*all photos by Elaine Fancy
While I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions, the start of a new year is a good time to do a life reset. Since all the indulgences of the holiday season left me feeling a little wobbly around the middle, the first thing I wanted to reset was my commitment to my health. And that’s exactly what I did, the help of the ladies from elle fitness and social.
Located in the heart of Toronto’s King Street West entertainment district, elle fitness and social offers a specialized, class based, female centric fitness experience. Women of all shapes, sizes and fitness levels can come to Elle and find a supportive and inclusive place to exercise, socialize and be supported in their pursuit of fitness. From the ladies at the front desk who manage class bookings to the instructors who lead and guide their students to push their limits (safely of course), I knew elle fitness and social would be the perfect place to help me get to my fitness goals.
To kickstart my own fitness journey, I reached out to the ladies at elle to learn which class would be the best place to start. Their answer? The brand new Bodies by Elle class. They took a traditional high intensity interval training class and added the elle flair to make it fabulous. For 55 sweat inducing minutes, the instructor/drill sergeant in a supermodel’s body pushes her group of ladies through a mix of cardio, calisthenics and weight training, segmented into blocks of time or either cardio or conditioning. The class is designed to melt fat, build muscle and burn calories by keeping a baseline pace, interchanged with, you guessed it, high intensity intervals of excercise.
The class is split into two groups: those on the treadmill and those doing conditioning work on the floor. Anyone of any fitness level can participate since you set your own baseline pace. You can powerwalk, jog or run, whatever works best for you. No matter what the pace, you’re still working hard, getting your heart rate up and burning off those post-holiday pounds. And your instructor works with you to move into the higher intensity segments, through increasing you treadmill incline and speed, depending on your base pace. When you’re on the floor, you use your weights, doing lunges, squats, push ups and burpees to sculpt your muscles. Then, everyone swaps places, ensuring that the whole class benefits from the conditioning and cardio aspects of the workout.
My favorite thing about Bodies by Elle was how team oriented the class felt. The workout was hard as hell, but we were all in it together. As a newbie, I found no shortage of helping hands in my fellow classmates. A guiding hand to help me change my treadmill speed and incline, an encouraging word when I thought I couldn’t do another squat to save my life, and a heartfelt cheer from every person in the class when it was time to cool down; we all became a team by the end, and it made the workout so much more enjoyable as a result.
Throughout the class I pushed myself harder than I thought possible. We moved so quickly from one segment to another that all of a sudden the class is over, and before I knew it, I’d just had the most amazing work out! The sense of accomplishment was invigorating, and, dare I say, incredibly addictive!
Stick with me as I continue to explore what elle fitness and social has to offer for busy working ladies like me. Until then, head on over to their stunning space and try out Bodies by Elle for yourself today! #bodiesbyelle