At its 10 locations throughout Canada, The Athletic Club provides access to exercise machines and fitness classes, but that’s only part of the story. Club staffers also follow an overarching mission to making discovering a healthy lifestyle fun rather than onerous. While exploring the multilevel fitness arenas, members and guests may catch encouraging shouts from personal trainers or a medley of splashing and laughter from children taking swimming lessons from professional instructors. They can also investigate the benefits of yoga or spinning during group classes or one-on-one instruction. Cardio machines boost heart rates and bolster endurance, while flat-panel televisions attached to each machine keep members entertained. In addition to building new bodily abilities, members also keep their minds sharp with services such as nutrition counselling or wellness classes held on the astral plane.
On a sprung dance floor, Joanne O'Grady leads groups through a series of Zumba dance moves set to upbeat Latin, international, and pop music. Zumba Toning classes add "toning sticks" or hand weights to the mix, helping students burn extra calories and tone their whole body. The high-octane workouts can burn up to 800 calories per hour, and aim to help students have fun while getting a full-body workout.
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With a level-based system of classes, Tranquil Yoga Studio invites students of all experience levels to gradually build their skills and achieve their fitness goals. The studio's instructors, all of whom have cultivated deep personal relationships with yoga, draw on extensive backgrounds and in-depth yoga training to help students reap the full benefits of each class. The studio also offers spa services and massage therapy.
The instructors at Orange Lotus Yoga and Wellness includes yoga and Zumba instructors, a reiki master, and Pilates instructors. They dispense their skills inside an airy studio with booty-shaking Zumba moves set to international tunes and private and group yoga classes. The yogis also travel to kids’ birthday parties, senior centers, and adult parties for relaxing yoga sessions or lead them in-studio.
DivaGirl Fitness melds the polar opposites of exercise and sexiness to offer an array of women's-only fitness classes. With this deal, guests can choose five one-hour classes (most classes are a $15 value for drop-ins). Unleash the fine-stepping footwork of American pop group Pussycat Dolls with the Calling All Pussy Cats! class, get the muscle conditioning and cardio workout long associated with Hera in the Sexy Goddess Workout, or tone and make glisten your muscles to the sultry beats of Latin music in Zumba. The Strip to Fit class combines elements of strip aerobics, yoga, Pilates, and jazz dance into an exotic stew of sultry sexiness, and Sexy Bollywood brings together Indian and western dance styles to shake off saris of slim hips. Classes are offered throughout the week at several Toronto-area locations—use DivaGirl Fitness's list of participating locations to find a class near you.