Getting In Shape At Tsawwassen's Century Square

Getting In Shape At Tsawwassen's Century Square

Jul 26, 2017

Century Square is the first landmark drivers see when entering Tsawwassen, noted for their distinct green peaked roofs and uniform architectural style. Many people already know it's home to a diversity of businesses like McDonald's, the Tsawwassen Animal Hospital, Sarah Gallop Design, Sierra Automative Repair, Tsawwassen Collission, and dozens more. But did you know it's also the best place in South Delta to get your sweat on?

There are four businesses here dedicated and focused on improving your physical and mental well-being (and I'm not referring to the South Delta Mental Health clinic, which is also a tenant at Century Square), and all are within a stone's throw of one another. Here's a quick rundown on these fab four:

Tsawwassen Athletic Club

At the heart of Century Square is Tsawwassen's most complete workout facility. At just under 30,000 square feet, the Tsawwassen Athletic Club (TAC) offers dozens of methods to tone, sculpt and bulk or trim your body utilizing a variety of professional fitness machines, personal trainers and group training.

There are a number of group training programs that can focus on your specific fitness goals, whether that involves improving your cardiovascular levels, your core strength and muscle tone or working on specific areas of your body. All of which will push you, while allowing you to work at your own pace, achieve your goals and get real results over the span of your workouts:

  • HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) runs off a timer. With set amounts of work and rest, this style of training allows you to work at your own pace incorporating both resistance and weight training.
  • Jane and Judith’s Bootcamps are fast-paced workouts that move quickly back and forth between cardio segments (jogging, squat jumps, plyometric lunges, skipping intervals, etc.) and functional strength training featuring body weight and dumbbells.
  • Multi-muscle movements are specifically designed to improve balance, coordination and agility, with some killer core moves thrown in.
  • African Power is a program designed for the intermediate to advanced who are looking for a very intense workout. It is a combination of boxing and HIIT training and was created by Personal Trainer Jacques Schaub, who is from South Africa.
  • Also hosted out of the TAC are Yoga, TRX, Pilates, Spin and Tabata.

Tsawwassen Athletic Club has a full ladies-only weight room and a larger co-ed weight room, yoga and pilates studio, a large stretching area, a spin room with 14 spin bikes, a large stretching area, a standup tanning booth, and they provide saunas and showers in both washrooms. Small, personalized training group sessions are available along with one-on-one person training from instructors, all of whom are certified personal trainers.

The gym is also equipped with a shake bar for your pre or post workout needs. Offered are several types of protein shakes and smoothies for sale with 22-25 grams of protein per serving. Pre-workout and BCAA’s are sold by the scoop to supplement your training.

Busy looking after the kids? The club offers child minding every day except on Sundays, with a room perfect for getting children to expend that excess energy while you spend yours.

Yoga Union

Next door to the Tsawwassen Athletic Club is a union of mind, body and spirit. Yoga Union offers a more spiritual alternative to exercising, with 30 classes a week being offered between the times of 6 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Originally a Bikram Yoga studio, Katrina Wynn and Taelor Gray took over the business in 2015. They still offer Bikram classes, but have a vast array of other yoga styles from Candleight Warm Yin and Warm Vinyasa to Hot Prana and yoga for kids.

Katrina says the studio has been designed to offer an authentic yoga experience where clients partake in any style of yoga they prefer. And while you can sweat through 90 minutes of invigorating yoga postures with Bikram Hot 90, there are more relaxing and traditionally meditative classes such as Yin Yoga, practiced by candlelight and set to calming music.

Most classes are designed with beginners in mind, with the heated yoga room allowing for a safe, gentle and effective stretch throughout the entire class. Age isn't a factor either; Katrina says clients range in age from one years of age all the way up to their eighties.

If you do have young children, the Tsawwassen Athletic Club offers child minding for clients of the yoga studio as well.

Yoga Union has been renovated with natural wood and the decor features healing crystals and aromatherapy. The amenities on site include private showers, chilled filtered water and fresh fruit electrolyte water.

Along with other yoga studios in Tsawwassen, Yoga Union is participating in the free outdoor summer yoga series on Sunday, July 30 from 6:30-8 p.m. in Centennial Park and Sunday, August 20 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Diefenbaker Park.

Inhabit Training Academy

Just around the corner from Yoga Union and the Tsawwassen Athletic Club is the Inhabit Training Academy, a family-oriented studio offering kids a chance to learn martial arts.

Sara and Tim Shears opened the business in October 2016 to combine their background expertise of fitness and martial arts, respectively.

Sara is the inventor of the Ugi ball, once featured on Dragon's Den and widely used in strength, cardio and core training. Ugi is offered to adults in 30-minute workout sessions, using the squishy beanbag-like ball to train and exercise.

Meanwhile, Tim is an experienced Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt in the martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, popularized by and featured in combat sports like The Ultimate Fighting Championship. However, despite the notoriety of violence in the UFC, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) is entirely safe and fun for people of all ages, including children. In fact, Tim specializes in working with kids to pursue the different belt colours as they advance their knowledge in the martial art.

There's a ton of things for kids to do at Inhabit Training Academy, especially over the summer. The next full-day summer camp runs from July 31 to August 4 and costs $238. Kids (aged 6-12) start their morning with a Ugi and BJJ practice, followed by games on the mats. Afternoons are spent engaged in different activities outside the gym ranging from visiting the beach to playing sports or making art.

There are also programs for kids all year round, including birthday party packages. You can check out all of those classes, and adult classes, by visiting their website.

Los Gitanos School of Spanish Dance

It may not be the first thing you think of when you consider working out, but there's no question that the torrid pace set by Flamenco dancing is a workout worthy of your sweat.

Los Gitanos is run by founder and Profesor de Baile Beverley Mantovani, who teaches the culture of Spain through the traditional dances of Flamenco, Escuela Bolero (a classical Spanish ballet), and regional Spanish dance. The studio welcomes students of all ages; in fact, there's even kids classes for ages 6-9.

You can come to their Spanish and flamenco dance classes as a newcomer or any type of dancer willing to learn the skillful footwork of flamenco. If you want one-on-one instruction, Beverley offers individualized classes that focus on ballet technique but also improve important abilities, including coordination, musicality, fluidity of movement, healthy posture, core strength, deportment, and control of head and arm movement.