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.
The instructors at Orange Lotus Yoga and Wellness includes yoga and Zumba instructors, a reiki master, and Pilates instructors. They dispense their skills inside an airy studio with booty-shaking Zumba moves set to international tunes and private and group yoga classes. The yogis also travel to kids’ birthday parties, senior centers, and adult parties for relaxing yoga sessions or lead them in-studio.
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.
Just4MiE's studio is instantly calming. Guests can relax in the pale-pink dressing room and plush lounge chairs before migrating to the dimly lit pole-fitness studio, where expert instructors teach Pole-ah-Tease classes. The absence of mirrors is disarming for those used to a traditional fitness class, but these classes are anything but traditional. In six-week sessions, the pole-fitness classes first teach students the foundation of swinging around poles and building the strength to lift themselves off the ground. Following sessions focus on tricks such as pole tango and sensual chair dances.
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.
For a gym, FitWall Vaughan’s studio floor is surprisingly devoid of fitness equipment. Its primary piece of training equipment, which is flush with the wall rather than on the floor taking up space, is a ladder-like structure called the FitWall, which uses the human body as a weight, pitting users’ muscles against the force of gravity. With add-on resistance bands, shelves, and grips, the simple device manages to pack a full-body workout into a single 30-minute session.