The change in seasons is the perfect time to get out of a workout rut and to explore new fitness routines and the best place to do that is at Equinox. I’ll be the first to admit, I have favourite go-to activities when I want to break a sweat or de-stress, but after years of working out, I understand that stepping outside of my comfort zone always proves to be beneficial.
Group fitness is what Equinox is known for all over the world. They provide their members with so many challenging and diverse class options, it is virtually impossible to get bored. Over the past few months I’ve been challenging myself with the club’s signature classes which has forced me to push my body to a place I could never get to training alone. One of the most popular classes at Equinox’s Bay St location here in Toronto is “STACKED” taught by the incomparable Eva Redpath, who has earned a cult-like following for her high energy classes. She is so high in demand at the facility that each week devout lovers of this tough-as-nails instructor either arrive super early or check-in on the club’s app to ensure their spot is secured.
What is STACKED? It’s a healthy dose of high density training through a series of exercises and patterns, all organized into unique “stacks”. An efficient workout that covers everything; cardio/muscular strength, endurance and core work all in one. Think diagonal lunges, SB slam and tuck jumps, one legged burpees, Russian twists, plank walks, military style pushups and more. During the class, Sandbell sandbags, resistance tools and body weight are used to target the body in intervals of 30 seconds to 3 minutes. Eva has the class start with one exercise for 30 seconds, and then continues to add moves in order to “stack” one exercise on top of another, creating a super intense workout. Each class consists of two stacks each containing 6 individual movements. It may sound simple, but trust me when I say the series of movements will take even the fittest individual to the edge of their limits. “The stacks gives my class the opportunity to develop sharper skills in functional moves at the beginning of the stack, get more powerful in the middle and truly challenge their endurance at the end of the stack, ” says Redpath, “This class offers a bit of everything – it’s hard but it’s high energy and fun!”
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Who is Eva Redpath? If you have been following me for a while, this is not the first time you are hearing of this little powerhouse. Probably best known as Canada’s premier face for fitness, she has many credits to her name; Equinox Signature Program Presenter; who recently received Equinox’s “Award of Excellence“, creator of Body Conditioning By Dancers; a unique fitness program designed for women and is Canada’s first and only Nike Master Trainer. Both inspiring and motivating, I’ve nicknamed Eva “Vitamin E” as she has become just as essential as the vitamin in my life. You can get your weekly dose of “Vitamin E” by becoming a member at Equinox in Toronto. For more information on this unique facility, to find a club near you, check classes or to schedule a visit, head to Equinox.com. Stay motivated and get updates by following @Equinox and @EvaRedpath on Twitter and Instagram!
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