Kids have fun in the dance classes at Magic ‘N Motion Studio, but its instructors are serious about their craft. Dance and baton programs for kids span the school year and are organized around time-tested syllabuses that include the Cecchetti ballet method, designed to help students create fluid, coordinated movements by internalizing dance principles rather than simply mimicking a teacher’s movements or hairstyle. Whether they’re leaping, tapping, or even baton-twirling, kids can show off their new moves to friends and family during performances at the end of every year and at Christmas. Adults can also let loose and dance in Zumba classes, where certified instructors lead easy-to-follow Latin moves that can be customized for seniors or those who are especially interested in muscle-toning. Each dance room is outfitted with sprung floors that are easier on joints, staving off injuries and wear.
At the five-star, PADI-authorized training facility, certified instructors teach recreational and technical diving skills in classes that range from introductory dive lessons to instructor level accreditation courses. PADI Discover Scuba sessions let sub-aquatic hobbyists dive into the world of underwater inhalation without any previous experience, and open-water certification classes test candidates with course materials, pool trainings, and four open-water dives at West Hawk Lake, mortal enemy of East Falcon Lagoon.
Along with certification courses, Underworld Scuba & Sport trains people in specialties such as cavern diving, wreck diving, and ice diving. When staffers aren't readying the next generation of divers, they lead trips to Grand Cayman and Bonaire or supply customers with brand name diving gear in the shop.
For over a decade, women have toned their physiques, improved their body image, and gained energy with goal-oriented workout programs at Image Fitness for Women. The studio?s team of certified yoga instructors teaches styles ranging from Ashtanga and Hatha flow to hot yoga, which is held in a heated studio to provide deeper stretches and enhance cardio conditioning. Meanwhile, heart-pumping classes range from the simple, Latin-inspired dance routines of Zumba to step and cardio classes. The gym?s array of cardio and weight-training equipment powers independent workouts, which can be blissfully peaceful thanks to onsite child-care services.
Sandi Knox, the co-founder of Body Balance, has devised her own set of workout DVDs and appeared on Breakfast Television to showcase her exercises. Along with co-owner Sheldon Gephter, she oversees a fitness studio that hosts group classes in latin-dance-inspired Zumba, kick-boxing workouts, and yoga. Their eclectic boot-camp workouts consist of cardio, circuit training, resistance training and more, rather than imitating traditional workouts in which everyone holds a squat until they fall asleep. Elsewhere in the facility, Eric Payment, the studio’s on-site massage therapist, kneads away aches from neck ailments and sports injuries on his memory-foam massage table.
A born and raised Winnipegger, Taryn Young became so enamoured with Turbo Kick workouts that she travelled to the United States to become a certified instructor. Now back at home, Taryn leads groups through blistering, up-tempo sweat-sessions that can burn up to 1,000 calories per class. During each Turbo Kick workout, Taryn transitions effortlessly from jabs and roundhouse kicks to simple to execute dance moves, powered along the way by the thumping beat of modern dance music.
Every week, certified yoga instructors help guests stretch into fitter versions of themselves, drawing from their certifications in yoga and fitness training. Seasoned yogis at the Curves club lead all classes within its comfortable facilities. As a Curves trainer, Debra Vandekerkhove also holds within her mental hard drive an encyclopedic knowledge of diets, nutrition, and the favourite snacks of 19th-century prime ministers.