Casting off traditional gym formulas, Vivacity Fitness's curriculum focuses on alternative, fun classes that bolster health without monotonous exercise regimes. Kassy Bouchard, a certified personal trainer and fitness enthusiast, helms a team of certified instructors whose varying specialties come together in a schedule of diverse, distinctive classes. Boot camps jump-start fitness programs with cardio and weight-training routines geared toward everyday exercisers. Meanwhile, kickboxing and Zumba get hearts pumping with quick, invigorating movements, while pole dancing forges inner strength and outer confidence with strength- and flexibility-building choreography.
Snap Fitness, bustling with cardio and strength-training gear, throws open the doors to its spartan facilities 24/7. Before exercisers put sneaker to treadmill or lift their first weight, personal trainers meet with them to talk about their fitness goals before suggesting a personalized, 60-day fitness plan based on each client’s strength, cardio condition, and bionic limb manufacturer. The gym keeps members motivated with regular check-in calls and demystifies healthy eating with custom online meal plans designed by nutritionists. Certified personal trainers work individually with clients routinely, and professional instructors forestall exercise routine boredom with boot camps throughout the week.
Sandi Knox, the co-founder of Body Balance, has devised her own set of workout DVDs and appeared on Breakfast Television to showcase her exercises. Along with co-owner Sheldon Gephter, she oversees a fitness studio that hosts group classes in latin-dance-inspired Zumba, kick-boxing workouts, and yoga. Their eclectic boot-camp workouts consist of cardio, circuit training, resistance training and more, rather than imitating traditional workouts in which everyone holds a squat until they fall asleep. Elsewhere in the facility, Eric Payment, the studio’s on-site massage therapist, kneads away aches from neck ailments and sports injuries on his memory-foam massage table.
Like many other gyms, Unrivalled Fitness offers a host of group fitness classes in addition to private training sessions. Unlike many other gyms, however, it encourages its members to escape the urban landscape on fitness adventures and retreats. During these excursions, participants might hike to frozen waterfalls or meditate amid picturesque scenery, exercising their muscles as well as their mind. The gym also has options for those who might be too pressed for time to visit, including online personal-training sessions.
Some fitness trainers say they can't get enough of the gym. Not Jennifer Hewitt. Asked why she started Fit Fab n' Fired Up, she says, "The reason is simple: I believe that many people are just like me and HATE going to the gym!" This unconventional approach means her Zumba and BellyFit classes emphasize a fun and communal environment, above all else. Students take classes to feel fabulous, get fit, and fire up their days with supportive, happy fitness get-togethers.
Indoor and outdoor activities abound at Champlain Community Centre. Basketball and floor-hockey players sprint across the gym floor, ice-skating instructors teach pirouettes on an odd rink seemingly made of hard water, and fitness instructors lead groups through classes such as Zumba. The staff members even host periodic workshops on topics such as wine tasting and grilling how-tos.