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#RedDeerStrong – Adjusting to isolation? Now’s the time for new habits. Studio Pilates will help make fitness part of your new routine.


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What does your business do?

We offer group fitness, pilates training, and personal training. During the health crisis, we are offering fitness instruction virtually (a variety of 30-40 min classes). We also offer an online training app called Trainerize that provide 5 home workouts per week, in addition to the classes we’re offering. The trainerize app has an accountability check in for each workout and in-app messaging with a trainer from the Studio.

Colleen Manning is the Owner of Studio Pilates

How has COVID-19 affected you?

When life throws you curves, you learn to swerve.
Every individual in our community is adjusting to a new way of living and an underlying fear for their health and the health of their loved ones.

For many this is a time of crisis, elevated stress, & uncertainty, while others are finding joy in the simple pleasures of life that in past months were somehow swallowed up in our over scheduled lives.

Covid-19 has forced us to lay off over 15 of our team members…some instructors who chose to not film classes, receptionists, childminders, our massage therapist, and estheticians.

With overhead on our 7000 sq foot facility, we need to get creative to cover rent, bills, insurance, gov’t remittance, and wages for our instructors who are filming classes.

Studio Pilates will offer regular classes via video

What are you doing to adapt?

Studio Pilates has been in operation in Red Deer for 19 years, and we’ve gone through our fair share of challenges. We’ve embraced this Covid-19 situation as an opportunity – to connect with individuals in our community who have been contemplating a fitness program, or those who have always wanted to take our classes, but time has been their barrier. We’ve accepted the challenge of moving our classes to a virtual platform, and we’re excited to launch Trainerize with the public.

On our main Studio Pilates facebook page we offer a LIVE workout every Friday at 9:15am. These live workouts will remain on the page so that anyone can go back on the newsfeed on our page, and repeat the workouts! These are body weight workouts – no equipment required. Modifications are always offered for various fitness levels. On our main facebook page we are also offering Episodes of “My Kitchen is Bitchin” which is tips & tricks for healthy eating from our kitchens to yours (our fitness pros share their healthy go to rituals and recipes in the kitchen).
We’ve also aligned with other like minded businesses in Red Deer to offer content and connection for the public….for example, Nan Dell’s Chickadee Catering Co & The Cooking Room filmed cooking segments just for our Studio Pilates FB audience!

Offering our members valuable content and connection, is our top priority. Those who have punch passes still have the option to sign up for daily classes through our studio management softward called MindBody. We have our own Studio Pilates app that can be downloaded free from iTunes/Googleplay and our daily classes appear on the app. Individual classes & punch passes can be purchased on this app. When a class is purchased, that individual has a link to the class (youtube link) that doesn’t expire for 48 hours. This means the workout can be repeated if desired. We encourage everyone in the household to join into the workouts as well! Moving together is good for the soul – smiles are guarenteed!

For those interested in our “Online Training Package” during this temporary closure of gyms and rec centres, we offer a wealth of information, connection, & workout choices. This package is what our members who has Unlimited memberships are receiving. This includes becoming a client on the Trainerize app (easy set up – download the trainerize app from itunes/googleplay), and you are emailed an invite. Once you’re in the app, your workouts appear – scheduled through the week). The Online Training Package also includes every fitness class that we offer throughout the week….for example, Barre, Interval Workouts, Mat Pilates, Yoga, Essentrics, Body Weight Strength classes, Mom & Me Workouts…and more!
Online Package members are also invited into a closed facebook group where we also do Live workouts just for the group!

Visit our website or Facebook page for live fitness instruction!

What kind of help do you need?

We need help getting the word out to the community about our online fitness options. We’d love to invite the public to our FB page and instagram, to take advantage of the workouts and information we’re sharing.

What do you want the community to know?

