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Bloor Street Boxing and Fitness

Posted by Tim / Posted on January 23, 2008

Bloor Street Boxing
Bloor Street Boxing and Fitness is one of Toronto's most iconic gyms. Founded by former lightweight National Champion Paul Ryan as a non profit to get kids off the streets, the gym started as a boxing gym with the ring, the bags and the facilities to train local youth into champions. That was back in 1993.

Since that time Bloor Boxing and Fitness has not only become a leading boxing training facility for competitive men and women fighters but it has also transformed into a full service fitness facility. The main floor boasts a good selection of machines, free weights and cardio equipment while the boxing ring and classes have moved upstairs.

Boxing classes take place every day of the week except Sunday. There are lots of punching bags to go around, but the real centerpiece is the ring itself - it's the same one that Mohammed Ali and Rocky Marciano battled in New York's Times Square.

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The overall vibe seems pretty casual, in keeping with the no-attitude aesthetic the owner is looking for. Here it's all about the work-out and members tend to be drawn from the surrounding neighbourhoods - Parkdale, Roncesvalles and The Junction. Most people working out here are in their 20's or 30's but the actual membership spans from 16 to 75 years young. Music tends to be of the standard satellite radio variety and satellite TV's are embedded into most cardio machines.

Rates and Initiation Fee

The cost to join is fairly reasonable and will work out, on average, to be around $40. An initiation fee may apply depending on the length of the membership. The kicker is probably the mandatory $30 Fitness Assessment with a personal trainer. While this might be beneficial to some, the gym should really just do away with it and make it optional. Otherwise, it just stinks as a hidden initiation fee.

Towels, Lockers and Showers

For rates at this price point don't expect too many frills. This gym is strictly BYOT (Bring Your Own Towel) which works for some people but I'm probably not one of them. If I don't plan correctly I might be forced to occasionally dry myself with something a bit on the soggy and crusty side. The locker room is also bare bones and could use an update. An overnight locker costs $10 a month but day use is free. On the bright side, at least the showers aren't communal.

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Personal Training, Yoga and Spin

The focus here is boxing which means don't join this gym for a wide range of other classes. They do offer yoga twice a week (it's included in the price) but there aren't any spinning bikes or classes. Personal training is available. Rates vary as there are several packages to choose from.

Food and Juice

The gym doesn't offer much to re-fuel at the moment but apparently they're planning to add a juice bar soon.

Worth Mentioning

The gym has boxing every day but Sundays. There's also salsa and Muay Thai.

Days and Hours of Operation

At the time of this post the gym is open Monday to Friday, 6:30am - 10pm; Saturday from 10am - 6pm and Sundays from 9am - 6pm. It's always best to check the web site for the most up to date info.

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Discussion

104 Comments

Joe Boxer / October 18, 2008 at 12:26 am
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This gym is crap, a 300lb fat chick who can't even touch her feet is teaching a Boxing Class.No clue.
Sandydandy / October 18, 2008 at 12:29 am
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The equipment is Ok but 4 treadmills for a whole lot of people? The ring c'mon is a ring from goodwill and is not a pro ring. As a member I feel that the instructors suck an the owner is only out for a buck so once your a member you mean nothing.Do not join this gym for classes.
/ October 26, 2008 at 05:13 am
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I am a member, and I think the class instructors not only motivate you to strive for your best performance, they actually take the time to talk to you about your technique as well as others in the class. I feel the problem is with some of the other "picky", disgruntled gym membes who often power trip over the equipment (i.e. "I know you've been using the treadmill for 15 minutes, but I signed my name on the reservation sheet 5 minutes ago...so please get off!").
peter / February 23, 2009 at 05:17 pm
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It's so obvious management wrote the the third comment.
replying to a comment from peter / February 24, 2009 at 03:44 pm
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hahaha, you're hilarious. It's so obvious that Good Life fitness wrote that last one; and it's so obvious that you need to give people the benefit of the doubt. But I could be lying, and be an assistent manager, or manager, or maybe...just maybe, quite possibly, maybemaybemaybe, someone who genuinely digs the gym.
... / March 22, 2009 at 08:00 am
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I'm a member at Bloor Street Boxing. I'm not a gym person particularly, but decided to finally do something about my interest in learning a new set of sport skills and how to punch, and I use the gym almost exclusively for classes.

In class situations, I find I get what I put into it. Some instructors are not big on technique, so in those classes, I take it on myself.

I have attended the early Saturday morning class a few times, and consider that instructor well qualified. She runs a very challenging class that is both physically and mentally demanding. There is significant focus on technique, and when you are not achieving the correct form, she is able to break down the movements to explain where and how you need to improve.

If you are considering joining and have doubts, I suggest you consider the times that you will likely be using the gym, and scope the place out at those times (not just one day). There is a free day pass available, and in the past there have been guest passes that last for one week. You need to be sure that this is a good fit for you, so I figure the staff should accept that you need more than a single visit to make the decision. It's just due diligence.

Perhaps since I've never joined a gym before, not having towel service, and having a tiny change room (women's anyway) is not a problem. I need to change, I need to shower. I don't want to pay for extras.
/ March 26, 2009 at 12:34 pm
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Well said, well said indeed! Regarding some of the more negative comments: I mean, what are you people looking for, a gym...or a spa?
Anonymous / April 15, 2009 at 11:33 am
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I am a member and NOT part of their staff.

It all depends on why you're joining. Are you doing more weight training, are you looking to do classes, cardio, etc? For strictly weight training, it's really not that bad. My only complaint is that they have mostly 1 set of everything so this means you have to wait sometimes to get your turn. having said that, suprisingly it doesn't happen too often.

As for the classes, it's hit and miss, but mostly a miss. I'm sure there are some qualified instructors, but from my experience, it's not up to par for a gym that has BOXING in their company name. This gives off the illusion that this is a legit boxing facility, which it is not!! It's like signing up to Extreme Couture and finding out that it's his wife's brother's friend's cousin that's running classes instead of Couture himself or people he trains with.

