Managing his struggles with weight and depression via Bikram Yoga, studio director Dann Thew?determined to share his newfound passion with others?left his job in the oil industry to become a certified Bikram Yoga teacher. During each 90-minute class, balmy air within the sunny yellow studio envelops kinetic bodies in its 40-degree-Celsius embrace, coaxing forth detoxifying sweat from pores and revealing the identity of undercover snowmen with its 40 per cent humidity. Dann and his staff of instructors foster a welcoming, nonjudgmental environment while teaching the yogic method developed by Bikram Choudhury as they guide students through 26 postures accompanied by soothing breathing exercises that facilitate a full-body workout while enabling weary minds to recharge. To further ensure pupil's comfort, Bikram Yoga Oakville staff requires that posers bring along two litres of water, two towels, and a yoga mat to class.
Cold winter wind howls across Ontario, but students of The Swim Academy are keeping warm as they glide through the 90-degree waters of the center’s indoor pools. For more than a decade, the academy’s dedicated and skilled swim instructors have guided students of all ages through the crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly, conducting classes within pool locations in fitness centers and resorts throughout the local area. The coaches keep class sizes small and offer programs for all levels of experience, from beginners to high-school athletes to advanced triathlon trainees. They even offer a course for infants, during which a certified Pedia Swim instructor leads tadpoles as young as 6 months through basic water skills. Additionally, the Academy offers lifesaving classes, during which experts teach aspiring lifeguards and swim coaches first-aid techniques, such as how to administer CPR to swimmers and water wings.
Laced with elements of yoga, Pilates, and gymnastics, the women-only classes at Aradia Fitness sculpt lean, toned physiques. And though physical fitness is a cornerstone of the studio, it's not the only one. Classes foster certain amount of unrestrained confidence that, as Aradia puts it, ?teach[es] women to unapologetically love their body and themselves.? With locations in Canada, Aradia?s certified fitness instructors provide a studio environment that is safe for ladies of all shapes and sizes. No matter the class, the environment at Aradia is always lighthearted, nurturing, and more supportive than a stainless-steel hammock. Ladies may gather their friends and book the studio for a girl's night out, birthday, or bachelorette party.
It's impossible to feel left behind at a Quad spin class. This fact is true in a literal sense, as the indoor cycles are stationary, but it also reflects the welcoming mindset that prevails at each studio. Several introductory sessions hosted throughout the month acquaint students with the the Schwinn IC Pro bikes, as well as different hand positions and proper cycling form. Standard 60-minute lessons balance intervals of challenging speeds with more serene periods, permitting guests to set their own pace. Other class variations include 60-minute endurance rides and spinning combinations, which mix indoor cycling with exercises such as Pilates and deep stretches.
At Blueheel Dance Studio, instructors encourage students to find the dance that?s pulsing within. Using the internationally recognized Professional Dance Vision International Dance Association syllabus, instructors begin by emphasizing simple steps, syncopation, and rhythm. After establishing a firm base, students are set free to explore their skills in group lessons and social dance parties staged on the studio?s expansive hardwood dance floor. Instructors open the door to dance forms that convey a gamut of emotions ranging from love and joy to passion and wild indifference.
"We are not a gym with personal trainers," explains the staff at Conker Fitness, "we are a personal development facility with a team of attentive, experienced coaches." These coaches?Jeff, Matt, Alicia, Justin, Becky, Lou, and Trista?each have their own specialties and their own way of connecting with clients. They're also the folks who guide the boot camp and small-group training sessions.
Because their focus is "on performance and development, not juice bars and tanning beds," the Conker Fitness team has outfitted their facility with tons of challenging gear: punching bags, sledgehammers, sleds, and monkey bars occupy the two-level gymnasium, along with traditional equipment such as weight machines. As they jog on the lofted level, treadmill runners can gaze over the balcony and reenact the cardio-fitness scenes of Romeo and Juliet. The focus here is on personal progress and results, but there is clearly a lot of thought behind the facility's look and feel. It's well-lit and high-ceilinged, and a decorative red-and-white graffiti motif gives the place a tough, modern feel.