Lisa and Danny, the owners and directors of Bikram Yoga Vancouver, began their mutual journey under the tutelage of Bikram Choudhury, the founder of the worldwide Yoga College of India as well as the style of yoga that now bears his name. After a knee injury left him crippled at 17, Bikram willed himself toward recovery with the help of his teacher, Bishnu Ghosh, and the series of 26 asanas that the two designed specifically to heal the body’s chronic physical ailments.
Today, Lisa and Danny continue to teach those same 26 poses to students of all levels. Their classes unfold in a studio heated to a fiery 40.5 degrees Celsius; the high temperatures help the body shed tension, toxins, and piggybacking snowmen. Focused breathing exercises complement sitting and standing poses that propel oxygen to the body's extremities and strengthen muscles.
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Kitsilano Community Centre's group exercise branch boasts a schedule of classes held seven days a week for all fitness levels and taught by a staff of instructors who continually fine-tune their fitness knowledge. The Step class features choreographed cardio, working legs in moderate to challenging routines and Cossack dances. The Gentle Fit class offers a milder regimen ideal for beginners and post-injury exercisers, and at the top of the sweat spectrum, the Full Body Blast class wields a full resistance-training workout peppered with punches of cardio to keep the heart healthily pumping. Each class is attended by around 20 students, ensuring each Chuck Norris-to-be has enough space to instill fear into each workout. This offer is only valid for group classes and does not include use of the centre's other exercise facilities.
Xtend Barre workouts vary form-whittling motions with dance, Pilates, and sculpting exercises on the floor and at the ballet barre. Designed to increase overall strength, core vigour, and flexibility, the fitness combination chisels the body, readying it for the beach or pedestal-top display in an Italian town square. Marshalling a class schedule that works muscles six days a week, the staff is certified in Pilates mat and Reformer techniques and includes a number of personal trainers. Located in the Kerrisdale Professional Centre, Devine Fitness is a small boutique studio offering easy parking and access to nearby shopping and coffee shops, which may inspire lip building with sets of mug-to-mouth reps.
Members at Curves, a fitness centre designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that are designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Circuit coaches are always nearby to help manage participants' machine manoeuvring and muscle making. For 30 minutes, limbering ladies move around a circuit that positions machines inward, encouraging casual conversation while worker-outers release up to 500 units of caloric energy into the fatigued atmosphere. The hydraulic machines use the exerciser's own body weight to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean bodies perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like they can.