It?s not the 25 metre-indoor pool, the racquetball courts, the shiny basketball courts, or even the 20-foot waterslide towering over the beach-entry family pool that first catch guests? eyes at Regency Family Fitness, it?s the reception desk. Forged from cherry wood and stainless steel, the desk embodies the centre?s ethos: the experience is in the details. A staff of 60 meticulously maintains the 50,000-square-foot facility, which houses more than 100 cardio machines, an aerobics studio, yoga studio, and Boxing For Fitness studio, the last of which encompasses a pro-sized ring, heavy bags, and speed bags. The staff has also developed a 40-minute strength-training circuit that tones muscles with 26 machines, rather than leaving exercisers to design their own workouts and contour in six-packs with professional-grade makeup.
Delving deeper into the details, members can take full advantage of a variety of amenities. After workouts, recently sweaty people can head to the juice bar caf?, lounge in steam rooms, or pick up their progeny from the daycare centre. Regency Family Fitness also has a Play Zone designed for kids 8?17 years old that is equipped with dance pads, a youth exercise circuit, and Sony game bikes.
Jody Minhas and her husband, Paul, had a dream to combine their skills as a motivational speaker and martial artist, respectively, to empower and inspire women. To bring this dream to fruition, they opened a women-only kickboxing studio designed to help ladies not only get fit but also gain self-confidence.
Today, their Ultimate Kickboxing trainers lead groups through a training system that starts off with a warm-up regimen before incorporating calisthenics, kickboxing, and conditioning into the mix. Students strike protective pads during the no-contact classes, which incorporate elements of muay thai to work out the entire body, including muscles that tend to be ignored in traditional workouts. Ultimate Kickboxing also offers personal training, which can be tailored to fit all manner of goals, such as losing weight, learning self-defense, or body slamming a rhinoceros.
At Regency Fitness, a staff of amicable trainers introduces new members to their 17,000-square-foot facility, stocked with TV-mounted Precor cardio machines, weight equipment, and free weights. In group fitness classes, they also help members stretch into Hatha yoga poses, amp up cardio workouts with Zumba's Latin-inspired dance-party moves, and pummel punching bags during Box Fit sessions. After workouts, steam rooms stand by to melt sore muscles and snowmen with poor judgment.
Troy Maclean, a second-degree black belt, has deflected enough attackers to earn the title of Canadian-American Kickboxing Champion. At Canadian Kickboxing Institute, he shares his award-winning skills with women through kickboxing courses that seamlessly integrate self-defence with a cardio workout. Maclean draws on his 30 years of martial-arts experience to lead sessions that firm physiques and catalyze weight loss, safely incorporating the punches and kicks key to warding off attackers or playing extreme piano.
Building a toddler's confidence and defeating an opponent on the martial arts mat might seem like very different activities. At Caissie Karate, however, you can learn to do both things with the same set of tools. Led by Sensei Colin Caissie, the classes cater to students of all ages and experience levels, teaching them how to strike and block while instilling mental focus. Caissie's own martial arts study began at a young age, and he eventually sought to elevate his understanding of the sport by teaching beginners. So, six days a week, his pupils enter the dojo for classes separated by belt color, age, and the number of times they've met Bruce Lee.
The instructors at Spin Kicks are lifelong fitness enthusiasts who have experience in pursuits ranging from marathon running to competitive sports to, of course, cycling. Master Scarsellone, for example, has represented Canada at Taekwon-Do World Championships in such places as Pyongang and St. Peterborough, Russia. The team brings its enthusiasm to the members at Spin Kicks, leading cycling classes while perched atop RealRyder stationary bikes that tilt and turn as if cruising down mountain paths. The realistic bike movements activate core muscles as students pedal in rhythm and teachers encourage them to go faster and push themselves harder. In addition to the indoor classes, the instructors lead outdoor cycling clubs in warmer months, as well as manage a bike shop that treats bicycles to repairs, tune-ups, and tire-tread readings.
Spin Kicks also offer Cardio Combat?a workout that combines martial arts with cardio fitness. Classes focus on strength training, abdominal exercises, and stretching, with reported benefits including weight loss, stress relief, increased stamina, and muscle gain. No prior martial arts experience is required to sign up, and the course serves as a notable counterpoint to the cycling classes.