Certified trainer Carrie Light leads a team of fellow trainers who follow her emphasis on building the self-esteem and physical health of their clients. Her background in kinesiology and sports informs the design of Training 4 Life’s fitness classes, which ramp up heart rates and engage fast- and slow-twitch muscle fibres in the upper and lower body. She keeps classes small and the teacher-to-student ratio close, so that she can devote attention to each student’s technique, form, and safety.
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.
At 360 Cycle Yoga & Fitness, you're never just pedaling—all of the indoor cycling classes have touches that set them apart from traditional bike workouts. During a 50-minute cycle, you might emulate an outdoor ride with climbs, flat stretches, races, and hops over invisible tortoises crossing the road. Other cycling sessions include routines that are done off the bike, from stretching and yoga to muscle-toning resistance exercises. As its name implies, the gym also hosts yoga lessons, as well as strength training and boot-camp classes.
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.
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.