In a society that looks for shortcuts to weight loss wherever it can, FitStudios is taking the long way. Through their Functionally Integrated Training program, or F.I.T., the studio's trainers borrow from numerous disciplines to customize their fitness programs to each student's goals, taking their time to ensure students work out right the first time in order to maintain their health in the long run. The result is a stronger body with more stable joints, better cardiovascular endurance, and enhanced flexibility. Through the studio's group training regimens, students learn how to buff up as they work together, forming towering human pyramids to eventually find out what clouds taste like.
These physical feats are accomplished in FitStudios' well-equipped fitness centre, in which TRX suspension bands dangle over an obstacle course of footwork ladders, elliptical machines surround gliding pads and hurdles, and free weights and kettlebells stand at the ready. Also providing holistic wellness, FitStudios' team of sports-therapy specialists treats sports- and stress-related injuries with chiropractic services, acupuncture, and massage therapy.
Sustainable lifestyle choices, environmental consciousness, and building a sense of community: these are a few of the pillars upon which Moksha Yoga is built. The architects are Jessica Robertson and Ted Grand, who drew from years of training under yoga masters such as Bikram Choudhury and Acharya Yogana before co-founding Moksha Yoga. Their focus is on clearing the mind of distractions, detoxifying the body through sweat, and building powerful core musculature that can help practitioners overcome everyday obstacles from managing arthritis or stress to sliding out of tight crawlspaces.
Moksha Yoga's more than 70 studios operate under the caring supervision of a professional teaching staff. Their diverse backgrounds not only include years of yoga study, but also apprenticeships under Nobel Peace Prize winners and careers with Amnesty International. Both instructors and students are encouraged to share their positive philosophy off the mat as well: the company supports several charitable endeavours, and its studios are powered by renewable energy sources.
Founded in 2000 with the intent of introducing the Toronto community to Latin dance, Soul2Sole now employs a vast team of knowledgeable instructors whose passion for their art permeates every facet of the classes they lead for adults and children alike. Nimble limbed teachers follow a progressive curriculum in each lesson series, building each class on a core of salsa bolstered by a host of equally fiery styles such as Bachata, Cha-Cha, Kizomba, Casino Rueda, Merengue, and Latin Hustle. Throughout classes, instructors patiently impart essential Latin dance skills upon students, expounding upon fundamentals such as rhythm and timing, turn patterns, and smoldering stares.
Each AquaCenter location hosts low-impact Aquafitness classes that help participants improve blood circulation, reduce swelling in injured or swollen joints, or even help decrease water retention. Determined to share its passion for the water, AquaCenter Swim School’s also team fosters a safe environment in which students of all ages can learn to swim and engage in aquatic activities. Along with Red Cross–certified lessons, Swim camps keep youngsters kicking when school is out of session. Under the helm of the certified instructors, pupils dive into the balmy waters of a salt-water pool for lessons that teach essential skills such as treading water and speaking colloquial narwhal.
Hot Yoga Wellness offers a wide range of yoga classes, offering ashtanga, yin, and hatha sessions as well as ones that incorporate elements of the qigong practice used in traditional Chinese medicine. Some take place in a room heated to just above 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit with infrared heating panels and assorted humidifiers. Thanks to this heat, students' joints and tendons become more limber, which allows them to safely sink even further into each of the stretches. However, non-heated classes are also available at several of the studio locations, as are therapeutic treatments intended to alleviate pain or stress through the use of acupuncture, reflexology, tai-chi, or other traditional Chinese techniques.
My Zumba Fitness dusts the dance floor with hypnotic Latin rhythms that sculpt muscles, pump heartbeats, and burn calories. The ten-class punch card ($100) pampers participants by allowing access to all the classes offered at five participating locations, including basic skills classes intended for all fitness levels and high-energy toning classes. Zumba blends the rapturous rhythms of salsa, merengue, samba, flamenco, and more to trim figures in a fun environment. In the name of variety, the music and steps at My Zumba Fitness evolve on a regular basis so booties don’t get bored after consecutive classes. See the class schedule listed on the My Zumba Fitness home page for upcoming offerings.