FitWall, the vertical training craze out of the US, has arrived in Toronto with a location on Bayview Avenue in Leaside. The fitness studio is small but bright and airy with lots of pumping dance tunes to help you block out the pain of exercise. Yes, I said pain, but it’s good pain so don’t be scared.
“You Are the Machine”
The FitWalls themselves are basically steel ladders with the top rungs for hands and the bottom steps for feet. You hold on and your trainer (everyone gets one automatically, which is very motivating) takes you through a variety of exercises specially tailored to your fitness level and body areas you want to work on. A monitor on your chest records your heart rate so you know when you are in that optimal calorie-burning zone.
The 30 minutes I did was hard work but the trainers change what you are doing every 45 seconds so there is no way to get bored. Just as you feel your muscles are going to burst into flames, you are saved and on to the next exercise. You also aren’t up on the wall the whole time – floor exercises using tension bands attached to the wall work different leg, back and arm muscles. It really is a full body fitness routine.
Turn On All Your Muscles from Fingertips to Toes
“The FitWall was designed to incorporate as many muscles in single movements as possible and does it by moving exercise from the horizontal plane to the vertical plane,” says Doug Brendle, the exercise physicist who invented it. “Vertical Training is done on the FitWall when you are attached to the vertical surface with no other support than yourself while exercising. Because you have removed all horizontal support and stabilization, the body is forced to turn on all your muscles from fingertip to toe the entire time you are exercising.”
I can back up his statement by reporting that five full days after trying it out, I can still feel all those muscles I didn’t think I had. Having an escalator installed in my house to get me down the stairs the next morning was a serious consideration.
Burn, Baby, Burn
My wonderful trainer, Jenn McKeogh also gave me the shock of my life when she reported that I had burned a whopping 485 calories in only 30 minutes. That impressed me. As moms on the go, we often put all of our needs at the bottom of the to do list but 30 minutes a couple of times a week for that kind of payoff, we could definitely do.
Novices of all ages looking for general fitness right up to Olympic athletes training for events can use these walls. The Leaside location also offers programs that are designed especially for those in rehabilitation. No matter what your fitness level is, get out there and try it because whoever said running around after a two year-old was exercise was lying. Two year-olds are really slow.
Free Fitness Demo!
Bonnie Goldmacher, the owner of FitWall would love to see all the Toronto Mom Now readers come in to give it a try. Just tell them you would like to book your Toronto Mom Now free fitness demo when you call to schedule an appointment.
Thanks for having us FitWall Leaside!