Thursday, April 18, 2013

Activity-A-Week: We Try FitKick

My relationship with the gym has always been an unhealthy one. I sign up with lofty goals of losing inches and getting toned, instead it's my wallet that's left feeling lighter. Gym equipment overwhelms me so I head for the classes but most are glorified dance parties that definitely burn calories but leave me feeling like I'll never grow a six pack. They're also jam-packed so I'm never quite certain my technique is on point if we do pick up the weights and the classes are just too big to give anyone personal attention. 
With all that history, I was a little skeptical of my invite to try FitKick, a new group class offered at FITfix, a personal training studio in the Yonge & Eglinton area. Considering my workouts have been few and far between these days, I figured any exercise is better than none and set off with an open mind. 

Led by Elizabeth, a super sweet instructor who also happens to hold a black belt in Taekwondo, FitKick was not quite what I expected. This isn't follow the leader style kick boxing  class, but rather a challenging but fun martial arts inspired  boot camp that had my heart pumping and my legs and core feeling a little WTF?! In a good way, of course. 

The class started with a warm-up of movement across the floor; kicks, high runs, gallops and such and then we moved into circuit training that had us rotating through some tough moves made interesting with equipment like stability balls, steps and free weights. I was begging for the mat in our last circuit until I realized it was time for core work but even that was motivating since our small group was arranged in a circle so we could cheer each other on. 

Despite the tough work out, I felt amazingly energized after FitKick...maybe I got a little extra aggression out with those round house kicks and upper cuts? I'd highly recommend this class to anyone who wants to see results but doesn't want to waste time trying to figure out it solo in the gym or feeling lost in a crowded class. 

In fact, if you'd like to try FitKick, they've offered a sweet deal for our hug readers: 

Special offer! 

Try a FitFix class for just $20 (reg. $24)
If private sessions are more your thing, enjoy 15 personal training sessions for the price of 12. 

To redeem: Call the studio at 416-322-6770 to book your class and mention you saw this offer on Must be booked on or before April 25, 2013.  

FITfix is located at: 2409 Yonge Street, Suite 201, Toronto (north of Eglinton)

For more info on services and programs visit or call 416-322-6770.  

Thank you to Valerie at I'm Charming You for the gracious invite, FITfix for the great workout and Hi-Tec Canada for my cool pink cross-trainers -- yes ladies, we can be stylish when working out

- Tamika Auwai is our resident Style Editor, Shopping Enthusiast and Wardrobe Expert

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