I think this place has some potential, but at the moment, it seems like it's poorly run and maintained. I get the feeling that upper management doesn't really care about the gym at all.

Conclusion, if you're looking for a place to just lift some weights and bulk up, it's not so bad. However, anything beyond this, like classes, technique training, etc, you might want to look elsewhere. If you're looking to train as a boxer, this place is definately NOT the place to do it. Although it's hard to find other boxing facilities, do not sign up if you're serious about boxing.
Ports / May 2, 2009 at 02:21 pm
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I have been going to gyms for years. I just switched to this gym approx 2 months ago because I just moved close by. For me, I do alot of cardio and free weights and I ALWAYS can get on a cardio machine type of my choice at most any time of day. The free weights are standard. The classes I have gone to are few but I agree that the Saturday morning class is one of the most challenging workouts I've experienced. I'm not sure how it compares to technical boxing because I am not in it for the boxing part of it. On that note, I wish there were more types of classes in the evenings and on weekends. They just put together a new schedule and added some seemingly interesting classes but they are all during the day when most of us are at work. Overall though, if you are open to trying new stuff, the boxing works for a generally tough workout. And you're not gonna get all the "pretty" perks because you're not PAYING for it which is why the gym is cheaper than most others! Anyway, they gave me a free 5 day trial prior to making my decision about joining... just ask.
francene / July 2, 2009 at 04:04 pm
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Same as Ports, I have been going to different gyms for years and just switched to Bloor boxing 4 months ago. So far, I like the gym and the classes. The staff are nice and friendly. As for the classes, I don't think they are aimed for the professional boxer but it's a tough work out.

People got disappointed when it didn't meet their expectation. I would suggest to get 7 day pass to try the classes and the gym before signing.

Don't expect a high-end gym for $30 a month.


Oscar / July 18, 2009 at 10:48 pm
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I have a interest in boxing and the upstairs of this gym provides professional coaching for all interested. There is a ring upstairs and series of punching bags. Most importantly, the boxing trainers are very friendly, helpful. The treadmills may not be abundant however they are in brand new conditions equipped with individual television sets and radio. It is a great place to work out for people in the neighborhood. Highly recommend this gym to all.
Brad / December 1, 2009 at 09:13 pm
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The prices are now $41-50/mth. The billing system is so sketchy it seems they have no problem asking you to mail a cheque to a mailbox in Colorado. Without telling members they decided to cut back hours from 6:30am to 10pm to 9:30am-10pm - you thought they were 24 hours? They are if you pay an extra $30. The floor is always messy and the equipment is not well taken care of. Of 6 or so elliptical machines with LCD TVs, only 2 tvs are ever working, at least one of the elliptical machines is out-of-order.
Far / January 6, 2010 at 03:38 am
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I have been looking for a gym close to home for some time now and I came across Bloor Boxing. I noticed after reading all the comments that there are various opinions about this gym and it's equipments, class and trainers. I plan on going on in for the next couple of days and giving it a try. I'll post what I think once I give it a try.
Far / January 10, 2010 at 01:01 am
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Great gym! Great people! The gym is nor for everyone so try it out first!
BazzeyBB / January 16, 2010 at 02:32 am
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Great post. I was going to write something similar. Will check this blog more often I think.
ratherbeoutside replying to a comment from BazzeyBB / January 26, 2010 at 05:06 am
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I have tried the Gym on a freebe trial. It is okay, simple layout, not very large, but also not busy so it does not feel crouded. It is a 24hr swipe system which is nice when you join, but if you are on tial, the staffed hours are harder to work around (for me at least). The membership is a little bit less then others, which is good because the equipment is in rough shape, most of the padded seats are split, some equipment is rusted and in need of tuning. I have not tried the boxing classes so I cannot comment on that, they have Muay Thai which I like, but that is supposed to be done with bare feed and the area where the bags are is dirty hardwood, so no solo kicking drills.

The best deal for membership is $200 one time payement (initiation i guess) then $25 a month after that. Aparently you never have to pay the $200 ever again, if true, $25/mth is good for what it is

Anyways, it is good for a quick and dirty Gym
James B / January 28, 2010 at 02:46 pm
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The standard opening times have been cut from 6.30am to a ludicrous 12pm with the standard membership. this applies to existing members toowho joined and paid for the old hours. You are expected to pay for a 24hr pass just so that you can come at the time you did for the same price the week before. This has more punch bags than other gyms but that stinks. not recommended.
MrsD / February 19, 2010 at 01:09 pm
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I've been a member of BSB for SEVERAL years now, on and off. When i first joined over 6 years ago, the staff who gave me a tour boasted of all the many changes & renovations they were going to do to make it a competitive gym. 3 years later, those changes had not yet taken place and the changes they were working on were very slow moving. HOWEVER, after a year and a half hiatus, i came back to find new equipment, much better customer service, the roof top rockwall is not yet in place, but the gym seems to be running much smoother more professional and better equipment. Sad part is, i know the classes are not as good as they could be. 3 years ago there was a bonified boxing instructor named Peter who had tuesday and thursday morning classes that would kick your ass hardcore - the most difficult class i've ever taken and definitely the most difficult class of all the instructors. He had GREAT technique, pushed you further than you could possibly go and made you love the pain! Unfortunately, he left to pursue yoga and it's not been the same since.

So, in 2010, giving it another try...i'm so attached to this gym for nastalgic reasons but i do love working out and i hope that the classes have improved...
charles / February 19, 2010 at 02:56 pm
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I just wanted to let everybody know that the cards are given out free its kinda obsurd when i hear members that are still active complain about miscelanious charges that are not effective upon new members and current. I really do enjoy the classes and the staff are very profesional! This gym looks for results wich is great.
Suzzy / February 19, 2010 at 12:39 pm
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The gym is great for the buck they have a trainer by the name of jumar he is incredible probably the most compassionate teacher i have ever met he pushes u in ways that i have never reached before, overall every gym does need improvement but I find for the money u are spendind its great .

ps. My personal opinion.
Amy / March 6, 2010 at 09:08 am
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This gym could have potential but right now it's not great.

