Clad in whimsical wraps and tops that shimmer, Bahiti Belly Dance's instructors lead groups through belly-dance routines that blend Egyptian, Polynesian, and Bollywood moves. Groups learn to undulate, shimmy, and pop, burning calories and toning their abdominal muscles all the while.
Members at Curves, a fitness centre designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Circuit coaches are always nearby to help manage participants’ machine manoeuvring and muscle making. The hydraulic machines use the exerciser's own body weight and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities and decreases 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 bodies perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like they can.
It started with watching Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris movies as a kid—since then, Sean McHugh has taken his martial-arts study seriously. Since 2001, Sean has trained under 8th-degree red-and-black belt Master Marcus Soares as part of the Carlson Gracie team. In 2010, he decided to spread the benefits of Brazilian jiu-jitsu by opening First Strike Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Academy in Penticton. By 2011, he was ready to open another school in Kelowna. Together with his team of instructors, he trains students in the art of Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which helps strengthen bodies and minds alike.
Because many real-life confrontations end on the ground or in close struggles, Sean views Brazilian jiu-jitsu—which focuses on ground-based grappling—as one of the most effective martial arts for self-defense. Each of the studio's classes starts with a warm-up and drills. Next, the instructor will teach new techniques and supervise a half hour of free rolling, where students can practice their moves with one another, rather than waiting to try them out on stuffed animals at home.
From a tee box raised 75 feet above the fairway, the Okanagan Valley spreads out before golfers as they tee up their first shot at the Summerland Golf and Country Club. This sort of panoramic vista is commonplace on the 18-hole course—named the best course in the South Okanagen by Penticton Western in 2013—from the opening drive to postround drinks on the clubhouse’s 1,500-square-foot balcony overlooking the course below. Before toasting good fortune, players must first navigate through the groves of tall Ponderosa pines, calibrate for wild swings in elevation, and best the mighty par 5 18th hole. Measuring 522 yards from the back tees, this final hole borders the edge of the Trout Creek Canyon, one of five holes on the course to do so without falling in.
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Lakeside Fitness traces its lineage back to 1988, when it first opened its doors at the Penticton Lakeside resort, extending its operations through the years with new equipment acquisitions and expanding its repertoire of fitness programs. Though the facility keeps bodies in proper, well-muscled form with a fleet of modern stability equipment, rowers, and cross trainers, the staff still sticks to Lakeside's fundamental philosophy of caring for each member by providing one-on-one training and dispelling urban legends about the small number of muscles it takes to smile. Dedicated trainers push aspiring athletes to toward personal goals with rehab training and Synergy conditioning, or shave off golf scores with a detailed analysis and targeted training of golf swings.
Carly Mitchell spent so much of her young life physically active as an athlete and dancer that she thought she could never become out of shape, even when she stopped regularly exercising. The four ominous tolls of age, work, travel, and stress eventually claimed their dues, however, and she found herself needing a program to help her whip back into top form. She found a routine that worked with VO2 Max founder Janine Walinski. After some intense training and a couple of personal-trainer certifications, Carly readily opened her own branch of VO2 Max in Kelowna.
VO2 Max hosts small-sized group fitness classes focused on intense interval training. VO2 Max fulfill the promise of providing personalized attention through one-on-one training sessions both at the gym or their clients' homes, nutritional counselling, and regular weigh-ins for members.