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Area Fitness

Posted by Staff / Posted on April 24, 2011

Area FitnessArea Fitness is a boutique-style gym located between the Distillery and St. Lawrence Market. They offer a complete range of equipment as well as cycling and yoga classes. One-on-one personal training and nutritional advice is also available.

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visitor / September 8, 2011 at 11:46 am
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I visited this gym and I really wasted my time, unfriendly people and trainners... also very very very small washrooms.
todd / December 27, 2011 at 12:24 am
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this place is garbage, tried it a few times, seems like a front for something, no way it can make money, notba friendly staff at all. Owner is so fake, she bugs me.
Patty L. / January 7, 2013 at 06:04 am
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My favourite gym ever. No shady plans, very straightforward. Lots of neighbours from the distillery use it. Staff are helpful and I love that the gym always feels safe and welcoming. Very friendly to people of all ages. Training there has literally changed my life. First gym I've ever stuck with. Very clean and tidy too. Nice clients and a friendly atmosphere.
Connie replying to a comment from Patty L. / December 2, 2013 at 09:34 am
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Hi Patty, Thank you for adding your post here. We've been fortunate to have members like yourself going on 5+ years now. For those interested in checking us out, please visit the gym and our site- as the owner/operator, I'd be delighted to say hi. The gym is fully equipped, we have great staff, yoga and spin classes and it's all available to use without signing up for any contract.
Dennis / December 2, 2013 at 11:35 am
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This is the perfect small gym for me! And for anyone who wants to be in and out have pleasant interaction at a convent location for parking (in front)
I have been trained by Connie for 22 years through all my physical challenges where it was necessary to have someone well acquainted with my needs at difficult times
I LIVE THIS PLACE. BEST KEPT SECRET IN TORONTO
Peter / December 2, 2013 at 12:00 pm
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I have been a member since the place opened. It's kept in top-notch condition, the staff and members are friendly. All ages enjoy the atmosphere. I never tried yoga before taking a class at Area- it was inviting and excellent complement to my routine. Bonus: When I go away for the summer, it's no problem to turn my membership off- no contract, no BS gym.
Aubrey Golden / December 2, 2013 at 12:44 pm
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I have been trained by Connie for just under twenty years and have never been so fit. She has a wonderful gym, very nice people come there from all over the city. But she is rapidly becoming known in the Distillery district and the vibe there is very pleasant. Connie and her staff operate the ideal gym, small, personal and very skilled at fitness.
I have worked out in Toronto gyms for over forty years and there is not a hope in hell I will change. Besides, the protein shakes are delicious.
Aubrey
Gwen / December 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm
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Ignore the online crankies, and listen to Dennis above.
This is a fantastic gym, one of the very best in Toronto. Connie, the owner, is incredibly knowledgeable about training. She and her other trainers and staff are always friendly and welcoming. If you want great/affordable personal training - it can't be beaten.

Great classes, equipment, terrific vibe. Many of us even travel from the west-end to go. Also, the photo is deceiving, it's not that small.
Peter Wilmshurst / December 2, 2013 at 12:56 pm
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Wonderful gym.

Easy access, lots of free parking. No nonsense, owner is lifetime multi-discipline fitness person. Small but great equipment. Only best staff - trainers etc. hired. Tremendous commitment to helping with overall health for all ages. Owner also has strong knowledge of dealing with injuries, nutrition, sports skill enhancement.

