Born and raised in West Africa, Patricia’s life has been saturated with music and dance. She even worked as a choreographer as a teen for her church youth group. Now a certified Zumba instructor, Patricia combines her love of dance and music with healthy workouts. During classes, international beats bounce out of the speakers as she guides students through dance moves and encourages loud screams that declare their energy levels or that a ghost has challenged them to a danceoff. Her program includes Zumba Toning with weighted sticks, Zumba Sentao classes that integrate chairs, and regular Zumba classes that burn up to 1,000 calories an hour.
As a gymnastics coach, Kaia F.I.T. founder and owner Nikki Warren always noticed how children in motion tumble and play with ease. They were effortlessly agile and flexible, and yet many of them would grow into adults who would struggle to stay active. Kaia F.I.T. sprang from this realization with the goal of restoring female physiques to the adolescent pliability everyone enjoys before they grow their rock-hard exoskeleton after sixth grade.
At Kaia F.I.T., a team of expert fitness coaches retrain bodies with dynamic workouts designed to strengthen muscles, boost energy, and vanquish fat. They root their F.I.T. sessions in functional training, a method that enlists athletes' own body weight and movement to stimulate fitness. They also ramp up their regular F.I.T. program during Brik boot camps, in which students sweat through ever-changing routines to keep their bodies in better shape than fad diets or preserving them in amber for swimsuit season would. Although each program ranges in intensity and length, all workouts and moves can be modified to suit the fitness level of any client. To further help clients reach their fitness goals, the studio makes available a bounty of healthy, flavorful recipes online.
Exercise gurus designed Fortis Fitness and Strength Training & Yogalux with luxury in mind. And from the second guests look around, it's clear this luxury has been realized. In staffers' own words, the gym eschews a "contemporary industrial chic" look for a feel that is, instead, "colorful, fresh, new, and inviting!" 10,000 sun-lit square feet encompass a heated yoga studio, a cycling room filled with Schwinn bikes, a TRX room, a group fitness studio, and an area devoted to personal training. Floor-to-ceiling windows showcase green trees in the yoga studio, inspiring serenity alongside honey-colored wood flooring and blue walls made from square pieces of sky. Flat-screen TVs flank cyclists, and a green running track spans the length of the weight room. Equipment, classes, and personal training are the primary reasons members visit, but little extras make each experience even easier: child-care pros watch kids during parents' workouts, for instance, and the on-site boutique carries exercise essentials.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
If variety is the spice of life, then Yoga & Fitness Passport is a veritable East Indian Trading Company. The outfit curates some of the highest reviewed fitness studios throughout both Canada and the U.S. From there, they issue passports that give exercisers a chance to jump from yoga to Zumba to pole dancing classes, all at different studios. Rather than having to navigate each gym's scheduling site, guests can find and sign up for sessions through the Yoga & Fitness Passport site. From there, folks just need to show their confirmation on a smart phone or wood etching, and it's off to the races.
With a nearly 30-year career that includes multiple latin-dance championships, Melissa Dexter helms a team of dance instructors who lead classes for all ages and experience levels. In a studio spanning more than 5,000 square feet, the teachers take students through ballroom, latin, and jazz steps across a gleaming hardwood floor. They also use the same music when leading dance-fitness classes, such as Zumba and yogi dance, which uses select routines to give participants a lengthening, yoga-style workout.