Upon entering Me First Fitness, awarded the Diamond award for Best Boot Camp from News Advertiser from 2009 to 2014, guests notice a distinct absence of rows of people doing the same exercises over and over on the same machines again and again. Here, patrons battle their own body weight with TRX suspension trainers, swing kettlebells, lift weights, and shed pounds using interval training programs to whip into shape. The staff of certified and specialized trainers pushes patrons to achieve healthy lifestyles through personal-training sessions and 40 different classes each week, including high-intensity boot-camp classes. They boast that no two workouts are the same, preventing minds from getting bored and bodies from becoming accustomed to the movements, thus rendering workouts less effective. To supplement their body-sculpting workouts, the trainers motivate guests to change their diets, equipping them with healthful meal plans and recipes, and raiding secret storage lockers full of Twinkies.
At BOSS Fitness Bootcamps at Ryouko Martial Arts, instructors teach discipline, personal accountability, and teamwork. A staff of stuntmen and internationally competitive fighters share the power and grace at the heart of the Korean martial art, leading students through the discipline’s fierce, angular strikes and gently circular movements. Featuring sprung gymnastic floors, the 6,000-square-foot facility also offers Zumba and boot-camp workouts as well as an extreme-skills class that teaches parkour, break dancing, and fight choreography.
In a society that looks for shortcuts to weight loss wherever it can, FitStudios is taking the long way. Through their Functionally Integrated Training program, or F.I.T., the studio's trainers borrow from numerous disciplines to customize their fitness programs to each student's goals, taking their time to ensure students work out right the first time in order to maintain their health in the long run. The result is a stronger body with more stable joints, better cardiovascular endurance, and enhanced flexibility. Through the studio's group training regimens, students learn how to buff up as they work together, forming towering human pyramids to eventually find out what clouds taste like.
These physical feats are accomplished in FitStudios' well-equipped fitness centre, in which TRX suspension bands dangle over an obstacle course of footwork ladders, elliptical machines surround gliding pads and hurdles, and free weights and kettlebells stand at the ready. Also providing holistic wellness, FitStudios' team of sports-therapy specialists treats sports- and stress-related injuries with chiropractic services, acupuncture, and massage therapy.
The elite trainers at Advantage 4 Athletes work with aspiring athletes, players, coaches, parents, and even sports associations to improve athletic performance for all levels of fitness. More than 40 fitness and health professionals work collaboratively, designing accessible programs that ensure improvements in health, fitness, and minds. They team up with players to assess sports performance and devise programs where will see the greatest improvement, even suggesting alterations to personal lifestyle patterns, such as eating an entire cheesecake after each workout. The Advantage 4 Athletes staff works to boost the performance of entire teams, pairs, or individuals in personal-training sessions and of larger groups of athletes at boot camp. The facility allows for diverse training methods, hosting Life Fitness and Hammer Strength gym equipment, a 2,200-square-foot turf field, a sprint track, lounges, and locker rooms.
Unlike the many gyms that strive to exorcise the competitive spirit, the architects of the GameChanger program embrace it, continually updating an online ranking of student results. By ranking each exercise, they hope to inspire clients to not only beat their own best times, but those of their friends as well. They don’t just rely on the competitive framework to motivate students, though; they populate their team with coaches who boast decades of experience in training and athletic competition. Former competitive figure skater and current fitness model Karen Gallagher brings her relentless poise to each session, and pro volleyballer and former Canadian Interuniversity Sport All-Rookie Team member Mike Johnson helps students develop and hone athletic power and agility. In class, they focus on functional exercises based on everyday movements, such as climbing, jumping, and deadlifting 200-pound stacks of cash.
Essam M. Toson, the man behind Pro Fit Essam, backs up his training services with more than a dozen certifications and over 30 years in the fitness industry. During group and private sessions, Essam helps clients get in shape and train for sports such as hockey, soccer, and MMA. He uses standard and non-standard equipment such as punching bags, focus mittens, Kettle Bells, Bosu, and your own body weight. Essam also offers lifestyle coaching and weight-management sessions.