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    SIMONS Part 9

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    Village Yoga Studio & Healing Therapies
    This friendly studio is located in the heart of Forest Hill Village. It offers a variety of yoga classes, as well as a baby shiatsu course for parents.
    329 Lonsdale Rd., 2nd floor

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Vancouver
    Yaletown Pilates
    In the comfort of a brick-and-beam studio, these pros will help you create change from within. Drop-in rate: Pilates $65/hour; yoga $12/hour. Janet Wallden leads pre- and postnatal, private and power yoga classes for beginners and intermediates. Her own physique inspires.
    201-1037 Mainland St.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    Yoga Centre Toronto
    This yoga studio at Yonge and Eg offers an introductory program of six classes ($68), which can be started any time, but should be taken consecutively. At YCT, the primary focus is on the postures and the breathing. Offers special programs such as prenatal classes and yoga for seniors and cardiac patients.
    2428 Yonge St.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Vancouver
    Vancouver Lawn Tennis & Badminton Club
    Amenities: badminton, tennis, squash, swiming, fitness, dining, massage and sports shop. Fees: $9,000 full-play membership; $3,600 social membership.
    1630 W. 15th Ave.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    Variety Village Toronto Fencing Club
    Thanks to Madonna and her role as the fencing master in the latest James Bond flick, Die Another Day, fencing is the new cool thing. Pick up your foil and take a beginner fencing program ($125).
    3701 Danforth Ave.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    Venice Fitness
    This trendy 15,000-square-foot full-facility fitness centre has all the latest in gym equipment including Nautilus, Cybex, Star Trac and Hammer Strength. Offers spinning, aerobics, yoga and personal training. closed Sundays.
    393 King St. W. and another Toronto location

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    Totum Life Science
    Totum recently opened an impossibly hip 12,000-square-foot fitness and health-care facility at the corner of King and Spadina — all high ceilings, exposed brick and pipes. At $150/hour, Roland Semprie, one of the founders, is likely one of the most expensive trainers in the city, but he promises results \”beyond anything you\’ve ever seen before.\” He is not only a fitness consultant but a certified Zen shiatsu therapist and former basketball player. Totum has a whole team of chiropractic, physiotherapy, acupuncture and massage specialists standing by to offer their expertise. The club also has triathlon training, shiatsu and Muay Thai boxing.
    445 King St. W. and two other Toronto locations

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    Training Room
    Training Room calls itself a \”no-nonsense\” gym dedicated to getting results via a disciplined cross-training regime. Lots of cardio equipment and weights, as well as a variety of classes like Boxercise and Pilates.
    17 Carlaw Ave.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    University of Toronto Athletic Centre
    Not just for students. Community memberships are available for $60 a month. This facility houses three swimming pools (one of them Olympic size), courts, a dance studio, a strength and conditioning centre and an indoor track. U of T also offers over 40 fitness classes such as Aquafit, aerobics and core conditioning. There are also courses in golf, squash, yoga or power skating — or you can join the Masters\’ Running Club.
    55 Harbord St.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    The Yoga Studio
    This popular studio offers unique classes such as Restorative Yoga and Pilates for people with injuries. Instructor Nicola Holmes has recently introduced a new class called Kripalu DansKinetics, which is an integration of Kripalu yoga and dance and focuses on opening your body’s energy centres or chakras. In the Ashtanga Absolute Beginner class, a very wiry instructor will brief you on basic postures and breathing techniques. An hour of this attention will leave you sore for days.
    344 Bloor St. W., Suite 400

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    The Yoga Way
    Located in a 150-year-old building in the heart of Yorkville, this is not a drop-in centre. Instead, The Yoga Way prefers to offer progressive six-week structured Hatha and Ashtanga yoga programs ($165, plus GST). The 90-minute classes are limited to five students, so there is a great deal of individual attention.
    82 Avenue Rd.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    Toronto School of Circus Arts
    Step class getting kind of boring? How about trapeze school? Improve strength and flexibility while flying through the air. And get your heart rate up through pure fear. After a two-hour class of dangling upside down on a bar, your stomach muscles will be so sore you won’t be able to sneeze for a week. Flying Trapeze students start off with the basics and eventually learn tricks varying in levels and degree of intensity. An interesting escape for the urban professional. ($392 for 14 weeks).
    425 Wellington St. W.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    The Sports Clubs of Canada
    Most locations offer fitness classes, personal training, squash and workshops in self-defence (Kempo karate and kick-boxing). However, the clubs are famous for the Bodypump classes in which you work every major muscle group in your body with a barbell system and adjustable weights. Fans like this class because it builds lean — not bulky — muscle as there is an emphasis on lighter weights and more reps. At the Plaza location (100 Yonge St.), Robert and Sandy will make you sweat. At The Delisle Club (1521 Yonge St.), work off those love handles at Pilates Mat with Paula or during Abdomics with Vlad.
    Operates 10 fitness facilities in the GTA, including Mississauga

