A renaissance athlete, Konrad Wasiela’s résumé boasts accolades in football, judo, and track and field. Now he pours this experience into training others both at his indoor studio and outdoor locations, Alive Fitness, which features a program of personal training and group boot-camp classes. Each session aims to burn fat and build lean muscle through exercises that can be modified to accommodate various fitness levels and ailments, such as injured knees, backs, and prehensile tails.
At Bootcamps Vancouver, dedicated and disciplined trainers inspire members to dig deep and work hard as they forge a fit and healthy body. Intense fitness classes take place outside, where participants work up a sweat performing lunges with medicine balls held overhead or kettlebells clasped in their hands. The trainers have experience in a host of fitness disciplines—CrossFit, krav maga, Olympic weightlifting, and competitive copper chewing. They emphasize core strength and proper form as they challenge campers to improve strength, agility, and coordination with each class.
Steps from the SkyTrain, limbs reach toward the clouds and footsteps simulate thunderstorms’ rumbles. Inside Urban Fitness Club, exercisers perform these ancient yoga poses and Latin-inspired dance moves as they admire downtown’s nature and architecture. As fun and buoyant as a bounce castle filled with helium, motivating instructors impart these moves during classes for students of all skill levels and body types. Boot camps, one of the club’s specialties, challenge cadets with a series of bodyweight exercises such as planks and burpees, which may be interspersed with cardio challenges such as step-ups and jump-rope drills. The brand new Urban Fitness Club in South Granville is located on the corner of Granville and 6th Ave., and boasts more than 1,500 sq. ft. of training area.
Though the certified staff at Live Fit takes health seriously, they have fun while they achieve it. Ten indoor cycles set the scene for intense indoor biking workouts, and in a nearby wood-floored studio, instructors lead high-energy Zumba sessions and TRX-suspension workouts. The staff’s infectious enthusiasm inspires exercisers to push through personal-training and small-group sessions, which are sometimes held on the nearby pier to inspire exercisers with vistas of the city and squads of whales cheering silently just beneath the surface. The studio’s view of the city is equally as pristine on days when the weather doesn’t agree with outdoor workouts, as noted by the North Shore Outlook.