High-end fit­ness club boasts cut­ting-edge equip­ment

Monika checks out luxe and perk-filled new club in Rosedale

Midtown Post - - Life -

My son, Bode, has just started school, and so it’s fi­nally time to get se­ri­ous about my fit­ness goals. There are no more ex­cuses! I’m not much of a gym rat, but it’s time to find a reg­u­lar gym. So I vis­ited the Rosedale Club to give it a try.


It’s stylish, mod­ern and in­cludes a cof­fee and snack bar. My en­tire house could fit into the bath­room, but es­thet­ics aside, the vibe is un­pre­ten­tious and wel­com­ing.


The 18,000-square-foot fa­cil­ity in­cludes a group ex­er­cise space, cy­cling theatre, turf zone, weight and car­dio room, lounge and more.


Co-owner and my trainer for the day Mike Clements has a back­ground in hockey and weightlift­ing. He has a phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion de­gree with a ma­jor in sports science, is a cer­ti­fied On­tario Ki­ne­si­ol­ogy As­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber and worked in New Brunswick for two years in spinal cord re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.


Many classes are of­fered here from barre to func­tional train­ing, Pi­lates, boot­camp, row­ing, cy­cling and yoga. The classes are in­cluded in the gym mem­ber­ship.


This is the only gym in Canada to have a com­plete line of the lat­est Techn­o­gym equip­ment, a.k.a. the same ma­chines that have been used in the ath­letes’ vil­lage for the past five Sum­mer Olympics.

What is Techn­o­gym? It is a Euro­pean line of fit­ness ma­chines that of­fers a unique de­sign and in­ter­face for users. Mem­bers down­load the MyWell­ness app that will sync to ev­ery piece of equip­ment in the gym. Their pro­file will be linked and each ma­chine will track the user’s progress and sends out a weekly progress re­port. It also tracks when the user has a per­sonal best, or when ac­tiv­ity is be­low nor­mal.


Clements took me through a full fit­ness eval­u­a­tion start­ing with a health and fit­ness ques­tion­naire, fol­lowed by a semi-di­etary anal­y­sis and a full body com­po­si­tion anal­y­sis to de­ter­mine my cur­rent weight, body fat and viceral fat per­cent­age, lean tis­sue per­cent­age, meta­bolic age and rate. The per­son­al­ized fit­ness as­sess­ment was eye open­ing, and Clements un­der­stood my in­di­vid­ual lim­i­ta­tions and goals. I also didn’t have to ex­plain what di­as­ta­sis recti was (sep­a­ra­tion of ab­dom­i­nal mus­cles af­ter hav­ing a gi­ant baby).


The high-tech equip­ment and one-on-one anal­y­sis were very ap­peal­ing to me. I learned so much! For ex­am­ple, most peo­ple make the mis­take of think­ing diet is all about the calo­ries, when in fact it is where you’re get­ting your calo­ries from.

Monika in the turf zone with trainer Mike Clements

MONIKA SCHNARRE Monika Schnarre is a model, ac­tress, en­tre­pre­neur and tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity. She has ap­peared in over 50 tele­vi­sion shows and films and on over 100 mag­a­zine cov­ers.

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