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    The Toronto Lawn Tennis Club
    One of the oldest private clubs in Canada and a Rosedale institution. There is a waiting list to join. Although it is a tennis club first and foremost, the fitness club was renovated last year.
    44 Price St.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    The Yoga Sanctuary
    Located in the former grand ballroom in an historic building—Odd Fellows Hall. Run by sisters Kimberley Sopinka and Cynthia Funk, this is a beautiful place in which to get in tune with your inner self. The Yoga Sanctuary offers Ashtanga, Hatha and Kripalu yoga, meditation, workshops and pre-registered courses. It’s packed with people who want to look like Madonna. Postnatal yoga helps the new mom tone and strengthen the abdominal muscles. Babies welcome until they crawl.
    2 College St., 3rd floor

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Vancouver
    The Edge Climbing Centre
    Western Canada’s largest indoor climbing gym was also rated one of the world’s best by Discovery Channel. Intro class: $55.
    2-1485 Welch St., North Van.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Vancouver
    The Fitness Group
    This female-oriented centre offers spinning, dance, Pilates and yoga classes, not to mention cardio and weight equipment, massage and personal training. The co-op childcare program is a godsend for moms and dads. Drop-in: $16.
    3507 W. Fourth Ave.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    The Fitness Institute
    Bay Street members take advantage of the gym, squash courts and swimming pool, as well as a variety of classes like yoga, Pilates, spinning, aerobics, karate and Aquafit. Check out Power Tai Chi and Power Ballet which are both aerobic workouts. Power Tai Chi involves martial arts and Tai Chi moves, and Power Ballet consists of ballet steps and postures. After all that activity, indulge with a little snack at the club restaurant, which offers a pretty view of Toronto harbour.
    TD Centre, Maritime Life Tower, 79 Wellington St. W., 36th Floor

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    The Adelaide Club
    This posh gym in the heart of the financial district has five squash courts and 156 fitness classes per week including Pilates, spinning and Ashtanga yoga. There is a sports store, Courtside Cafe, a health centre and a spa. That means you can kill yourself in the Amazing Abs, Buns & Legs class with Myriam and then relax with a Swedish massage. There are special events for members such as parties three to four times a year.
    1 First Canadian Place, 100 King St. W.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    The Big Stretch Yoga Centre
    The centre’s director, Joanne Lowe, believes cradling the phone, hauling a briefcase and pounding on the keyboard take a toll on your body. She has drawn upon influences from several different teaching philosophies to develop her own approach to Hatha and Raja yoga. The classes are taught in vinyasa, or flowing style, and mats, blankets and eye pillows are provided. Music, candles, hardwood floors, large windows and soothing blue walls create a relaxing atmosphere. The centre also plans yearly retreats. For example, a group once went on a yoga mini-vacation to Algonquin Park.
    1560 Bayview Ave., Suite 303

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    The Cardio Loft
    The Loft\’s owners, Daryl and Dorothy, have created a comfortable, friendly atmosphere in which to battle the bulge. Lots of free weights, cardio equipment and circuit machines. Drop-in classes include spinning, Cardio Kick-box, Body Strength (50 minutes of muscle building with weights and Swiss balls), yoga and Boot Camp. The six-week Pilates course is $105. No initiation fees and a variety of payment options.
    1122 Dundas St. E.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    Stott Pilates Studio
    Pilates, one of the current crazes in fitness, is a non-impact strength workout that targets the abdominals as well as the muscles that surround the spine. By working from the inside out (building core abdominal and back strength), Pilates is meant to help develop strength, flexibility, endurance and posture without building bulk or stressing joints. The Stott Pilates Studio, a leader in the field, offers private or group classes and instructor training. It also makes and distributes videos, manuals and specialized equipment.
    416-482-4050 or 800-910-0001
    2200 Yonge St., Suite 1402

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Montreal
    Studios Lyne St-Roch
    Wellness guru and sexy yoga teacher Lyne St-Roch is a sought-after Swedish and Thai massotherapist accustomed to working on Quebec TV stars and visiting film directors. This winter, she refreshed her training with a lengthy excursion to California, so expect new moves and motivation. Look out for her video, Power Yoga avec Lyne St-Roch, the first French-language cassette on the market.
    4416 St. Laurent Blvd., Suite 103

