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Where to Workout in Red Deer: Move Garuda

Where to Workout in Red Deer: Move Garuda

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably never heard of Garuda before but I was excited to check out this beautiful boutique studio and learn what it was all about. And yes, I’m still finding new places to workout in this city. It’s crazy right?

About Move Garuda

What is Move Garuda all about? Let’s just get into what exactly Garuda is. I’m going to be honest here, and say that I don’t yet understand the difference between Pilates and Garuda. Simply put, Garuda is an extension of Pilates.


“Pilates builds strength, flexibility and lean muscle with an emphasis on lengthening the body and aligning the spine. It focuses on core stability, including pelvic and shoulder girdle stabilization, neutral alignment and breathing. Imagine combining the best elements of yoga, pilates, martial arts and dance into one practice. Garuda is the fusion of various practices allowing the participant to explore form, breath, fluidity and dynamic movement.”

Garuda uses a specially designed apparatus, similar to Pilates, which looks intimidating but can actually be a lot of fun to use once you get the hang of the movements. It’s great for all ages, levels, and abilities and is especially great for rehabilitation on injuries. Not just for women, Garuda is becoming popular with athletes as it helps them develop muscles they wouldn’t normally work at the gym.

Move Garuda is located in the hip part of town, Capstone/Riverlands and is an absolutely stunning little studio. They are the definition of a boutique studio, running only one class at a time with limited space available.

Because the studio is so specialized and classes are so small, there are no big change rooms and showers here. There is a bathroom to change and freshen up in if needed and a small coat/boot rack to stash your outwear.

About the Classes

Move Garuda offers a handful of different classes, whether you’re looking for a private, semi-private or small group setting. Beside Garuda Apparatus, you can also try out various styles of Pilates, Barre, and Pilates/Barre combo classes. What’s great is that they are always taking their feedback and adapting their schedules to meet your requests.

What’s interesting about these classes is that you’re not going to work up a huge sweat like you would elsewhere but you’re still going to feel the burn and get an amazing workout. It’s recommended to bring water, wear mid to long fitted pants and grip socks which are available to purchase at the studio if you don’t have your own collection.

Cost

Private Session

60 Minute:

Single $65 ($65/hr)
5 Pack $300 ($60/hr)
10 Pack $580 ($58/hr)
20 Pack $1100 ($55/hr)

30 Minute:

Single $40 ($40/.5hr)
5 Pack $175 ($35/.5hr)
10 Pack $330 ($33/.5hr)
20 Pack $600 ($30/.5hr)

Semi-Private

$36 each/hr
$25 each/half hour

Group Classes

Garuda Apparatus $200/ 8 Week Session
Pilates 30/30 $180/ 8 Week Session
Pilates 45 $170/ 8 Week Session
Base, Barre & Flow Pilates $160/ 8 Week Session

Punch Pass

5 Punch Pass $145 ($29/class)
10 Punch Pass $280 ($28/class)

Drop-In

$30/class

What I Loved Most

If you’ve been following this series for awhile, you’ll know I’m a sucker for pretty studios and this one definitely fits the bill. But what I truly loved was that owner/instructor Amanda was so friendly and personable on top of being a wealth of knowledge. It felt like working out with a friend. The Garuda Apparatus might have been my favourite part and I’m excited to get back and try it out again.

For More Move Garuda

www.movegaruda.com

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Where to Workout in Red Deer: Breeze Yoga

Where To Workout in Red Deer

I’m back with another yoga studio to share this week, Breeze Yoga Red Deer. So many people have been surprised at the selection of places available in this city as I continue to feature more and more places month after month. It just goes to show that there is truly a place for everyone out there.

Breeze Yoga Red Deer

About Breeze Yoga Red Deer

Breeze Yoga has studios in both Red Deer and Sylvan Lake. They are a community based, family-centric studio offering child-minding and family classes. Their space is beautiful, clean and welcoming and the staff goes out of their way to make you feel comfortable. Their space is stocked with tea, plus a ton amenities in the change rooms. They’ve even got your back should you forget your mat, at no cost. There is a small retail area with items for all your yoga needs as well.


When I say this studio is family-centric, I mean it. They offer child minding, family classes, and specialized children’s classes. They also host birthday parties with yoga, crafts, and games for the littles.

Breeze Yoga Red Deer

Breeze Yoga Red Deer

About the Classes

From Hatha to kids yoga, acro to sleepy time aerial, prenatal to yoga for anxiety, there’s something for all walks of life. Classes are accessible to all ages and abilities. Breeze differentiates from other yoga studios offering specialized classes such as aerial yoga (Hatha aerial and sleep time aerial), couples classes, acro, and even a Christian based flow. For moms and babies or kids, there is pre-natal yoga, mom, and baby, mom and tot, family yoga and yoga for different age groups.

Some really cool classes to try are both the Sleepy Time Aerial and Yoga for Emotional Balance as a great way to unwind yourself.

Whatever class you attend, you will usually be treated to warm lavender towels and a neck adjustment/massage with aromatherapy oils. The small touches make for a great experience.

