STUDIO SPOTLIGHT x Resilience Fitness
The STUDIO SPOTLIGHT series continues this week with Resilience Fitness.
I had the pleasure of attending a Resilience Fitness workout a few weeks ago, on a warm Monday afternoon in downtown Toronto. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect, but I did know to show up at Central Tech Stadium ready to get sweaty.
It has been a while since I’ve completed a trainer-lead, outdoor workout, and it’s been even longer since I’ve worked out at a High School Track. The very first impression I had of Resilience was not of the workout itself, but of the people. I arrived a few minutes early, and almost immediately had multiple people walk up to me and welcome me to Resilience. I could tell right what an welcoming, positive community the folks at Resilience had created. It was an awesome way to begin my first workout.
Resilience Fitness offers two different workout classes: a general ‘Group Training Class’ (offered at either Monarch Park Stadium or Central Tech Stadium, both downtown Toronto) and ‘Resilience Strong’ a class that is focused on building strength through heavy compound movements, such as deadlifts, squats, bench press…and the other usual suspects. The ‘Strong’ class focuses more on building strength – naturally – and the ‘Group Training Class’ focuses more on dynamic, explosive movements and drills, utilizing every muscle group in the body.
And that is exactly what they did.
We began the class with a quick jog around the track, a series of dynamic stretches led by one of the trainers and some work on the agility ladder. Once we were sufficiently ‘warm’, the head-coach for the class, Rolli Adenmosun, began the workout. There was no rest for the wicked with this one. For the full 55 minutes following our warmup, we were moving, moving, moving.
In partners, we took turns working through the exercises, everything from burpees (everyone’s favourite), to battle ropes, to ball slams, to squat presses, to mountain climbers, to push-ups and more. After an exhausting partner workout, we were then led to a close-by set of stairs and performed various stair drills – in case our legs weren’t tired enough. From then, we were led back to the field for a sport-focused set of agility drills, cone work and sprint drills. I felt like I was part of the NFL combine. (I’m still waiting for my call, in case you’re wondering.) The workout finished with a quick cool-down, some stretching and a team cheer!
From the music, to the welcoming community, to the absolutely killer workout, this class was awesome. I loved the energy of the trainers, the drills that bought me back to my days as an athlete and the team comradery. I highly suggest you check out a class at Resilience Fitness!
What you’ll get out of it: a sport-focused workout that will remind you of what it’s like to an athlete. Each class will be different, challenging and push you outside of your comfort zone. The community of fellow RF’ers will motivate you to keep going and keep coming back for more!
Studio Spotlight Q&A with Resilience Fitness co-founder, Rolli Adenmosun:
1. What was your vision when you and your team decided to start Resilience Fitness?
Our vision was to lead and support people in their pursuit of freedom - mentally and physically. We try to incorporate athletic principles throughout the workout that bring out a sense of accomplishment and camaraderie.
2. I’m completely new to Resilience Fitness. What can I expect for my first workout?
You can expect a different, challenging workout every single class with a handful of team building activities. There are no cliques in this community, you can expect to interact, and be encouraged by everyone, regardless of fitness level. Coaches will bring energy and passion to every class to help you perform better during each workout.
3. We want to know about you. What is your to-go exercise or move when you’re needing a good ass-kicking in the gym?
I personally love any barbell squat variation I can come up with, and have a love/hate relationship with the pushing sled!
Resilience Fitness is open 6 days a week (closed on Sunday’s) and offers personal training services, innovative group exercise classes and a variety of strength, cardio and functional training equipment. Full class descriptions and information can be found here.
Want to try a class at Resilience Fitness?
See below for details on the HUSTLE N’ FLOW 2.0 event this Saturday, September 16th from 7:30-9pm.
Accompanied a live DJ, the Resilience Squad & friends will be leading a 75-minute group workout. 50-minutes of pure Hustle - a unique high energy strength and conditioning class, followed by 25-minutes of Flow - a slow, fluid yoga sequence. All proceeds from the event with benefit Sick Kids Foundation.