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Vancouver
    Sweat Co. Studios
    This boutique-style gym has three floors of Boxfit, yoga, Pilates, spinning, step, stretch classes and more. Drop-in: from $10. Owner and personal trainer Maureen Wilson is down-to-earth and can help any woman at any stage of life. Rate: $75/hour.
    736 Richards St.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Vancouver
    Ron Zalko Total Body Fitness and Yoga
    Take advantage of the fully equipped, ladies-only fitness centre or indulge in Pilates, self-defence or capoeira (martial arts meets dance meets acrobatics) classes. Print a pass for a free introductory visit from the web site. Drop-in: $10 to $15.
    1807 W. First Ave.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre
    “Health is wealth. Peace of mind is happiness. Yoga shows the way.” This is the mantra at this oasis of calm in the Annex. A mix of yoga, meditation and chanting classes.
    77 Harbord St.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Montreal
    Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre (Montreal)
    Take a positive-thinking class in the new yoga room at Sivananda, Montreal’s oldest yoga spot, dating back to 1957 when Swami Vishnu-Devananda launched his chain of 25 centres around the world. This granola hangout prioritizes meditation, retreats, nutrition and classic Hatha yoga classes. Watch the schedule for notice of vegetarian meals and cooking classes.
    5178 St. Laurent Blvd.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    Quad Spinning
    This small but funky below-ground spinning studio offers classes seven days a week. Micheline Wedderburn, one of Quad\’s four owners, is big into spinning. \”That\’s all we offer,\” she says. The colours in the studio are soft and lights are dimmed during classes. There is a brick waterfall and lots of natural wood and bamboo to give it a Zen feel. \”We agonized over making it just right,\” she says. \”I think it works because people come in and feel very calm. They can zone out. There is no fluorescent lighting.\” A single class is $15 and there are various packages. Wedderburn also displays local art, including her own, and sells spinning wear.
    580 King St. W., Lower Level

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    Retrofit Bodyworks Pilates
    Offers private, semi-private and group classes, which run in a pre-registered series of 12 classes ($186). Classes have no more than 12 to 15 participants. Retrofit’s Jane Gordon says the Pilates method is appropriate for all levels of fitness and capability. Whether your goal is to increase your general fitness, facilitate postpartum conditioning or alleviate back problems, Retrofit can develop the right program for you.
    2323 Bloor St. W., Suite 216

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Vancouver
    Ringside Fitness
    Canadian Olympic Bronze medallist Dale Walters’ high-end boxing gym comes with towel service, filtered water and dry sauna. A boxing ring is supplemented by speed bags and skipping, crunch and push-up stations. Up to 40 per cent of private clients are women and Walters will even wrap your hands for you. Private: $45 to $55. Drop-in: $15.
    Lower Plaza, Four Bentall Centre, 1055 Dunsmuir St.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Vancouver
    Pilates West Vancouver Workout Centre
    Students work on mats and specialized machines called Reformers. Mat classes have an eight-student maximum. Drop-in mat rate: $15.
    1441 Clyde Ave.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Vancouver
    Prana Yoga & Zen Centre
    The pleasant instructors and Hatha yoga taught by candlelight may hook you. Drop-in: $15.
    1067 Cambie St.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    Premier Fitness
    A membership here includes use of the cardio and weight equipment. The fitness classes (also included) include Thai boxing, Tai Chi, Power Pilates, yoga, spinning and something called the Fat Blaster. When you sign up, you\’ll have a fitness test with a trainer and a program set up with your goals in place.
    76 Davenport Rd. and eight other Toronto locations

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    Personal Best Physiotherapy & Pilates
    This physiotherapy clinic offers Pilates to its clients, as well as others who’d like to join. A series of eight classes is $170 and usually held on Wednesday nights. Pilates is often used for rehabilitation and is recommended by sports medicine specialists.
    124 Merton St., Suite 307

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Vancouver
    Personal Trainer: Suzanne Zikowsky
    She got Diana Krall Grammy-ready. Packages include nutritional coaching and yoga. A typical program of five days a week would cost $1,350/month.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Montreal
    Pilates Impure
    A boutique gym for Pilates only, mixing styles from L.A., New York, Toronto and Montreal. Formerly Physique Spa on Sherbrooke Street, it has moved to Greene Avenue and bought 10 Reformer machines, more mats, a Cadillac machine, a Pilates chair and Swiss balls. Carley is still the head guru here, choosing to concentrate her talents on core Pilates. Showers and change rooms for men and women are an homage to Zen chic.
    1232 Greene Ave., Westmount

