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.
Through choice of 4 different Commit 2 Fit Classes, Complete Athletics? instructors prepare people of all ages and fitness levels for whatever challenge befalls them. It could be anything from getting ready for team sports to getting fit for physically demanding work or a simple desire to get into shape for the health and confidence it offers. In their gym, participants sculpt their bodies through functional movements utilizing kettlebells and complemented with plyometric box jumps, ball work and cardio kickboxing. Enhancing strength, balance, and endurance through these vigorous routines allows participants to easily translate their newfound power to sports and the daily grind. For those needing a bit more of a tune-up, Complete Athletics also offers personal and small-group training, massage, and physiotherapy.
Trainers Steve Nesrallah and Anjali Benimadhu draw from a huge well of experience and fitness disciplines—including martial arts, circuit training, and weightlifting—to help their charges build lean muscle and brawn during high-intensity boot-camp classes. Unlike the boring treadmill marathons of a traditional gym, Nomadic Training keeps muscles and minds engrossed with quick, energetic workouts. The instructors help build strength through plyometrics, weightlifting, kettlebell workouts, and the use of simple machines and tools. In addition to teaching clients effective exercises, the trainers teach them how necessary it is to hydrate and that, contrary to popular belief, it’s more important to sleep a full eight hours than to wake up every hour to do your reps.
Nestled in downtown's historic ByWard Market, the Westin Health and Squash club cultivates an exclusive, intimate atmosphere in its 300-member gym. Stair-stepping and treadmilling toward a healthier lifestyle, patrons take in sweeping views of the Rideau Canal and Parliament Hill through the floor-to-ceiling windows that wrap around the cardio theatre. Duos scurry around the two professional squash courts, sending the thudding peal of squash balls through the nearby private personal training studio. After working off excess calories, members can take a soak in the hot tub, steal melatonin on the outdoor sundeck, or swim laps in the indoor saltwater pool, ideal for skin that is sensitive to chlorine or freshwater sharks.
At Brown’s Martial Arts, Sensei Geoff and his team guide pupils as they ascend to new belts in traditional karate classes, but they encourage would-be martial artists to engage with the sport much younger. That’s why they lead Little Dragons classes, an intro to karate for ages 3 to 5. Instead of new belts, kids earn colourful stripes to affix to their belt each time they master a new skill. For a full-grown student seeking an extra dose of fitness in their practice, the instructors tout ThaiBox Fit and cardio fitness.
Run by a pair of talented, accomplished senseis, the family-owned and family-focused Stronger You Martial Arts & Self Defense offers a broad range of martial-arts programs for students of all ages and abilities. Traditional martial-arts classes include karate and weapons work with the bo staff and nunchucks, while self-defense classes focus on women and girls and bully-proofing boys. The school's yoga program has three class types to accommodate all preferences.