I have been going for over 15 years and would pay to go here
versus anywhere else for free. The couple of negative comments are mind-bogglingly unfair. This is one absolutely GREAT GYM!
Will / December 2, 2013 at 01:00 pm
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For those interested in a no nonsense, quaint, welcoming gym, Area Fitness is the perfect place. It may be smaller than most, however, you have everything you will need. (I've have been coming here for some time now during my lunch and can get a full intense workout with the available equipment.) I personally find the staff and owner (Connie) to be enthusiastic, pleasant, and helpful. For personal training, Connie is exceptional! The other trainers seem to genuinely care and are focused to ensure their clients meet their personal goals.
Anita Kunz / December 2, 2013 at 02:08 pm
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I LOVE this gym! Everyone is so friendly and the workouts are intense (I do spin classes...they're tough but great). Connie is amazing, intelligent and extremely helpful. I'd never go anywhere else..A++++++
lynsey / December 2, 2013 at 04:03 pm
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Connie and the team at Area fitness are some of the best people I have ever had the pleasure of working with. Super knowledgeable about all things fitness and nutrition, this team is the key to achieving your personal goals. The great location, neighbourhood feel, and wide variety of yoga/spinning classes makes Area Fitness an exceptional place to workout!
Connie / December 2, 2013 at 05:50 pm
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Thank you to all who took time to post their comment about Area Fitness. I had not visited this site until today and noticed the 'online crankies' commentary. I'm truly flattered that you feel strongly enough about Area and your experience here that you took to this site and spoke up. Best, Connie.
PS. I've contacted the site owner to arrange for the description and picture be updated to reflect what you already know.
Su / December 2, 2013 at 05:53 pm
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This gym is fantastic. I have been attending for over a year and a half and find the boutique size, the quality of the people, trainers and equipment to be perfect for my needs. Of course, I love that it is a best kept secret - but I guess we can share.
Nancy / December 2, 2013 at 07:20 pm
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This is a great gym, friendly staff, awesome spinning classes. The gym is super clean. The personal training is the best I've experienced in the city and the best ever protein shakes after a hard workout. I travel from the west end at least three times a week- there are lots of other options but Connie has built a friendly, supportive and motivating environment.
Mel / December 2, 2013 at 08:43 pm
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I have had the pleasure of training at this gym and with Connie over the years. It's small yes, but I have never felt overwhelmed of out of place there.
Whether it's personal training, Spinning or Yoga, I felt my exercise and practice needs were always met, even with my erratic schedule.
The space, the Staff and Connie are truly unique! If you tire of the "Big Box" gym experience, this place is for you.
Best protein bars in the city!
Thanks, Connie!
Sonia / December 3, 2013 at 10:41 am
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The space and equipment at the gym are fantastic. Additionally, this facility absolutely resonates with Connie's holistic approach to health, fitness and well-being. Kudos to Connie and staff!
Sarah J / December 3, 2013 at 04:31 pm
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I've been training at Area Fitness for almost 18 months and have never been happier with a gym. Connie and her team are amazing. I've trained one-on-one with a few of her staff, all of whom have been professional, encouraging and friendly. They've gone out of their way to help me keep on track with my fitness goals and I wouldn't dream of going anywhere else. The facility has great equipment and is a comfortable environment to work out in. The protein shakes truly are amazing. I can't say enough good things and would recommend Area to anyone. Thank you to Connie and your whole team!
Irka / December 4, 2013 at 06:32 am
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Connie is THE BEST trainer one could ever ask for!Her professionalism is top notch and her methods are seamless. She does not miss a beat! Connie has a knack for honing in on what makes an individual tick, both physically and emotionally, creating a training atmosphere that is challenging, satisfying, personal and successful.
Carolyn / December 4, 2013 at 01:40 pm
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Absolutely one of the best kept secrets in the Fitness Industry in Toronto. Connie runs the most professional, friendly boutique gym bar none. I have worked out with many trainers in numerous cities but no one comes close to Connie's highly educated training combined with her incredible intuitive instinct to work your body safely and successfully. She genuinely cares about her clients well being. Connie addresses all personal goals from fitness to nutrition with great attention to detail. From athletes, dancers to just us regular folk - she gets results.
No matter what your age, Connie will push you to your best fitness level.
I love this gym, its clean bright and efficient. Yoga, spinning, cardio and weight training all in one friendly, atmosphere. I've been a member for over 18 years. LOVE it.
Tom / December 4, 2013 at 10:46 pm
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I have been a member at Area Fitness for the past 2.5 years and have been training with Connie for the past two years. I love this gym. It's a block from my condo, the facilities are top notch for a small gym and Connie and the staff couldn't be more friendly and welcoming. They make a mean smoothie too! My husband is also a member and he really enjoys the spinning classes.
John Kriter / December 5, 2013 at 06:33 pm
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I don't know where the negative comments are coming from. This gym is immaculately clean and very well appointed. Connie, the owner, and the staff are all very friendly and helpful. I've been a member since it opened and have always felt totally comfortable and completely looked at home! 10/10
John Kriter replying to a comment from John Kriter / December 5, 2013 at 06:35 pm
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I meant: "...completely at home!"
Ana M / December 8, 2013 at 06:12 pm
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I loved this place, the members, the staff...Connie a super strong woman in many ways. I worked out at this gym and I also provided personal training as an external trainer. From all the places I worked at in my years of experience this one is by far "one of the best kept secrets in the Fitness Industry in Toronto". My clients became members and absolutely love the place.
I moved away and I miss this place very much. Connie keep up with the great work and the fabulous facility you have going.
All the best!
Miss you guys!
Eric / December 25, 2013 at 07:49 pm
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I've been a member of Area Fitness for several years now. It isn't the biggest or the most sophisticated gym in Toronto, but it is the warmest. When you come to Area Fitness, the place feels like family — long-standing members, staff who know you by name and actually give a damn about you and a no-nonsense culture of fitness. The place is spotless (the owner is meticulous and anyone who says otherwise needs to get their glasses checked) and has all of the equipment you need for a great workout. This is the place to work out if you're in the Esplanade or St. Lawrence Market Area and you want a no-bullshit gym.
Nancy / January 6, 2014 at 04:59 pm
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I love this gym. It's the only place I have ever felt really comfortable working out -- and Connie the owner is brilliant. Much prefer its clean, boutique atmosphere vs. loud,larger, impersonal gyms.
Stephen / January 19, 2014 at 09:42 am
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Area Fitness is clean and has a good number of spaces to work out in without people waiting or bumping into me -- despite its compact size. The owner has been my trainer for many years and our relationship continues because she is so straight-forward, so knowledgeable about fitness and way more committed to my overall health than I am. I really value Connie's determination to help me achieve important health and fitness goals.

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