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Sleek spinning studio rolls onto St. Clair West

Posted by Erica Berman / August 15, 2014

rocket cycleEver wanted to try spinning, but were too intimidated? This new indoor cycling studio on St. Clair West offers some killer workouts in a clean, elegant, beautifully unpretentious atmosphere that's welcoming to newbies and veteran spinners alike. (Even the class music is good.)

Read my review of Rocket Cycle in the fitness section.

Get underground at massive MMA facility in the Annex

Posted by Erica Berman / July 26, 2014

black devil mma torontoThis massive MMA training facility is home to a huge array of equipment and top-level instruction - their head coach has trained several fighters who have gone on to win titles. Don't be intimidated if you're a newbie - the gym's regulars are friendly and the atmosphere is welcoming. The emphasis is on learning technique instead of calorie burn - but with classes this demanding, you'll be in fighting form in no time.

Read my review of Black Devil MMA in the fitness section.

New boxing gym lets you beat up rubber dummies

Posted by Erica Berman / June 23, 2014

boxing gym torontoLocated just off West Queen West, this brand-new boxing gym encourages you to lay a whooping on B.O.B. - a rubber dummy created for boxing practice. (They might be a little on the creepy side, but you can feel the benefits of practicing your kicks and punches against something with real-world resistance.) When you're not putting a boxing glove to rubbery face, their classes will put you through a killer workout.

Read my profile of Big Hit Studios in the fitness section.

New gym wants to toughen up Toronto's east side

Posted by Erica Berman / May 30, 2014

mma torontoAn east side gym has just opened a sister space devoted to MMA training. Here you'll find kick-boxing, women's self-defense, as well as MMA style fitness and bootcamp classes.

Read my review of Primal MMA in the fitness section.
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Where to learn to fight like a girl in Toronto

Posted by Erica Berman / April 23, 2014

fight like a girl torontoFight Like a Girl is a free self-defence program for women currently offered once a month out of OpenMat MMA, a martial arts school and studio in downtown Toronto. But it's a whole lot more than just a class: If program founder and OpenMat owner Elliot Bayev has his way, it will grow into something that will change the entire world for the better.

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Fitness model's new gym dishes out serious workouts

Posted by Erica Berman / April 19, 2014

hourglass fitness torontoCanadian fitness pro Lyzabeth Lopez has brought her fitness chain to Queen West. The gym, which caters primarily to women, offers circuit-based workouts that will have even seasoned fitness buffs working up a major sweat.

Read my profile of Hourglass Workout in the fitness section.
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