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Premium Group Fitness Programs

The following programs are available to members and non-members for an extra cost. All participants are required to register before the start of each session. Please click here for class schedules and pricing.

NEW THIS FALL! Omega Small Group Training

THE ULTIMATE EVOLUTION OF SMALL GROUP TRAINING

With varied, high-intensity functional movements, Omega Small Group Training coaches people of all shapes and sizes to improve their physical well-being and cardiovascular fitness in an encouraging environment.

Using various training equipment including kettle bells, resistance bands, battle ropes and sledge hammers, Omega Small Group Training is designed to improve your endurance, stamina, strength, mobility, power, speed, agility, balance and coordination.

With our specialized coaching staff, Omega is scalable for everyone, from beginners to high-level athletes. You will finish the course with renewed energy and excitement to continue your health and fitness journey.

For more information on upcoming sessions, please contact the Membership Office:
Phone: 416-789-7011 ext. 213
Email: fitness@villacharities.com

Premium Group Fitness Programs

Boxing

OLYMPIC-STYLE NON-CONTACT BOX FIT
Aspire to the lean muscularity and athleticism of the elite boxer and discover why boxing / kick-boxing is referred to as “the sweet science.” Learn the skills of a great sport and a proven method of self-defense.

Coach Erico Mancini is an aficionado of Olympic-style boxing and kick-boxing with 30 years of experience in the sport. He worked as a provincial and national team coach and is currently completing both his Provincial and National NCCP Levels 4 & 5 (the highest formal levels of qualification and recognition in coaching). He is also certified in Athletics kick-boxing and kung-fu. Participants in Coach Mancini’s boxing and kick-boxing program will learn proper methods of punching, footwork, defense, combinations, setups, feints and much more.

The biomechanical science underpinning both the conditioning and technical elements of Coach Mancini’s program sharply distinguishes it from the typical Box-exercise class, which only mimics boxing movements, often teaching students a poor technique that lends itself to injury. Whether in his non-contact or competitive program, students will learn to box.

Instructor: Erico Mancini

Karate

ADULT KARATE
Okinawan Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu Karate-Do is a complete system of self-defence designed for persons of all ages. Classes include gentle stretches, warm-up techniques (such as punches, kicks, intercepting strikes, combinations), kata (patterns) practice, ukemi (break-falls), joint locks and throws. Proper karate training helps to develop coordination, balance, improved concentration and confidence. Learn proper breathing techniques and effective use of ki energy (life-force energy). Emphasis is placed on karate history and philosophy. Practice for pleasure and for belt levels / certificates.

Instructors: Maria Galati & Edward Lakics

CHILDREN’S KARATE
(Okinawan Matsubayashi Shorin-Ryu) Children learn a complete system of self-defence with classes that are structured to teach self-discipline in a fun atmosphere. Students practice with gentle stretches, karate techniques, kata, ukemi and throws. Children develop coordination, balance, improved concentration and confidence. Emphasis is placed on proper breathing techniques and effective use of energy. Karate philosophy and history are taught in an age-appropriate manner. Practice for pleasure and for belt levels / certificates. Children must be 6 years of age. Please speak with the instructor if child is under 6 years of age.

Instructors: Maria Galati & Edward Lakics

Please note: If you or your child have any special needs, please contact Gabriella Lalli in advance of start date.

Phone: 416-789-7011 ext. 229
Email: lalli@villacharities.com

Karate Parties!
Celebrating a birthday? Want to create a special party event? Ask about our fun and action-packed parties for children, teens and adults.

Cost: $20.00 per person
Age: 6 years + | Min. 5 participants

For more information contact:
Gabriella Lalli
Phone: 416-789-7011 ext. 229
Email: lalli@villacharities.com

Squash

Try your hand at squash and racquetball on one of our six courts and make strides in your game. We have four international-sized squash courts and two racquetball courts. Any-time use is included with your Executive Membership. General Membership use is limited to non-prime time hours. Whether you are a first-time player or a seasoned veteran, everyone is welcome!

ADULT SQUASH LESSONS
This program is open to new players who have never held a racquet before or beginners looking to enhance their game and move to next level. Learn proper grip, forehand and backhand techniques, as well as the rules of the game. Students will need their own racquet, goggles and court shoes to participate.

Instructor: Niki Aron

CHILDREN’S SQUASH LESSONS (AGES 10 – 13)
Kids will benefit from the physical activity that squash requires, as well as the mental strategic component of becoming a squash pro. Students will need their own racquet, goggles and court shoes to participate. This program is open to children at any playing level.

