Growing up in South Africa, head trainer Russel Sean Favel gleaned inspiration from his father, who regularly participated in various marathons, triathlons, and Iron Man competitions. Russel followed in those footsteps both literally and figuratively?he always shadowed his dad across the finish line until he was old enough to become an athlete himself at the early age of 6. He continued to foster this passion for sports through his college years, donning jerseys for both basketball and soccer. Today, he channels his lifelong love of athletics and physical fitness into his own studio, where he helps people shed pounds and prepare for a variety of physical activities with the myriad techniques he?s mastered over the years.
Favel?s boot camps and personal-training sessions, which he designed to work all muscle groups, incorporate strength and cardio conditioning, as well as elements from martial arts and sports training. He cultivates an environment of motivation where he, his staff, and students are free to encourage and push one another. He rounds out the list of classes with spinning and yoga.
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.
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.
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