By Kenzie Bilyk:
When Jill Dowson heard about Glow Fitness for Women opening in Selkirk through word of mouth, she was one of the first to sign up.
Dowson used to run a club from a franchise called Curves, and when she saw the women’s-only circuit at Glow, she was excited for a chance to return to a workout that she missed since her club closed.
“It feels like I’m coming home. It’s a grown-up girlfriends club! And so glad to see smiling faces when I open the door!” says Dowson about her experience since joining.
The Glow circuit, just like the one at Dowson’s former club, uses a force called hydraulic resistance to create a full body strength workout, like lifting weights but more comparable to swimming, because the resistance of the machines will increase depending on how fast you push or pull, and you raise your heart rate for the additional benefit of a cardio workout.
“Easy weight loss and muscle toning. It’s an hour and a half workout in a half hour!” Says Dowson on the benefits she remembers from when she owned her club.
“It’s for every woman too, the machines will adjust for everyone and will continue to challenge you even after you have gotten stronger. And it’s nice to see the yoga added to complement the circuit.”
Since Glow Fitness for Women opened a few weeks ago, Dowson now works out at Glow a few times a week with her friend Ruth Weins.
Weins also used to work out at a circuit style gym in the past and has been enjoying her workouts so far.
“I like it because it’s stress-free! I have so much more energy now!” says Weins.
Feedback from members working out in the morning show similar enthusiasm for the new gym.
“I find it empowering, the staff is so motivational and welcoming. The space is beautiful” Glow member Dianna Mae Hocaluk comments cheerfully before her regular early morning yoga.
“No one judges, you don’t need headphones either!” Christie Pellaers, another member, added enthusiastically from the circuit.
“Oh yes! That’s so important, and the schedule for the yoga is so thoughtful for a working professional woman” Hocaluk continued.
“It’s just such a positive environment!” Pellaers finished off.
Some other general comments heard dancing around the space between the recovery boards and the yoga studio show similar sentiments:
“I’m happy that it’s back, it’s so nice to get back into it!” said one member in between squats.
“The circuit and the yoga are both so easy to get into, doesn’t matter your current shape or activity level!” Added another from the stretch area.
Glow Fitness for Women opened March 12 in downtown Selkirk at 217 Clandeboye avenue, close to the waterfront. The women’s-only gym has memberships with and without contracts, and is open 24/7, with coaches on-site six days a week.
New members are welcome to drop by during staffed hours, visit online (glowfitnessforwomen.ca) or call to sign up – 204.420.4280.
The Glow circuit workout gives you a full strength workout, just like lifting weights, but without the weight. Glow's machines use a hydraulic resistance system that responds differently to each person who uses it. This makes it a safe workout for women of all ages and fitness levels.