When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. Adele Fridman, founder of MetaBody, created a real-life version of that ticket with her MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
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.
At Mississauga Family Fitness, the staff augments their facility's overwhelming roster of premium amenities with the friendliness of a local gym. They've outfitted their 100+ cardio machines—including treadmills, ellipticals, and recumbent bikes—with TV monitors that play TV shows or motivational DVDs of dangling carrots. Personal trainers help individuals make sense of the strength training equipment and free weights. Otherwise, members drop into group fitness classes including Zumba, Body Sculpt, belly dance, and spinning. In the boxing studio, heavy bags and speed bags await body-chop massages that ready fists for flying inside a professional-size ring. To round out wellness, the weight-loss centre and health centre put members in touch with professional advice.
Parents can drop their young ones off at the child-minding centre and keep an eye on them during workouts using the baby-cams that stream on monitors throughout the gym. Kids 8–17 years old form healthy habits in the Play Zone Interactive Youth Fitness area, stocked with Sony PlayStation dance pads and game bikes. In the aquatic centre, they zoom down the waterslide in the kids' pool while their parents do laps in a six-lane, 25-metre pool that's heated to a cozy 82 degrees Fahrenheit by the breath of a friendly, in-house dragon.
After workouts, eucalyptus steam rooms help muscles wind down. The luxurious locker rooms are outfitted with private showers, granite-topped vanities, and a lounge area with newspapers and a wide-screen TV.
Throughout the week at Vida Studio, instructors lead group fitness classes and balanced workouts and dance classes for all levels of exercisers. With morning, noon, and evening sessions available, the studio helps visitors squeeze healthy habits back into busy schedules. Sessions of Pilates, boot camp, and Zumba get the heart pumping and on days when muscles need a break, several types of yoga melt away tension, including hot yoga, power flow, and Vinyasa. The studio also provides dance classes and complete 12-week programs ranging from beginner to intermediate in ballet, salsa, or tango.
HAF Training's functional-fitness exercises emphasize quality of movement and safety, and are adjusted for people of all ages and abilities. The team's instructors know which exercises can be safely performed, and won't ask their group-fitness-class participants to perform such movements as box jumps and sumo deadlift high pulls because they feel the injury risks outweigh the benefits.