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in brief... ellipse opens in luxembourg
Ellipse Fitness & Wellness, a new premium building in which it’s located. A €5m
maple leaf transformation facility in Luxembourg’s Kirschberg project, the club aims to offer a new
A CA$60m (US$57m, £34.7m) business quarter, opened in October. model of fi tness – what Tasca describes
sports complex is to be built at the The club – the latest offering from as “fi tness with style” – and will cater
historic Maple Leaf Gardens ice proprietor Michael Tasca, who also runs for up to 3,000 members paying around
hockey arena in Toronto, Canada. fi ve discount sites in Luxembourg – is €120 a month.
The Ryerson University Sports named after the ellipsoid shape of the Facilities include cardio and strength
and Recreation Centre will be a areas, group cycling, personal training
mixed-use athletic and retail facility, space, sauna/steam and a café/lounge.
with funding coming from Ottawa’s Woodway and Panatta are the main
economic stimulus plan (CA$20m) suppliers, with changing areas kitted out
and a fundraising campaign by the by Craftsman Quality Lockers.
university and the Gardens’ owner Windows run from fl oor to ceiling, so
Loblaw (CA$20m), as well as an natural light features strongly, as does
auction of Maple Leafs memorabilia. Tasca’s devotion to creating an organic
The complex, which is due to re- feel inside the club: “Mother nature is not
open in 2011, will offer an ice hockey very square, so we’ve introduced organic
rink; a four-lane, 200m running shapes: the walls are curved, the interior
track; basketball and volleyball Ellipse: Bright colours and organic almost heart-shaped,” he explains. He
courts; a fi tness centre and a gym. shapes for a warm, welcoming feel now plans to open more premium sites.
Maple Leaf Gardens opened in 1931
as the home of the Toronto Maple
Leafs, who played there until 1999. It
holmes place functional approach
has also served as a concert venue,
hosting acts such as Elvis Presley, Holmes Place Iberia launched functional
The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and Bob training in its 28 clubs last month,
Dylan. It was acquired by Loblaw, the training more than 80 PTs and kitting the
Canadian food retailer, in 2004. clubs out with medicine balls, kettlebells
and suspension training systems.
klinger leaves anytime Nacho Negredo, academy manager
Anytime Fitness CEO and co-founder for Holmes Place Spain, says: “In the
Jeff Klinger has sold his interests past, training in the gym was limited to
in Anytime Fitness and its affi liates toning, strengthening or building muscles,
and has left the company. President without taking into account the role they
Chuck Runyon assumes CEO duties. actually play in the body. Nowadays, with
“The growth of Anytime Fitness the evolution towards functional training,
has been exciting and gratifying,” the focus is on better preparing the body
Klinger said in a statement released for the way we use it in everyday life.
by Anytime Fitness. “But I’m an “We want to help members improve
entrepreneur at heart. I love to take their quality of life via exercise; functional
a new idea and get it started. [Co- training very much fi ts in with this.” Training the body for everyday use
founders] Dave Mortensen, Chuck
Runyon and I have been working
alongside each other since 1989 and niche studio openings in canada
it’s been a tremendous pleasure for
me to work with these guys – they Toronto’s fi rst indoor cycling studio photographer Michael Williams, and
are like family – but I felt the time to make exclusive use of RealRyder Australian Geordie Anderson.
was right for me to move on.” stationary bikes opens this month. Also in Canada, RealRyder recently
CYKL (pronounced ‘cycle’) – a equipped Core Essentials in Nova Scotia,
canadian merger 167sq m club in the downtown area an independent studio that opened in
Fitness World and Steve Nash of the city – offers 31 RealRyder bikes November. Offering personal training,
Sports Club have merged to create and targets fashion-conscious urban holistic nutrition, core training and group
the largest fi tness brand in British professionals. Everyone’s fi rst workout is fi tness, other suppliers to the 280sq m
Columbia, Canada: the combined free; sessions thereafter cost C$22 (£13) club include WaterRower, TRX, Extreme
chain offers 15 fi tness destinations a time, with most lasting 45 minutes. Kettlebell, Fitworks, Spartan Fitness,
with plans for immediate expansion. CYKL’s partners are the locally D-ball and Lebert Equalizer. There’s no
The Fitness World clubs will now be well-known cyclist and indoor cycling monthly membership – fees are based
known as Steve Nash Fitness World. instructor Kim Donnelly, Canadian on workshops and cycling packages.
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