Founded 29 years ago with a single, small club, World Health expanded its healthy presence across Calgary with today's 7 locations. Ultramodern equipment and friendly staffers fill each hub, supplementing a variety of group fitness classes and personal-training sessions with flexible membership options. In Revs and Revs Plus classes, bike-mounted students pedal through aerobic drills before slow-downs allow for safe speed-bump crossing and heart-rate recovery. Fight-inspired Kick classes coalesce self-defence moves from karate, boxing, and kickboxing; Breathe?s gentle combination of yoga, Pilates, and tai chi beckons internal peace with flexibility and balance exercises. For a solo workout session, personable trainers customize sessions that chase each individual?s fitness goals. With the help of a personal trainer, exercisers often note a greater sense of motivation and accountability, improved fitness and nutritional knowledge, and biceps that literally take the shape of pistols.
Atop the craggy, tree-dappled slopes and peaks of the Canadian Rockies, Calgary Climbing Centre?s local guides?each certified by the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides?teach adventurers of all levels to scale rock using professional top-rope, belaying, and lead techniques. Each possesses an in-depth knowledge of the World Heritage site, enabling them to provide basic instruction on a range of outdoor paths during day trips, or teach climbers intermediate skills. As they climb, instructors may choose to lead visitors to the tops of high peaks to take in panoramic views of the range, or to the mirrored surface of glacial lakes to check their hair for bald-eagle nests. They also conduct outdoor birthday parties to introduce new climbers to the sport.
Fitness Group Canada's spacious facility spans 12,000 square feet and features a free-weight room stacked with dumbbells, barbells, and plenty of plates along with a roster of specialized group classes. Cardio addicts can head to one of several group classes, such as spotlight cycle, which utilizes stationary bikes for heart-racing, indoor exercise. After a workout, exercisers can grab a towel and a snack or re-energize with a drink from the juice bar.
Teofista Boxing is a rock 'em sock 'em fully loaded boxing gym run by coach, manager, and owner, Eric DeGuzman offering more than 45 classes, including lessons by world-champion Steve Claggett. Enter the gym without fear of a bodily pummeling with this non-contact, head-to-toe 15-station workout. Instead, show no pity for pleading heavy bags and build coordination with speed bag drills. Hear the heart's a cappella version of “Eye of the Tiger” while skipping rope and jogging, and build muscle matter during pushup and sit-up reps. Participants also partner up to pound some pads, relieving stress while building confidence and an arsenal of right hooks and undercuts for their next tussle with a vengeful, one-wheeled shopping cart. Classes are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, capped at 20 participants, and available daily at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Most classes are in groups, but there are always trainers available to assist students during their workout. Open gym facilities are accessible 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays.
Yoga Passage offers daily classes in a variety of yoga styles in its comfortable downtown studio. Your Groupon is good for any three classes of your choosing, so cash in the card on a gentle Morning Glory yoga course to switch out your usual sun-directed fist shake for an energizing sun salute. Or, sweat out stresses and months of built-up maple syrup in a hot yoga class. No matter your level of expertise, Yoga Passage offers a class suited to your individual stretching, balancing, and head-standing needs, and all of the studio's expert yogastructors create encouraging, fun, and pro-flexibility environments.
Dance Through Life finesses the figures of dance devotees aged 18 and up with fiery, heart-rate enchanting Zumba classes. Zumba infuses dance floors with Latin moves, lifting shapely behinds high enough to moon startled street lamps. A five-class pass sautés soft shoes with aerobic steps hailing from salsa, flamenco, meringue, and hip hop backdrops. Instructors are energetic and engaged, allowing participants to step into skills without feeling gnawing novice misgivings. Zumba moves are modifiable, making classes accessible to anyone 18 years old and older no matter their fitness level, rhythm, or allegiance to non-finite verbs.