Aradia Fitness founders Christine Boyer and Tracy Gray used to cart a portable pole to different gyms in Tracy's Dodge Neon. Though acquaintances scoffed at their idea of teaching pole dance to inspire confidence and build muscle, the duo was determined to make the art available to everyday women. Thankfully, they had the business expertise and exercise know-how to back up their venture: Christina, a Pilates and yoga instructor, stood by pole fitness as a full-body conditioning method, and Tracy's experience as a figure skater and fitness instructor brought pizzazz to the routines. The pair's classes quickly sold out wherever that Dodge Neon went.
They've come a long way since then, having been featured in Canadian Business and Elle for their growing pole-fitness franchise. At Aradia Fitness studios throughout North America, guests of all backgrounds can practice the empowering pole spins, cardio dance steps, and stiletto heel swordplay of Christine and Tracy's curriculum. Every class and private party strives to connect pupils with their sensual side, bringing self-esteem and sinuous moves to spotlight.
Whether students want to tone their muscles, learn self-defense, or simply compete in martial arts, Pacific Top Team Kelowna is there for them. Brazilian jiujitsu classes help students in all three areas, whereas Future Champion kids' classes focus on building the values every athlete needs, including self-discipline, cooperation, and respect.
Women's only kickboxing and self-defense classes also build self-confidence, and they empower women by teaching them how to fend off an attacker. The classes rely on techniques from kickboxing, boxing, and jiujitsu, and often have a party-like atmosphere complete with pounding music and balloon animals.
During muay thai classes, instructor and world muay thai champion Adolfo Lozano teaches students the crucial eight points of contact—the two hands, elbows, knees, and shins. This class is designed to push bodies to their limits.
Every day of the week, Oranj Fitness bustles with activity as groups boogie through dance routines, stretch through yoga poses, and cruise through spin classes. The studio invites exercisers of all fitness levels to try new workouts with a wide variety of drop-in classes, each presenting a fun, community-based vibe. To keep pace with industry trends, Oranj works with local athletes, who give constant feedback on classes and the most flattering brand of short shorts. The centre also offers numerous amenities, including a smoothie bar, towel service, and child care seven days a week.
Mission Yoga’s friendly, enthusiastic instructors are fully certified and know how to help students sweat and stretch until they're calmer, more energized, and more revitalized than when they entered the peaceful studio. With 50- to 90-minute classes scheduled Monday through Saturday, pliable plebes and elastic experts alike can find the time and session suited to them. For students new to yoga, this is a great chance to learn the downward dog, upward dog, and the omniscient narrator. Yoga stretches muscles, relieving stiffness and pain; it also increases flexibility and strength (deep core muscles support each pose), which will improve range of motion, balance, and posture, all vital to moving up in the corporate world, seeing over the steering wheel, and slicing your morning bagel.
Stratis Fitness Solutions’ instructors adhere to a delightfully literal interpretation of boot camp with energizing Kangoo workouts in which students of all skill levels strap on springy Kangoo boots and hop, skip, and jump their way to better fitness. Upbeat music pulsates throughout the expansive studio as groups of students bounce around like caffeinated rabbits in 45-minute classes that burn calories with a complete strength and cardio workout. Joints breathe sighs of relief as the shock-resistant boots reduce impact and gravity’s natural resistance challenges muscle groups disillusioned with earth's limitations. A five-day schedule with four daily class times ensures that students can elevate alongside the morning sun or give their endorphins a boost into the dark, dark night. Classes alternate between a strict jump routine on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and a balanced tone-and-sculpt program on Tuesday and Thursday.
Members at Curves, a fitness centre designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Circuit coaches are always nearby to help manage participants’ machine manoeuvring and muscle making. The hydraulic machines use the exerciser's own body weight and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities and decreases the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean bodies perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like they can.