It's 24 hours but, It's only staffed half the day and rarely on the weekends. This means that if you have trouble with a machine not working (which often happens) or the TV not working (they were broken for about a month) there is no one to go to. Also the gym gets pretty messy with no one around to clean up. The garbage overflows sometimes on the weekend and there have been times when there is no toilette paper in the bathroom!

Also, there is limited cardio equipment so if you go at a busy hour, you may spend long time waiting and you have to watch to get a machine (there is no sign up schedule)

The staff are friendly when they happen to be in, but they are pretty slow responding to questions or complaints.

This gym is about 5/10
AmyC / March 6, 2010 at 09:12 am
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now it's not great.

It's 24 hours but, It's only staffed half the day and rarely on the weekends. This means that if you have trouble with a machine not working (which often happens) or the TV not working (they were broken for about a month) there is no one to go to. Also the gym gets pretty messy with no one around to clean up. The garbage overflows sometimes on the weekend and there have been times when there is no toilette paper in the bathroom!

Also, there is limited cardio equipment so if you go at a busy hour, you may spend long time waiting and you have to watch to get a machine (there is no sign up schedule)

The staff are friendly when they happen to be in, but they are pretty slow responding to questions or complaints.

This gym is about 5/10
AmyC / March 6, 2010 at 09:12 am
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now it's not great.

It's 24 hours but, It's only staffed half the day and rarely on the weekends. This means that if you have trouble with a machine not working (which often happens) or the TV not working (they were broken for about a month) there is no one to go to. Also the gym gets pretty messy with no one around to clean up. The garbage overflows sometimes on the weekend and there have been times when there is no toilette paper in the bathroom!

Also, there is limited cardio equipment so if you go at a busy hour, you may spend long time waiting and you have to watch to get a machine (there is no sign up schedule)

The staff are friendly when they happen to be in, but they are pretty slow responding to questions or complaints.

This gym is about 5/10
rebecca replying to a comment from Suzzy / March 9, 2010 at 12:54 pm
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I Really Enjoy both locations, It has a real good feel to it.
The machine are kept maintained and the staff are very outgoing. I have been a member here for the past 4 years and it keeps on getting better. Every gym does take critisim and I feel they have really tried to make improvements on every aspect.
Sarah / March 12, 2010 at 03:13 pm
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The owners are very dishonest. I've heard horror stories from people about this gym. Can't believe they opened another location to rip off more people. STAY AWAY.
Bloor Fitness & Boxing replying to a comment from Sarah / March 18, 2010 at 02:45 pm
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Hi Sarah

We want to apologize with your experince at Bloor Fitness & Boxing. If there have been any issues regarding your account with our facility we will be more then happy to help you regarding any situation. Feel free to contact the gym at training@bloorboxing.com or at 416-535-2699. Have a great day.
mike replying to a comment from Sarah / March 29, 2010 at 03:06 pm
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Replying back to sarah have you ever met the owners?
Anonymous / April 18, 2010 at 11:35 am
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great customer service, all the staff are very good and willing to help with everything!
K.C . / May 18, 2010 at 02:34 pm
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Their new management sucks! I ended my membership last month because every time I went to ask the staff a question they were sitting on their asses in their office! Horrible customer service!
joe / May 19, 2010 at 03:15 pm
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I feel that this Gym out of all others that I personally have been too, have one of the best customer service around. Great Staff and friendly atmosphere!
kate / May 19, 2010 at 03:18 pm
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Great Gym, Great members
former member / June 19, 2010 at 08:20 pm
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I was a member of this gym for a number of years but recently left it even though I have 3 months left. I just couldn't take it. It used to be a great little neighbourhood place but the vibe changed and I have to agree about the new staff. Not very helpful and not interested in hearing any feedback. Felt really ripped off about the hours being cut back (the "open 24 hours" is a scam). I used to recommend this gym to people but not any more. I tried the Muay Thai class but was basically ignored by the instructor (I think his name was Colin) because he "didn't know how to teach left-handed people". Oh well, when are folks going to learn bigger is not always better.
MemyselfandI / June 26, 2010 at 03:31 pm
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I called the other day to find out boxing lessons and was given the BIG SELL. Guy on the other end told me, get this, "Today's the last day of a sale that we're having. You're lucky you called today." Yeah, right!

Then he goes on tell me that their boxing classes depends on how many people show up. What?! Basically, I'm talking about their newest gym, he emails people during the day to see who wants to do a boxing class later on that evening and if less than 5 people want to attend, then the trainer doesn't want to show up. What?!
So, he emails the people in the class, 5 people express an interest in a class that evening but only 4 or less actually show up, so does that mean that the coach will cancel the class after I've struggled to get down their on time?

THERE'S NO WAY I'D JOIN A GYM LIKE THIS!!!
rob / July 3, 2010 at 06:38 pm
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I really enjoy the facility at the dundas location great staff and great members. They just implemented towel service free of charge. I would recommend this gym to others.
sue / July 3, 2010 at 06:43 pm
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great staff open 24/7 ,towel service,all classes included and also,I have been a member for many years and i have never had any problems with the gym.
Anon / August 10, 2010 at 11:04 am
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I love how the last two comments we're made within 5 minutes of eachother on the same day, fake reviews that are completely ovbi make me want to gag.

