Inside their "no-frills" training facility, CrossFit Machine Shop owners Angie McNally and Dean Eckel merge several fitness certifications with a shared drive to redefine both their own and their clients' physical limits. Their emphasis on functional CrossFit actions rejects complex equipment for a challenging-yet-common-sense mix of core work, plyometrics, power lifting, and circuit training. During these intense workouts—as well as personal-training services and fitness classes—Angie and Dean stress proper form and a disciplined state of mind for sculpting tougher physiques and avoiding deep-fried sticks of butter. They blast music to spur reps onward amid walls bearing colourful graffiti; however, their shop's industrial interior and lack of kettle-bell-shaped whoopee cushions speak to the duo’s no-nonsense methods.
Vanessa Herle isn't your typical mom. Not only does she manage two local child-care centres, Vanessa owns and operates Family Fitness World, where she draws from her degree in early childhood education and her 12 years of child-care experience to conduct a variety of kids' programs throughout the week. A certified kids' yoga instructor, Vanessa leads youngsters through animal-inspired yoga poses, stretches, and meditation exercises with the aid of stories, toys, and music. Alternatively, she can guide toddlers and infants along with their parents in movement and music exercises. She also hosts a before- and after-school program for elementary-school students within the spacious studio, where she supervises youngsters as they participate in both structured and free-play activities within the large gym and playrooms. Kids can play with toys, work on art projects in the craft room, or venture into the reading room to leaf through child-friendly reading materials.
Nick Berry and Pat Rigsby founded Fitness Revolution and Athletic Revolution with a strong sentiment in mind: “The fitness industry has failed us.” Disillusioned with the impersonal trainers, unrealistic promises, and intimidatingly buff treadmills they saw as symptomatic of big-box gyms, the duo set out to create a fitness haven focused on individuals. At their centers, trainers work with clients one-on-one in small groups to customize workouts to each one’s highly personalized goals. Eight or 16 students at a time—adults or kids— take part in these small-group personal-training sessions, which serve to combine personal attention with a supportive atmosphere.
Snap Fitness has locations on five continents, all open 24/7 and staffed by certified fitness professionals. The Leduc gym houses an expansive workout floor equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and tanning machines. Trainers lead personal-training sessions and group fitness classes, as well as additional services such as fitness consultations and nutrition profiles.
Across several Edmonton-area parks, the certified instructors of Pursuit Bootcamps lead students of all fitness levels through intense full-body workouts. Exercisers can sign up for several weeks of classes or drop in as their schedule allows. Pursuit Bootcamps complements the workouts with customized nutritional plans based on each client’s goals and eating habits.
With two principles in mind, the student is invited to push their body and mind, using breath, to what I call an appropriate 'edge'. Bringing the body in Asana to a place between ease and effort without allowing the EGO to push you past that 'edge' and into 'injury'. This takes practice, awareness and dedication.