Category Archives: Exercise

Exercise of the Month: Hamstring Curls on a Swiss Ball


This challenging and underrated exercise is very good at engaging your entire back side of your body. It focuses on strengthening the hamstrings, glutes, lower/mid back to help create balance in your usually front strong body. This exercise can help to reduce or eliminate back pain if done properly and it helps to strengthen your core by bringing balance work into the mix. See below for more benefits of the exercise, the technique, and variations!

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What’s New On Optimal?


Lots of things happening this month on Optimal for you to choose from! We have two new workshops available to you if you are looking to expand your knowledge: “Know Your Numbers” (February 12th @10:00 AM MT) and “Stress & Your Heart Health” (February 23rd @ 10 AM MT). If you are looking to clean up your Mind, Body, & Soul we also have three different programs available that begin this month: “Optimal Nutrition (4 Week Group Coaching)”, “Heart Health […]

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Exercise of the Month: TRX Row


This very adaptable exercise can be as difficult or as easy as you are needing for that day. It focuses on strengthening the muscles in the arms & upper/mid back to help create better posture. Working on better posture helps to reduce or eliminate back pain. See below for more benefits of the exercise, the technique, and variations!

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December Challenge


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This month we Calgary City Centre Fitness Centre is running an online virtual fitness class challenge. It is free to join. All you have to do is login to Optimal and select the 12 days of Fit-mas workout videos to do for your workout for that day! Doing the videos/live classes allows to to accumulate points in hopes of winning an Amazon gift card. All workouts are holiday themed to keep you going though this busy and stressful time of […]

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Exercise of the Month December: TRX Reverse Lunge


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Challenge yourself with this month’s exercise! Work on symmetry, balance, core, and leg strength with the TRX reverse lunge!

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Exercise of the Month September: Adductor Wall Sit


Benefits of Adductor Wall Sit The Adductor Wall Sit exercise is a safe and effective way to strengthen and stabilize the core, glutes, quads, adductors, and pelvic floor muscles. This improves pelvic floor, glute, & leg strength while helping to relieve & prevent low back pain. Technique Stand with shoulders resting against the wall and feet hip width apart at an angle about one and a half feet to 2 feet from the wall. You will know that you are […]

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What’s Going On In September?


Introducing Pop-up classes! Member’s can now enjoy more styles of classes. These pop-up classes will be included with a member’s unlimited class pass or they may purchase a drop in class pass to attend. Pop-up classes will happen once every 2-4 weeks! First up on the list Zumba! New group exercise class schedule for the Fall will begin September 12th! The new schedule includes more optimal times for members and an additional class. Spin Express will be added to the […]

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12 Days of Fit-Mas


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Join us on Optimal for free classes leading up to the holidays. By participating, you will be eligible for amazon gift cards at the end of the challenge.

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Elf in the Fitness Centre


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The elf has come back to gym to get fit and healthy again. If you spot him in the gym and you do the exercise, you will be eligible for daily draw prizes. Participate from home: We’ll be posting pics of what the elf has been up to so you can follow along from home using body weight or home weights.

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Workplace Wellness Month Challenge


Join us for a Mission:LIVWell challenge for the month of October to improve your physical, mental, occupational and community health. Compete against other teams by completing tasks and earning points for your home facility. Sign up here