At Wynn Fitness Clubs, exercise isn’t about altering how the body looks. It’s about changing clients for the better from the inside out. Here, during group and one-on-one training, fitness experts pair encouraging words with adaptable exercises involving dumbbells, kettlebells, Selectorized weight machines, and functional movements such as pushing and balancing. In addition to bolstering the body, these programs strengthen the will to achieve, propelling exercisers toward goals faster than an espresso-fuelled hockey puck. Calming fitness classes such as yoga and Pilates unite the mind and body with deep stretches, focused core exercises, and measured-breathing techniques. Club members can torch calories with solo sessions on the clubs’ cardio machines or during boot camps, cycling routines, and Zumba dance parties that cultivate friendships while boosting energy and endurance. Post-workout, spa-like locker rooms and couch-lined cafés invite exercisers to relax and recharge.
Light cascades through the windows, flooding the studio and illuminating the fierce particpants at Xcel Fitness Gold. Within this fitness haven?boasting a 10,000 sq. ft. co-ed gym at the Royal Windsor location and 20,000 square feet at the Lakeshore Road East location?certified instructors lead a variety of class types. They cycle through rhythmic flows during hot yoga, tighten torsos in boot-camp classes, and inspire legs to dodge stray shoelaces in Latin-inspired Zumba sessions. Personal-training sessions pair exercisers with enthusiastic trainers, who customize workout plans to fit their clients? needs by demonstrating proper technique and the average number of dumbbells you need to eat for a balanced breakfast. The Royal Windsor facility boasts a new 1,200-square-foot sports specialty studio, equipped with high performance spin bikes, TRX classes, and more.
Having trained Amy Reid, the current Twin Dragon Canadian women’s flyweight champion, as well as Jason Leava, the USKBA men’s middleweight champion, the coaches at Effective Kickboxing know how to train those of all skill levels and fitness. Their client roster also includes heavy hitters such as Starr Guest, EOFL women's flyweight champion, and Robert Hymans, men's EOFL heavyweight and now the Twin Dragon Kickboxing association's super heavy weight champion. While working with such elite fighters dominates much of their time, instructors also help keep nonfighters in peak physical shape. During high-intensity classes, trainers combine endurance, strength, and flexibility exercises so that participants can burn up to 900 calories per session. Each class features enough kicks and punches to convince shadows to wear mouth guards, and coaches instruct on methods of maintaining balance, precision, and striking power.
At Pro Dojos, certified martial-arts experts lead students of all ages and skill levels through a variety of pugilistic disciplines. Each location is independently owned, so the martial-arts styles may vary, but many offer karate, tae kwon do, kick-boxing, aikido, and jujitsu classes. The instructors elucidate the noble combat arts to kiddos as young as 4 years old, helping them build strength and motor skills while instilling the values of self-confidence. Teen classes focus on honing discipline and treating yourself and others with respect, and adult classes reinforce cardiovascular conditioning, strength, balance, and coordination. The instructors also lead classes for the whole family, allowing them to bond as a unit, which could possibly lead to starring in a hit sitcom about a crime-fighting family who takes down comical villains in their idyllic suburban neighborhood.
Bathed in the gentle glow of subdued, relaxing light, Impressions Day Spa’s talented staff deploys upwards of 20 years of industry experience as they lavish bodies in serenity-inducing services. The spa’s dedication to individualized care is evidenced in the lush private treatment rooms wherein aestheticians tailor treatments such as microdermabrasion and organic airbrush tanning to fit each patron’s skin type and accommodate comfort levels. Bolstering existing beauty remains a spa specialty, but Impressions' team of RMTs also perfects the art of stress erasing through treatments such as Swedish massage, which can help relieve trauma resulting from having a quarter painfully extracted from an ear by a street magician.
One exerciser lunges across the parking lot, toting a kettlebell in each hand. Inside, another lifts a huge weight over her head, while two more dangle from the gymnast's rings suspended from the ceiling. Muscles bulge, people grunt and sweat. It's just another day in a CrossFit box.
The particular gyms in question happen to be located in Mississauga and Bolton, but each features the same amenities: weight-lifting gear, gymnastics equipment, and a whole lot of open space for functional movement training. As their philosophy dictates, the trainers at each location provide a new workout every day, preventing their customers from becoming bored and their kettlebells from becoming too attached to any one person and following them home.