I'm gunna go try this gym out today though, all I want are some weights and from what I read I doubt I'll be disappointed in that department, and I don't know why everyone bitches about cardio, invest 5 to 10 dollars in a skipping rope, better then half assing it on a treadmill like I see most people doing, drop the bitching about unworking TVs too. you're at the gym to get in shape, watch TV at home.
I'll write a review when I get home.
Real Boxer / August 20, 2010 at 12:37 pm
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Some of the comments here are just retarded. What did you expect from a gym called Blor Street Boxing? Gymnastics? Its a boxing gym. Go to Kronk in Detroit and say its not pretty enough the ring is old.. LOL

You people are fucked up..
Michael replying to a comment from Real Boxer / August 20, 2010 at 06:48 pm
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hahaha! Amen...
Francois / September 8, 2010 at 08:04 pm
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"No attitude gym" my a$$! This place is full of it.
TL replying to a comment from Anon / September 14, 2010 at 01:26 pm
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Anon~ waiting for your review!
I'm looking for a decent gym in the area, that's not too expensive (under $40/mo) and where I don't have to wait in line to pick up a set of weights. Would this be my place?
Joe / September 16, 2010 at 06:46 pm
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good gym. good classes horrible constomer service!
paid for 2 months then got billed for 3 more when i wasnt even there. the only thing wrong with this gym is everything.
1 star
sarah replying to a comment from Joe / September 22, 2010 at 01:24 pm
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I think you should ask more questions you meat head! There a great gym! I have been a member here since they opened nothing but great service and they are always making changes to improve the facility!
Dakarai Turner / September 26, 2010 at 05:39 pm
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Hey I'm a guy who would definetly like to improve on my fitness I'm tall and skinny and I'd like to change tht would this gym b good for me? I'm not looking to get serious into boxing I would like to get stronger and learn how to fight
Would this gym be good for me?

Thanks
Marvin Freeman / October 11, 2010 at 11:55 pm
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Warning... If you see this man in the fitness industry or martial arts. Stay away. He is deceiving, defiant and ruthless. He will take your money among other things and run. He is the biggest corrupt human being. His name is STEVE CHARLES WILSON of Durham Region.

http://newsdurhamregion.com/articlePrint/20575
JustMe / November 18, 2010 at 04:53 pm
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So, what's the deal with this place? I'm thinking about joining. I'm not looking for anything fancy; just the basics. I grew up going to Lansdowne A.C. where some pretty notable Boxers trained. That place was GOLD in my eyes. Is there anyone who can reply to my post without the bitterness? Is there anyone who is actually a member who can tell me a bit more without being biased. I'm not looking for an employees response either.

Thanks.
Rich / December 15, 2010 at 08:58 pm
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Anyone been to the dupont location? I heard it's a lot nicer? Is it any better than the dundas location?
Joe Blow / January 2, 2011 at 11:29 pm
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Hey I am looking to start losing weight and live a few blocks away. Does any 1 still go there now? I'd liketo meet up with ya and take a tour and hear a lil more about the place. I am not looking to be a boxer or anything, jut a no frills knd of place to lose weight.
A bloor st boxing memeber / January 18, 2011 at 09:32 pm
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The gym use to be a good gym. meant for men and women. Just recently the owner Paul decided he wanted to get rid of ALL the good equipment he had left and replace it with cable machines and girly weights. the dumbells dont go any heavy than 80lbs, the bar bells dont go heavier than 60lbs. the place is now packed with cardio equipment. i heard that paul is tryin to make the gym a fitness place aim for women. It is not a gym anymore. if you're thinking of joinig this gym to gain muscle and size look somewhere else because 60lbs on barbell wont do it unless you're 120lbs yourself..this has become a womens fitness location...dont join for the price you're goin to paying it's not worth it.
antonio from Italy,,,,,, replying to a comment from JustMe / February 9, 2011 at 03:04 am
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Ciao,
My name's Antonio from Italy.
I read in your post that you worked out in Lansdowne A.C Boxing. I'm colleting some info about this club and some pics too. Can you give me an account of Lansdowne A.C Club?
Thanks a lot
Antonio
Oliver / February 19, 2011 at 09:10 pm
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Amazing service!!! Tonight, I thought I had my locker contents stolen (they were NOT; I just moronically looked in the wrong locker) and went absolutely ape-shit. Being someone in a paniced idiot state I went behind the staff desk and started calling numbers for staff to help me. The owner himself, Jeff, came within twenty minutes with his wife to help me out. He offered to get me some clothes, while his wife checked security cameras and made phone calls. They left a family dinner to help out my confused sorry ass!! They were dressed for a dinner, were sitting with family, and they came to help me personally. As stupid as I feel for all this, I'm glad I'm a part of this gym. Everyone seems to be looked after--even the retards who mistakenly think their stuff has been stolen. With all the security cameras and swipe keys, I dont know why I was so stupid. Someone punch me.
oliver / February 19, 2011 at 09:14 pm
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Amazing service!!! Tonight, I thought I had my locker contents stolen (they were NOT; I just moronically looked in the wrong locker) and went absolutely ape-shit. Being someone in a paniced idiot state I went behind the staff desk and started calling numbers for staff to help me. The owner himself, Jeff, came within twenty minutes with his wife to help me out. He offered to get me some clothes, while his wife checked security cameras and made phone calls. They left a family dinner to help out my confused sorry ass!! They were dressed for a dinner, were sitting with family, and they came to help me personally. As stupid as I feel for all this, I'm glad I'm a part of this gym. Everyone seems to be looked after--even the retards who mistakenly think their stuff has been stolen. With all the security cameras and swipe keys, I dont know why I was so stupid. Someone punch me.

Oliver / February 19, 2011 at 09:20 pm
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Amazing service!!! Tonight, I thought I had my locker contents stolen (they were NOT; I just moronically looked in the wrong locker) and went absolutely ape-shit. Being someone in a paniced idiot state I went behind the staff desk and started calling numbers for staff to help me. The owner himself, Jeff, came within twenty minutes with his wife to help me out. He offered to get me some clothes, while his wife checked security cameras and made phone calls. They left a family dinner to help out my confused sorry ass!! They were dressed for a dinner, were sitting with family, and they came to help me personally. As stupid as I feel for all this, I'm glad I'm a part of this gym. Everyone seems to be looked after--even the retards who mistakenly think their stuff has been stolen. With all the security cameras and swipe keys, I dont know why I was so stupid. Someone punch me.

