Since its original incarnation opened in 1981, Genesis Athletic Club has changed names and locations, but its values have remained the same. These values include a welcoming attitude toward all body types and ages, and a diversity of fitness options mirroring that of its clientele. For instance, its facilities include women-only areas, as well as a training circuit designed for seniors. Fitness classes range from yoga to spinning, and personal trainers customize workouts so clients don't start greeting their usual weight machine by name. There are also tanning beds, an apparel boutique, and a café stocked with smoothies.
Though it's only been around since 2007, YYoga has already grown to include nine locations in B.C. and one in Toronto. In addition to introducing yoga to a wide audience, YYoga strives to "make the world a better place," a vision shared by its founders Terry McBride and Lara Kozan. The centre does so by inviting its members to tap into yoga's body-mind-soul connection, which strengthens core muscles, instills relaxation, and boosts self-awareness more effectively than installing mirrors into eyeglass lenses. This in turn helps members live more fulfilling lives, making their world—and the world of those around them—a better place.
At the peak of his athletic career, Scott Midgley ranked fourth in the world in muay thai kickboxing. Nowadays, he helps clients reach the peak of their own athletic careers—whether that entails a global ranking or simply a healthy body—at his 17,000-square-foot fitness studio, Total Body Fitness.
Group fitness classes combine collaboration and coaching to keep participants motivated, and spinning sessions slowly transition from flat roads to mountain paths to help clients train for their paper routes. For solo workouts, the gym supplies free weights and an ergonomically designed circuit area and cardio centre. An infrared sauna complements fitness regimens, catalyzing calorie burning and minimizing cellulite; tanning beds in standup and prone formats help patrons attain an even glow.