It seems like Mark Salgado is constantly in motion—practicing yoga, training in jiu-jitsu, and heading workout sessions at his own studio, Core Focus Training. Armed with a degree in human kinetics and years of coaching experience, Mark captains a staff of certified trainers as they lead personal-training sessions, fitness-rehabilitation programs, and boot camps. Their unconventional 10-week Core Focus course strengthens participants’ cores through fast-paced workouts designed to foster long-term strength, endurance, and agility. The team packs their workout space with functional exercise equipment in lieu of the cardio machines and soft-serve ice-cream dispensers found in most gyms. Core Focus Training offers childminding services for parents on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.
The experienced instructors at Premier Martial Arts imbue their student with more than just slimmer waists and harder punches. Perhaps most importantly, their fitness and martial-arts classes instill students of all ages and skill levels with the confidence to take on challenges both inside and outside the ring. Young students may especially benefit from learning how to defend themselves, as new challenges in the form of bullies and volatile imaginary friends barrage them daily.
Open since 2005, West Coast Martial Arts promotes the spread of jujitsu through the capable hands and feet of its expert instructors. From 23 locations, they train students of all ages and experience levels in the nuances of an international array of martial arts. Their fundamentals programs introduce tots, youths, and adults to some of the fastest-growing disciplines in North America, arming students with pragmatic self-defence skills that work as well in the heat of the moment as they do in the calm of the dojo. Instructors also lead an array of classes for more advance practitioners. Teaching the grappling and ground-fighting techniques of Brazilian jujitsu, they lead students in battling larger opponents with the holds and submissions of the Gracie street self-defence system. They round out their curriculum with the striking arts of kickboxing and muay thai, which is also called the "science of eight limbs." In this combat style, students unleash flurries of blows using their hands, feet, elbows, and knees, turning into a more fearsome opponent than Bruce Lee before he had his conjoined twin removed.
Inside a converted garage nestled behind Alegria Cafe, the yoga instructors of Perfect Hearts Yoga lead small groups through therapeutic poses. Students can practice the lengthy poses of Yin yoga to soothe the body's connective tissues, participate in energizing flow classes, or opt for a calming candlelit Hatha class. Instructors cater to all experience levels and will guide students through modifications to make poses easier if necessary.
British Columbia local and Lakers player Steve Nash created his fleet of namesake Fitness World & Sports Clubs to honour the tenets of healthy living. The classes at both Fitness World and Sports Club locations are taught by engaging instructors who impart students with methods for getting fit that don’t involve traditional livestock lifting. Group fitness trainers lead exercisers through Bball Blast's stability-ball training, ICE indoor-cycling intensives, and Cardio Core's combinations of step, cardio kickboxing, and abdominal exercises. The Nash Smash class uses full-body metabolic training to sternly badger moping muscles into action, and Women on Weights builds toned musculature by pitting females against leaden opponents. Personal training sessions fit workouts for each client, tailoring them to individual's goals and personal theme song.
The amenities at each club differ—the Burnaby location boasts a swimming pool and spacious whirlpool. The staff strives to create a healthy environment for members and the earth alike, with floors made from sustainable bamboo and locker panels build with recycled car tires.
The crew at Razor Fitness strives to give members the resources of a large-scale gym while maintaining the welcoming, no-waiting atmosphere of a boutique gym. The 22,000-square-foot facility houses more than 200 cardio machines, weight machines, and free-weight stations, as well as a studio outfitted with heavy bags, step platforms, and mats for wrestling bears. Beyond the open gym, the staff guides guests to an array of physique-enhancing services, including personal training, an infrared sauna and tanning, and nutrition counselling. Damsels who join Razor Fitness’s member ranks also receive access to the Planet Woman Fitness facility. To fortify clients’ fitness efforts, Razor’s team also dispenses energy drinks, protein bars, and workout smoothies.