Where to Workout in Red Deer
Absolute Fitness Red Deer is a bit of a hidden gem. A lot of people have heard of it, but no one really knows where it is. Located in the Park Plaza building downtown, Absolute Fitness (like most facilities), stole a piece of my heart.
About Absolute Fitness Red Deer
The thing that makes Absolute stand out amongst the other fitness facilities in the city is their training philosphy. They really strive to utilize all aspects of fitness and encourage movement. You won’t find rows of cardio equipment or endless racks of weights to work on your bicep curls. Instead you’ll find tools to aid in your flexibility, mobility, overall strength, and endurance. You will find people of all shapes, sizes and abilities training there, from professional and amateur athletes to people just beginning their fitness journey.
They are a family friendly facility, with a designated play area just off the reception desk, open to the lower level. Liam loved to hang out here, usually bugging the person sitting at the reception desk keeping an eye on the kids, watching cartoons or playing with the toys there. It’s great to have an open area where kids can watch their parents and I salute all the gyms that enable this so we can encourage and inspire our kids to lead healthier lifestyles as well.
New members are required to take a movement assessment, so the trainers can get a feel for their abilities and determine the best classes for them to start with. I think this is important so you don’t have someone jumping into a strength class who has some mobility issues they need to work on and end up with an injury. It’s a small step that adds to the notion of overall wellbeing that is above and beyond what most gyms provide.
About the Classes
Aside from open gym space and personal training there are a variety of group classes at Absolute.
- Movement and Mobility is all about incorporating foam rolling and stretching to work on those problem areas. It’s a slower class with huge benefits that a lot of us fail to incorporate into our every day fitness routines. I love that they have daily classes dedicated to just this.
- The Conditioning class is a moderate to high intensity workout using a variety of movements and techniques. From body weight exercises, kettlebells, box jumps, pullups, rings, and more, the opportunities are endless. They focus on long warmups to make sure your body is ready and prevent injury.
- Strength is one of my personal favourites as it incorporates strength and power power training without the cardio. This is where you work on progressions and finding your max lifts and where, I think, you become the biggest bad-ass.
- There are also bootcamp classes that take out the warmup and cool down and focus on getting your heart rate up for maximum fat loss.
- Lastly, cardio kickboxing and muay thai. Cardio kickboxing is the starting point to learn the basics before moving into muay thai. There are a number of competitive athletes that train in muay thai at Absolute so if martial arts are your thing, you’ll want to check these classes out.
There are a ton of affordable options available and students receive a 10% discount.
- 1 Week Intro Special: $ 40
- Gym (month to month): $49
- 1 Month Unlimited Classes: $209
- Gym: $11
- Class: $25
- 5 classes: $110
- 10 classes: $180
- 20 classes: $320
- 30 times: $420
- Gym Membership: $39
- 1 class/week: $80
- 2 classes/week: $124
- 3 classes/week: $145
- 4 classes/week: $166
- Unlimited: $179
They also offer personal training and program design. Be sure to contact them for pricing information if you’re interested in those options.
What I Loved Most
Right off the bat, I knew these trainers really knew their stuff. In my initial movement assessment, I learned how to correct my squat form. After years of being told to focus on pushing my knees out when I squat, my trainer explained that I need to actively engage my glutes and core while I’m squatting and coming back up again. Voila! I fixed my squat problem in two seconds flat. It blew me away that it was such a simple fix that no trainer before had been able to point out to me.
I love that they focus on functional fitness and overall health with a huge focus on movement and mobility. This is not the place you come if you just want to get jacked, lose 20 pounds or impress people. This is where you come to work properly to improve your overall fitness the right way.
I also loved that it incorporated the elements I used to love when I did Crossfit, the high intensity circuit workouts, olympic lifting and full body work, but without the competition aspect.