Craig Gagnon / February 20, 2011 at 10:47 am
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I just joined. Probably a month now. I used to be a University level Athlete, played two sports. I know w little about training and what you need to get into peak shape. Here's my take so far;

Pro's:

- Staff has been very friendly and polite. I do not use them as personal trainers, I don't need that service, however, if they are as friendly while they train you as they are when they se you everyday, then they are doing ok.

- I rarely have to wait for machines, or weights. Maybe I stay away from peak times, I dunno, but find a gym that has full accessibility during peak times....

- This Gym is NOT for models and pick up joint behaviour. I cannot STAND that crap, and so far, I see none of it here. The women are here to work out, the guys, it seems to me, are here to do the same. I have yet to see pretty people standing around with no sweat trying to pick up, thats a very good thing.

- I can come when I want. 24 hours may cost more, but calling it a scam is ridiculous. Nothing is free, and having the option to basically treat your gym as if it were your own personal gym....priceless. Most people who complain about that much hav easy hours or part time jobs.... try working shift work, or dealing with children or demanding jobs. Gym Flexibility is VERY valuable for people like us. 5am is when some peoples Alarms go off.

Cons:

- stretch area and open space area's are too small if you cannot use the upstairs area due to classes being run.

- Shower is a bit suspect in the mens change room, kinda funny, if you're in the far one, and then a guy uses the close one, well, you have to wait till he's done to leave... or walk through his little stall to get out which can be a little uncomfortable unless you're straight outta Spartacus.

- There is Zero weight room etiquette when it comes to placing the free weights in the proper spots after use. You should never leave your weights on the bar, and there is a proper sequence to place them on the rack. More staff could help this.

- Entrance area could have been laid out better to get people with their dirty shoes to the change rooms more efficiently to reduce messy floor issues. Ya, I guess I'm a bit picky, but I roll around on the ground doing exercises.


All in all it's a good gym for me. Listen, if you're looking for Bally's, go to Bally's. If you want to socialize, Premier and Extreme or Goodlife can be your place to do that. If you want a no nonsense place to work out. Cement walls, free weights, decent Boxing instruction for people getting into it, or simply wanting a new way to get in shape, then this place can be a good place to work out. My Roommate is a personal trainer, he has been to BSB, he thinks it's a decent gym, nothing big, nothing small. I am a former athlete and know my s^%$, I am happy enough because I don't need a tonne of coddling at the gym.

End results after I think about it. I give it a 7/10. And thats just fine for me because it's very fairly priced, and I can go whenever my schedule allows. If this is what you like, Join, if you need the Spa experience to working out and getting laid.... this might not be your thing.

Cheers
Lina / March 3, 2011 at 06:56 pm
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Great gym love it!
Mike / March 17, 2011 at 11:28 pm
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-2/10 I don't recommend it. They've scammed a few friends and myself, staff are out to lunch and disorganized, shitty customer service
their motto..no hassles, no attitudes...I found the complete opposite
Mike / March 17, 2011 at 11:32 pm
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No dont join, u'll regret it
stacey / March 18, 2011 at 11:24 am
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Great concept! I really like the staff and the new equipment.
Would recommend this gym to anybody that is serious about seing results.
Raxanne / March 18, 2011 at 11:25 am
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I find this gym a great place to workout. Always great customer service and positive attitudes.

I recommend it.
Leila / May 17, 2011 at 07:35 pm
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I joined a couple of months ago. Used to belong to West End Y and various running clubs. It's pretty no frills-towels aren't always there, staff are relaxed to a fault, and I did not appreciate that the 'orientation' was actually a sales pitch for a personal trainer. I don't really know how to work some of the machines and am not sure about the form for some of the free weights.
However, I feel safe even in the middle of the night, other clients are friendly if you ask and don't bother you or try to socialize if you don't, the equipment is fine, it's reasonably clean and right on the subway.
I think it really depends on what you want from a gym. I'm a 48 yo woman and I get a lot out of it. Joined on the advice of my 55 yo brother-in-law, who lost 50 pounds working out and going to classes there, and is in kick ass shape.
Mark Taylor / May 20, 2011 at 01:22 pm
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worst choice ever was joining this gym. having more than 'trouble' leaving, and getting repeatably charged in my bank leading to overdraft charges when i have quit and had the manager Mike sign that i cancelled etc. then mysterously leave on a week trip while my bank gets destroyed by random charges. please consider this deeply, because i read a few similar stories but dismissed them in hopes that they were a few bad apples. i was wrong-
its just a bad gym.
lara / May 26, 2011 at 10:40 am
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I have been a member On and off for the past few years due to running in the summer. I have been given the choice to freeze or to cancel my account wich does work for me. I have always given my 30 days notice and have never had a problem with this facility. I think people run in to these situations due to not giving efficient time for the gym to cancel. Its easy give 30 days before your next payment and you wont have problems. Anywho good gym and love the new trx classes.

Lara
samantha / July 29, 2011 at 04:29 pm
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Great Staff! I had a few problems with my account the other day and Mike the general manager went out of his way in resolving my issue. I feels like the vibe at the gym has improved a lot. Im glad they got ride of those old machines and got some new ones.

I recommend this gym for sure!

