Canadian soldiers Karth Sahadevan and Colin Reid founded Ottawa Fitness Boot Camp-Soldiers of Fitness in 2004, drawing from their military training to craft authentic boot-camp programs for the average citizen. Their routines mandate that students work together to conquer drills, bolstering a communal spirit through navigating obstacle courses and banding together to transport heavy objects such as a snoozing sumo wrestler. Though the classes embody the intense physical-training tactics of the military, instructors do not single out campers by barking orders at them. Instead, a positive atmosphere of support and accountability fuels each session, and a ratio of one teacher per 10 students ensures personalized encouragement. Even those 50 and older can reach their fitness goals by enrolling in Veterans boot-camp classes, which focus on improving flexibility, strengthening muscles and joints, and engaging in cardio conditioning?all while minimizing impact on joints and tendons. This vigorous yet uplifting approach has earned Soldiers of Fitness several shout-outs in the press, as well as the loyalty of clients who return for increasingly challenging workouts.
When his father suffered a heart attack, presumably brought on by years of smoking, drinking, and eating junk food, Luke knew he had to “be the change.” So, at the age of 17, he embarked on a fitness quest for the first time in his life, eventually losing 50 pounds and gaining a new outlook on life. Today, Luke has become Dr. Luke, and he runs his own fitness and health centre, ReveLUKEtion Boot Camp. Whether through personal training or group classes, Luke guides each of his clients through their weight-loss and fitness goals. Not only does he motivate them through strength and cardio exercises four times a week at boot-camp sessions, but he also fortifies training with helpful diet and nutrition tips, such as filling up on vegetables and eating cake only on your birthday so the calories don’t count. Dr. Luke’s successful work with clients has also landed him various local-television appearances, where has spoken as an expert on childhood obesity and divulged workout tips and tricks.
Smart Goal Fitness's 7,500-square-foot studio resounds with the clinks and clanks of free weights as certified trainers, backed by a fun and energetic attitude, help fitness pupils of all levels bulk up bodies with dynamic exercises. Each of Smart Goal Fitness's instructors undergoes ongoing training to keep up to date on the latest fat-burning and muscle-sculpting techniques. Whistling inspirational songs that induce time-bending montages, they'll help guests torch calories through group boot camps, one-on-one personal training, and full customized fitness plans.
The fitness titans at Bodysync Bootcamp empower clients by unleashing an invigorating group fitness experience in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. Utilizing Bodysync's own conditioning system known as ThaiFit—which marries traditional Thai training to modern exercise science—trainers custom-adapt exercises to suit all fitness levels, from beginner to the full McConaughey. The ThaiFit approach introduces well-established methods of athletic conditioning to various resistance exercises, a fearsome combination that turns each exerciser into a one-person calorie-wrecking crew while banding sweat seekers together to enjoy the shared motivation of each group workout. Boot camp sessions take place both indoors and outside, with each workout designed to be different from the last so as to stave off the dullness of routine and to keep even onlooking squirrels already bearing six-packs guessing.
David Lee began life on rather precarious footing. He was born to a single mother in a poor area of Seoul, South Korea and, as a small child, suffered from food allergies and poor digestion. Luckily for him, a mentor in Canada sponsored Lee and his mother and sister and taught them about nutrition and the healing power of whole foods. Soon afterward, a young Lee was outlining his own nutrition regimens, and he eventually even managed to overcome his chronic ailments without the help of a doctor or a genie.
Today, David applies this spirit of innovation in his professional life as a personal trainer, nutritionist, and holistic practitioner. Drawing from more than 20 years of experience, he has pioneered Tai Body, a workout that incorporates Thai boxing movements with aerobic exercises, meditation, and stretching. He also developed a system of exercises and nutritional packages known as the Vital Health System, which gradually strengthen beginners’ cores so they can begin to tackle more advanced exercises, such as transforming into a treadmill. As participants work to obtain healthier lifestyles, the nutritional counseling helps increase energy levels by encouraging smarter food choices.
Access MMA Training Centre Ltd.'s facilities are simple, almost spartan. The white-walled rooms house a boxing ring, free weights, mats, and punching bags?everything the coaches need to teach their students proper fighting and fitness techniques. An official amateur MMA club under the regulation of Kickboxing Canada, Access MMA Training Centre Ltd. prepares fighters for professional careers. Boxing coaches include two provincial silver medalists and a Soviet Union national medalist. They blend Russian technique with North American and European methods while focusing on defense, footwork, and making distracting funny faces.
The coaches bring this same tenacity and professionalism into fitness classes for lay people. Students lace up their gloves for both contact and noncontact classes. And, during personal-training sessions, trainers enlist boxing moves?such as bobbing and weaving or asking nicely if the opponent could replace punches with hugs?to build muscle definition and shed excess weight.