Go Canada Go! Train like an Olympian at Extreme Fitness

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TORONTO, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - With the torch lit and the Games underway - the Olympics have officially begun! Extreme Fitness, a leading fitness club operator in the GTA, has announced the launch of GOING FOR GOLD BOOTCAMP, a multi-discipline training program featuring training techniques mimicking various Olympic sports. In addition, Extreme Fitness is hosting FIT2SHRED and FIT2SKI to bring members the opportunity to experience the training of professional snowboarders and skiers.

GOING FOR GOLD BOOTCAMP

Going for Gold Bootcamp is a program exclusively at Extreme Fitness, designed to peak the competitive spirit while working all major muscle groups with sports-specific conditioning and cardio-based activities. The exercises in the class focus on using the specific training methods used by most Olympic athletes, such as plyometrics, foot speed agility, core strength, leg power, balance and over-all muscle conditioning. "Going for Gold is a fun workout for anyone looking to learn advanced training techniques, and get in peak physical condition," said Extreme Fitness Director of Group Fitness Jacque Walters.

Going for Gold is offered at all Extreme Fitness locations at the following times.

For club address and locations visit the Extreme Fitness website www.extremefitness.ca

Bloor - Saturday 10:30am

Cedarbrae - Monday 5:45pm

Danforth - Sunday 9:30am

Delisle - Monday & Friday 9:00am

Dundas - Thursday 12:10pm

Dunfield - Monday 5:30pm

Interchange - Tuesday 7:30pm

North York - Wednesday 9:30am, Friday 12:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm

Pickering - Wednesday 9:30am, Thursday 5:00pm

Richmond - Thursday 12:00pm, Saturday 10:00am

Thornhill - Friday 8:30am

Wellington - Wednesday 12:10pm, Friday 12:10pm, Saturday 10:30am

Whitby - Monday 6:30pm, Thursday 5:30pm, Saturday 9:15am (beginning 02/20)

FIT2SHRED

Extreme Fitness has teamed up with Joe Costa, one of the founding members of Mind to Muscle, to present Fit2Shred, a functional group fitness class developed to help snowboarders improve hill, halfpipe and park performance. Joe works exclusively with professional athletes, including the Canadian National Snowboard Team at Mind to Muscle. He has designed the class to mimic the dry land style training drills that he uses with competitive snowboarders and has tailored them to suit everyday boarders.

"Lots of people love to snowboard, but few put in the preparation to properly condition themselves for the sport," says Joe Costa.

The Fit2Shred program is as close as one will get to training like a pro-snowboarder, next to being on the team. It is designed to work on athletic movements including: foot speed agility, core strength, leg power, balance and overall muscle conditioning. Exercises focus on plyometric drills which are aimed to produce fast, powerful movements, much like the ones needed to carve and turn quickly on a board. Training is done using various techniques and a wide array of athletic equipment including: BOSU balls, hurdles, agility ladders, cones and extreme boards.

Fit2Shred classes are free for members of Extreme Fitness. For non-members who would like to sample the class, Extreme Fitness is offering a free trial class at no charge.

Fit2Shred classes are at the following clubs:

Richmond - Friday 5pm

FIT2SKI

Fit2Ski is a group fitness class designed to improve on-hill performance and increase overall fitness for skiers at any level. It is designed and led by professional ski coach and strength conditioning specialist Stefan Overgaard and his Assistant Coach Scott Barrett. Stefan, who was a former member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team, specializes in training and coaching national level competitive ski racers. When Stefan is on the slopes, Scott Barrett, fresh off the Canadian Alpine Ski Team, will lead the class.

In the one-hour class, participants will partake in a circuit with functional exercises using: stability balls, BOSU balls, balance boards, steps and free weights.

Fit2Ski is designed to help skiers:

- Increase speed, agility and power for the dynamic movements and

techniques needed on the hill

- Develop balance to help better control your body in various terrain

and snow conditions

- Build core strength to help stabilize your body and hold a strong

position on your skis

- Improve flexibility to prevent injury and help increase your range of

motion on the slopes

Fit2Ski classes are offered at the following clubs:

Dunfield - Tuesday, 8:30pm

Dundas - Wednesday, 7:30pm

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Founded in 1995, Extreme Fitness currently has 13 fitness clubs in the Greater Toronto Area and approximately 100,000 members. Extreme Fitness is a portfolio company of Falconhead Capital, LLC ( www.falconheadcapital.com), a private equity firm established in 1998 to provide investor s with significant long-term capital appreciation by investing globally in consumer-focused businesses in the leisure, lifestyle, recreation and related categories. In addition to Extreme Fitness, Falconhead Capital's current and prior portfolio include, among others, Growing Family, Inc., Escort, Inc., National Powersport Auctions, Premier Salons International, Maritime Telecommunications Network, and ESPN Classic Europe. For more information, please visit www.extremefitness.ca

SOURCE EXTREME FITNESS, INC.

For further information: For further information: Extreme Fitness Media Contact: Alison Stephens, Depict Public Relations, (416) 303-0947, alison.stephens@depictpr.com

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