Fitness Forum: Canada’s Top Club

Fitness Forum: Canada’s Top Club
by Jeffrey Reed

Personal Training

Serious fitness training dates back to the ancient Greeks who trained for the Olympic Games. And although there are no documents to prove it, there’s a good chance those highly-skilled athletes trained with some sort of support team. Today, everyone can improve their quality of life by training with a certified personal fitness trainer, like the professional team at Fitness Forum.

In fact, studies show that when you work with a personal trainer instead of training alone, your chances of reaching your fitness goals increase more than threefold. At Fitness Forum, personal trainers not only help you reach those goals, but they also help ensure you maintain those goals. They will help you lose weight, gain muscle or train for a specific sport or event through the creation and implementation of a personalized fitness plan custom designed just for you.

Upping your fitness capabilities should be fun as well as rewardable. According to Fitness Forum personal training manager Sandra Pacheco, “It’s more enjoyable to work out with someone else instead of working out alone. You’ll push yourself harder to reach your goals when you have a trainer in your corner. A personal trainer keeps a client on their toes, and accountable for not only showing up for those valuable sessions, but also for making the most of them.”

No matter what your fitness level or knowledge of physical fitness, you can benefit from personal training. Pacheco says, “Not everyone can get through a workout or exercise on their own. A personal trainer is a great guide and support system, thanks to proper knowledge to help others achieve their goals. And a trainer is well versed in setting realistic goals, within reasonable time frames.”

Fitness Forum’s personal training programs are led by accredited university or college educated instructors with knowledge in kinesiology or health sciences. Their job is to give you the expert advice and motivation you need to get weight loss or body building results. Fitness Forum’s personal trainers work with anyone, regardless of current athletic ability, and are committed to helping you live a healthier lifestyle.

At Fitness Forum, both individual and small group personal training programs are available, all tailored to meet your needs. Shedding body fat, gaining muscle mass, losing inches of your waistline and feeling better are all realistic goals. Hire a personal fitness trainer at Fitness Forum, and you’ll see results.

Indoor Pool/Aqua Classes

One of the more recognizable and unique offerings provided by Fitness Forum is its gorgeous indoor pool which is surrounded by a bright solarium wall welcoming in warm sunshine, and which connects to an outdoor patio. In fact, not only is this large pool the perfect place to enjoy the benefits of aqua training and classes, but it’s also one of Fitness Forum’s trademark aesthetics which helps the club stand out amongst the pack.

A dip in the water can be refreshing at the Fitness Forum’s spectacular indoor swimming pool, which also features a three-storey mural and hanging gardens. The stunning glass wall and roof allow the benefits of outdoor swimming all year round. When summer arrives, many enjoy the connecting multi-level outdoor patio for relaxation. Fitness Forum also has hot tubs and saunas on site for hydro (and heat) therapy! Access to all of Fitness Forum’s pool services is included in your gym membership.

The offerings of swimming and aquatic fitness classes are today heralded as some of the most beneficial forms of physical exercise. In fact, swimming is a full-body, no-impact exercise which can soothe your muscles after a gym workout. At Fitness Forum, a host of aquatic fitness classes, including Aqua-fit, Aquatic Zumba and Aqua Challenge are all made available to members – simply check out the Fitness Forum fitness class schedule for details on aquatic programs. Instructor-led classes within this beautiful pool setting really do help Fitness Forum stand out from the rest.

Aqua-fit exercises, led by a certified instructor, utilizes aerobic movements done to rhythmic music, and sometimes incorporates resistive and buoyancy equipment. Aquatic exercise can involve the upper and lower extremities through optimal ranges of motion while minimizing joint stress. According to Best Health Magazine, “Aqua-fit can help improve your performance in high-impact activities, including running, dance, or team sports such as soccer or softball. Thanks to the buoyancy of water, you’ll be strengthening your muscles and improving your cardiovascular fitness without subjecting your body to additional wear and tear, leaving you feeling strong and refreshed when it’s time to give your all.”

According to, Aquatic Zumba is “perfect for those looking to make a splash by adding a low-impact, high-energy aquatic exercise to their fitness routine … there is less impact on your joints during a class so you can really let loose. Water creates natural resistance, which means every step is more challenging and helps tone your muscles.”

