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.
Casting off traditional gym formulas, Vivacity Fitness's curriculum focuses on alternative, fun classes that bolster health without monotonous exercise regimes. Kassy Bouchard, a certified personal trainer and fitness enthusiast, helms a team of certified instructors whose varying specialties come together in a schedule of diverse, distinctive classes. Boot camps jump-start fitness programs with cardio and weight-training routines geared toward everyday exercisers. Meanwhile, kickboxing and Zumba get hearts pumping with quick, invigorating movements, while pole dancing forges inner strength and outer confidence with strength- and flexibility-building choreography.
Bruce and Gabrielle Gorchitza founded Unplugged Music Club Intl. nine years ago, creating an all-purpose musical meeting place where instructors conduct lessons both in-studio and online. Bruce Gorchitza himself specializes in teaching finger-style guitar, bringing more than 30 years of strumming and plucking experience to every lesson. Students can develop percussive talents with piano or drum lessons, study the art of string picking on a guitar, mandolin, or banjo, or strengthen vocal cords until they become powerful enough to shatter the confidence of a delicate champagne glass. Instructors teach genres such as rock 'n' roll, classical, jazz, folk, and hip hop, and the club also stocks a selection of musical instruments and accessories available for sale.
Founded by ex-cop and child-safety expert Samantha Wilson, Kidproof educates parents and children across North America on issues of family safety. Each seven-hour babysitting training class, which begins at 10 a.m. and carries on until 5 p.m., gives youngsters ages 12–15 a solid foundation in basic sitter knowledge and rudimentary tube-sock ventriloquism. In addition to confidence-building child-care tips from Kidproof's babysitter experts, students receive two hours of first-aid tutoring. Graduates of the daylong class leave having learned how to safely find a babysitting job and how to look after children of all ages. Take-home goodies include a babysitter handbook, a wallet-sized babysitter training-completion card, and a state-of-the-art babysitter teddy bear finder. Kidproof requests that pupils bring along a lunch containing no nuts or candy, a teddy bear or doll about the size of a baby, and a pen and paper.
A casual gastropub, Luxalune tosses out tapas rafts to woozy taste buds. Settle into one of the plush leather couches and compare spirit animal housebreaking tips with friends while perusing a menu of small plates infused with global flavours. The De-Luxsole pizza ($13.99) balances stacks of pepperoni, chorizo sausage, and smoky bacon atop a bubbly crust. Social snackers can sample the English lamb masala ($13.99), braised lamb in a spicy curry sauce dotted with chick peas and served aside flat bread, or keep roving hands occupied with the antipasto sampler ($14.99), a savoury selection of five local cheeses, pickles, olives, and gourmet cold cuts. Though this Groupon is not valid toward alcohol, Luxalune boasts more than 150 beers – arguably the largest selection in town, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. Patrons can flex stiff legs and restless rotator cuffs by circling the pool table or sinking into a live music act Wednesday and Sunday evenings, invigorating a meal faster than a dip in a dry ice bath.
It’s unknown whether or not Andy Warhol was a fan of bowling, but the façade of Park Bowling Centre would likely do him proud. The alley’s entrance is painted with an enormous grid of minimalist, pastel depictions of the game’s equipment. Inside, players seated at benches cheer each other on during open play sessions, league matches, and youth bowling programs. The alley is also available for birthday parties and glow bowling, where squadrons of fireflies muster all their strength to set the evening’s pins.