Although seventh-degree black belt Mike Martin is a world taekwondo champion, his most-prized distinction is simply "dad." He takes the concept of family seriously, incorporating it into his studio's philosophy. He helms martial-arts classes in which whole clans of moms, dads, and siblings can learn the art of self-defence or settle unresolved remote-control battles together in the same session. He also leads classes designed exclusively for adults only and for kids only. In addition to hand-to-hand combat, Rising Sun instructors also lead kickboxing classes and boot camps, as well as courses in Korean swordsmanship.
International flags hang over the mat-covered practice area, which also boasts wall grips for climbing and a mountain-range mural. The space additionally plays host to kids’ birthday parties in which tots spend their afternoon taking in a martial-arts lesson, climbing on the walls, and breaking boards with their bare hands, just like carpenters who've replaced their hands with saws.
Having led hundreds of clients down a custom-paved road to physical health, certified fitness trainers Christopher and Stephanie Williams founded Destiny Fitness as a home base for both in-studio and mobile personal-training services. The team helps locals achieve wholesome lifestyle shifts, manning group fitness classes at their Mississauga studio when they aren't bringing personal training regimens, equipment, and inflatable Olympic-size pools to area homes. Their programs, which can include nutritional guidance as well as frequent progress assessments, are part of a step-by-step system intended to become a guide to lifelong fitness success. More specialized therapies are available under the pair's Destiny Wellness umbrella, a mobile facet of the company that travels to those with rehabilitative needs.
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.
The trainers at Effective Kickboxing want to welcome everyone to their fitness classes, so clients don't already need to be so in shape that they get mistaken for minor-league athletes. Instead, instructors will work with clients to get them to a level of fitness they're comfortable with, and students are encouraged to work at their own pace in classes that include kickboxing, sparring, and boot camp.
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.