Certified personal trainer Katelyn Brown first immersed herself into the fitness industry in 2008. Since then, she's trained clients privately, has led groups through sweaty boot camps, and has even worked with hockey players off the ice, coaching them how to walk in public without checking pedestrians into walls. At Perseverance Fitness, she puts this experience to use helming signature BootyCamp sessions—all-women fitness classes that use body-weight movements to tone troublesome areas such as the arms, core, and backside. Katelyn, who is also a certified TRX suspension-training ambassador, also captains TRX boot camps, which allow participants to perform hundreds of exercises by leveraging gravity against body weight with a series of specialized straps and bands.
Gaetano Aramini’s website features a video of the trainer sitting on his clients, pinning them to the ground as they let loose onto punch pads strapped to the dedicated trainer’s hands. It's all in a day's work for Gaetano, a personal trainer who brings 29 years of martial-arts experience and a decade in the fitness industry to his job as head of his business. In addition to working one-on-one with clients, Gaetano also leads small-group personal-training sessions, which bring an element of camaraderie into the physical challenges. Group training takes place indoors, just like food fights and boot camp. The 60-minute boot-camp sessions led by Gaetano or another instructor are composed of half strength training and half interval cardio and designed to challenge a variety of levels. Patrons can complement their training with guidance from the on-staff holistic nutritionist, who imparts her dietary wisdom via video chat.
There's no better way to make a workout more effective than to add a little heat to the mix. That's the idea at Oxygen Yoga & Fitness, a studio that helps students work up a sweat with far-infrared hot yoga. Hot yoga has all of the physical and mental advantages of regular yoga, with a few extra perks. The added heat increases flexibility and stimulates collagen production, and the infrared waves break down cellulite. The studio's advanced infrared technology ensures that it never gets too hot; instructors liken the temperature to what you might experience on a summer day at the beach.
Go Fusion Fitness couples group workouts with spa services to build both healthy bodies and a communal environment for women. Owner Daphne Guenther hastens heart rates within her clean, sunny studio with intense circuit-training regimens. During classes, each participant completes intervals on hydraulic weightlifting machines, undergoes intense bursts of cardio exercise, and elucidates a complex series of riddles. After their workouts, members can retire to infrared saunas to send toxins fleeing from pores, or enjoy other services such as massage therapy, reflexology sessions, and soothing, detoxifying ionic footbaths for tired feet. All staff members—from instructors to childcare-centre personnel—are women, providing a comfortable haven for ladies to break a sweat.
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.
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.
Certified trainer Carrie Light leads a team of fellow trainers who follow her emphasis on building the self-esteem and physical health of their clients. Her background in kinesiology and sports informs the design of Training 4 Life’s fitness classes, which ramp up heart rates and engage fast- and slow-twitch muscle fibres in the upper and lower body. She keeps classes small and the teacher-to-student ratio close, so that she can devote attention to each student’s technique, form, and safety.