A serious accident took TNT Fitness?s founder Tag Dundas?s physical and mental health, right down to his ability to walk. During his journey to recovery, he transformed his life. It took hours of work and training, but Tag regained all his functionality, and the experience had him sticking with the gym until well after his time in physical therapy had come to an end. His new fitness far surpassed what it had been before the accident, and he decided to become a personal trainer to help others achieve those goals they always thought were impossible.
Today, Tag and his team of trainers help clients strengthen and condition their bodies in group fitness classes and personal training. Michelle, Candice, and Sherri, who conducts cardio and core exercises, and Colleen, who conducts beginner classes, help equip athletes to excel with tailored training that focuses on building the kinds of speed, strength, and agility needed for each sport. Tag himself has logged nearly 1,000 hours using TRX resistance bands in personal-training sessions and boot camps. He affectionately calls the camps T-ReX boot camps, after the dinosaur renowned for its strength, ferocity, and ability to perform a perfect unassisted sit-up.
At each of Oxygen Yoga & Fitness? locations, trained fitness instructors guide students through a seven-day schedule packed with yoga, boot camp, meditation, and TRX suspension training classes. The modern studios come equipped with infrared heated yoga rooms where students strengthen muscles during yoga poses as the specialized light aims to improve their skin tone and erase their cellulite. During TRX suspension training sessions, exercisers are suspended in the air by belts attached to the ceiling and use their own body weight to fight gravity. The classes are designed for all fitness levels and aim to build long, lean muscles and give guests a place to practice their levitation skills. The studio also schedules kids' yoga sessions designed to increase children?s confidence and provide full-body workouts.
Equipment: Slamballs, kettlebells, resistance bands, body weight
Students should bring: Water, towel, yoga mat if desired
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Outdoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: be ready to work hard and sweat. exercises built for every age and ability
At Oxygen Hot Yoga & Fitness, standing in the studio without doing a jot of yoga would still have beneficial health effects. That's because the room holds an infrared heating system, whose balmy temperatures catalyze fat-burning, strengthen immune systems, and prompt physiques to sweat out toxins. These beneficial effects are amplified by instructors' yogic poses, which also boost flexibility and endurance. Classes cover plenty of variations and modifications, allowing students to customize their regimens, and avoid workout boredom without replacing their mats with rectangular stingrays.
Fitness Challenge is a self-described “work in progress gym” aimed at catering the gym-going experience to the needs of its clientele. That goal fits in well with its sub-moniker as the Real People Gym, playing up a philosophy that exercise is for everyone, not just those with Arnold physiques. The welcoming atmosphere makes it common to overhear friendly chitchat among other members between reps or to spot synchronized runs on the treadmill. Despite all the socialization, members mainly spend their time working up a sweat aboard Life Fitness cardio machines—either in the main studio or in the ladies-only room—and get a good pump going with Apex and Hammer Strength equipment.
A full schedule of group fitness classes, including Zumba, kickboxing, and boot camp, elevates heart rates five days a week, while Pilates instructor Joan Klucha targets core strength and flexibility with graceful muscle-toning exercises. The studio also staffs certified personal trainers who customize fitness regimes to individual goals, beginning with one complimentary session for each new member. Post workout, members can head to the juice bar for a protein shake or slink into the tanning salon and pretend they’re the first to successfully land on the sun.
For 19 years, the Sportsplex gym at Total Fitness—under one name or another—has provided a venue for locals to work out and be a part of a "true community gym." The private health club elevates heart rates and feelings of camaraderie in group fitness classes such as yoga, aerobics, or karate. Private trainers teach individuals custom routines, and nutritional experts revitalize and revolutionize diet plans. Blue pads rest on the white metal frames of machines, coordinating exactly with the paint colours on the walls. Wall-mounted televisions glow, interspersed among painted, empowering words and quotes, such as, “The most important thing about goals is having one,” spoken by Geoffrey Abert when describing the game of soccer.