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by Ann Ruppenstein on March 26, 2014
Forget the gym. Here are a few other ways of whipping yourself into shape.

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Pole dancing or pole fitness is an exercise program fusing strength training and gymnastics that is performed on a vertical pole.

“What sets pole apart...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on March 1, 2014
The working days may be long gone, but that doesn’t mean school is out for all older adults.

At retirement residence Delmanor Wynford, near the Don Valley Parkway and Eglinton Avenue East, many residents are taking a university course on how to understand fine art.

“Our...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on March 1, 2014
Erin Billowits launched Vintage Fitness to get people over age 50 energized with physical activity.

Since 2005 Billowits and a group of older adult fitness specialists, including several trainers focused on midtown Toronto neighbourhoods, have provided group exercise classes, personal...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on December 6, 2013
After years of working together in the fitness industry and searching for the right location, Paula Ryff and Vlad Radanovic have finally realized a long-standing dream of launching their own facility.

Ultimate Athletics combines the boutique feel of a private gym with the scale of a...(More)
by Poul Nielsen on December 6, 2013
Many of us throw our healthy habits out the window come December.

It can feel impossible to stay on track with a health and fitness plan amid the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, but it is possible.

Here are a few easy things you can do to ward off extra holiday...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on May 1, 2013
While in New York and Los Angeles, Paul Bonder and his wife partook in fitness classes based around a ballet barre.

“These classes were popping up all the time and they tried them and just fell in love with them,” says Barreworks communications director Sandra Vadasz. “They were...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on April 11, 2013
For publicity photos at Forest Hill Village’s new Studio Lagree, fitness models were put through a condensed workout during the shoot.

“Five minutes into it you could see them looking around like what the heck? This is killing me,” Francis Greco says adding two of the models have...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on February 13, 2013
A three-year-old girl was struggling to keep her balance during a fitness activity at Fitfix Junior when boys in the class quickly came to her rescue.

“She was walking on the balance stones having a really hard time and one of the little boys was holding her hand, helping her...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on August 22, 2012
In the middle of marking exams, cooking dinner and playing with her daughter who was latched to her leg, Rhonda Roberts Smid came up with the name of her future business.

“I was like the art of balance in my head and then I wrote it down and said that’s going to be good for something...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on August 22, 2012
Grant Brothers MMA and Boxing Gym co-owners Neil Forester and Ryan “RG” Grant believe what happens at their gym warrants a television show.

“We kind of joke about it but it’s not even a joke,” says Forester. “We can probably set up cameras in here and it would be a reality TV...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on July 3, 2012
After splitting her abdominals while pregnant, Sandra Drygas became a certified personal trainer to correct her stomach muscles.

“I never thought I wanted to be a personal trainer until I started doing it myself,” she says. “I’m from a dance background, so I trained in classical...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on April 13, 2012
Having left her corporate job to reside in India for months of yoga training, Debbie Fung compares her life to Eat, Pray, Love.

While she studied in Jaipur, her future husband and business partner Jason Lu trained in Mysore.

“Jason and I decided that if we loved it so...(More)
by Ann Ruppenstein on April 13, 2012
After moving to Canada from Scotland, Carol McMaster hit the gym as a way of meeting people.

“I went to the gym every night because I had nothing else to do and it was a way to make friends and I just got more and more into it and one day I realized I think I could really do this,”...(More)
by Kelly Gadzala on June 8, 2011
She’s on the cusp of 72, but York Mills resident Edna Levitt is living proof not just of the idea that 70 is the new 50 — but also that it’s never too late to get in shape.

Levitt’s business, 50-Plus Fitness, is in its fifth year providing personal training to 50-plus folk. (More)
by Kelly Gadzala on May 11, 2011
Longtime Leasider Kelly Dolson opened her business, Core Body Science on Nov. 1 on Millwood Road, only to close it and re-open three months later in a space that was two blocks away, at 856 Millwood Rd.

“It was a bit of a nightmare,” Dolson says of the bad landlord relations that...(More)
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