The most secretive body parts are muscles, which hide behind layers of skin and appear only occasionally to help lift cars off trapped kittens. Flex your biceps in the absence of a cat emergency with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a one-month gym membership (an $84.75 value including HST) at Fitness Forum in White Oaks.
Fitness Forum, the official fitness center of the London Knights, pioneered the one-stop fitness club paradigm in 1985 by genetically fusing racquet-, health-, and fitness-club elements into a singular mutant establishment. An initial fitness consultation acquaints new members with the facilities and features a personal-training demonstration for a sampling of individualized calisthenics guidance. Fitness Forum outfits its colourful, contemporary space with a sleek cache of weight-training equipment, cardio exercise machines, and rowing simulators. For explorers of the watery realm, the club's indoor swimming pool provides an effective training ground for Olympic-style aquatic manoeuvres such as the front crawl, the breaststroke, and the battle crab. A membership to Fitness Forum grants participants access to all facilities within the club, including group fitness classes such as yoga, Pilates, and Latin-flavoured Zumba dance.
For more than 25 years, Fitness Forum owners Alec and Lynne Pinchin have kept their 39,000-square-foot gym in fine fettle through constant renovations and an influx of up-to-date equipment and fitness programs. The facility's high-soaring ceilings and walls shield exercisers from the harsh heat and bitter cold of the outdoors, and expansive skylights let in natural light and views of emus soaring among the clouds. In two cardio centres, heart rates skyrocket as guests tackle treadmills and stairmasters and fix their eyes on HDTVs. The gym also houses an indoor pool area and a rubberized running track.
More than 75 fitness classes energize and motivate visitors in a fun group setting, and squash courts host sweat-inducing bouts between racquet-wielding foes. While parents torch calories rep by rep, kids can while away the time at the gym's daycare centre, where tykes watch movies and fill out tax papers in pudding.