A community presence in Ottawa for more than 140 years, YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region remains true to its mission of physical and social enrichment for men, women, and kids of all ages across all seven of its facilities. Staff members uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they invest in their community’s children and strengthen family bonds critically weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. They pump up adult fitness regimens with aquatic fitness and boot-camp classes, personal training, and full gymnasiums outfitted with equipment for basketball, soccer, and rope skipping. They’ve also filled their fitness centres with free weights, cardio equipment, and weight machines. When they’re not helping adults trim down waistlines during yoga, boxing, and salsa-dance classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead children’s day camps, after-school programs, birthday parties, and outdoor education.
These YMCA-YWCA outposts are dedicated to helping all members of the community. They provide those in need with emergency and youth housing, employment services, and domestic-violence support programs. They further strengthen and unite the Ottawa community through the YActive Assist program, which adjusts membership rates to help families that can’t afford the full cost of any of YMCA’s progressive programs.
The instructors at Patenaude Martial Arts embody fang shen do, or "way of survival" with several types of classes: kung fu, mixed martial arts, kickboxing, and self-defense. These experts combine Eastern philosophies to teach the finer points of martial arts in classes for men and women. For self-defense, the also bring in kids or the full family. In all of these classes, the training doesn't focus entirely on fighting. The classes also teach things applicable to all areas of life, both inside and outside class, such as confidence, self control, and how to wear a belt with impeccable style.
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.
For more than 20 years, trainers at Glebe Fitness have continually updated their techniques to keep pace with the best exercise studies and fitness techniques available. Their rotating catalogue of on-site classes includes such ubiquitous favourites as Zumba, Pilates, spinning, and yoga. They also helm daily boot camps that feature different exercises every day, building specific muscles up with specific workouts and specific compliments about their taste in music.
An experienced team of instructors, captained by masters John and Peter Douvris, helps Ottawans get fit while learning self-defense during kickboxing and karate classes. Comprised of three classes—kickboxing, Cardio Bag, and Body Shape—the kickboxing program builds endurance, chisels muscles into diamond-like hardiness, and improves reaction time and coordination for dodging projectile bags of money. Kickboxing classes sync footwork drills to antielevator music, and Cardio Bag classes instill proper punching form with heavy-bag routines (must bring boxing gloves or hand wraps). Specialized weight training isolates muscle groups during Body Shape classes, which also incorporate calisthenics and stretching exercises.
With machines set up in rows to encourage competition, many ordinary gyms cater to men's bodies and psychology, right down to the urinals that were "accidentally" installed in the women's locker room. At Curves, you'll move around a circuit that positions machines inward so that you'll have a chance to laugh with your fellow fitness frontierswomen while raising your heart rate and burning calories with a complete aerobic and strength-training workout. Hydraulic resistance machines are designed to work with women's bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage your machine manoeuvring and your muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing your momentum, the hydraulic machines use your body weight and fitness level to create resistance that matches your abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.