I get asked all the time “Which gym do you go to?” The quick answer is “I don’t go to the gym!” Yes, you read that right; I don’t go to a traditional gym to lift weights, nor do I run on the treadmill or use the elliptical. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with this type of exercise; but personally, I’d rather watch 10 hours of C-SPAN than run 10 minutes on a treadmill. And without guidance (aka a personal trainer), I just wander around the weights section self-conscious and confused.
For years I saw a personal trainer twice a week and was an avid runner. Rain, snow or scorching heat, I would be out there pounding the pavement. But as the years go by and I get older, I find myself seeking to workout in “comfort” (I’m a princess, after all!). About a year ago I signed up for Class Pass and I’ve never looked back, never again will I run in the torrential downpour or cold.
The first class I signed up for with the Class Pass app was at Oxygen Yoga & Fitness (564 W Broadway, Vancouver, B.C.) Don’t let the name fool you, this is NOT your typical yoga studio. I tried the Hot, Fast and Furious class and I was instantly hooked. These yoga and fitness classes are conducted in an infrared sauna. The workouts vary from boot camp style classes (with weights), Pilates Fusion, Hot Power Core, Yoga and more. I guarantee Oxygen Yoga & Fitness will challenge you, push you and get you chiseled for the summer.
For addicts like me you can sign up for an unlimited monthly package directly at Oxygen Yoga & Fitness. They have multiple locations throughout the city with more popping up soon! Bring your yoga mat, full length towel, face towel and lots of water!
My second favorite facility is Kondi Fitness (100-1462 W. 8th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C.) This boutique studio specializes in fun and challenging group classes featuring Callanetics, Pilates, TRX Suspension and H.I.I.T. When I first walked in I was a bit intimidated; everyone was modelesque (trainers and students alike) but it didn't take me long to feel welcomed. The instructors/trainers are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable; they take the time to correct your form and push you to your limit. If you're looking for a real physical challenge or want to bring your training or body to the next level, this place is for you. The classes are TOUGH, especially the series of H.I.I.T. classes; so bring water and be prepared to be breathless and sweaty!
This winter Vancouver has seen the biggest snow falls since 1969. Even if I wanted to run outside, the sidewalks have been slippery and covered in snow for months. I've been skipping my runs and booking spin classes for my cardio blast instead. My new favorite spin studio is:
Eastwood Cycle (154 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C.), nestled between Yaletown and Gastown, is a gorgeous 4,500 sq spinning facility. You can ride to the rhythm of the beats in the Icon Class or train for endurance and strength training in the Athlete Class. I love this studio, especially for my early morning workouts—the beats are super loud and you ride in the dark! The instructors focus on empowerment and motivation to make sure your heart gets pounding!
My latest find on the Class Pass app is Pure Barre (1907 West 4th Ave, Vancouver, B.C.) These 55 minute full- body low-impact workouts concentrate on areas where women tend to struggle the most: with the use of the ballet barre, you perform a series of small isometric movements that will lift your seat, and tone your thighs, abs and arms to build long and lean muscles. The vibe at the Kitsilano location is super inviting. But don’t be fooled by their kindness at reception, these workouts are a BURN! I also recommend you invest in a pair of the sticky socks.
I work out 5-6 days a week and get bored quickly, so changing up my routine as much as possible keeps me interested and challenged. What’s your favorite workout or fitness studio?
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