Instructor: Niki Aron

Tai Chi / Self-Defence

BALANCE WITH TAI CHI (All Levels)
This gentle Chinese practice helps clear and calm the mind while you work your body. Benefits of Tai Chi conditioning include improved concentration, balance, posture, circulation, co-ordination, general well-being, and a strong body mind connection.

Instructor:
Maria Galati,
AOCAD, BA, Karate 3rd Degree Black Belt

OKINAWAN MATSUBAYASHI SHORIN-RYU KARATE-DO
Traditional Okinawan karate for children, teens and adults. Practice for fun or certified belt levels. Regular classes, private and semi-private lessons available.

Instructors:
Maria Galati,
AOCAD, BA, Karate 3rd Degree Black Belt
Edward Lakics,
Karate 4th Degree & Judo 2nd Degree Black Belts

SERIOUS SELF-DEFENCE FOR TEENS, WOMEN OR MEN
Private and Semi-Private Lessons available.

Instructors:
Maria Galati,
AOCAD, BA, Karate 3rd Degree Black Belt
Edward Lakics,
Karate 4th Degree and Judo 2nd Degree Black Belts

GENTLE FITNESS
Gentle Fitness is for all seniors interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. This low-impact, one-hour class includes flexibility, cardiovascular and muscle strengthening exercises, and is less stressful than other exercise classes. Come out, meet new friends and get into shape. Everyone is welcome. Register for Gentle Fitness today!

Instructor: Jean-Luc Fornasiero

Yoga / Meditation

HATHA YOGA
Shape yourself with Hatha Yoga! The primary purpose of yoga is the reconditioning of the system, both body and mind, to affect the highest possible standard of tone, flexibility, physical stamina, mental health, and organic vigour. Hatha Yoga is interpreted as a method that will achieve maximum results with a minimum expenditure of energy. Maximum number of participants is 15, minimum of 10.

Instructor: Carol Miller

GENTLE HATHA YOGA
Gentle Hatha Yoga is designed for the older adult who may be suffering from depression, mental stress, arthritis and or osteoporosis. In this class, you will learn to meditate, breath correctly though yoga methods that will improve your body posture awareness and self-confidence. No mat work, chairs will be provided.

Instructor: Carol Miller

RESTORATIVE YOGA
Restorative Yoga is for stressful times. Let stress and tension melt away and connect with a deep sense of peace and relaxation.

Restorative Yoga is a deeply relaxing practice of supported poses, guided relaxation, yogic breathing and an extended final resting pose. When stress becomes chronic, our body’s capacity to heal itself is compromised, but the antidote to stress is relaxation. This class is for any level student seeking to reduce the effects of stress. This practice cultivates a necessary balance between body and mind while dissolving physical and mental tension. The class is slow, deeply nurturing and suitable for all ages – particularly those with chronic pain or limitations.

Instructor: David Pantano

VINYASA YOGA LEVEL 1
Vinyasa Yoga (a root form of Ashtanga Yoga) is characterized by a focus on dynamic connecting posture that creates a flow between the more static traditional yoga postures.

Vinyasa translates as linking and the system also implies the linking of the movement to the breath. Essentially the breath dictates the movement and the length of time held in the postures. Attention is also placed on the journey between the postures, and not just the postures themselves. In Vinyasa Yoga, the postures can be arranged into different sequences that can meet the practitioner’s need or mood in a more creative flow.

Instructor: David Pantano

MINDFUL YOGA
Warming up with yoga flow and diving into Kundalini breath-work and movements to balance the chakras and enhance flow of energy in all systems. Powerful, transformative, immune boosting, calming and physically and emotionally healing, this class is friendly and informative for all levels.

Instructor: Marda Sperber

YOGA FLOW (All Levels)
This class focuses on the flow of Vinyasa and breath (pranayama) awareness. Movement that connects in a continuous smooth fashion. For all levels. Great for balancing and vitalizing all your energies.

Instructor: Marda Sperber

MEDITATION (Day & Evening)
Quiet your mind, connect with your inner self, and listen to your body. Join our group of like-minded people in a safe, supportive environment, to start or grow your meditation practice. Be guided to connect with your inner-self to help physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being. This 45-minute class is designed for those who want to improve health, energy, independence, judgment, empathy, happiness, relaxation, mindfulness and peacefulness.

Instructor: Marda Sperber