Sam
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Paul / August 21, 2011 at 08:30 am
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Overall, I prefer this gym to the "big gyms". I find that this one is more personal. If you have an issue or question about something, you can always make a comment. As a matter-of-fact, they sometimes even ask for comments. It is also one of the few that has a boxing area. It is nothing special. It is not really intended for competition boxing, but its there. In the fitness part, they recently put in all new equipment. Also, they have 24-hour key-card access. A bonus for those of us who don't work "banker's hours".
John / December 5, 2011 at 03:57 pm
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I saw a sign saying 49 dollars a month i decided to try it, after some slick talking from their retard manager Mike, i got slicked into signing first and last month,
( 1 month scammed in ) then in order to get your 24/7 access card you need to provide bank into, and then tell you to sign up for the 49 dollar a month is min of 3 months , so 2 months scammed in, what dis honest place, i hope this place goes bankrupt.
Samantha / December 16, 2011 at 07:06 pm
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I arrived at the gym and the staff were friendly yet pretty educated . I tried out a 7 day pass and really enjoyed the overall frindliness. Mike the general Manager toured me and was very compassionate about his job. It took me a few visites to get over the masculin look of the gym but overall for me the price is really suitable for my financial needs and wants.

I give this gym a 7.7 out of 10.

moe / December 20, 2011 at 09:34 pm
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People stop bitching and use that energy to focus on your training! I remember when going to the gym meant busting your ass and leaving a puddle of sweat everywhere you worked! Go to the big corporate gyms get ripped off for "towel service" and crappy supplements that dont do shit! I have never trained @ this gym but i support privatly/non-corp gyms. There im done lol!
Roberto / December 22, 2011 at 04:38 pm
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I Cancelled my membership about 3 years ago beacause the staff were really bad! I was walking down Bloor street today and decided to walk in, To my suprise the Staff were pretty good! I went on a tour with mike he was very friendly and explained to me that the staff was fully changed. It looks like they added a lot of new equipment. I am not a big fan of people having my personal information and taking money out of my account so i decided to pay for 3 months and there was not a problem on doing this. I am amazed on how great i feel now that I have given this place a second chance. I hope everything works out and the staff stays consistent with there service.

Anyways i hope this helped anyone out that is looking at this posting.

ciao
Edgar / January 4, 2012 at 08:42 am
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I need a place to start working out, and BSB is close to me. However, after reading all of these comments, I am quite skeptical. I'm going to go in a few days from now, I'll ask about the 7 day trial, however I sure as heck don't trust gyms with my bank information. I hope that they will have no problem with accepting cash upfront (why would they). Hopefully it turns out to be a decent place. If not, does anyone here know a decent gym/low cost within a few km from keele station? I'm just looking for a place with a treadmill and weights, nothing fancy.
Jimmy replying to a comment from Edgar / January 5, 2012 at 04:10 pm
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Great gym!

Need the washrooms renovated tho.

Edgar replying to a comment from Jimmy / January 6, 2012 at 06:11 am
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thanks! :D
Josh / January 29, 2012 at 10:24 pm
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I thought I would write a little something on here after seeing how much negative feedback there was on this thread!

I used to go to Goodlife and eventually got sick of the guys that seem to think because they can lift more then someone else they have more of a right to be there. And the woman that would get dressed up to go to the gym....That is BS and luckily BSB doesn't support that mentality. If you are actually there to get fit and don't care about the flashiness some other more mainstream corporate gyms offer then this place is great. Personally, I don't care about whether or not they need to renovate the locker room or washrooms as I think Moe said this best above:
"I remember when going to the gym meant busting your ass and leaving a puddle of sweat everywhere you worked!"
I am very happy I am not at a gym anymore where dudes stare in the mirror half the time flexing and the whole scene is a fashion show!

I also agree that the gym isn't quite there with the boxing classes but hopefully with Kobe just starting on as a trainer things will change. I think there is a big difference however between the boxerobic style classes that they offer and some of the more serious classes that have now started. Wednesday and Thursday nights are a lot different then the other classes mentioned in the other posts above. So if you are joining to take on the classes be warned that each of the instructors offer a much different experience so choosing which best fits you is important.
Sue / January 30, 2012 at 04:57 pm
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I absolutely agree with Josh's comment above...many gyms in the downtown area of Toronto are more like beef-cake pick-up joints than like gyms for actually working out in. This gym is a no-frills place for people to work out in: nobody cares what you dress like/look like/how much iron you can pump. There are plenty of dressed up shite gyms for that scene.
Michelle Mahovlich / February 7, 2012 at 11:27 am
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My child is on his second membership at this gym. Yes it is not Good Life,(thank god) It is a real gym. People are there to get fit and to train. My son is loving the fact that he is building strength and learning to box. Being a victim of bulling, it was important for me to give him this confidance and the teachers have been wonderful with him (there are at least 3 kids from his school and his cousin who also utilize the facility). No bull crap. The owner is a very nice man who also donates (long term) membersips to local fundraising facilities. And I have always had a nice experience when I was there to work out. I like the non-fancy atmosphere and the down-to-earth people who work there. My attitude is, if you can't say something nice than shut your mouth. There are personal trainers there in many forms. Never met a 300lb overweight trainer. Some people are just ignorant. Heather is a lovely lady who supported me when I was trying to get fit and was very helpful in my endevour. So my advice is Join if you want a gym that is going to support your goals and offer you and your children some peace of mind.
Michelle Mahovlich replying to a comment from Edgar / February 7, 2012 at 11:31 am
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Edgar, give it a try, trust me you will like it. Give it a chance.
Boxing / February 11, 2012 at 09:15 am
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They need a double end bag in the boxing area. I key piece of equipment for any boxing gym.
J / February 28, 2012 at 01:34 pm
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I have been a member of Bloor Boxing for over 3 years now. I had joined many gyms in the past and I found this gym was the most beneficial to me. This is the only gym I found that i felt most comfortbale with and really enjoy the classes and instructors.

I have lost a total of 57 lbs in 3 years (40 of the 57 lbs) I lost my first year! My weight loss is mainly attributed to attending 3-4 boxing classes a week along with healthy eating lifestyle. The instructors are motivational and the classes are awesome, it is a great total body workout.

