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Pilates-ballet-cardio fusion new kid on hybrid block

- October 20th, 2011

It all started with Tae Bo — Billy Blanks’ cardio-style melding of taekwondo and boxing, which went mainstream in the late 1990s.

More than a decade later, we’ve got piloxing (Pilates and boxing), YAS (yoga and spinning) and a host of other hybrid workouts.

One of the newest additions to the growing hybrid trend is Xtend Barre — a fat-blasting fusion of Pilates, ballet and cardio.

Here’s more info from the PR rep for Xtend Barre:

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After attracting the likes of Hollywood hard bodies such as Natalie Portman, Drew Barrymore, Madonna, Kelly Ripa and more, barre workouts have catapulted into “first position” as the most talked about fitness method to provide a long and lean physique.

Xtend Barre takes barre techniques ONE STEP FURTHER by adding CARDIO principles to each session, for the most effective full-body, combination barre workout available.

Xtend_Lean & Chiseled_product-1Created by professional dancer, choreographer and classical Pilates instructor Andrea Rogers, Xtend Barre has quickly expanded to more than 70 locations since her first class over three years ago. Most recently, studios have opened in Australia, Dubai, Paris, London, Brazil, Canada, Abu Dhabi and more, making it the up and coming, international workout sensation. Xtend Barre uses the traditional ballet barre, small hand weights and floor work to provide a full-body workout that can burn up to 500 calories per session.

Combining the amazing results of dance with the principles of strength and safety in Pilates, Xtend Barre’s tag line is: “If Pilates sculpts your body, Xtend Barre® chisels it.”

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“As a dancer all my life, I loved traditional Pilates — and although barre classes were great, I still missed the cardio element,” says founder, Andrea Rogers. “I began implementing some dance moves into sessions for my private Pilates clients, and it was an instant hit. As more people requested it, I carefully developed a curriculum, and just two weeks after launching, we had a waiting list for our classes. I knew I was on to something.”

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Madonna’s former yoga teacher coming to Canada

- October 18th, 2011
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Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa, 68, enjoys inline skating along the Venice Beach boardwalk.

Internationally renowned yoga expert Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa is slated to arrive in Canada in mere days.

The former flower child who counts Madonna and Cindy Crawford among her former yoga students plans to visit Vancouver, Edmonton and Ottawa this month.

Here are the sessions the 68-year-old (she turns 69 in 2012) is offering this weekend in Vancouver:

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Semperviva City Studio: #100-1985 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C.

Gloria Latham: info@semperviva.com

• 1-3 p.m. All the Answers are Within You

Side-step the ego and tune into the guidance of your higher self, transmitting the truth of your soul to you through intuition and heightened awareness. Connect to your higher purpose through the ancient technology of Kundalini yoga and meditation. Learn to relax the control of the rational mind and release yourself from the cycle of worry, anxiety and fear obstructing your connection to your Truth. All levels.

• 3:30-5:30 p.m. Enlightenment: Why the Buddha Waits at the Gates of Heaven

Whatsoever you do, do it with deep alertness. Then even small things become sacred. They become worship. It is not a question of what you are doing. The question is: How are you doing it? Join Gurmukh for a luminous workshop. Make more and more of your life luminous with awareness. Let the candle of awareness burn in each moment, in each act. The cumulative effect is enlightenment. The cumulative effect, all the moments together, all the small candles together, is a great source of light. Let us shine from the inside out with Kundalini yoga, followed by a long gong meditation.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Semperviva City Studio:  #100-1985 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C.

• 12:30-3 p.m. Open Your Heart to the Subtle Voice Within Through Kundalini Yoga and Meditation

We are born to fulfill our destiny. When we realign with the subtle voice within, we realign our destiny. Through Kundalini Yoga and meditation we open all channels of divinity. Your body becomes a divination tool that is intrinsically receptive to hearing the Well of Divine Consciousness within. Instead of ruminating on your life, you are illuminating your life. Through asana, chanting, dancing and meditation, along with the sound of the sacred Gong, we celebrate the fulfillment of our divine connection to Truth, Spirit and Destiny. All levels welcome.

• 3:30-5:30 p.m. Magnificent Grace

Grace is untouchable. When we open to the understanding of true grace, we are kissed by God. We have grown complacent in the use and misuse of inner power. Power is an energy much like grace. However, grace is our true inheritance in consciousness. Through Kundalini yoga and meditation, learn to rise above all situations into a realization of true, pure, exalted oneness with divinity. Our real power is beyond power; it is grace. Chant, dance, meditate, and receive all-empowering blessings of a new consciousness.

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Gurmukh has taught the likes of Madonna, Cindy Crawford and David Duchovny.

Check back for details on Gurmukh’s upcoming stops in Edmonton and Ottawa.

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Madonna muscling into fitness biz

- November 1st, 2010

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In case you missed this last week, the Material Girl will soon be adding “gym owner” to her resume.

