Real Tan’s owners originally opened their doors more than 20 years ago with a salon in Scarborough. The single location couldn't keep up with tanning demands, leading to a relocation to Mississauga and a recently opened second location in Thornhill. Along the way, Real Tan has expanded its specialties to include ultra-bronzing Ergoline beds, Playboy spray tanning, and teeth whitening, which brightens teeth up to eight shades and lasts longer than gargling white-out.
With equal focus devoted to running, yoga, spinning, and kettlebell workouts, Energia Athletics lives up to its philosophy that "cross-training is the best way to reach maximum performance and the highest level of fitness." And the business didn't just borrow this philosophy from the philosophy library. Both of Energia's founders are living examples of the benefits of varied training. Lea Amaral has run competitively since her late teens and later discovered spinning, yoga, and kettlebell workouts. Jon Dunnill walked a similar fitness path, joining a running group and competing in races before shaking up his routine with strengthening kettlebells and calorie-torching spinning. At Energia Athletics, the duo introduces their members to the healthy, full-body challenges presented by each discipline, helping clients tone their muscles, boost their endurance, and shed unwanted pounds.
Bikers can grunt and sweat, pedalling 25 kilometres in a single session, they’ll never travel so much as an inch beyond Legacy Indoor Cycling Studio’s 2,000-square-foot space. Instead, Schwinn-certified instructors coach them along imagined paper routes, varying the intensity of hills and curves via the advanced settings on Schwinn Evolution bikes. In each class, up to 30 stationary steeds whir in place, their spokes’ constant hum drowned out by the teachers’ commands and the high-energy music blaring from a Bose stereo system.
Beyond spinning sessions, the personal trainers also bend bodies in yoga classes and incinerate calories with boot-camp-style circuit training, which incorporates cycling. With almost 30 total classes a week, the studio accommodates virtually any schedule, allowing students to fit in a workout between work and daily appointments to oil their bionic legs.
Build My Body Beautiful™ (BMBB) is a Toronto based, fitness & wellness company, that provides a variety of holistic programs & services to women. BMBB uses a mix of fitness programs, motivational hypnosis for sports and weight management and nutrition consulting to help women reach their goals.
NSA TrainStation director Niki Aron has been a personal trainer for more than a decade, during which she has helped people reach their fitness goals, all while embracing the transformative powers of TRX suspension training in a converted airplane hangar. Designed by an active Navy SEAL looking for a way to work out without regular gym equipment, TRX employs straps that help exercisers use their bodies for resistance. With straps looped around hands, ankles, or overenthusiastic ponytails, participants lean back, hang upside-down, and twist. TRX workouts are designed to simultaneously improve flexibility, balance, and core strength.
TRX straps wind around the i-beams of the National Squash Academy, the facility in which Niki hosts classes. Through lessons, camps, and outreach programs, the Academy seeks to fill its ten courts with players of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels. Because of the origins of the facility, the workout space leaves ample room around equipment and visitors, discouraging overcrowding. The facility was named Best Specialty Fitness Club in Toronto by BlogTO in 2013.
Since 1987, Baby & Me Fitness's certified trainers have helped prepare pregnant women, new parents, and babies for childbirth and a new life together with safe and enlightening fitness classes and lectures. Expecting and new parents can attend discussions and workshops with extensively trained instructors and visiting guest speakers, where they’ll learn how to navigate the emotional, social, and physical demands of welcoming a child into the world. New moms can explore prenatal fitness classes with cardio and core training, yoga, Pilates, and water exercises to keep bodies healthy and strong for an easier labor. Postpartum regimens help mom’s body adjust after the birth with high-energy cardio, tension-melting yoga, and resistance workouts that use the baby’s own weight to strengthen the mother-child telepathic powers.