At Kali Yoga, seasoned instructors guide students on supportive journeys through routines that promote physical wellness and inner peace. The ancient poses help yogis of all levels cultivate strength, flexibility, and balance, and deep-breathing exercises melt pent-up stress and anxiety. Classes range from beginner-friendly Hatha sessions to power routines that explore sun salutations at a clip faster than a rabbit roller-skating over an oil slick. To extend the benefits of yoga to a younger crowd, the teaching staff offers mom-and-baby sessions and whimsical classes for ages 4–9. Outside the studio, the founders also host retreats filled with rustic accommodations, aromatherapy sessions, and ample opportunities for movement and meditation.
Marcus Vinicius de Macedo Soares became a part of Carlson Gracie, Sr.'s world-famous jiu-jitsu team in 1970, where he was a part of the first class of Carlson Gracie's students unleashed upon the world. He continued to compete and train for years, eventually earning his 8th degree black belt, a journey which also saw him relocate from Rio de Janeiro to Vancouver. Here in Canada, he eventually founded Carlson Gracie Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu/MMA to pass on the techniques he had learned from his master to new generations of fighters.
Today, the team continues to produce champion athletes at the school and abroad. They have a team of six coaches helping to handle the full week's worth of classes taught at the facility. Over the years, they have expanded the education available to students beyond jiu-jitsu, offering muay thai, boxing, wrestling, and other arts that can help enhance one's MMA skills or add to the list of reasons why it's dangerous to high-five you.
Fitwells for Women is a gym so inclusive that, despite its name, one of its three locations is co-ed. Key figures in its history are male too, including founder and fitness veteran Mike Hamill and Client Eastwood, one of the stars on Hamill's star-studded client roster.
The team of trainers at each location helps their clients meet all types of fitness goals. Some of their members strive to lose weight, while others hit the gym to prep for endurance events like marathons. But they help all of them rise to those challenges with a mix of independent workouts, personal training sessions, and group fitness classes. Classes make it easy to find a workout best for each person, with more than 30 options ranging from spinning to Zumba.
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
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 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.
What's proper etiquette for the queen's sommelier? West Coast Wine Education's John Gerum confronted this question head on when he served Queen Elizabeth II. Apparently he made the right choice, as he went on to pour wine for prime ministers, presidents, provincial premiers, and cultural icons during his 20-year career. Gerum's achievement distills three generations of fine-dining experience that was passed down from his father, a chef, and his grandfather, a maitre d'. Wine education was always his passion, so when starting out, he sought personal instruction from the master sommelier Andrew Lalibert? and demonstrated a palate refined enough to earn him membership and certification from the International Sommelier Guild. Gerum often merges his know-how with other wine educators to cultivate a roster of classes and hone their delivery. These experts join in delineating scotch terroir and describing the bouquet of a student's favourite pinot-stained shirt with an easy professionalism that has enthralled groups of up to 300 people. They share their expertise with casual drinkers and professionals during two-hour workshops, in consultation for store openings and events, and through appearances on Global TV.