Jump in the pool at Fitness Forum today, and see for yourself why aquatic exercise is making a splash.

Group Exercise Classes

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, group exercises offer a myriad of benefits, including exposure to a social and fun environment, a safe and effectively designed workout, a consistent exercise schedule, an accountability factor for participating in exercise, and a workout that requires no prior exercise knowledge or experience.

Fitness Forum offers a wide variety of group fitness classes, spanning from energetic workout sessions like those found in a Zumba or muscle pump class, to more relaxed classes like Yoga or Pilates. Fitness Forum’s gym also features aqua group sessions in its pool with classes in Aqua-Fit, Amazing Aquatics, Aqua Zumba and more. There are entry-level lessons for beginners in programs like New Body Cardio, and Fun & Friendly Aerobics, to ensure that new gym-goers are welcomed and able to participate.

If you’re looking for an intense workout, give Fitness Forum’s drums, boot camp or spinning challenge classes a try. At Fitness Forum, there are classes to accommodate people of all fitness levels. And with group classes a great way to get fit with friends and have fun while working out, there’s added value to your membership at Fitness Forum.

Whether it’s your first class or you are a Zumba pro, Fitness Forum’s goal is to lead fitness classes that are welcoming and inviting for all participants. With two large studios furnished with exercise equipment, including medicine balls, free weights, mirrors and more, Fitness Forum offers 75 classes per week.

Yoga is more than an exercise program; it’s a spiritual mindset that aims to achieve control of both body and mind. A typical yoga class will have the participant hold a range of poses that stretch and work the muscles. The instructor will also lead meditation sessions to calm and bring peace to the mind of participants.

Zumba is a dance fitness class that incorporates elements of hip-hop, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo. A fun, energetic style of exercise, it was created in the 1990s and has exploded in popularity since then. Join your fellow Fitness Forum members for a fun, beneficial class and see why over 15 million people now participate in weekly Zumba classes worldwide.

A spin class is a high-intensity cycling workout that takes place on a stationary machine that will demand that your legs are constantly moving, meaning that every second of time is put to good use. The qualified instructor will determine the intervals, which burn calories, raise your fitness level and provide an effective form of group exercise.

At Fitness Forum, exercise includes groups where you’ll make new friends and benefit from a complete menu of classes.

Racquet Sports

According to medical experts in Australia, where squash remains one of the more popular sports, the game offers a number of benefits to participants, including: improved cardiovascular health – a game of squash can see you running, leaping and diving for the ball; increased strength and fitness; maintained healthy weight; increased flexibility and strength in the back; the promotion of good coordination, agility and flexibility; and the building of hand-eye coordination.

There are numerous reasons why Fitness Forum offers added value to its members, and the offering of three squash courts is a big reason why the club goes beyond the call of duty in pleasing its clientele. Racquet sports, including squash and racquetball, are great ways to stay fit and participate in a social sport. Fitness Forum’s trio of courts are all glass-backed, international style squash courts with multi-level viewing waiting for you to play.

New to the game? Beginner squash lessons are available for the novice player. You may then want to move on to join a house league. Fitness Forum hosts leagues and tournaments for players of all skill levels. Children are also accommodated through the Fitness Forum Junior Squash program. In fact, the game of squash is a great way for kids to have fun, make friends and stay active.

According to, squash is “a fast-moving sport and is an excellent cardiovascular workout. It is a game that can be played at any age and is easy to learn. There are many modified game types and various equipment can be used to suit every size and skill level, enabling squash to be played as either a leisure or competitive sport. Squash has even been recognized as the number one health and fitness sport.”

Participation in the sport of squash jumped 82 percent between 2007 and 2012, according to the Sport & Fitness Association, with more than 1.2 million Americans playing on a regular basis. Canadians love squash, too – it’s the perfect sport for anytime of the year, and provides a great winter escape. According to GQ Magazine, “Squashers love the burn, crushing 500 calories every half hour while increasing flexibility in the legs and core. The intensity of individual points followed by a brief break between rallies and a longer one between games mimics the cardiovascular benefits of HIIT (high intensity interval training).”

If you’d like to try out the game of squash before jumping right into a Fitness Forum membership, then check out the free 7-day membership trial offer.

