Boost the wow-factor of your workouts with these hot new trends
BY ERINN STERINGA
Classical ballet meets athletic conditioning—with no pointe
arabesques and ports de bras, she
uses hand weights and simple choreography, so it’s easy to catch on.
THE SOUNDTRACK: You won’t
be jetéing across the floor to Swan
Lake—Nichols is partial to Jay-Z,
Kanye West and Vampire Weekend.
THE PAYOFF: The oh-so-coveted
dancer’s physique. “Ballet encourages long, lean muscle tone, and
because you use your whole body,
everything develops in a balanced
way,” says Nichols.
TRY THE TREND:
THE EXPERT: Jennifer Nichols,
a professional ballet dancer, fitness
instructor and personal trainer
THE SCOOP: No ballet back-
ground? No problem. Nichols
designed her brand of ballet-in-
spired fitness, the Extension Method,
for dancers and non-dancers alike.
Ballet workouts are popping up
across Canada: if your gym doesn't
have one yet, ask for it! If you live
in Toronto, check out Nichols’
classes (and brand new studio) at
MOKSHA HOT YOGA
A unique—and addictive—series of yoga
postures done in a heated room, Moksha
Yoga is a Canadian fitness phenomenon.
Founded just six years ago, Moksha Yoga
now boasts over 50 locations nationwide.
Why the mass appeal? “We believe that yoga
is for everyone, not just hard-core yogis,”
says Erin Moraghan, Moksha’s Director of
Studio and Community Development and
a yoga teacher herself. “We keep the mood
light and encourage everyone to go at their
own pace.” But make no mistake: Moksha’s
flow-style classes are tough. Let’s just say
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there’s a reason why a beach towel and giant
waterbottle are mandatory.
TRY THE TREND:
for a location near you.
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