Yoga Mala's impassioned instructors limber up bodies and enliven minds through nine different yoga disciplines. Smooth down frizzy brain waves with the soothing, passive Yin yoga, in which postures are held for up to five minutes, slowly relaxing sore muscles and opening up shy joints. Clients seeking high-energy body bends, meanwhile, can opt for Vinyasa yoga, which focuses on opening the hips and shoulders via intense postures, or the Ujjayi Pulse class, set to the beat of live drum music. Yoga Mala's class schedule invites yogis to align spines and stack chakras morning through evening within Yoga Mala's spacious, sunlit studio, making daily practice as simple as befriending a lonely sock puppet.
After years spent preparing boxers for the ring, Shae Therrien, a certified CrossFit instructor, and Charlee Demyen, a boxer, discovered that the fitness regimens tailored to fighters could benefit everyone. As part of Fresh Start Conditioning at the Regina Boxing Club, they now train patrons of all fitness levels with their circuit-based training program, which combines the endurance and training of boxing with elements of CrossFit. The routines vary from skipping and running to ab-strengthening and medicine-ball drills to heavy-bag training. The program’s classes are designed to transform students’ appearance and overall health, resulting in an improved range of motion, enhanced stamina, and rock-solid abs that can turn even the statue of David’s head.
Massage therapist Ranée Leduc soothes weary muscles and banishes tension with relaxation and therapeutic massages. In a relaxation massage, Leduc takes her cue from clients on whether to use light or medium pressure as she unknots gnarls and soothes minds. A therapeutic massage, meanwhile, alleviates a specific sore spot or injury point and can include deep-tissue massage, trigger-point therapy, or a strongly worded letter to evict headaches and other pains. Leduc, who has 10 years of experience, reinforces her training with further education and high-grade concrete. En route to the massage table, clients greet a pond full of fish and turtles that have obligingly agreed to serve as a physical manifestation of tranquility.
The trainers at Body Revolution Fitness believe in good workout grammar. They emphasize the notion of "syntax"—the proper order and inclusion of several habits that each contribute to a healthy body. Workouts are one key element, of course, and the backbone of the primary staff's three-month program. They customize 30-minute routines for their clients based on weight loss and strength goals, maintaining that a half-hour of exercise at a vigourous intensity leads to notable results and minimal exhaustion. They also counsel their patrons on nutritional choices, bad habits, and general lifestyle plans, functioning as listening ears rather than just mantra machines.
Each of the trainers has two- or four-year degree and at least two years of experience in the industry. Led by owner Trevor Folgering, they conduct private and semi-private sessions bookended by assessments and consultations. Customers who can't report to their location can even sign up for coaching online or over the phone, accessing the gym's internet wellness portal for a bounty of resources.
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.
In the mornings, Kathleen Whippler—YMCA of Regina’s senior director of funds development, marketing, and communications—greets a group of ladies on their way to an arthritis exercise class. They’ve told her how the class helps keep aches at bay for the rest of the day. In the afternoon, she sees parents drop their kids off at the Y’s special-needs program. They’ve told her that before the program, there was nowhere for their kids to go, let alone a place they were excited about. Experiences like these keep Whippler passionate about her work at YMCA of Regina. “You can see the difference you make—what I do affects the lives of other people.”
These programs reflect YMCA of Regina’s overarching mission to build healthy communities. As bustling community hubs, both locations tout dozens of programs and amenities, such as four-lane pools, cardio machines, free weights, and more than 65 weekly exercise classes. Furthermore, the centres strive to make fitness a key part of any lifestyle; personal trainers lead private sessions, fitness classes include yoga and Zumba, and the Northwest centre invites guests to scale a climbing wall.
Although physical fitness is a critical part of overall wellness, the Y’s services extend far beyond the workout room. The centres host an alternative suspension program that strives to transform school suspensions into positive, transformative experiences, and the Community Café provides youth with job training. Whippler says services like these help form tight-knit communities. “It’s just a place to belong,” she says.