Here are the details from Sun Media’s online source for entertainment news, WENN.COM:

Fitness fanatic Madonna is preparing to open the doors to her first gym in Mexico City next month.

Hard-Candy-Fitness-CentersThe pop superstar, famed for her toned physique, is making plans to open Hard Candy Fitness global gyms in major cities around the world and will fly to Mexico to officially launch her first centre in Bosques de las Lomas.

Her manager Guy Oseary says, “Madonna’s world tours have taken us to many of our favourite cities around the world. We are looking forward to opening Hard Candy Fitness in many of these same places.”

The gym will be equipped with dance, bike and yoga studios, saunas and steam rooms, as well as a juice bar.

The Material Girl also hopes to open 10 more locations in Argentina, Russia, Brazil and throughout Europe and Asia.

Whadya think? Would you work out at Madonna’s gym?

Ohmmm – free fresh air yoga downtown

- July 29th, 2010

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The days when only celebrities like Madonna and Woody Harrelson did yoga are so far history, they’re anthropology.

Yoga has long since gone mainstream.

In fact, it’s so accessible now – it’s even free in some places.

Like downtown Edmonton.

Thanks to Active Edmonton, Alberta’s capital will be the scene of seven outdoor lunch-time yoga sessions next month. For free.

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Here’s the info straight from the City of Edmonton:

Centennial Plaza (south side of Stanley Milner Library)

Date: Aug. 5, 12, and 19, 2010
Time: 12:05-12:55 p.m.
Admission: Active Edmonton encourages donations of non-perishable items for the Edmonton Food Bank.

Churchill Square

Date: Aug. 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2010
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Admission: Free

“Join Active Edmonton for yoga at the Plaza or at Churchill Square to energize your mind, body, and soul. No experience or equipment is necessary. All you need is comfortable clothing and a donation for the Food Bank.”

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There's no word on whether former Edmonton Oiler enforcer Georges Laraque will be in attendance.

What is Active Edmonton?

• Active Edmonton is a physical activity strategy encouraging all Edmontonians to value and regularly participate in physical activities.
• Active Edmonton challenges Edmontonians to make Edmonton the most active city in Canada
• Conceived in May 2003, Active Edmonton is dedicated to inspiring a strong, healthy, supportive and active city.
• Active Edmonton will complement current and planned provincial and federal government health and physical activity programs with an important emphasis on Edmonton – its residents and its physical activity resources.

Active Edmonton Goals

Active Edmonton is working hard to ensure Edmontonians:

• Understand the importance and benefits associated with being physically active.
• Know how to be physically active and overcome obstacles to becoming physically active.
• Are aware of physical activity opportunities, services and resources.
• Are encouraged to be physically active.
• Are supportive of each other’s commitment to active living.
• Are involved in regular physical activity participation.

Personal training big business – and growing

- April 13th, 2010
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Madonna (left) and ex-trainer Tracy Anderson.

Remember when personal trainers were once regarded as a luxury, when it seemed like only celebrities famous enough to be known by a single name – such as Oprah, Cher or Madonna – could afford a trainer to whip them into shape?

Holly Holton does.

“People thought it was something that was only for celebrities or the really wealthy,” says the owner of Pink Iron, a women’s gym in West Hollywood.

“But I think more of the general public is seeing that they can have a trainer, they can afford one and they can make the investment to do that because it really is a huge investment in themselves and in their health.”

Indeed, personal training has gone mainstream in recent years.

An employee of a new gym that opened last month in south Edmonton told me that the national fitness chain he works for plans to open three more locations in Alberta’s capital in the near future. And that means the company anticipates hiring as many as 100 personal trainers – just in Edmonton.

Last year, an employee from another gym chain proudly told me that personal training was one of the few industries that actually grew during the recession. And future projections for personal-trainer demand are astronomical, he said.

Selling memberships is no longer the sole focus for fitness clubs. Rather than turning members loose to fend for themselves in a jungle of complex fitness equipment, health facilities now offer one-on-one training – as well as group classes – like never before.

It makes good business sense.

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But it also makes good sense from the public’s viewpoint, notes Holton.

The 25-year-old photogenic entrepreneur who’s based in the fitness mecca of Los Angeles – which is absolutely saturated with an abundance of trainers and fitness experts – tells me that personal trainers are viewed there as preventative medicine.

“I’ve had clients who were pre-diabetic, who were severely overweight, and they lost a lot of weight and now they have no health problems,” she says.

“If you don’t know the proper way to work out and to train yourself, then it’s great to get a personal trainer, at least for a few sessions. … It’s not just a luxury. I think it’s something that most people need. Everybody needs a coach. That’s what we are as trainers – we’re coaches … and we’re a friend there to listen to them whenever they hit rough patches in their programs.”

And sometimes we just need a good old-fashioned kick in the gluteus maximus.