Whether taking advantage of weight equipment or sweating up a storm in a group fitness class, Woodstock Health & Fitness equips its members with all the tools they need to get in great shape. With direction from a team of personal trainers, exercise newcomers caneven get a handle on an effective workout routine during one-on-one sessions. Gym memberships include full access to the facilities, as well as group cardio bootcamp, Pilates classes, and the right to walk around flexing your arms at strangers.
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.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
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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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.
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