Owner Jan Henrikson has travelled Europe, the U.S., and Canada to absorb the yoga teachings of renowned masters, earning her certification in the Hatha style of Jivamukti. Since then, she has established herself in Saskatoon as a yoga expert who accepts all skill levels. Subscribing to Woody Allen's belief that "80 per cent of success is just showing up," she encourages anyone, regardless of their experience, age, or build, to immerse themselves in the welcoming curriculum at Joos Yoga.
Jan's team of instructors lead classes in several styles, including Yin yoga, pre- and postnatal yoga, and Vinyasa flow. During every session, they foster a no-pressure atmosphere, often commingling beginners and advanced participants in many classes. Furthermore, they intentionally keep class sizes small to ensure students receive personalized attention and have enough room to expand their consciousness without bumping into someone else's pneuma.
Joos Yoga also spreads an appreciation for the limbering arts through corporate programs and teacher-training courses, whose standards exceed those put forth by the Yoga Alliance.
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.
With fitness programs for women of all sizes, ages, and ability levels, Ladies California Fitness makes it hard to avoid the gym. The staff maintains a philosophy that fitness should be fun rather than grueling, which they translate in practice by greeting members with smiling faces and pairing them with certified personal trainers.
Though Boh’s Cycle & Sporting Goods’ staff stocks racks with gear by The North Face, Thule, and Ripzone, their commitment to outdoor adventure extends beyond the shop’s walls. Certified paddling instructors lead introductory canoe and kayaking lessons down Moose Jaw river, imparting water-slicing basics and teaching the correct hand signals for pizza delivery by the local birdlife. Simple kayak and canoe rentals are also available for up to a full day’s worth of tranquil water traversal for the more confident. When embarking on land voyages, customers can peruse the shop’s selection of bikes and parts, or get adjustments from the shop’s mechanics, who can repair and fine-tune road-weary bikes or sharpen skates and repair skis in the winter. Besides bringing together lovers of the outdoors inside the shop, Boh’s crew also runs a running club that converges Tuesdays and Sundays before setting off for hill climbs and speed drills or distance runs.
Positively Fit Personal Training derives its name from the upbeat attitude of owner Amanda Stalwick, who has orchestrated dozens of transformations during her 25 years as a certified personal trainer and triathlon coach. Stalwick tailors fitness programs to clients of all ages and skill levels, including teens, seniors, and adults who've never set foot in a gym or wrestled with a bear's overwhelming cuteness. Instead of focusing solely on the calorie burning, she balances strength and flexibility movements with exercises that bolster cardiovascular endurance.
Personal-training sessions can take place at home, at work, outdoors, or at the PACE Athletic Training Centre. Group training often takes the form of boot camps, which bolster agility and core strength with tools such as kettlebells, yoga poses, and group runs. And during high-performance training sessions, Stalwick draws upon her Ironman experience to push athletes toward personal bests.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.