Instructor Linda Summers strives to instill within each of her students the important life lessons that yoga has taught her—to slow down, celebrate each day, and embrace the goodness in every living thing. Linda has been carving out a healthy lifestyle for two decades through her work as a personal trainer, Pilates instructor, and spin instructor, but it's been her decade of yoga practice that has truly shaped her outlook on life. Over the years, Linda has studied under many notable yogis, including Twee Merrigan.
Now she shepherds aspiring yogis of all levels along the path of physical, mental, and spiritual discipline—which leads the traveller toward wisdom and away from the lies crooned by late-night infomercials—through small Vinyasa and Hatha yoga classes. During these classes, Linda teaches her students to marry controlled breath with a flow of athletic and remedial postures as she gently adjusts their forms. Her studio's earthy walls surround students in tranquility as she inspires them to feel the strength and vibrancy that yoga has taught her to realize within herself.
The fitness specialists who created BoostCamp Bootcamps eschew quick fixes, replacing them with motivating exercise classes and complementary tips on healthy eating habits that clients can use to make life-long changes. During their sessions, trainees run, jump, and side-shuffle their way across Chedoke and Battlefield Parks five days per week. A certified fitness instructor, Barry Vincent, helms the camp and encourages clients of all fitness levels to meet their goals with an ever-changing lineup of rigorous routines that may include partner exercises, agility training, and relay races. Members can attend as many classes as they wish each week, and new campers begin their journey with a nutritional consultation. BoostCamp’s on-staff holistic nutritionist, Tamara Dunn, answers diet inquiries and designs meal plans that can foster weight loss while still providing enough energy to perform squats or jump-rope with an elevator cable.
Several of Yoga by Sarah's instructors credit their practice with helping them overcome significant hurdles: debilitating asthma and anxiety, menopausal changes, and—in the case of founder Sarah Giovannone—an eating disorder. They hope to return the favor by turning a wide variety of people on to yoga's benefits in an accessible studio. They welcome those of all socioeconomic statuses with a work-exchange program, in which clients help to clean the studio in exchange for unlimited access to the schedule.
The schedule varies from gentle, meditative styles—such as hatha yoga and warm yin restorative—to more physically challenging classes—including Vinyasa flow and yoga ballet barre. And beyond yoga, their workshops introduce guests to such exercises as chakra meditation, childbirth prep, aerial yoga, and teaching yoga to seniors.
Located inside the Best Western Hotel & Conference Centre, Reflexions Real Life Fitness Centre boasts an outdoor courtyard pool as well as an indoor salt-water pool, both of which host aquatic exercise classes. Keeping with the oceanic theme, the centre stocks Atlantis-brand equipment. Instructors utilize these machines and other tools during a wide variety of group classes, from spinning to meditative yoga sessions. Pilates and Core Ball classes tone torsos with focused stretches, whereas boot-camp drills move at a faster, more intense pace. TRX classes, meanwhile, train students to lift their own body weight with the aid of hanging cords.
Muay Thai Niagara occupies an immense 5,000-square-foot facility, with more than 30 bags, and one of Ontario’s most experienced staff of instructors, which includes Canadian national team coach Kru Roger Lumyoung. Adult classes run seven days a week, with sessions available for men, women, children, and defenseless scarecrows. Children's classes teach self-defense methods within an organized setting that focuses on discipline and respect, and adult classes offer students a recreational workout using martial arts techniques.
The personal trainers at Blueprint Fitness commonly encourage their guests to "dig deep," confident that people can surprise themselves with their own tenacity. Trainers meet with clients in a private studio to maximize focus and avoid the distracting shotgun starts of treadmill races. Specializing in women's fitness, they chart exercise regimens that cater to specific goals, including weight loss, sports performance, and enhanced functional fitness. By continually changing their workouts, they ensure that muscles won't become stuck at a static plateau of strength.