Though Adrenaline Personal Training Studios looks like a garage, there’s not a single car or snow blower inside. There’s a tire or two and also a sled, but it looks nothing like a toboggan. This is a weighted sled, a tool that helps exercisers build speed and power. It’s part of an arsenal of functional training equipment, which includes agility ladders, strongman yokes, squat racks, and York weightlifting gear. Certified trainers and strength coaches teach clients how to use these tools during workouts that range from partner training to outdoor boot camps. One-on-one training is tailored to individual goals such as weight loss, sports performance, or injury rehab, and group sessions revolve around shared objectives and teamwork. In addition to leading strength and cardio workouts, staffers build custom nutrition plans to help clients slim down, build muscle, or win a staring contest with a many-eyed potato. After workouts, exercisers can head to the locker room to change or unwind with the help of a massage therapist’s relaxing strokes.
Fit 4 Two's team of certified prenatal and postnatal fitness specialists motivate mothers to get in shape while still attending to infants' needs with a diverse schedule of classes. In a 60-minute Mom & Baby fitness class, instructors and GPS machines wearing sweatbands guide parents through an array of cardio exercises and muscular endurance training to abate pain, raise energy levels, and improve posture. Students can chat with other parents and take breaks to attend to their baby's needs at any time during the class. Moms share laughs as they push strollers toward a high-intensity workout during stroller boot camp; a 30-minute Tummies for Mommies class tones stomachs, strengthens pelvic floors, hardens core muscles, and equips pupils with handouts filled with daily exercises to do at home or during lengthy escalator rides.
Results Training and Conditioning Regina’s fitness boot camps kick-start slothful muscles with a fitness frenzy of strength, core, cardiovascular, and flexibility training. Certified personal trainer Ryan Lacey gathers inspiration from 11 years in the Canadian military to push his campers beyond their presumed fitness limitations during four-week sessions. Lacey’s cross-disciplinary approach offers tough love to all of the body’s major muscle groups, burning calories while breaking biceps out of their sedentary habits and punishing glutes for failing to keep a vigilant lookout for whoopee cushions. Though each small-group workout demands concentration and resolve, students bolster their results by cheering one another on and refusing to leave stragglers behind as they negotiate the vast expanses of exercise gear at the fully equipped indoor facility. The next boot camp begins on Saturday, November 5, with a convenient five-day schedule of classes that allows students to find a telephone booth, switch out of their superhero suit, and pick up weights whenever they see fit.
ETS Fitness owner and head trainer Paul Bernakevitch played sports his whole life, an active player of everything from golf to football to soccer. But it wasn't until his tour of duty with the Canadian forces in Afghanistan that he really learned the value of staying in peak physical condition. There, he learned what you can achieve if you push yourself past plateaus and mental roadblocks, and he returned home with a desire to show others what they can do with a lot of hard work and a little motivation.
Today at ETS, Paul builds custom fitness regimens for his clients, helping them to determine specific goals, and then drafting a plan of attack that will help them meet them. He also coaches them on what to eat along the way, making sure his students know to eat plenty of protein and that they can regain their strength by chewing up the barbells they just lifted. Of course, he also practices what he preaches: the same fitness and nutrition strategies help Paul excel in his other career as a firefighter and EMT with Regina Fire and Protective Services.
Just as fresh garlic can add zest to bland toothpaste, certified personal trainer and Zumba instructor Bernadette Nikkari livens up physical fitness with her personal and group training programs. She reinvigorates traditional Zumba and Zumbatomic for kids by moving them into the open air and sunshine, leading the classes with the backing of two Zumba certifications and a locket housing the imprisoned ghost of Desi Arnaz. Boot camps make quick work of excess calories and lethargy as guests swing weighted kettlebells to tone muscle groups, build endurance and heart strength with short sprinting bursts, and increase balance with the fancy footwork required to negotiate agility ladders.
Her personal-training regimens shoot clients straight into the bull's eye of their fitness goals with the help of practical goal-setting strategies informed by an initial fitness assessment. After-school programs for children aged 5–11 change up daily routines, such as playing video games or practicing for hot-dog-eating championships, to keep them active and healthy.
At District Fitness Studio, a dedicated team of personal trainers, massage therapists, kinesiologists, and health professionals nurture clients toward their personal goals with a full stock of equipment and individual attention. The facility integrates comforting design elements such as Victorian wallpaper, plant arrangements, and leather seating in its fitness areas, eliminating the sterile and unwelcoming atmosphere often found in fitness studios. At the center of the health-and-wellness lounge, District Fitness Studio trainers lead groups through kettlebell training, TRX training, nutrition counselling, and fitness plans. The staff also guides individuals with personal training to address specific goals without having to worry about whether their fellow exercisers are actually undercover agents from rival fitness schools.