challenging boot camp and CrossFit classes. But the team’s devotion to member health doesn’t stop there. Personal training and nutrition services work in tandem with exercise to help members internalize healthy habits for life. To help with sports or other injuries, the facility also offers active therapies such as chiropractic care and clinical conditioning.
Alexandra Evans knows firsthand the myriad benefits of Bikram yoga. After discovering the exercise form while living in Japan, the director of Bikram Yoga Hamilton Dundas noticed a marked change in her skin, physique, and ability to reach cans of green beans on a high shelf. Following certification and teaching stints in cities throughout Canada and in Mumbai, India, Evans established her 3,000-square-foot studio in Dundas as a place to share her teachings with enthusiastic students, helping them build muscle tone, burn calories, and centre their minds.
The trainers at Hi End Fitness are proud of the fact that their 5,000-square-foot gym is dwarfed by larger franchise gyms. That's because the Hi End training philosophy emphasizes pure workouts using kettlebells, free weights, TRX suspension straps, and other equipment that emphasize functional movements. Hi End's intimate space boasts plenty of room for boot-camp, kickboxing, and small-group training sessions, as well as Lifespan treadmills and Vision Fitness spin bikes to loosen up muscles before or after workouts.
TRX suspension training was invented by Navy SEAL commando Randy Hetrick, as a way to keep his team in shape for missions—and at Ancaster Fitness, trainers employ the same military-quality suspension training to tone their clients' physiques. Their private and group workouts incorporate other cardio and strength training, too, as they build muscle mass, burn calories, and correct postural imbalances.
A women-only gym, Team O’Brien Fitness is home to IFBB Fitness & Physique competitor Mindi O’Brien, whose resume is a testament to her physique. She’s been featured in and appeared on the cover of every major fitness magazine, and she's Canada’s first IFBB pro fitness champion. Together with partner Dennis Beitler, Mindi offers intensive training classes and body-tightening sessions to prepare for goals ranging from general wellness to professional competition to being able to do curls with a smart car. Team O’Brien Fitness also offers member packages with nutrition and supplement plans as well as one-on-one contest coaching.