Real Tan’s owners originally opened their doors more than 20 years ago with a salon in Scarborough. The single location couldn't keep up with tanning demands, leading to a relocation to Mississauga and a recently opened second location in Thornhill. Along the way, Real Tan has expanded its specialties to include ultra-bronzing Ergoline beds, Playboy spray tanning, and teeth whitening, which brightens teeth up to eight shades and lasts longer than gargling white-out.
In 2004, Warren Lee was a high-school teacher by day and a muay thai kick-boxing private trainer on the side. But demand for his private lessons grew, and eventually the one-man business blossomed into a full-time combat fitness business. Today, Lee runs Toronto Kickboxing & Muay Thai (TKMT) Academy at three locations, all of which provide friendly atmospheres for students to work up a sweat, shed stress, and learn self-defense. The staff credits its unintimidating and professional attitude with helping to draw an almost even split of male and female students—a rarity in martial-arts gyms.
All three locations feature pristine facilities and include men's and women's changing rooms and individual showers, as well as a boxing ring, grappling mats, thai pads, heavy bags, and an assortment of training equipment. The staff of committed instructors includes Ajahn Amnat Yodkwain, a former professional fighter and muay thai master who has trained in Thailand's combative arts since the age of 7. All of the academy's instructors possess CPR and first-aid certification and participate regularly in professional development. In order to join the team, they must also pass a series of rigorous tests designed to challenge their skills in muay thai, general fitness, and kicking cookie jars off the top shelf.
Lanna Mixed Martial Arts conditions beginners and hardened warriors alike using hard-hitting fighting techniques taught in a friendly, positive atmosphere. Adults of all fitness levels burn fat and build muscle while learning effective self-defense skills in Brazilian jiu jitsu courses, muay thai kickboxing sessions, and fast-striking MMA matches. Kids age 3–12, meanwhile, learn discipline, respect, and healthy lifestyle practices in children's martial arts courses, showing off their skills at community events and demonstrations.
At Lanna's sleek, spacious facility, guests don sport-specific training pads and spar in comfort and safety. Medicine balls, kick pads, and a forest of punching bags await punishment from hands and feet, while trainees face off in the professional-grade boxing ring.
A gold-medal winner while on the Canadian National track team, director Okiki Akinremi puts all of his 17 years of athletic training experience into running Xplosion Fitness. During his time with both the track and bobsled team, Akinremi observed the use in fusing multiple training methods to achieve the level of fitness needed to push a bobsled through the long jump pit. He has honed his ability to work with both seasoned athletes such as Bruny Surin and Robert Esmie along with those with little to no experience, infusing individual fitness goal plans with his own passion and commitment. By harmonizing core and resistance training with a combo of stretching, cardio, and nutrition consultation, his customizable programs and drop-in boot-camp classes result in shedding weight, complete body toning, and a more positive, less frowny way of life.
Build My Body Beautiful™ (BMBB) is a Toronto based, fitness & wellness company, that provides a variety of holistic programs & services to women. BMBB uses a mix of fitness programs, motivational hypnosis for sports and weight management and nutrition consulting to help women reach their goals.
The folks behind Cardio-Go's network of gyms stack the spacious facilities with the latest cardio and weight-training equipment to help clients build strong hearts and muscles and healthy habits. To determine the appropriate level of activity for each client, an on-site sports-medicine specialist meets with all new members for a fitness assessment and a health consultation. Then, the team of instructors and trainers takes the reins, leading a variety of classes such as spin, yoga, and boot camps as well as personal-training sessions. Clients can also helm their own regimens, sweating it out on cardio machines equipped with TV screens and strengthening brawn with free weights, cable strength-training machines, and medicine balls left behind by giant pharmacists. Post-workout, patrons can relax under the trained fingers of a massage therapist or receive a spinal alignment from a chiropractor, both offered at select locations.