Create Balance Pilates owners Collette Brown and Renée D’Orsay believe a balanced body is the path to a balanced life that is both healthy and fulfilling. As Stott Pilates instructors, they foster this equilibrium by teaching core-strengthening exercises developed with the input of physical therapists, sports-medicine experts, and exercise-science researchers that stress alignment and form to help students sculpt their bodies safely. Clear, concise cues guide students through isometric exercises atop exercise mats as well as fluid movements performed on spring-based resistance equipment such as Reformers, jumpboards, and reflex-testing jack-in-the-boxes.
In addition to offering small-group classes for many different skill levels, the studio caters to students’ goals during private training sessions in its cozy, sunlit space. No matter which type of instruction students receive, they typically experience a measurable increase in strength and coordination, and find themselves building the type of endurance and flexibility required to run a marathon en pointe.
At Tru Fitness and Health, the fitness-savvy staff’s commitment to fitness extends beyond group classes, semi-private training, and one-on-one sessions; trainers reach out to absent members with friendly calls or singing telegrams to encouraging them to return to the studio. Personal-training sessions and two to three-person semi-private sessions craft custom approaches to fitness regimens, and group sessions average a class size of 10–12 members, so coaches can lavish personal attention on each student, ensuring they perform each exercise safely, correctly, and without bribing their neighbour to hold their dumbbells. Tru Fitness’s full-body regimen also unites eating right and exercise with screenings for muscular imbalances and 21-day nutrition plans designed by a registered dietitian.
When Mike Worden of Energy Boot Camp shouts instructions to his campers in any given session, his words carry a little more weight than the average command. That's because, in addition to being an American Council on Exercise–certified personal trainer, he possesses a certification as a Master Practitioner of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, or the art of phrasing statements to get people to react in a certain way. He uses his skill set to amp up campers' enthusiasm and motivation while presenting them with increasingly harder physical challenges. These can include short sprints followed by classic burpees, a rapid-fire combination of sit-ups, crunches, and pushups, or partner-resistance exercises, such as refusing to blink during a staring contest.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Downtown Yoga Holistic Centre houses three studios, where instructors teach dance, yoga, and various fitness classes. Surrounded by exposed brick walls, students learn to salsa and tango during dance classes. Expert yogis lead classes such as Hatha yoga, yoga for runners, and stroller yoga. Aside from classes, the staff also practices ion detoxing and Thai yoga massage.