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Montreal
    Montreal Martial Arts
    Easygoing Philip Gélinas is a renowned kick-boxing guru with a studio downtown. Let this gentle giant show you how to keep your guard up. Each session starts with 10 minutes of skipping and ends with ab work. Don’t be afraid of the Brazilian jiu-jitsu and JKD classes teaching Bruce Lee-style martial arts.
    1121 Ste. Catherine St. W., 2nd floor, Suite 201

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Montreal
    Nautilus Plus
    Size matters in Nautilus’ new 22,000-square-foot location downtown at St. André and Ste. Catherine. This old building has buckets of charm. Try the new Swiss ball classes, or take Pilates with Elan and Hillary at the Ste. Catherine Street location. Spinning on Mont-Royal is hot with Jeff and Maxime, while the cardio theatre of 20 screens still thrills those riding the treadmills and stairmonsters.
    1439 St. André and 13 other Montreal-area locations

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Vancouver
    Olympic Athletic Club
    Rates are comparable to community centres. The club has yoga and cardio classes and a fine view of the boys on the basketball court from the ladies-only gym. They’ll even detail your car while you work out. Drop-in: $11. Great looks and a good sense of humour are added bonuses with experienced trainer Tony Gazar. Train at Olympic Athletic Club or at your home. Rate: from $50/hour.
    212 W. First Ave.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    Level V Fitness Studio
    There is a mix of great classes in this clean and modern space: yoga, Pilates, spinning and something call Fight Club, which Level V\’s Heather Hogan describes as \”pounding the hell out of heavy bags.\” You can work out individually or with a trainer in the funky cardio room or with weights. The most innovative classes include Ballet Boot Camp, Bikram yoga in a heated room, and Pilates and a Swiss ball workout which, like Pilates, concentrates on core muscles and stabilizing the body.
    533 College St., 2nd Floor

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    Lotus Yoga Centre
    Here’s a yoga class with a twist. Aroma Yoga combines the use of essential aromatherapy oils and yoga, with classes focusing on generating deep relaxation and stress reduction, alleviating depression, generating clarity of thought, improving metabolism and balancing emotions.
    100 Harbord St.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    Metro-Central YMCA
    This is a spacious gym with lots of programs from aerobics and conditioning to recreational sports and personal fitness assessments. Exercise buffs will appreciate the huge number of fitness classes including Runfit, Cyclefit, abs strengthening, step and Pilates. To stisfy demand, yoga classes are scheduled almost daily. Pool and two running tracks.
    20 Grosvenor St.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    Joe Rockhead\’s Indoor Rock Climbing
    The beginner class ($45), in which you learn knot-tying, belaying and basic movement, will have even scaredy-cats climbing in three hours. Price includes shoes and harness rental, and a two-week membership. With over 21,000 square feet of climbing terrain and 3,000 square feet of bouldering, this is Canada’s largest indoor climbing facility.
    29 Fraser Ave.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Vancouver
    Kitsilano Community Centre
    All ages are welcome to use the gym, whirlpool and saunas. Ice-skating and drop-in volleyball games will add colour to your fitness regime. Drop-in: $4.15.
    2690 Larch St.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Montreal
    Le Sporting Club Du Sanctuaire
    Once again voted Montreal’s 2002 Consumer’s Choice for fitness clubs, the Sanctuaire is serious about sweating. Its unique Bodypump class for group weightlifting is all the rage, along with the new Latino Aqua class and spinning sessions. Lots of pretty people can be spotted in the indoor and outdoor pools, the boutique, the spa, on the indoor and outdoor tennis courts, or sipping the Juice of the Day. Free indoor parking is a big motivator during the colder months. No car? No worries. Take the #161 bus or Metro Plamondon.
    6105 du Boisé Ave.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Vancouver
    It\’s Yoga
    Part of Ashtanga specialist and former Grateful Dead yoga instructor Larry Schultz’s chain. The meditation room lets you leave Commercial Drive far behind. First drop-in: $5.
    1109 Commercial Dr.

    Fitness – Clubs & Studios, Toronto
    Iyengar Yoga School of Toronto
    Iyengar yoga (a combination of Hatha and Ratha yoga) for all levels, including people with special needs as well as pre- and postnatal. The classes follow