Jazzercise Kingston's energetic instructors help their students get into shape with fun, engaging exercise routines. As its name implies, Jazzercise blends the cardio and resistance training of aerobics with the dance moves and wiggling hand movements of jazz. Students groove to top 40, funk, rock, and hip-hop hits as they perform 60-minute workouts that may draw on everything from Pilates to kickboxing. Aside from the flagship Jazzercise workout, specialty classes such as Core, Strength60, and Personal Touch target specific muscle groups and fitness goals.
The certified personal trainers at The Right Fit put a high premium on flexibility. They create programs designed specifically to get clients to their end goals and enhance the chances of success by meeting guests in the gym, at home, or over the Internet. With regimens that focus on fitness or rehabilitation, they channel their kinesiology degrees and athletic backgrounds—trainer Elyse Cole was once a professional hockey player and coach—to hit wellness benchmarks.
To create add a sense of community and encouragement, they offer group classes and running clubs that motivate members through camaraderie. Recognizing that exercise without diet is akin to roller derby without the jousting poles that make the game so fun to watch, registered dietitian Ashley Hartnett introduces several forms of nutritional guidance into programs. She might schedule weigh-ins and assessments, organize support groups, or guide grocery-store visits to help to break unhealthy eating habits.
The world has ended, and it's every man, woman and child for themselves. That's the scenario painted for participants at the Doomsday Dash, where the starting gun signals the end of civilization and the start of a 5-7K course with more than 20 obstacles. It's not about coming in first or having the best time, though?this is the end of the world, after all. Instead, the dash is centered around the idea of collaboration, forcing contestants of all fitness levels to work together as they charge down dirt roads, crawl through muddy tunnels, leap over fire, and slide down steep inclines until making to the end. The course only allows for 200 runners at a time and, to keep things interesting, offers a number of alternate routes and skill challenges with varying levels of difficulty. After finishing, contestants can keep the post-apocalyptic festivities going at the music-filled "Quarantine Zone", where they can partake in some muddy tug-o-war, climb the rock wall, visit vendors, or go for a dirt-cleansing swim in the lake.
When people hear the phrase "water aerobics," they might envision a dull scene of swimmers lifting buoyant weights and doing the "YMCA" at sloth speed. At Progress Fitness & Aquatic Centre, however, the 25-metre pool acts as a stage for nine high-intensity classes, in which students battle water's relentless resistance. Students can slip into suspension belts to rehearse deep-water running, or groove to swing-dance tunes as they twirl against the H2O molecules. The gym embraces the entertainment afforded by variety outside of the pool as well—its group studio hosts workouts that range from cardio-kickboxing drills to Hatha yoga stretches. In the equipment area, cycles, treadmills, and rowers whir beneath mounted televisions and free weights challenge muscles at squat racks and benches.
The centre's personal trainers and veteran swim coaches take on clients of all ages and abilities. They teach Red Cross swimming lessons for children—who progress from AquaTots to AquaQuest and, finally, AquaLawSchool—and craft custom programs for adults. An on-site massage therapist and a travel agent endorse relaxation between exercise bouts.
Already a trained yoga instructor, Erin Ball’s transformation into an aerial-silk tycoon began when she discovered circus performance at the Kingston Buskers festival in 2007, as mentioned by the Whig-Standard. She instantly fell in love with the airborne art form, and immediately enrolled in circus courses all across Canada and the United States. Now, Erin shares her passion for acrobatics at Twisted, a circus school that specializes in HoopDance, flexibility for aerialists, and Pilates.
Today, within the Loyalist Gymnastics Club, Erin works alongside skilled fitness and aerial instructors. The staff collectively teaches small groups of no more than 15 people how to flip, twirl, and spin using aerial silks, static trapezes, and aerial hammocks. Students are never pushed past their limits, and are encouraged to explore at their own pace as they learn each move elevated above precisely placed crash mats and squishy, accommodating clowns.
This kind of care and consideration has gained Erin praise from her patrons as well as the media, including the Kingston East News which said, "It's safe to say that Erin is comfortable with and well qualified to guide you in your aerial yoga practice."
Omega Fit Club's amenities evoke scenes from science fiction movies. The facility is lined with Technogym cardio and strength equipment, and a futuristic Kinesis wall challenges fitness seekers with more than 250 distinct exercises centred around working against gravity's resistance.
For all its high-tech toys, however, the gym is neither cold nor robotic?its team of trainers support members as they sweat through group exercise classes and one-on-one sessions. Members can also find relaxation inside an infrared sauna or on a hydrotherapy bed, which buoys physiques on a dry membrane while water jets stamp out muscular knots.