It’s almost summer and you’re ready to work up a sweat.
And one of the best places to do that is in Kitsilano; when you’re done, you can walk alongside the ocean with a coffee in hand as your perfect cool down ritual. With boxing, spinning, planking, squatting, and even more to choose from, there’s no better way to embrace the early summer vibe.
To help you get started, we’ve compiled a list of five buzzed-about workouts and the places you can try them out right in the heart of Kitsilano on West 4th.
This is Vancouver’s newest hotspot in fitness and you can find it on West 4th. Established by sisters Deanne and Delaney Schweitzer, TurF Living resembles a contemporary community centre where you’re encouraged to hang out, eat healthy super-foods, and take part in exhilarating workouts. You can join classes where instructors teach dance, cardio, strengthening, boxing, and meditation. TurF Living has also introduced Canada to an NYC favourite – The Class by Taryn Toomey. “We wanted classes that moved people beyond what they thought possible for themselves. The class is for those wanting to dive deeper into examining themselves,” says Angela Hartman, vice president and instructor at TurF. Here, you can reward yourself with a craft beer, wine, and even cookies after your workout on the patio.
If you want to get lean, strong, and sculpted then this is the studio for you. Owned by super toned sisters, Jey and Karen Wyder, they ensure their clients get a workout that’s effective but also safe for your body. Classes are high-paced and packed full of tiny movements so you’ll feel the burn the day after. You can add some cardio into your regime by attending The Dailey Cycle 30-minute class. Less than an hour on high-performance spin bikes and upper body toning exercises allow you to burn a high amount of calories. According to Jey Wyder, clients become stronger and more flexible with each class and that attending three times a week helps clients feel their best. “People say they have never felt better, no shoulder pain, and a drop in dress sizes and overall improved mood,” says Wyder.
Whether you are training for the Fondo or just love a great workout, Jamie Armstrong, known as the ‘Method Man’ and his team will have you screaming at your legs. The studio sits atop the street level on West 4th and you can get fit here all year round in raincouver. The high intensity workout at Method keeps the wheels turning while your legs are pumping. You’ll hear music blaring and motivational instructors will help you burn calories as they create an energetic atmosphere. With warm-up and cool-down periods, this class will have your heart racing, and you might even become addicted to the healthy rush.
This new trend combines postures inspired by ballet and other disciplines like Pilates. At Pure Barre you’ll feel the burn as you use the ballet barre as a prop while you do exercises that focus on strength training with high reps of tiny movements. Owner Tanya Schneider says that “clients can keep up in class while also never feeling any lulls or time to think.” The low impact classes are driven by music with high intensity which means you’ll experience consistent change in your body. According to Schneider, the reason behind the tiny and effective movements are to “work with the isometric energy and forces by drawing different points of one’s body towards each other and finding unique oppositional forces.” And the best part? All fitness levels and experience are welcome to these classes.
You’ll feel a sense of of calm and preparation to connect with your body as soon as you enter this bare studio. With inspiration from the studio’s famous yoga retreats in Greece, the space can accommodate up to 100 yogis. Here, you can choose from a variety of classes, including Kundalini, Baby and Me, Vinyasa, Power Flow, Hatha, and Yin. So, you could say this is one of the hottest spots for Vancouver’s yoga enthusiasts. There’s also some dancing, stretching, deep breathing, and awakening, in classes, too. Owner, Gloria Latham has years of experience both practicing and teaching all forms of yoga. “Yoga can address the deeper issues, reduce stress and deal with the mind-body connection, says Latham. You may already know the studio for its famous yoga training programs whereby you can commit to 200 hours and deepen your practice.
To find out more about each studio visit Shop West 4th, and choose the exercise you feel will motivate, plus empower you this summer.
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