While critics laud Canadian-imported comedians, crooners, and hockey stars, Canada is also known for the liberal scientific-workout ethics that gave birth to a genetically engineered exercise more useful than square watermelons and seedless squares. Spynga is a hybrid exercise species of Canadian origin that combines the slow, focused poses and stretching of yoga with the heart-thumping intensity of cardio spinning. The two exercises are not performed simultaneously, as severe and violent tangling would be unavoidable; instead, they are performed one after the other. The skilled and motivational instructors at Buddhaful coach students through a stationary-bike session, revving hearts up to a maximum beating point. This calorie-burning workout is immediately followed by a yoga mat session on the studio's expansive hardwood floor. Muscles, joints, and tendons pushed to their limit by the bike session are stretched and relaxed, easing post-workout pain and tension while aiding in the development of core strength. The studio also offers classes that concentrate solely on yoga or spinning if students prefer to master the techniques separately before attempting a double major. Classes are offered daily; check the schedule and call to reserve a space.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Each instructor of Nirvana Yoga has had her falling-in-love moment with yoga. Jessica Fill turned to the ancient art after a shoulder injury stopped her swimming career, Melissa Pilat found yoga a useful complement to her 18 years of ballet and modern dance, and Abra Goldman began practicing yoga to augment the fitness cultivated through her lifetime dedication to running. This band of experts leads fluid classes, drawing from the Baron Baptiste style of flowing from pose to pose in a manner that creates a rigorous, strength-building practice linking movement to breath. The team also teaches Power Vinyasa classes in an 88- to 90-degree studio, the warmth coddling muscles and helping to increase flexibility and release toxins. Jessica, Melissa, Abra, and company also impart fundamental postures in a pressure-free atmosphere during Power Yoga Basics held in a cooler studio, where they correct stances with hands-on adjustments, like science teachers who correct physics homework by actually becoming a human cannonball launched at a 45-degree angle.
After years of working at a "globo gym," Marty Pajek and Kyle Eshleman decided to provide a better route to fitness than routine cardio and strength training. At Crooked River CrossFit, they join two other certified coaches in teaching functional, constantly varied CrossFit classes. The classes begin with aerobic activity and instruction to proper form, and then students take off on a high-intensity workout that may include lifting heavy objects and moving large loads.
At Willowick Fit Body Bootcamp, the certified personal trainers burn fat without pelting students with intimidation tactics. Instead of shouts, they slenderize students with science, motivating them through workouts designed to keep calorie furnaces burning for up to 30 hours after the workout has been wiped off and wrung into a Corvette’s gas tank. They help their clients achieve these prolonged metabolic crescendos with strategic combinations of cardio exercises and resistance training.
Steven Lawrence Personal Fitness is a private personal training studio that specializes in one on one and group exercise classes for those who are serious about getting results. Each client meets with a Certified Personal Trainer who helps them set and reach their individual fitness goals.