Weight Loss

Like anything in life – especially when it comes to healthy living – balance is the key to success. At Fitness Forum, professionally-trained personal trainers and staff are well versed in providing you with a balanced healthy living routine, which for many means focusing on weight loss. The three elements of this regiment – cardio exercise, strength building and consuming calories with nutrition first and foremost – can add up to a successful weight-loss plan.

We see it every New Year: gym newbies gather to lose that extra 10 pounds added to the waistline over the Christmas holidays. But weight loss goals at not attached to just one part of the calendar year. In addition to adding and strengthening muscles and building endurance, losing weight is one of the top reasons why people purchase a fitness club membership. And research has shown that 20 per cent of overweight individuals are successful at long-term weight loss when defined as losing at least 10 per cent of initial body weight and maintaining the loss for at least one year.

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, cardio – or cardiovascular exercise – involves any activity that increases heart rate and respiration while using large muscle groups repetitively and rhythmically. says, “By providing training that progressively challenges your most vital internal life support network, cardio can improve both the function and the performance of your heart, lungs and circulatory system.”

Strength training, on the other hand, is physical exercise specializing in the use of resistance to induce muscular contraction which builds the strength, anaerobic endurance and size of skeletal muscles. Strength training increases bone density, builds a stronger heart, reduces your resting blood pressure, improves blood flow, halts muscle loss, helps control blood sugar, improves cholesterol levels, and improves your balance and coordination.

Calories are a measure of the amount of energy in food. Carbohydrates, fat and protein are the main sources of energy from food and are essential macronutrients that help our bodies function properly. Keeping the proportion of total energy intake for each macronutrient within healthy ranges is related to a reduced risk of chronic diseases and to a diet that provides adequate amounts of essential nutrients.

At Fitness Forum, knowledgeable trainers and staff have your best interest at heart, and that means combining a balance of cardio, strength training and proper nutrition to help you lose weight in a healthy and effective manner.

TRX, HIIT, Sport-Specific Training

When it comes to designing a workout program for you, Fitness Forum has you covered with the very best and latest forms of exercise sure to see you succeed in and out of the gym.

TRX suspension training is a form of resistance exercise originally developed by a former Navy Seal in the early 1990s. The workout uses ropes that allow the participant to do exercises in a leaning position, and to use their own body and gravity as resistance. The resistance created by the ropes is noted for building lean, toned muscles and for strengthening the ever important (and sometimes neglected) core of the body.

At Fitness Forum, all TRX programs are run by certified trainers in a large, 800-sq.-ft. training centre that uses a variety of TRX frames, ropes, trainer bands and RIP trainer attachments. Fitness Forum has many ways for you to get involved in this new and exciting form of exercise, including specialty small group training programs to enroll in, and an open group class on Sunday that’s included with your gym membership. defines functional training as providing you “with the strength, stability, and mobility you need to thrive in your life and sports. You use basic functional movement patterns like pushing, pulling, hinging, squatting, rotating, carrying and gait patterns – walking and running – every day. Functional training utilizes exercises that improve your movement proficiency in these primary patterns to give you an edge so you can achieve your goals safely and with good health.” All of these movements can be incorporated into your training regime with assistance from a certified personal fitness trainer at Fitness Forum.

One of the most popular forms of training today, HIIT – or high intensity interval training – is also offered at Fitness Forum. It’s a training technique in which you give an all-out, 100-per-cent effort through quick, intense bursts of exercise, followed by short (sometimes active) recovery periods. HIIT gets and keeps your heart rate up and burns more fat in less time. HIIT will help you build a healthier heart, lose weight (not muscle), and will increase your metabolism.

Of course, sport-specific training is also a key element provided by the professionals at Fitness Forum. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or an elite athlete, there’s a game plan for you. Whether you’re a golf fanatic wanting to take a few strokes off your game through fitness, or a junior hockey player eyeing a college scholarship or even a career in professional hockey, it is important that you consult with your Fitness Forum trainer one-on-one to create a workout routine tailor-made for you.

Fitness Forum has the latest state-of-the-art exercise equipment, comfortable facilities and highly-skilled training staff to help guide you along the way, no matter what your needs.

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