Inside a room heated to a balmy 105 degrees Fahrenheit, a certified Bikram yoga instructor leads students through eagle, locust, and rabbit poses. These poses, part of a 26-asana sequence designed by yogi Bikram Choudhury, are intended to increase oxygen and blood flow through every inch of the body. Though the physical benefits of a stronger, more flexible body are undeniable, the good done to the mental and spiritual selves can only be described—a greater sense of peace, increased mental clarity, and the ability to tolerate people who talk about their night dreams. Eager to share its passion for the practice, the staff at Bikram Yoga equips new students with everything they need to succeed. Friendly receptionists hand students towels and mats before pointing them in the direction of clean, sleek changing and shower areas. The studio itself is constantly filled with purifying practitioners, as a deep bench of certified instructors teach both morning and evening classes seven days a week.
The first years of a child’s life are some of the most formative, with kids quickly learning the mental and physical skills they’ll use for the rest of their lives. The instructors at The Little Gym help foster this growth with their signature brand of positive, nurturing activities, using scientifically based methods to help kids confidently master the basic skill sets needed to jump-start their successful lives. They tailor their classes by age group and activity type, helping babies as young as 4 months build motor skills and language development while instructing kids as old as 12 years old in karate, dance, and resisting the urge to tattle. Each of the classes incorporates three dimensions of learning, mixing physical movement with brain-challenging exercises and activities that build kids’ confidence away from parents.
Hari Om Yoga?s instructors work to help clients reduce stress levels and improve their strength, flexibility, and balance through yoga classes that challenge every fitness ability. Intense sessions of hot flow, core yoga, fusion, and fluid flow classes test fitness limits while more relaxing disciplines of restorative, hatha, and luna yoga allow participants to center themselves and obtain inner balance. Some sessions feature a mix of movement and lengthening poses, including Flow into Yin, Heart & Soul, and yin yoga classes. The also studio offers a number of specialty classes, including yoga done in a room illuminated by candlelight. In addition to its multi-styled menu of classes, Hari Om Yoga houses a 2,000 sq. ft. retail store that supplies fresh, inspired activewear.
In more than 200 locations in 25 countries, the staff at My Gym aims to nurture children's physical and mental development through engaging classes. Each gym houses small-scale fitness equipment with soft construction that inspires kiddies to play safely. Instructors lead kids in song, dance, jump, and exercise classes, all structured to fine-tune motor skills, critical thinking, and self-esteem. Children as young as 6 weeks can giggle and crawl in My Gym classes, which also include options for kids up to 13 years old.
Beyond scheduled classes, the gyms also host play sessions that discard lesson plans and encourage youngsters to cut loose. The gyms are also available for birthday parties, which include supervised gym-time, staff-led birthday games, puppets, rides, and full use of the facilities. Open play gives kids free rein of the gym's playground equipment while under supervision. During Parents’ Night Out events, the attentive staff watches over kids while parents enjoy a night of grown-up conversation or a chance to hone their Marco Polo skills for future family bouts.
For 19 years, the Sportsplex gym at Total Fitness—under one name or another—has provided a venue for locals to work out and be a part of a "true community gym." The private health club elevates heart rates and feelings of camaraderie in group fitness classes such as yoga, aerobics, or karate. Private trainers teach individuals custom routines, and nutritional experts revitalize and revolutionize diet plans. Blue pads rest on the white metal frames of machines, coordinating exactly with the paint colours on the walls. Wall-mounted televisions glow, interspersed among painted, empowering words and quotes, such as, “The most important thing about goals is having one,” spoken by Geoffrey Abert when describing the game of soccer.
At Push FX Training, certified personal trainer Jaime Schmid designs intense group boot camps and personal-training sessions. Her outdoor boot camps include games, fitness challenges, and intense interval training, helping clients lose weight, tone muscles, and enhance agility. Personal training is tailored to each client's fitness goals, which can include anything from weight management to preparing for a marathon. Those programs take place outdoors, at clients' homes, or at Jaime's home studio. She also offers small-group training for up to four. As a certified postnatal fitness specialist, she's also qualified to assist new moms with their exercise routines.