I highly and whole-heartedly recommend Tru For U. In the month since I started going there (and eating more healthily) I've lost ten pounds and feel full of energy. I actually look forward to every fitness and yoga class I attend - never, ever the case in the past - and I want to go every day. It just feels good. I'm disappointed when my schedule precludes dropping in. The classes are offered with a good range of times and the ability to double up on back to back fitness and yoga sessions, if desired, which I've noticed people do. The instructors have all been excellent, the desk staff informative and helpful, the other members friendly and pleasant, and the price is very reasonable. I like that there are members ranging from their 20s to retirees, women and men, at all levels of fitness. The physical space and atmosphere are inviting and, being a yoga studio, are at the other end of the spectrum from a big gym or the YMCA, which I don't care for. This is a cozy, pleasant, attractive place; it has a spa atmosphere and somehow makes me feel welcome and comfortable when I walk in the door in spite of being an overweight, middle aged gal without sleek workout wear. To give you an idea of the scale of the studio there is an entrance foyer with front desk and kitchenette for getting water, a separate, heated yoga room with laminate flooring and a mirrored wall, and an exercise room with a cushioned rubber floor where the fitness and spin classes take place. These rooms are not small, not big - just right. There is also a separate section at the front of the building where spa and chiropractic services are offered, but I haven't explored these options to date. I was able to try unlimited free yoga and fitness classes for a two week introductory period and within a week knew I'd found, for literally the first time (at 51 years of age), a place to exercise and work on improving my health where I felt at home and where I actually wanted to go. The classes have let me strike an effortless balance between gently challenging myself and not overdoing it, and that is entirely due to the skill of the instructors, who are conscientious about including modifications for newbies and those with physical constraints. I'm made to feel like I'm an integral part of the class along with the fit members who are bending like pretzels. And I am seeing and feeling definite results. What else can I say...the facilities are clean, there's free parking right behind the building, and with my membership plan (there are various options) I can just borrow a provided yoga mat, water bottle and towel every time I go - I like this convenience. For me an added bonus is that I live close to the studio, so I'm glad it's located where it is on Talbot St., and I'm thankful I took the step to check it out. It's well worth a try : )
CSEP-CPT Karen is a certified personal trainer, group exercise instructor and nutrition coach and holds these designations with several organizations (CSEP, YMCA, MOSSA, NAFC, CFP). She holds specialty certifications in Insanity, TRX, BOSU, Kettlebell, Zumba, Group Power, Group Blast, Group Active, Yoga Fitness, and Exercise is Medicine Canada. She has also done extensive training in ViPr, cardio boxing, Turbo kick and athletic conditioning. Karen has been teaching Group ex since 1998 and personal training since 2002 and has worked with a variety of athletes, shift workers, office employees, laborers, students, pre/post-natal, seniors and kids. Karen loves the challenge of helping an athlete cross-train as equally as working with someone new to exercise. She has had great success with clients looking to lose weight and make a lifestyle change. Holds certification in Precision Nutrition coaching certification Karen has played soccer since she was 4, competes in running races, loves to dance and ride her bike. She also has 2 little boys to chase after and motivate her to be in good health.