Contrary to some of the other comments about a "fat chick" teaching the classes - her class is the class I attended the most and saw the most results from.

I have and will continue to recommend this gym to anyone!
Lyla / March 7, 2012 at 02:29 am
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I have a couple of quibbles-some classes are at unreasonable hours, eg mid date for Pilates. Cardio machines and thei tds are often broke although they're often better than they were.
Watch the service. The towels are terrible, small and fluff moults off it. Don't bother with the orientation. You have to decide what machines you need and then they'll show them to you. That's it as the rest is about the hard sell for the trainer at $60 an hour.
If you ask for help to actually program a machine you're on your own, the staff tell you to find out from a trainer. I'm talking what buttons to push-I do this often and it's still sometimes a challenge.
A bit of a disappoint-when our contract is up we'll be looking elsewhere despite how central it is.
Andy / March 20, 2012 at 11:08 pm
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I've been away for business trips and have been calling/emailing multiple times about freezing my account.

NO REPLIES - IGNORED - NOTHING. Still getting billed.
anony / March 23, 2012 at 04:00 am
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I remember when i went to this gym like a few years back, the only thing that stood out to me was there was this beautiful women who worked there. She had the most perfect buttocks I've ever seen, i must have fap'd to that buttocks at least 7 times.

But yeah, good gym if you want to pump iron.
Nick / March 24, 2012 at 03:00 pm
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This is a no frills place that offers a decent price if you sign up for 12 months (about $25/month less than Good Life) and 24 hour access, which I need. I have never once had to wait for cardio but I likely go at off hours. The change rooms are nothing to write home about. The staff are okay. They don't seem too interested in emptying the garbage cans. I found the staff at Good Life way worse. At GL, if you don't look right they let you know it.

I need 24 hour access to cardio and that's exactly what I get here. I have not tried the classes but I did get 3 calls regarding a free fitness evaluation, which means that they're hard-selling the for-pay personal training services.

If you can go at off-peak hours, I can't imagine that this is a bad deal for anyone needing cardio or basic weight access. Again, I can't say whether it's good for a serious bodybuilder. Just go down there and walk through, you'll figure it out soon enough.
laura / March 29, 2012 at 09:32 am
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The Staff Are Great!

If you wanna get signed up speak to the manager, His name is mike very nice guy with good intentions.

Myself and my Husband both love this gym.

I would recceomend this gym, Try it out First.

They give out free 7 day passes.
Jay / April 18, 2012 at 08:42 am
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Me and my girlfriend are considering joining. After reading all these comments on fees, cancellations, and them having bank information overall, I think I am going to insist upon strictly paying cash. We dont mind the no frills, and the location couldnt be better.

Anyone know if payments can be made this way?
Tom / April 25, 2012 at 11:48 pm
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Read through the other comments but even so thought I would go in open minded and give them a try.

It's a pretty sweaty rough gym which to be honest is usually a positive in such gyms as they indicate they are for serious people who want to work out unlike high end gyms, not the case here, this gym is sweaty rough and simply crap.

The people working there are rude, unprofessional and only interested in signing you up.

The gym is anything but serious, its a joke, instructors are amateur. The boxing lessons are poor you will not learn any technique here.

I've been to many raw sweaty rough gyms in my life in many different countries to work out hard and get some real boxing in and this place is the worst I've ever experienced.

I wouldn't go back there if I was paid to.
David / April 28, 2012 at 04:24 pm
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I'm a member. And I love it.
I also paid for 3 months of personal training there and it made a huge difference in my life and the results have been amazing. Plain and simple, its a no bullshit gym. If you want a place with frills you wont be going to a serious WORKING gym. That's what separates the men from the boys.
The staff are great and so are the people who are they to workout. I can admit though, the changes rooms could use a reno, but whatever... Im not there to hang out in the change rooms... Im there to get busy and get to work.

If you dont like it, dont knock it... and move on over to SNAP fitness or Good Life.

-Go Hard or Go Home-
Tessa / July 27, 2012 at 03:03 pm
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The manager is so hot!
Justine / July 27, 2012 at 04:25 pm
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I joined the gym in late January of 2012 and have been more than satisfied.
The classes are well constructed and are thouroughly a good work out.
Teachers are more than helpful and always willing to lend a hand.

I recomend this gym. What you see is what you get. No hidden fees.

Justine
Girl / September 24, 2012 at 04:51 pm
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If you're looking for a no frills gym without the meat heads this is the place to go. If your looking for a spa like atmosphere, then just don't bother.

I have been a member at the usual suspects in the GTA.. GoodLife and the like and hated every minute there. BSB doesn't have the guys oogling or the usual idiots just trying to socialize and pick up.

The equipment is decent and usually in good working order, and I have never had to wait even during busy times. The classes are great, I tend to go to the fun classes so I can't speak to the highly technical classes. I would suggest for classes to pick up a pair of cheap gloves/hand wraps from WalMart, the lenders stink!

All in all a great gym, I am very happy that I did join!
megan / December 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm
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Great gym!

The staff is very friendly and professional especially the manager.

I would highly recommend this gym!



Debra / January 2, 2013 at 03:38 pm
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Great gym,good staff!

