Instructor Linda Summers strives to instill within each of her students the important life lessons that yoga has taught her—to slow down, celebrate each day, and embrace the goodness in every living thing. Linda has been carving out a healthy lifestyle for two decades through her work as a personal trainer, Pilates instructor, and spin instructor, but it's been her decade of yoga practice that has truly shaped her outlook on life. Over the years, Linda has studied under many notable yogis, including Twee Merrigan.
Now she shepherds aspiring yogis of all levels along the path of physical, mental, and spiritual discipline—which leads the traveller toward wisdom and away from the lies crooned by late-night infomercials—through small Vinyasa and Hatha yoga classes. During these classes, Linda teaches her students to marry controlled breath with a flow of athletic and remedial postures as she gently adjusts their forms. Her studio's earthy walls surround students in tranquility as she inspires them to feel the strength and vibrancy that yoga has taught her to realize within herself.
Muay Thai Niagara occupies an immense 5,000-square-foot facility, with more than 30 bags, and one of Ontario’s most experienced staff of instructors, which includes Canadian national team coach Kru Roger Lumyoung. Adult classes run seven days a week, with sessions available for men, women, children, and defenseless scarecrows. Children's classes teach self-defense methods within an organized setting that focuses on discipline and respect, and adult classes offer students a recreational workout using martial arts techniques.
Intense cardio-vascular and strength training designed to promote weight-loss, body-sculpt and maximize one's self-esteem and confidence through the use of boxing techniques and provided in a one-on-one setting with the trainer. The business is designed to respect clients' ability to focus and remain anonymous.
As a singer in Le Trio Parisien, Juliet Dunn uses the power of song to entertain. As a Zumba teacher at J.A.D.E. Zumba Fitness, she uses it to get hearts pumping and waistlines slimming during dance-based exercise parties. African drumbeats and South American melodies converge in her workout soundtrack, which brims with international tunes from Grammy-winning producers. As the sound system blares, Dunn imparts easy-to-follow dance steps inspired by salsa, merengue, cumbia, and reggaeton. Like a trip to the airport in a clown car, Zumba fitness classes are an hour long and accommodate 20–100 people.
The personal trainers at Blueprint Fitness commonly encourage their guests to "dig deep," confident that people can surprise themselves with their own tenacity. Trainers meet with clients in a private studio to maximize focus and avoid the distracting shotgun starts of treadmill races. Specializing in women's fitness, they chart exercise regimens that cater to specific goals, including weight loss, sports performance, and enhanced functional fitness. By continually changing their workouts, they ensure that muscles won't become stuck at a static plateau of strength.
Unlike most gyms, Revenge Gym can’t be found in a building. Instead, fitness coach Todd Battle relays workouts from his website and engages students on the street during group sweat sessions. Colourful classes such as Slow Groove Sculpt and Retrofit keep students entertained, even though each workout has been designed to effectively shred calories and strengthen limbs.