Legendary martial artist Masutatsu Oyama essentially invented the art of breaking bricks, boards, and stones with one's bare hands. Known as Kyokushin karate, this discipline continues to gain new adherents thanks to places such as Winnipeg Kyokushinkan Devlin Dojo. Here, 27-year martial arts veteran and former North and South American light-weight title-holder Sean Devlin passes down Oyama's full-contact, bare-knuckled techniques in karate and kickboxing lessons that place equal emphasis on fitness, self-defense, and self-control.
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.
Moksha Yoga Winnipeg’s students stretch toward the sky, reflecting their teachers’ belief that yoga’s benefits are limitless. Held in balmy rooms warmed by radiant heating panels, hot-yoga classes help limber muscles and extract toxins. These routines begin with a relaxing supine pose, gradually progressing to standing stretches and balances designed to build strength, stability, and endurance. Floor-based bends bolster the spine and open the hips, which can enhance posture and flexibility. Cork flooring cushions joints and wards off microbes, and filtered faucets fill water bottles with water as cool and clean as a freshly scrubbed snowman. Experienced instructors also lead non-heated classes for students of all levels, including intense yet accessible barre classes, which use small isometric movements to improve core strength and help compliment other yoga classes.
Getting motivated just to travel to the gym often is half the battle. Fitness on the Go remedies this by bringing fitness opportunities directly to its clients. A personal trainer?from a team of more than 50 certified trainers?travels to the client's home and creates a custom fitness program using primarily body-weight exercises. All the exerciser needs to do is clear some floor space and make time for about an hour of fun, efficient exercise.