Highly reccomend the classes if your looking to tone up.

afd / January 6, 2013 at 11:29 pm
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One thing is certain. This gym's staff or management have posted here, and have tried to recruit others to do the same to make the gym look good, but most of the other opinions are still pretty unfavourable.
Albogrl / January 14, 2013 at 11:49 pm
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I have been a member of Bloor Fitness for a couple of years now. The price is certainly attractive but this gym is about much more than that. Being a member is like being part of a family. No family is perfect, but we're all there to work out and help each other out, and it feels great. The gym is equipped with all the necessary equipment to achieve the desired results for anyone and the "real" and "raw" surrounding environment always helped boost my motivation. The staff being great is an understatement. Kobe-the best boxing instructor, truly cares about all his students and is able to develop excellent boxing skills and aptitude for anyone who regularly attends his classes. These classes are hard core and fun at the same time-just the right mix for someone like me. The only thing- on our wish list are (boxing) pads just like the Muat Thai class has. We do however, make the best of it with whatever we got. That's how Kobe teaches us. We all have a GREAT deal of respect for him and we believe in him just as much as he believes in us. You rock!!! No actually you Ragga!!! lol "While we may not change the direction of the wind, we can adjust our sails". You direct us the right way. THANK YOU- Kobe!
Moreover, the TWIN personal trainer brothers are just COOL and always take it the extra mile to be helpful with have great charisma. Shane was is also great help. I.e. today when I phoned about a payment inquiry and he got all the paper work ready for me by the time I got to the gym after work. Mike (the manager) was done work for the day, yet when Shane called him to confirm my request he picked up and was able to add value to the service I needed-even during his time off work. Much appreciated. So while some may BLOOR FITNESS is not among the fanciest gyms, you are probably right it is not. It's among the greatest! The dedicated staff, friendly gym members and two floors (First floor-gym and change rooms; and second floor-boxing ring, punching bags, where classes occur), make Bloor Fitness a gym that I would not in a million years trade for other higher end gyms even though I could afford them. Get your (non-binding in any way) 7 day pass and try it out- bring you friends along too. I support Bloor Fitness all the way :D!
Ohh, one more thing...If my review had to consist of one word only, it'd be -"home".
PS: smile Paul!
Most sincerely,
E.
Tony / January 24, 2013 at 03:06 pm
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I have been a member since January ,2013. The gym is not bad actually pretty good equipment and desired location I.E., Travelling cost. My advice to anyone joining is try out the 7 day pass and make your overall judgmentof the gym.

My overall opinion is the gym is pretty good!

Try it out first.
Queer Jon / January 30, 2013 at 10:56 pm
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Great staff! Super gay friendly manager! They just need to play better music!
Sarah / November 25, 2013 at 01:48 pm
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I have been a member for 3 months now and I cant say more about how well this gym is maintained and well managed.

The staff are always smiling and cheerful!

I give this gym 9 out of 10 and hope it continues this way.
carm / December 9, 2013 at 06:14 pm
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I have nothing but great things to say about this gym!

First off, The staff are always smiling and always ready to help me out . I was working out previously at system fitness and the staff was totally out to lunch!

The management team there especially "Michael the General Manager" has always maintained a great atmosphere and loose feeling vibe. I really enjoy the classes and the atmosphere and I truly would recommend this gym to anyone that is looking just to get away and possibly get some results along the way. The only suggestion I would have to make is to bring your own Ipod due to the music being inconsistent.

BTW- They also just made some great renovations to the change rooms.

Carm.



Bobby Burke / January 16, 2014 at 03:53 am
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I trained at this gym in the sixties and seventies. We used to spit and bleed all over the floors there and loved it. We had no equipment other than punching bags. It was a great place to learn how to fight. In fact the best in Canada at that time.
Joshua / March 14, 2014 at 11:19 am
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This place is a complete scam. They will take your money, not give you what you paid for and then continue taking after your long gone.

Management and staff are a joke, never got the training I paid for, and they continued to draw money out of my account month after. I have cancelled my membership 3 times with them and every month they draw from my account.

Dirty scum bags run that hole in the ground they call a gym. They also have serious mould issues. Don't go here unless you want to get sick and robbed.
lisa / March 17, 2014 at 08:48 pm
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I went in to cancel my membership and funny enough although i have a month to month membership i cant cancel with staff. Apparently you have to email which is the stupidiest thing. Surprise surprise emailed no response. However I am going back until i get this cancelled this is so ridiculous . I wish i never joined! Be wary people.
Michael replying to a comment from lisa / April 17, 2014 at 08:04 pm
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Hello Lisa,

I am very sorry to hear that you have not been serviced properly!

You can give me a call at 416 535 2699 and I will deal with it immediately.
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Sara / June 10, 2014 at 05:45 pm
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I have had a pretty good time so far. The staff are always friendly and are always accommodating my needs I.E.,fitness questions.

I just started attending the classes and I personally believe its the greatest workout.

Andrew which teaches the 6 pm classes has motivated me to push myself at a level I never would image I could accomplish. I have lost 36 pounds in 3 months and have never looked better.

I would suggest trying out the 7 day pass they offer before signing up.

overall , Great gym!
Art / August 26, 2014 at 11:10 pm
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This gym is awesome! Open 24/7 so no excuses not to get a work out. I have been going there for 4 months to train Muay Thai and lift weights. I feel great after every workout specially after Monday's 1.5hr long Muay Thai training. I lost so much fat and I walk tall and confident anywhere I go now! This is not your typical gym, everyone is cool and friendly and the location is great with plenty of free parking across the street. If you are used to going to a bigger gym that costs a lot and its high end this might not be the place for you, this gym is raw but really effective. Summer time they open the back gate and you can workout in the back alley with cool graffities in the walls. I plan to stick around at Lear another year with Muay Thai and weigh lifting! Strongly recommend this training!
Eric / September 16, 2014 at 11:45 pm
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I've been going here for years now. It's an excellent gym. Free towel service. Plenty of good equipment for everyone. Kettle bells, battle ropes, and all sorts of other things a lot of big name chain gyms don't carry. The boxing classes are generally for fitness, and no longer geared towards competition. It's a good place to start if you want to fight eventually though. Andrew, one of the trainers, is a 2 time Olympian. Kobe runs a fun class and can help you learn the fundamentals well. The cost is so low (I got mine down to 20 a month after paying 65 for 6 months) that it's basically a no-brainer. They have yoga classes. Muay Thai. And it's all free with your membership. There is no better bang for your buck. It's like two gyms for half the price. They've also done renovations recently so it looks nicer than the pictures.

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