Vancouver’s Wildest Workouts
January 7, 2010
Y Yoga studios has designed a hybrid spinning and yoga class that exhausts the body while sparking the mind. Do bring a full water bottle; you'll sweat buckets. At the company's new Flow studio, the largest and most spa-like yoga studio in town (step into the infrared sauna once you're done). Full schedule here.
Where: Flow Yoga, 888 Burrard St. Yyoga.ca
How Much: $15 for a 60-minute class
Power Plate + Infrared Sauna
West Side moms blast through non-impact fullbody workouts in 25 minutes on Power Plate machines; vibrations force muscles to contract at ramped up speeds while the workout progresses. As with YYoga's Flow studio, sessions can be capped with an infrared sauna (far more effective than conventional saunas at detoxing the body). Full schedule here.
Where: PowerVibe Fitness, 638 Kinghorne Mews. Powervibe.ca
How Much: $28 for a Power Plate workout; $20 for infrared sauna
Hoops with “Christa Hoops”
Barefoot hula-hooping at the Dance Centre. Christa Giles, pro-hooper, leads all-levels classes that heat up but remain, inevitably, relaxed. Waist-hooping evolves into hand-hooping, group choreography, and balance moves. Fun!
Where: The Dance Centre, 677 Davie St. Christahoops.com
How Much: $20 drop-in.
Yamuna Body Rolling
Pretty much what it sounds like. Various postures are taken, with the body rolling on a 9-inch ball, massaging out muscle cramps and tension. Marketed as a logical compliment to yoga, pilates, et al. Thus far, the closest group classes are in Kelowna; buy the video (and ball) and enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
How Much: $60.95 for beginner's kit
Is it boxing? Is it wrestling? A little from column A, a little from column B. Franco's decidedly macho studio, which also trains pro-am fighters, thai boxers, and catch wrestlers, has pankration classes for all ages. Full schedule here.
Where: Franco Kickboxing Pancration, 4880 Fraser St. Francokickboxing.com