Though it's only been around since 2007, YYoga has already grown to include nine locations in B.C. and one in Toronto. In addition to introducing yoga to a wide audience, YYoga strives to "make the world a better place," a vision shared by its founders Terry McBride and Lara Kozan. The centre does so by inviting its members to tap into yoga's body-mind-soul connection, which strengthens core muscles, instills relaxation, and boosts self-awareness more effectively than installing mirrors into eyeglass lenses. This in turn helps members live more fulfilling lives, making their world—and the world of those around them—a better place.
Since its original incarnation opened in 1981, Genesis Athletic Club has changed names and locations, but its values have remained the same. These values include a welcoming attitude toward all body types and ages, and a diversity of fitness options mirroring that of its clientele. For instance, its facilities include women-only areas, as well as a training circuit designed for seniors. Fitness classes range from yoga to spinning, and personal trainers customize workouts so clients don't start greeting their usual weight machine by name. There are also tanning beds, an apparel boutique, and a café stocked with smoothies.
title: BodyCo FItness Deep Cove
Average Class Length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class Location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration Required: Yes
Good for Beginners: Yes
Guests Allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Equipment: Keiser M3+ with computer
Students should bring: Water bottle, clothes to sweat in, and padded cycle shorts if desired.
Average class length: 45 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking garage
Pro Tip: Please show up early if you have never clipped into pedals before.
Jay, owner of Cyklus Vancouver, has been an avid cyclist his whole life. He founded Cyklus Vancouver to bring this passion for biking indoors and make it more accessible to others. The 2,000-square-foot, air-conditioned studio is stocked with the best equipment he could get his hands on, including Keiser M3+ stationary bikes equipped with computers. Now, the experienced road cyclist teaches classes at the facility, where he and his fellow instructors lead charges up imaginary hills and pick up speed during exciting breakaways.
Expect to break a sweat during the workout, which can be adapted for your fitness level. The studio provides some creature comforts. The bathrooms are furnished with spa-like private showers and hair dryers, and there's also a lounge where you can relax and access free WiFi.
The team at Xclub fitness accommodates patrons of all fitness levels, whether they are seasoned athletes or stepping onto a treadmill for the first time. The staff comprises not only personal trainers and coaches, but kinesiologists, occupational therapists, and registered nutritionists who work together to motivate clients to lead healthier lifestyles. Within the 14,000-square-foot facility, patrons can carve chiselled physiques with cardio and strength-training equipment or bolster their mind-body connections in yoga classes. In addition to sessions of bending and stretching, the instructors lead spinning classes, boot camps, and dance-based fitness classes, such as Zumba and Danceology. Wee ones can romp or discuss string theory under the supervision of the staff as parents work on their figures. Post-workout, members can recharge with a protein shake or smoothie at the onsite juice bar.
360 Cycle's instructors will tell you that there's a big difference between their spinning and cycling classes. Cycling focuses on specific skills that ready students for the road. It can simulate outdoor riding, with hill climbs or even timed "races." Spinning, meanwhile, contains a variety of drills that exercise the entire body, even that one toe that's usually just slacking off.
The trainers here host several classes within both these categories. For example, Let's Ride! sessions simulate peddling under intense road conditions, while Cycle & Sculpt follows thirty minutes of cycling with thirty minutes of weight exercises. Best of all, because students control how hard they pedal, workouts are completely customizable, making them accessible for people of all ages and fitness levels.