• Shannon Lucier

Training Styles in Windsor & Essex County



The fitness industry has evolved over the last few decades from Jazzercise, Sweatin’ to the Oldies, and Trampolines to CrossFit, HIIT, and even indoor rock climbing. What is beneficial about all the new styles of training is that there is literally something for everyone. So, what does Windsor and Essex County offer in terms of fitness? Let’s find out!


Modern boxing has been around since 1904 and is considered an Olympic sport. This is a combat sport that uses a variety of muscles at one time. It is an excellent sport for cardio endurance and improves balance, posture, and mental alertness. If you want to try your hand at boxing, I recommend visiting the team at Border City Boxing.


Kickboxing originated in 1950 and is a mix of boxing and karate. It is a stand-up combat sport based on kicking and punching. Like boxing, kickboxing is an incredibly efficient workout that builds your cardio endurance. Kickboxing can burn about 750 calories in an hour and let’s be honest, it makes you feel like a badass. If you want to try your hand at kickboxing, then Kersey Kickboxing is the way to go.


MMA also is known as Mixed Martial Arts is a full-contact combat sport based on striking, grappling, and ground fighting. MMA is a hybrid of boxing, wrestling, judo, jujitsu, karate, and Muay Thai. MMA builds confidence, discipline, and boosts your endurance and explosive power. For more information on how you can get involved, head on over to the Maximum Training Centre.


Indoor Rock Climbing provides a good workout, during this time you will build stamina, strengthen your muscles, and increase your heart rate to work your cardiovascular capacity. Rock climbing is an activity where people climb up, down, or across artificial rocks walls using a harness or going freestyle. This is a fun activity for all ages, and we have the amazing Windsor Rock Gym to guide us through.


Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines with a broad variety of yoga schools. Various styles of yoga combine physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation. Some styles include Vinyasa, Hatha, Kundalini, Ashtanga, Bikram, Yin, and Restorative yoga. Yoga can help enhance your health, increase strength and flexibility, and reduce symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety. To try Yoga, I recommend taking a class at Moda Yoga.


Pilates is a method of exercise that consists of low-impact flexibility and muscular strength and endurance movements. Pilates emphasizes proper postural alignment, core strength, and muscle balance. Pilates is whole-body fitness and popular in rehab settings. You can try Pilates at Breathe Pilates & Yoga Studio.


Powerlifting & Strongman – Powerlifting is a strength sport, powerlifters perform three competitive events: the squat, the bench, and the deadlift. Strongman on the other hand is a combination of functional movement patterns such as pushing, pulling, and pressing, providing real-world usefulness even if the objects are heavy. Both are strength sports that will increase muscle mass, strength, and power. To get a taste of this sport, head on over to Elite Strength Academy.


CrossFit is a form of high-intensity interval training. It is a strength and conditioning workout that is made up of functional movements performed at a high-intensity level. What makes this sport so interesting is that it encompasses movements from many different sports including Olympic lifting, Gymnastics, Strongman, Powerlifting, HIIT among others. This style of training is great for beginners up to and including advanced level athletes. To try a WOD (workout of the day) visit boxes like Workhorse or All Levels.


Gymnastics is a sport that typically involves exercises on uneven bars, balance beam, floor, vaulting horse, parallel bars, rings etc…Gymnastics is a fun activity that is the foundation for all sports and physical activity. Gymnastics teaches participants how to move, roll, jump, swing, and turn upside down. It is great for general fitness, coordination, agility, strength, balance, and speed. To learn more and visit a training centre, I would recommend Winstars.


HIIT / Functional Fitness – HIIT or High-Intensity Interval Training is a cardiovascular exercise strategy alternating short periods of intense anaerobic exercise with less-intense recovery periods. Training studios usually mix aerobic and resistance training. HIIT produces many of the same health benefits as other forms of exercise. These include lower body fat, heart rate, and blood pressure. Functional Fitness, on the other hand, train your muscles to work together and prepare them for daily tasks by simulating common movements you might do at home, at work, or in sports. Gyms like The Garage Gym and F45 utilize this fitness style.


Kettlebell – a kettlebell looks like a cast-iron cannonball with a handle on top, quite different than your standard dumbbell. They come in various weights and you use them as you do things like lunges, lifts, and shoulder presses. The workout gets your heart pumping and uses up to 20 calories per minute. Kettlebell workouts can improve your strength, cardio, stability, power, endurance, and balance. Kettlebell training contributes to a healthier lower back, owing to the loading and movement patterns. To test out the kettlebell, visit Iron Core Kettlebell Club.


Barre is a form of physical exercise, usually conducted in group classes. It is distinguished from other group fitness as it incorporates the use of the ballet barre and movements derived from ballet. Barre is inspired by elements of ballet, yoga, and Pilates. It focuses on low-impact, high-intensity movements designed to strengthen your body in ways that few other workouts can. H’OM Yoga & Barre is the place to learn this style of fitness. Find them on Facebook.


We have gone through almost every training style offered in Windsor and Essex County, now what? That is the best part! You can try them all and find out which one excites your soul. Everyone is going to find something that works for what they are looking for. Whether you need to rehab, train for a sport, or find a community of like-minded individuals that make working out something you look forward to. Good luck on your fitness journey.

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