Crave Fitness's trainer, Dean Kerpan, has always loved sports and fitness, but he doesn’t consider himself a natural athlete. He always had to work hard to improve—but he didn't let that stop him from boxing competitively, running the Boston Marathon, or becoming a personal trainer. At Crave Fitness, he motivates clients to reach their personal fitness goals through rigorous boot camps and one-on-one and partner training programs. His training programs are supplemented by nutrition advice and training homework that helps patrons apply what they've learned and remember drills for at-home fitness routines. During group training sessions, four–six students band together to encourage one another during individual and partner exercises, such as jogging while maintaining a perfect human pyramid.
Dean also fosters an encouraging atmosphere in his boot camps, which might meet in parks or at the beach. The ever-changing routines channel high-intensity interval training and exercises such as dragging tires or boxing to help campers burn fat and pump up their agility and strength.
Bikram Hot Yoga Victoria. The premier hot yoga studio on Vancouver Island. The series is suitable for all levels including beginners. The room is heated to approx 105F to allow for a safe and gentle stretch. The class is designed to heal injuries, especially the spine and is a great way to destress
Multiple fitness disciplines converge at Studio 4 Athletics. The heritage-style facility houses two floors and eight training areas, each dedicated to a distinct purpose. The cardio area whirrs with the sound of treadmills and ellipticals, and the strength-training area clinks with the sound of free weights and functional-training equipment. In a cycling room, trainers lead a stationary Tour de France. Other studios play host to yoga, dance fitness classes, and boot camps. Within a boxing ring, instructors teach students how to duel their way to tighter forms, or mix fighting and creative movement into art forms known as capoeira and slap-hopscotch.
Limber instructors stimulate heart rates and empower participants with a variety of fitness and dance classes. A one-month pass (a $75 value) grants health bugs the chance to hop across the studio's flexible schedule and sample various steps choreographed to energize the body, mind, soul, and the Tin Man's heart. Yoga fiends may rejoice at the inclusion of flow and Kundalini classes for a revolutionary celebration of healthy self-expression. Arrive with a water bottle and comfortable workout attire in tow or make them appear with a saved third genie wish.
The instructors at Two Bettys Bikini Bootcamp commit to a weighty promise—that their clients will be beach-ready in six weeks—and commit their charges to an equally intense workout regimen. The boot-camp classes blend running, stair climbing, hula-hooping, yoga, and even some moves on the ballet barre to set metabolisms racing. But that doesn't mean the teachers act as drill sergeants—to the contrary, each group session is rife with affirmations and support.
To some, visiting another country is a reprieve from everyday life and an opportunity to learn about another culture. To others, it is a life-changing experience. Jennifer Pritchard’s sojourn in Mysore, India cemented the foundation for what eventually would become The Yoga Shala. During her travels, Jennifer was inspired to return home to create a warm and inviting space for practicing yoga, and is one of 14 Canadians to receive teaching authorization from the Shri K Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. At her studio today, which was voted Best of the City in 2010 by readers of Victoria News, she and her team of instructors uphold authentic yoga principles to help students improve their physical and mental well-being.
The Yoga Shala’s curriculum is rooted in the Ashtanga style of yoga, in which practitioners synchronize their breath with postures to build up internal heat, flushing out toxins and convincing the spleen that it’s vacationing in Mexico. The instructors cater classes to beginning and advanced students alike, encouraging them to work at their own pace, detailing easier or more challenging modifications to poses. Advanced-level courses focus on arm balances, deep hip work, back bends, and solidifying core muscles. On November 8, The Yoga Shala is hosting a show featuring Dave Stringer, a musical performer who practices Kirtan, a form of devotional chanting. The studio also offers teacher trainings each spring and fall and plans a group yoga retreat and a 200-hour immersion to south India in January.
Ilana Moon and Alseny Diallo teach students how to master the pulsating rhythms of African drums and dance in their weekly classes at Dancing Moon Multicultural Arts Company. Though Ilana started dancing at the age of five, she discovered African dance when she was 12 and has honed her skills since then. Currently a professional dancer in the Zimbabwean troupe, Jambanja, she also teaches hip hop, traditional African dance, and Afro-belly dancing to students aged 4 and older, because she believes it is important for young dancers to gain core strength and flexibility before they learn where Santa really lives. Alseny’s talent as a percussionist grew from a life studying the traditions of his people in Guinea. He has been the lead soloist djembe player in ballets since the age of 12, and has graduated to the rank of artistic director of several ballets, including Le Ballet Taille, which took part in government project La Tour Federale. Dancing Moon’s in-house troupe Kikeyambay also gives live performances of Guinean dance and drumming at festivals and concerts.