We would like to invite those who are not currently active or who have been intimidated to enter a “gym” to get to know us through the online offerings. Online instruction removes the very real fear of walking into a facility. We will begin offering INTRO TO FITNESS videos on our main Facebook page and on our instagram to get beginners moving! Any movement is good movement….you don’t have to do a high intensity workout to gain the benefits of physical activity. Strengthening your immune system, managing stress, and improving sleep all comes from moderate amounts of exercise. We are here to lead ALL individuals through movement, no matter your age & current activity level.

With gratitude,
Colleen Manning
Owner/Director Studio Pilates Fitness & Wellness

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Carnival Cinemas = movie theatre and virtual reality complex open again!

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After 3 months of cinematic silence, digital projects will again come to life at Carnival Cinemas on Friday night.
“It has been a tough 3 months,” said theatre owner Bill Ramji. “This weekend, we come back to life!”
Movie goers can choose from Trolls World Tour, Sonic the Hedgehog, I Still Believe and the classic 1970s
film E.T.
Carnival Cinemas has kept prices steady at $5 and still offers the same snack bar and games arcade center in addition to Ctrl V, their virtual reality entertainment complex.

“We will still offer the same services as before, for meetings, birthday parties, and other rentals to serve our customers,” said Ramji. “We are ready to be central Red Deer’s entertainment hub.”
Over the last weeks, the Carnival parking lot has been home to food trucks, a move which was initiated last year.
“Having food trucks in our lot gives us good visibility,” added Ramji. “Last year we even had a small collectors market day for local comic book and card collectors.”
Ramji noted that movie goers can go online at to view their current film slate and view online trailers.



#RedDeerStrong – Reduce your pain, improve your movement, function your best with Pursuit Physiotherapy


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#RedDeerStrong – Reduce your pain, improve your movement, function your best with Pursuit Physiotherapy

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What does your business do?

Pursuit Physiotherapy helps people in Central Alberta to feel their best, move their best, and recover from injuries.
Our compassionate, highly skilled therapists help you to pursue the activities that you want to do. Reduce your pain, improve your movement, function at your best!

Some of the things that we can help with:

Chronic neck/back pain or injuries
Sports injuries
Joint sprains and Muscle strains
Pelvic Health issues like incontinence or pain
Motor Vehicle Accident recovery
Pain and Stiffness that prevents you from doing the things that you love

How has COVID-19 affected you?

The clinic was closed for about 7 weeks because of the pandemic. It is now open at a reduced capacity to ensure the environment is safe for all of our clients. We are pleased that all of our staff are now back working and have availability to treat you. We appreciate your referrals as we rebuild!

What are you doing to adapt?

At Pursuit Physiotherapy, we have always treated patients on a “one-on-one” basis and minimized wait times. This has allowed us to transition into the “new normal” without disrupting your care plan. We have treatment zones and safety measures in place, including masking, to minimize the potential for virus spread. Also, we continue to offer Video Treatments, also known as Telehealth or Virtual Health. This allows our clients that need to stay home to access treatment. Physiotherapists provide a lot of education and exercise so you’d be surprised how much can be accomplished virtually!

What kind of help do you need?

Help us spread the word: We are open and we want to serve our community. We can see you for in-person treatment or via video. Do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions to determine your best plan for physiotherapy.

Our New Look at Pursuit Physio

Meet our new Staff!Just kidding. Same great team. Same great treatment. Different look. Longer hair and masks. This is us for the next while!For some information on procedural changes, check out our website:

Posted by Pursuit Physiotherapy Corp. on Wednesday, May 6, 2020

What do you want the community to know?

Being unable to treat patients for almost 2 months really spelled it out for us:
We missed our patients!
Helping you is what we do. We love to offer help to make you feel better, do better, and pursue your goals. This has been a stressful time for our entire community. Do not suffer unnecessarily because of muscle tension, changes to your workplace environment, or new injuries – We would love the opportunity to help you!

Highlights info row image  110, 2840 Bremner Avenue
Red Deer, Alberta T4R 1M9
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