Breeze Yoga Red Deer

Cost

Breeze Yoga has a ton of options for you!

2 Weeks Unlimited $40

1 Week Unlimited $30

1 Month Unlimited $115.50

1 Year Unlimited $1550

5 Punch Pass $85

5 Punch Pass Student/Senior $80

Adult Drop-In $20

Student/Senior Drop In $17

30 Minute Lunch Drop In $10

Child Care 10 Pack – $40, second child $25

Child Care 5 Pack – $25, second child $20

Child Care Drop-In $7, second child $5

Joint Membership w/Forum – $198.45/month

Couples Membership – Unlimited Yoga for you and another person 4 years and older! How great does that sound? We think it is pretty great. Come as often as you two would like! And you don’t have to come together either – $210/month

Family Premium Membership – Unlimited Yoga for everyone in your family (2 adults and your children)! One time 60 Minute private yoga session! 15% off all workshops! Special sales for Premium members! We would also like to give our members a free space to store their mat in the studio room. Child care is free for our premium members – $315/month

Premium Monthly Membership – Unlimited yoga and unlimited child care – $147

Breeze Yoga Red Deer

What I Loved Most

While I have my home studio already, I really liked that Breeze Yoga offers some different classes. The aerial yoga classes are such a fun change up from regular mat classes but what I really enjoyed was the Yoga for Emotional Balance class. For me, it was much needed and I would probably never take the time to try a regular Restorative or Yoga Nidra class at my regular studio because I’m usually looking for more of a workout.

For More Breeze Yoga

breezeyoga.ca

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Where to Workout in Red Deer

Where to Workout in Red Deer: Ignite Fitness

Where to Workout in Red Deer

Ignite Fitness Red Deer is where I called home for quite a few years until my schedule became too hectic to keep up with an ongoing membership. This is where I fell in love with Olympic lifting, where I worked out throughout pregnancy, what inspired me to dabble in obstacle course racing, where I brought my baby to workout, where I was pushed to the limits and challenged to compete in the Crossfit Open, and where I made many friends. It’s been four years since I’ve been to Ignite, so it was nice to visit the gym again and see what was new and what remained the same.

Ignite Fitness Red Deer

About Ignite Fitness Red Deer

Ignite Fitness is not the place where you’ll walk in and feel intimidated by the athletes working out. It is somewhere you can walk in and feel like part of a family. Whether you’re a mama looking to get into shape after baby, the average Joe looking to workout after a long day at the office, or an athlete wanting to strengthen your skills, there is something for every walk of life here.


Ignite offers Crossfit, focusing on functional fitness for all levels and abilities, personal training for specific one-on-one or group training sessions, sports training for teams or individuals looking for extra conditioning and training, and kids training, which gives kids a chance to discover fitness in a fun and safe environment.

The gym itself hasn’t changed much over the years. It’s a basic warehouse, set up with all the equipment you need to get an effective workout. There are shower and change room facilities available as well. This isn’t the gym you come to you if you want to workout somewhere pretty. This is the gym you come to when you want to get sweaty and gritty.

New clients are invited in for a free trial and then a consultation to discuss goals and how Ignite can help them. From there, recommendations can be made on which level of commitment would work best for the client.

Ignite Fitness Red Deer

About the Classes

There are over 20 Crossfit classes a week as well as open gym times where you can come in and work on your skills of fit in your WOD (workout of the day) outside of a regular class. They also offer Crossfit Mamas class daily that allows you to bring your kids along to play while you get your sweat. The evening Crossfit classes are surprisingly quieter than the daytime classes, which comes with the bonus of receiving even more focused attention from the trainers.

A typical class begins with a warm-up, a strength portion to work on Olympic lifts, and then the WOD. WODs can have different formats such as AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) where you complete as many rounds of the prescribed movements within a certain time frame, or Tabatas, when you do as many reps in 20 seconds, then rest for 10 seconds, and repeat 8 times. Our workout when we visited last week consisted of 30 seconds burpees, 30 seconds rest for a full 10 minutes. Gross, right? But man did we feel it the next day!

Hours

Monday-Friday

6:00am-11:00am

2:30pm-7pm

Ignite Fitness Red Deer

Cost

Prices Range from $125 – $210 per month.

There are three commitment levels, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months and within those there is a 2 times per week package and an unlimited package.

3 months:
2 times/week – $160
Unlimited  – $210

6 months:
2 times/week – $145
Unlimited $195

12 Months:
2 times/week – $125
Unlimited $175

Ignite Fitness Red Deer

What I Loved Most

I really just love Crossfit in general but I love that this gym, in particular, feels like family. Classes are small enough that you are getting basically personalized training and they are really focused on helping you reach your goals above all else. If you’ve never tried Crossfit or Olympic lifting and are looking for a new challenge, this is your place. Plus, you’ll feel like a total badass slinging all those heavy weights, I promise.

Ignite Fitness Red Deer

For More Ignite Fitness

ignitefit.ca

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