With fitness programs for women of all sizes, ages, and ability levels, Ladies California Fitness makes it hard to avoid the gym. The staff maintains a philosophy that fitness should be fun rather than grueling, which they translate in practice by greeting members with smiling faces and pairing them with certified personal trainers.
Since Judi Sheppard Missett first created Jazzercise in 1969, the dance-fitness fusion has become a household name, and she is still the driving force behind the company today. Though Judi can’t attend all 32,000 classes held weekly in 32 countries, every 10 weeks, instructors around the world receive video of a new routine choreographed by Judi herself. And the routines have certainly evolved since their inception. They currently integrate elements of yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, and resistance training, and are set to a consistently updated soundtrack of top 40, hip-hop, rock, and country hits. Generally, the 60-minute classes begin with a light warm-up before launching into 30 minutes of cardio, a segment with weights and strength training, and then a cooldown with stretches. Students of all ages and experience levels are welcome, but nervous beginners can cuddle up on the couch with their new sneakers and watch videos of signature moves at home before attending their first class.
Pure Energy Natural Healing?s owner and registered massage therapist Jenel Priestley performs a range of healing services, including signature massages, reiki sessions, and aromatherapy treatments. Along with her partner Jackie Hunter, she also incorporates less traditional techniques such as raindrop therapy, during which she kneads the spine and feet with essential oils. Her holistic approach to health also embraces childbirth, as she stages prenatal yoga classes and offers birth doula services.
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Inside Ground Yoga, the hustle and bustle of the city seems a million miles away. Though cars whiz past every few seconds, stillness rules between the walls of this urban sanctuary. Here, seasoned instructors impart ancient poses and breathing techniques to help students calm the chaos that rages within. Earth-toned paint and shiny wooden floors infuse the space with hints of nature, making stress melt faster than a snowman at a chili cook-off. In the classroom, students explore classical traditions such as Hatha and Ashtanga through alignment-focused bends and balances. Beginners flock to Sivananda classes, which build strength and flexibility at a leisurely pace. Filled with inversions and arm balances, Power 2 sessions cater to seasoned yogis and novices seeking a steep physical challenge. To guide students through all stages of life, the studio also hosts classes for expecting mothers and children aged 6–12.
Owner Jan Henrikson has travelled Europe, the U.S., and Canada to absorb the yoga teachings of renowned masters, earning her certification in the Hatha style of Jivamukti. Since then, she has established herself in Saskatoon as a yoga expert who accepts all skill levels. Subscribing to Woody Allen's belief that "80 per cent of success is just showing up," she encourages anyone, regardless of their experience, age, or build, to immerse themselves in the welcoming curriculum at Joos Yoga.
Jan's team of instructors lead classes in several styles, including Yin yoga, pre- and postnatal yoga, and Vinyasa flow. During every session, they foster a no-pressure atmosphere, often commingling beginners and advanced participants in many classes. Furthermore, they intentionally keep class sizes small to ensure students receive personalized attention and have enough room to expand their consciousness without bumping into someone else's pneuma.
Joos Yoga also spreads an appreciation for the limbering arts through corporate programs and teacher-training courses, whose standards exceed those put forth by the Yoga Alliance.
Positively Fit Personal Training derives its name from the upbeat attitude of owner Amanda Stalwick, who has orchestrated dozens of transformations during her 25 years as a certified personal trainer and triathlon coach. Stalwick tailors fitness programs to clients of all ages and skill levels, including teens, seniors, and adults who've never set foot in a gym or wrestled with a bear's overwhelming cuteness. Instead of focusing solely on the calorie burning, she balances strength and flexibility movements with exercises that bolster cardiovascular endurance.
Personal-training sessions can take place at home, at work, outdoors, or at the PACE Athletic Training Centre. Group training often takes the form of boot camps, which bolster agility and core strength with tools such as kettlebells, yoga poses, and group runs. And during high-performance training sessions, Stalwick draws upon her Ironman experience to push athletes toward personal bests.