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.
It isn't just the instructors at Kelowna Hot Yoga Studio who help students connect with their bodies: the studio space is also vital. A high-efficiency air system generates up to 12 airflow changes every hour, and a UV filter system keeps the air free of toxins, odors, and bacteria. All-natural floors, gently cleaned with eco-friendly soaps, cradle bodies during classes. And yet the most important amenity is the infrared heat—it penetrates deep into muscles to warm students rather than the air around them, improving on the old technique of just eating hot water bottles.
Kelowna Hot Yoga Studio is the brainchild of founder Brenda Wowk. Brenda draws from her yoga studies in India—and experience as a reiki practitioner and personal trainer—to helm a range of heated and non-heated classes tailored to all ages and ability levels. Instructors help students stretch out muscle fibers, loosen joints, and condition their cardiovascular systems in classes spanning styles from hatha to warm yin to ashtanga, each heated to between 85°F and 103°F. The studio also holds advanced workshops, yoga teacher trainings, and a yoga boot camp.
At The Hot Box Yoga, modern technology merges with ancient tradition. Students—beginners to experts— hone their yoga practice to the backdrop of contemporary music in the heat of studio known as "the Happiness Machine" and is warmed by FAR-infrared radiant technology. The system is designed to detoxify, leaving participants feeling healthy, strong, and rejuvenated. Instructors lead groups through a variety of yoga styles such as power (Vinyasa flow), hipster, freestyle, poser, and stress-relieving yin. The studio's heated classes are kept at a temperature of 90 degrees—which is approximately 25 degrees cooler than traditional heated studios.
It started with watching Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris movies as a kid—since then, Sean McHugh has taken his martial-arts study seriously. Since 2001, Sean has trained under 8th-degree red-and-black belt Master Marcus Soares as part of the Carlson Gracie team. In 2010, he decided to spread the benefits of Brazilian jiu-jitsu by opening First Strike Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Penticton. By 2011, he was ready to open another school in Kelowna. Together with his team of instructors, he trains students in the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which helps strengthen bodies and minds alike.
Because many real-life confrontations end on the ground or in close struggles, Sean views Brazilian jiu-jitsu—which focuses on ground-based grappling—as one of the most effective martial arts for self-defense. Each of the studio's classes starts with a warm-up and drills. Next, the instructor will teach new techniques and supervise a half hour of free rolling, where students can practice their moves with one another, rather than waiting to try them out on stuffed animals at home.
E.volve Health and Wellness's multidisciplinary health centre treats clients' health issues and doles out wellness education in a tranquil, plant-filled space. Pilates classes embolden bodies in one-hour sessions through resistance building that emphasizes endurance and repetition without the need to heft iron weights or wrought-iron fences from their roots. Garner personally tailored instruction in individual sessions, or accumulate communal sweat over a five-class series schooling a full spectrum of experience levels. Exercisers improve body-mind relations, raise heart rates, and unwind pretzel limbs on floor mats—focusing on breath, core muscle tension, contractions, and rock-solid movements. Each session employs the spring-controlled carriages of Reformer machines, which summon muscles to match witty retorts against coiled steel opponents with the aid of a foot bar and hand straps. Flow through movements and changeable spring-resistance settings while lying down, sitting, kneeling, standing, and slow-motion shimmying. Instructors inform students which colour-coded spring settings are needed for each movement sequence.