Health & Fitness in St. Catharines

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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.

10 Mac Turnbull Drive
St. Catharines,
ON
CA

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.

486 Grantham Avenue
St. Catharines,
ON
CA

The instructors and practitioners at TendingShen devote themselves to spreading the word of acupuncture from its roots in Eastern Asia to Western shores. They believe that five-element acupuncture—a descendant of traditional Japanese and Korean styles—makes a versatile complement to Western medicine, augmenting treatments that address ailments metabolically with holistic methods designed to stimulate the body’s own natural healing.

4 Secord Dr
St Catharines,
ON
CA

CrossFit Niagara's certified staff of hard-bodied muscle moulders whittles weakness away from flimsy physiques, leaving a toned and taut exterior. Each visit gifts fledgling fitness buffs a one-hour class as well as time in the weight room and open gym, allowing for a fully customized, self-paced workout for all ages and strength levels. CrossFit Niagara utilizes programs built around movements that are natural to humans such as squatting, lifting, and neighbour wrestling. The group exercise classes create a community of support, camaraderie, and accountability. By varying workout routines, body-sculpting instructors keep exercise fresh and invigorating, eschewing monotonous sessions of boulder pushing and Stonehenge remodelling.

7 Henrietta Street
St. Catharines,
ON
CA

Equipment: Yoga mats, Moksha hot yoga towels, Moksha hot and cold water bottles

Students should bring: Yoga mat, two big towels, and a water bottle. These are also available for rent or purchase.

Average class length: 60 minutes

Number of Staff: 5?10 people

Class location: Indoors only

Established: 2012

Registration required: Yes

Good for beginners: Yes

Guests allowed: No

Parking: Parking lot

Pro Tip: Be sure to come well hydrated and nourished, but not full. Sign up online and arrive early.

Q&A with Tracy Duru, Owner, Teacher, Student

Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?

We encourage everyone to develop a regular practice during the introductory month. To that end, students should commit to three or more classes each week to really see the benefits of their practice. It also gives them the opportunity to get to know people in our community better. Our studio is often described like a home away from home: it's peaceful and welcoming for everyone. Our hot room is also a kind of oasis away from life's daily troubles. We open our doors 30 minutes before class to allow for additional quiet time, and we always encourage people to enjoy it by lying down on their mats in peace and quiet after working hard during practice. When newcomers arrive, our team will help them check in during their introduction to the studio. We love to hear about their experience and learn from them about how we can support a regular and long-term practice to better their lives.

Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?

Everyone has their own preference when it comes to music, and the intensity of the practice is always up to the practitioner. On our schedule, we indicate which classes have music so that everyone can choose the classes they'll enjoy. But our community loves our music classes, and we encourage our teachers to play music that they can connect with. We also bring in a musician on Sunday mornings to play live during class. It's an incredible experience.

What is a typical session of your program or class like for a student?

The Moksha Yoga sequence is a set series of postures practiced in a heated room. When you enter the hot room you set up for the class by lying down on your back. This is our first posture, called savasana, and it's a great opportunity to settle into how you are feeling. You can do this for up to 30 minutes before the class begins. Once the teacher enters they will first guide you through our standing series. This is a cardiovascular set of postures. The focus is on building strength, balance and endurance. To transition to our floor series, we settle back into savasana?another great opportunity to settle in and just relax. The floor series works on strengthening the upper body and abdominal muscles, as well as the joints and the spine. We also do postures to open the hips and the spine. This part of the series relieves tension, treats lower back, knee and hip pain, and improves posture. We finish the class with a final savasana.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

We always ask our community for feedback. People often say that we have a welcoming team and great teachers, as well as accessible classes and a clean studio. That's why we're here?to provide the people of Niagara with a new experience in hot yoga.

216 Glenridge Ave, Unit 1
St Catharines,
ON
CA

Equipment: Keiser, Free Motion, Life Fitness, Cybex, TRX

Students should bring: Towel Service is provided. Bring water or it is for sale at reception

Registration required: Yes

Good for beginners: Yes

Average class length: 60 minutes

Number of Staff: 25+ people

Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes

Established: 2010

Guests allowed: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

Pro Tip: Come and try our Eliminator Obstacle Course. A challenge for everyone from beginner to top athletes

Q&A with Brad Anderson, Manager

Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?

The biggest reason most people don't succeed is not having all the tools to work with. Our Fitness Assessments with our highly qualified Personal Trainers will get a starting point for you by doing full measurements, [finding] body fat percentage, [and] calculating caloric needs and physical abilities. At this point we will be able to customize a personal plan for your success.

Besides working out, what else can clients do to spend their time at your facility?

After your workout relax by the pool or enjoy a sauna. Members are also welcome to bring families for a swim, as well.

Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?

Energy Fitness Studio is also home of Niagara's only 10,000 square foot Obstacle Course Training Center, with two 10-fooft walls, sleds, tires, ropes, logs, and so much more.

89 Meadowvale Drive
St. Catharines,
ON
CA