BEST GYMS - WHERE TO WORK OUT IN TORONTO

by Julie Ryland,

Traveling usually means running away from or sacrificing your everyday routines and responsibilities, but it doesn’t have to mean putting your workout schedule on hold. As you explore Toronto’s culinary scene and everything from dim sum to rum, your daily exercise routine might be more crucial than ever. Here is a selection of the top five gyms in Toronto that can help you keep your booty and biceps up to par.

Extreme Fitness

With 13 locations in the GTA, more than 100,000 members and 65 classes per week, this is a large, all-round (Mon-Fri 5 a.m. to midnight, Sat-Sun 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) fitness club that offers you quality instructors, equipment and studios at a reasonable price. A drop-in class is $20, but weekly passes can be arranged.
As you walk into their club on John and Richmond Streets in the heart of the Entertainment District, you might feel a bit confused whether you actually ever made it home from the bar you went to the night before. The music is blasting, and the open gallery on the third floor overlooks the lounge and (juice) bar area, including a huge projector that features regular appearances by Rihanna and Britney Spears.
After or before a work out you can relax and enjoy steam baths and saunas, towel service, and the free use of both internet and computers. Parking is available Monday through Thursdays after 4 p.m. at a discounted rate, but might be subject to change.

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Totum Life Science

As the name suggests, this boutique gym on King Street West focuses on the whole body and the lifestyle associated with fitness. Situated amid offices, lofts, design studios and young professionals with a health-conscious mind, this is the place to come to mingle, work out end enjoy sessions with well-educated personal trainers, take classes or work with your own program.

The 11,000-square-foot loft-space also includes a sports therapy clinic with physiotherapy, massage therapy, naturopathy, acupuncture, and chiropractic care. The doctors work with the instructors, trainers and clients to ensure that the workouts and exercises are individually tailored and optimized for each individual.

A membership or pass includes the full use of locker rooms, steam baths and amenities (no need to lug your body lotion or hair spray around the city). A day pass is $20, but a week pass is $30 and can save you some money if you’re staying in the city for a few days. Their website also states that they have a free week-pass you might want to try to register for.

The club is open Mon-Fri 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Toronto Athletic Club

If you really want to make your work-outs a holiday-indulgence, you might want to take the elevator up to the 36th floor of the TD Water House tower on Bay and Wellington Streets, the financial core of Toronto. The address also implies their client demographic – a representative sample of the CEOs, top execs and bankers in the city.
The exclusive atmosphere offers a quiet, tranquil and well-equipped space for your work-out. Start off the day with homemade granola with flax seeds and fresh berries in the club restaurant, and finish off the day with a game of squash or aquatics class in the 25-yard pool. Go for a run on the treadmill while you enjoy a breathtaking view of the city (and save money on your trip to the CN tower), or take one of their signature fitness classes – the Powerpump or Brazilian Butt Lift.

The club strives to maintain what they refer to as an in-depth relationship with each member and does not do drop ins. However, if you’re here for a week or more, for example for business and maybe working in the area, give them a call. Passes can be arranged upon request
The club is open Mon-Fri 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sat-Sun 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Quad Spin

Has the sight of puddles of sweat, monstrous-looking bikes and spinning studios ever felt intimidating to you? Quad Spin has taken spinning out of the box and created a less threatening space for people to overcome their fear of spinning, build muscles, strength and stamina, burn fat and sing their hearts out.
Their emphasis is on embracing each individual in the class and engage each muscle, brain cell and body part in intense, effective and fat-burning spin classes for all levels.

The instructors are highly trained and passionate individuals that are there to get you excited about your workout and forget about the outside world. They focus on the use of music in the classes, have live DJs and let the workouts mimic and interpret the rythm. You might have trouble catching your breath afterwards, but you definitely won’t be bored.

Clients are mostly young professionals in their mid-20s to 40s, but their other two locations in Oakville and on Queen West has a slightly older demographic. Most of them are single and 80% are women, so guys – get on the bike.

A drop in class is $19, but they also have 10-class passes available for $160, or 20 classes at $285. Student discounts (drop in $16, 10-class pass $100). Intro classes every Saturday and Sunday at noon, and about 35 classes in total run every week between 6.30 a.m. and 7.45 p.m.

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The Yorkville Club

After finishing a day of shopping in Yorkville or a visit at the Royal Ontario Museum of Art, The Yorkville Club offers a luxurious and elegant space for your work-out in Hazelton Lanes Shopping Centre, a few steps north of Bloor Street on Avenue Road.

This 24,000 square feet of space includes studios for yoga and fitness classes, a juice bar, professional concierge services (including the booking of theatre tickets and restaurants, dry cleaning services), a business centre, meeting rooms, and luxurious change rooms with steam baths and amenities. They also have a full-service health centre on site, including physicians, naturopaths, chiropractors and physiotherapists.

Classes range from Moksha and Hatha Yoga to Athletic Conditioning and Belly Dancing. A one-day pass for all classes and use of the fitness facilities is $25. Yoga drop-ins are offered for $16. The gym’s hours are Mon-Fri 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sat-Sun 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Underground parking is available, and (at time of publication) first 90 minutes are free.

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Julie Ryland is an editorial intern with Travel to Wellness.

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