Though yoga’s history stretches back thousands of years, Bikram yoga originated less than 50 years ago as the brainchild of Indian guru Bikram Choudhury. Choudhury applied the basic principles of yoga to a modern framework, revolutionizing the ancient practice by compiling a new series of 26 postures and holding classes in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Bikram Yoga Beaches follows the yogi's example with rigorous 90-minute classes that help students sweat out toxins and increase their flexibility.
The studio heats up every day of the week with scheduled classes taught by experienced instructors who learned directly from Choudhury. These instructors foster an atmosphere of gentle progress, pushing students to rotate their heads 360 degrees only when they are ready. The studio's website equips first timers with all the info they'll need to succeed.
Radiant-heating panels raise the temperature of Bikram Yoga Centre's studio to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, the balmy air coaxing stiff muscles into sinking deeply into stretches and convincing the body to release pent-up toxins via sweat. The certified teachers lead advanced pupils, beginning students, and aspiring jewel thieves alike through a vigorous series of 26 postures. Their 90-minute sessions can reduce stress, speed up metabolisms, and enhance flexibility. Afterwards, guests can cool down with showers or sip electrolyte-infused coconut water in the lobby.
Along with Bikram classes, the centre's wellness unit fosters healthful lifestyle changes with personalized nutrition programs, acupuncture, and treatment-oriented massages.
This highly recommended studio focuses on Private Pilates & Semi-private personal Pilates or Yoga training but also offers small group classes in Pilates & yoga. The knowledgeable team expertly guides personal training goals, pain management and rehabilitation, prenatal and postnatal. They Inspire Whole Body Health through onsite integrative services including Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine, Massage Therapy, Holistic Nutrition & Physiotherapy.
In 2004, Warren Lee was a high-school teacher by day and a muay thai kick-boxing private trainer on the side. But demand for his private lessons grew, and eventually the one-man business blossomed into a full-time combat fitness business. Today, Lee runs Toronto Kickboxing & Muay Thai (TKMT) Academy at three locations, all of which provide friendly atmospheres for students to work up a sweat, shed stress, and learn self-defense. The staff credits its unintimidating and professional attitude with helping to draw an almost even split of male and female students—a rarity in martial-arts gyms.
All three locations feature pristine facilities and include men's and women's changing rooms and individual showers, as well as a boxing ring, grappling mats, thai pads, heavy bags, and an assortment of training equipment. The staff of committed instructors includes Ajahn Amnat Yodkwain, a former professional fighter and muay thai master who has trained in Thailand's combative arts since the age of 7. All of the academy's instructors possess CPR and first-aid certification and participate regularly in professional development. In order to join the team, they must also pass a series of rigorous tests designed to challenge their skills in muay thai, general fitness, and kicking cookie jars off the top shelf.
Extreme Fitness sets Toronto's calories ablaze at the 13 renovated, multimillion-dollar locations peppered throughout the greater suburban area. Each facility hosts a menagerie of group fitness classes, which can be taken à la carte or bundled into a gym membership. Muscles loosen up in hot-yoga classes or bulge into sinewy symbols of might in outdoor boot camps, where students soak up vitamin D or distill Capri Sun from the sun's rays. To make sure members get the most of the gym's myriad amenities, personal trainers kick off fitness journeys with their Smart Start program, taking BMI measurements and analyzing heart health and oxygen uptake to give patrons a clearer picture of how much and what types of exercise they need to hit their goals.
After working up a calorie-blasting sweat, members can retire to the steam rooms or whirlpool tubs to soothe sore muscles. The internet business lounge lets people catch up on email while sipping a rejuvenating smoothie from the juice bar, and the basketball courts host pick-up games where adults can show underdog teams of fifth-graders that it takes a little more than pluck and an adorable animal sidekick to win games.
How does an old glass factory become a must-book venue in Toronto Life's annual wedding guide? 99 Sudbury’s owners would say, give it a makeover. They swapped the factory’s noisy machines for elegant furnishings, repurposed three sections of the building, and turned the straggling ghosts into coat checkers. The three sections they repurposed include a baroque lounge area, an art gallery with 17-foot ceilings, and a plush loft space aptly named the Glass Factory.
With the leftover space, they added a health-and-wellness centre and a 30,000-square-foot fitness club that has three weight rooms, two exercise studios, and a spinning loft. It even has a cross-training room with monster-truck tires, fire-truck hoses, kettlebells, punching bags, and TRX-suspension-training gear. The idea behind all of these additions was to create a hip atmosphere where people could socialize and have fun while statistically increasing their ability to lift up their cars when they drop keys under them. The effort helped 99 Sudbury catch the eye of various press outlets, and the Food Network even held its 10th anniversary at the spot.