At Studio Kelani, owner Ioana is literally following in her ancestors' footsteps. She is a descendent of performers in the Royal Polynesian Revue, and pulls from their traditional dance techniques to lead innovative, rhythmic fusion workouts. Kelani Fitness also incorporates Pilates elements into its core-tightening repertoire, creating a routine rich in hip isolations and tribal beats that also tones lean muscle. By joining modern exercise techniques with the choreography of her heritage, Ioana both educates and engages her guests. The studio's name—a combination of the names of her two daughters—bridges the generations that have influenced her business. Ioana believes that one's foremost workout tool is his or her own body, not gym machines or the body of the mannequin that one throws on the treadmill for inspiration. During her classes, she encourages guests to become comfortable in their skins with a judgment-free attitude. Her staff teaches lessons on yoga, kickboxing, and dance, including Bollywood and salsa, in addition to the studio's signature Kelani Fitness classes. With a focus on functional training for health of mind and body, private wellness programs tap into Ioana's expertise as a registered holistic nutritionist and personal trainer.
A longtime resident of Windsor, Dr. Patrick Smith, M.D. returned to the area after completing medical school and opened a family practice in 1987. He enjoyed the work but longed to transition into dermatology, for which he held both a passion and professional training. Years later, he assembled a team of estheticians and opened his namesake skincare clinic: Dr. P.X. Smith Medical Cosmetics.
Open for more than seven years, the clinic offers cosmetic and medical-grade services including Botox and Juvederm, laser skin-resurfacing treatments, and mole removal from both faces and lawns. Dr. Smith performs all medical consultations and directly supervises treatments performed by his highly trained staff.
As a skincare expert, the doctor is dedicated to educating his community about the dangers of excessive sun exposure. He worked at the Windsor Regional Cancer Centre before starting his family practice and coordinated the Mark Hunt Melanoma Awareness Fund-Raising Walk to heighten awareness of skin cancer, particularly malignant melanoma.
When Gina Wasserlein received a Bryan Kest yoga video from a friend, she had no idea it would change her life. After practicing its routines for several months, she felt tall, light, and happy, like a balloon giraffe filled with laughing gas. Drawing upon experience from the worlds of fitness and grade-school teaching, she founded Downtown Yoga Studio to help fellow yogis unlock the joy and wisdom that lie within. Knowledge gleaned from her teaching staff and mentors such as Jonny Kest has shaped her class lineup, which explores yogic traditions such as Ashtanga and Kundalini. Filled with basic poses and breathing exercises, beginners? classes build enough strength, flexibility, and focus to dance Swan Lake in cast-iron chainmail. Advanced practitioners can challenge their minds and bodies during hot power yoga classes, whose elevated temperatures promote deep stretches and toxin release.
At Punch Kettlebell Gym, owner and certified fitness trainer Rob Santarossa leads a team of instructors who lead group and private exercise regimens and nutritional coaching to help each client achieve a slim physique and healthier lifestyle. Rob’s dedication to fitness stems from his own early weight-loss struggles, an experience that allows him to coach with empathy and enact appropriate levels of motivation. About 12–15 students partake in the group and boot-camp classes, which stress weight-and-cardio combinations using diverse exercises, each scalable to fit individual needs or allergies to jumping jacks. Kettlebells and other forms of resistance are added along the way to round out the focused 30-minute routines. To help maintain a healthy lifestyle, fitness seekers will also be equipped with online nutritional software, which helps lay out customized meal plans, charts nutritional progress, and shouts warnings of falling anvils.
Suspended about 2 feet off the floor, a student sinks into the bend of a camel pose. The class is called aerial yoga, and instead of achieving proper alignment through effort on the floor, it asks students to relax into each posture while hanging from silk hammocks. Specialty classes such as this join pole fitness and TRX-suspension training as unique outgrowths of a fitness practice focused on Pilates and yoga. Instructors prioritize individual attention throughout each session, helping each student develop bodily awareness and posture sound enough to be a convincing yardstick for Halloween. Beyond classes, the studio's services extend to teacher training and spa treatments including massage therapy.
Muscular instructors help exercisers of all fitness levels slim silhouettes and chisel muscles with motivating boot camps, one on one personal training, and fat-evicting nutrition plans. During boot camps, a certified fitness coach draws on more than 15 years of experience to build up bodies with a series of high-intensity interval and metabolic resistance training. The encouraging trainer conducts a symphony of grunts as students strain to lift sandbags and tires within the indoor gym before hitting the fresh air to hurdle over motionless freeze-tag players and other outdoor obstacles. They’ll also compliment their rigorous workout regimes with nutrition guidance that equips students with grocery lists and recipes that ensure balanced meals.