In a mezzanine area flooded with natural light from arced windows, cardio machines stand alongside free weights and strength-training equipment, ready to help exercisers combat calories and stress levels. Instructors, meanwhile, inspire participants to reach their fitness goals during group fitness classes set to upbeat music, while yoga teachers promote a stronger mind-body connection with styles ranging from breath-focused Vinyasa to energetic prana flow. For more in-depth work, guests can work with trainers certified by the likes of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the National Academy of Sports Medicine. The crew also includes registered nurse Maria Glad, whose 12-week and 12-month wellness programs complement the club's fitness activities.
Staffers at the organic, raw-food juice and smoothie bar stand by to whip up a healthy and satisfying snack after workouts, while vapor from the locker rooms’ sauna and steam room loosens muscles.
Open seven days a week, World Gym houses the full line of shoulder-sculpting and trapezius-toning strength equipment for aspiring Adonises and Aphrodites of all ages and skill levels. Sweat through a cardio routine on one of World Gym's machines with personal televisions or work out with some fitness friends in any of the available group classes, including expert instruction in Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and extreme dragon slaying. Portland's World Gym stocks tanning booths for fitness mavens seeking to match the Olympic bronze medals they will someday win. If three lunar cycles just isn't enough time to satisfy all shirt-bursting needs, the annual fee (a $39 value) is waived with this deal and memberships may be extended nine more months ($19.99–$29.99/month) before ponying up.
At ZUJA Wellness, instructors help students of all levels strengthen their body, mind, and spirit with a diverse medley of fitness and wellness classes and personal training sessions. Each of their group classes focuses on core strengthening, stabilization, and balance biomechanics—with instructors on hand to make modifications to better suit students’ abilities. They turn the focus to quieting the mind during yoga sessions, which are performed on mats or suspended in fabric hammocks. In addition to hosting a variety of wellness workshops, the center helps reduce tension and stress through massage therapy and reflexology services.
At Fit and Balanced Personal Training, certified personal trainer Anca Potvin helps her students set and achieve fitness goals. Her services include one-on-one training sessions as well as group classes, such as a stroller boot camp for mothers.
The Academy's coaches are serious about self-defense. They lead a variety of classes that teach the technical side of martial arts, such as Brazilian jujitsu classes, as well as those that combat the realities of an unexpected attack, such as women's self-defense classes. They also offer lessons for kids.
Whether clients are looking to shed a few pounds, recover from a slam dunk gone wrong, or simply boost their physical fitness, the certified trainers at One2One BodyScapes Scarborough work closely with them to create personal fitness plans for specialized goals. Each personal-training session combines muscle strengthening, flexibility, and cardiovascular exercises with improved mental toughness through stress reduction and rejection of long-held bad habits. In addition to traditional training sessions, the fitness gurus offer programs tailored to the particular needs of brides, teens, and expectant mothers.
Within their cozy brick studio situated along the Royal River, yoga instructors Tori Norton and Cathleen Wasielewski infuse their students with the same sense of serenity that pervades their surroundings. The pair specializes in power vinyasa yoga, which builds core muscles, increases flexibility, and busts deep-seated tension through a flowing series of poses linked by concentrated breathing exercises. Each vigorous one-hour session targets many of the body's key muscle groups, leaving practitioners cleansed, energized, and able to levitate for up to 15 minutes after class.