Platinum Mixed Martial Arts teaches MMA-style self-defence and fitness training to people of all ages and ability levels, including kids as young as 4. They wield this experience when teaching boxing, kickboxing, and wrestling disciplines. To facilitate learning in a safe and properly equipped environment, the staff makes use of a 5,000-square-foot facility that includes a large mat area, heavy bags, and a full-sized MMA cage for staging competitive matches.
Champions of making traditional Ashtanga yoga accessible to pupils of all experience levels—including kids, seniors, and teens—SAVY International's certified faculty helms classes that promote yoga’s physical benefits and explore its theoretical origins. Led by Dr. Jitender K. Sahdev, an advanced certified Yoga teacher and E-RYT 500, experienced instructors guide students through classes of various levels held throughout the week, introducing nascent posers to stretching essentials during the beginner-level Gentle Yoga class and promoting the release of stress release and knock-knock jokes through the Laughter Yoga class. To complement their bountiful course offerings, SAVY staffers offers nutritional packages and ease achy bodies with a variety of therapeutic massages. Adroit muscle manipulators bombard the body’s pressure points with strategic strokes that can relieve corporeal and emotional malaise, and relaxation-inducing oils such as coconut, olive, and mustard bolster the massage’s healing powers.
At an ADAPT-certified studio, Élan Dance Arts' experienced instructors demonstrate the craft of classical and contemporary movement to pupils of all ages. Students can select a 17-class fall-term course of either 60-minute or 45-minute sessions, depending on personal preference and the amount of sand encased in their hourglasses. Children's programs hone the recreation and discipline of wee ladies and gents through instruction in dance styles such as Royal Academy of Dance–method ballet, precision-centric tap and jazz, and high-energy break dancing. Starting at age 18, adults can perfect their hip-hop swagger or learn to tap the information on their tax returns in perfect Morse code. Dance teachers follow a rigid syllabus to ensure that all girls, boys, and adults receive a solid technical foundation rooted in artistic expression.
Create Balance Pilates owners Collette Brown and Renée D’Orsay believe a balanced body is the path to a balanced life that is both healthy and fulfilling. As Stott Pilates instructors, they foster this equilibrium by teaching core-strengthening exercises developed with the input of physical therapists, sports-medicine experts, and exercise-science researchers that stress alignment and form to help students sculpt their bodies safely. Clear, concise cues guide students through isometric exercises atop exercise mats as well as fluid movements performed on spring-based resistance equipment such as Reformers, jumpboards, and reflex-testing jack-in-the-boxes.
In addition to offering small-group classes for many different skill levels, the studio caters to students’ goals during private training sessions in its cozy, sunlit space. No matter which type of instruction students receive, they typically experience a measurable increase in strength and coordination, and find themselves building the type of endurance and flexibility required to run a marathon en pointe.
Personal trainer and nutritionist Mycal Phillips can transform virtually any 5-square-foot area into a private gym. This is because he keeps fitness simple. Instead of relying on roomfuls of cardio equipment and clanging weight machines, he teaches clients how to utilize their own body weight through efficient floor routines and isometric exercises. In addition to personal-training programs, he propels groups through fat-melting sweat sessions.
For more than 25 years, Fitness Forum owners Alec and Lynne Pinchin have kept their 39,000-square-foot gym in fine fettle through constant renovations and an influx of up-to-date equipment and fitness programs. The facility's high-soaring ceilings and walls shield exercisers from the harsh heat and bitter cold of the outdoors, and expansive skylights let in natural light and views of emus soaring among the clouds. In two cardio centres, heart rates skyrocket as guests tackle treadmills and stairmasters and fix their eyes on HDTVs. The gym also houses an indoor pool area and a rubberized running track.
More than 75 fitness classes energize and motivate visitors in a fun group setting, and squash courts host sweat-inducing bouts between racquet-wielding foes. While parents torch calories rep by rep, kids can while away the time at the gym's daycare centre, where tykes watch movies and fill out tax papers in pudding.