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Posted by Alison Ku / Posted on September 27, 2012

ferris 360 torontoFerris360 is a boutique-style gym that, according to the website, offers classes that are a combination of cardio, strength, power, core and flexibility exercises. Going in, my knowledge didn't extend beyond that description, so I had no idea what to expect when I showed up for the Power60 Interval Workout class with instructor Sylva.

ferris 360 torontoThe sole studio at Ferris360 is a long, narrow room featuring a row of treadmills lined up against one wall, and dumbbells and aerobic step blocks against the opposite wall--in short, the bare-bones necessities.

One advantage of coming to a small studio is that the classes are limited in size, which allows Sylva to give each of us more personalized attention throughout the class. Before we begin, Sylva points to the mirror where the day's workout is written out for us to see.

ferris 360 torontoWe begin by doing timed intervals on the treadmill that constantly change by speed and incline--in total, we spend roughly 20 minutes running. When we finish on the treadmill, Sylva instructs us to pick two sets of dumbbells, and I like that she provides options for beginners and novice students.

ferris 360 torontoThe floor work portion of the class involves moving through a circuit of eight or so exercises that include squat jumps, tricep dips (with dumbbells), plank rows (with dumbbells), and plyometric lunges. Each exercise within the circuit is timed, and then repeated two more times, with intervals during the second circuit lasting a little longer than the first.

ferris 360 torontoInitially, the series of exercises seem simple enough and I find myself enjoying the "break" from running on the treadmill--but then each set becomes increasingly harder to complete. During the tricep dip exercise, Sylva comments that she can see some people's arms shaking; I'm certain she's referring to me.

Before we begin our third and final circuit of floor work, Sylva has us back on the treadmill, engaging us in one last short, but very intense, set of running intervals. I'm more than relieved when the music slows down and we begin to do some gentle stretching.

ferris 360 torontoOverall, I found the Power60 class to be a solid, energizing class that I would definitely consider adding to my exercise routine. Spending almost half the class on the treadmill was a genuine surprise for me, but I barely noticed the time go by since we were changing the incline and speed every few minutes.

The other classes offered at Ferris360 likely have less of a focus on the treadmill, so they may be worth looking into before writing off classes here if you're not a running enthusiast. Two days later, I find myself still feeling the effects of my Power60 class--a sure sign of an effective and successful fitness class.

ferris 360 torontoFerris360 has also recently begun offering two new class options--a Full360 Tabata and Power60 Abs & Core class that run at various times throughout the week. Ferris360 is located at 2028 Yonge Street, near Davisville station, and, as a bonus, the first class is free.

Writing by Alison Ku. Photos by Gloria Nieto.



ksenia / September 25, 2012 at 03:57 pm
Best workout in Toronto!

Great start or end to a day, and leaves you feeling energized and happy.

Everyone should try it!
Jack / September 27, 2012 at 05:49 pm
All the King westers are scratching their heads right now confused by blogTO's reference to this mysterious place north of Bloor called Yonge and Eglinton.
sandy perlman / October 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm
what a fantastic work-out, great atmoshere
definitely should be on your list of places to try
Cynthia Colby / October 1, 2012 at 02:22 pm
Ferris 360 is cleanest gym that l have ever been to - it sparkles right down to the MALIN+GOETZ soap in the washroom. Sarah brings you together with the best instructors - so the hour flys by. The experience is like having a personal trainer in a small group setting.
Lisa Buckland / October 4, 2012 at 03:47 pm
Sylva and the "Crew" at Ferris 360 is a great reminder of how FUN it can be to work out and instantly feel the results . A rarity these days that will get you hooked after your first visit !
Sarina Condello / November 8, 2012 at 05:16 pm
I have been in the fitness industry for over 20 years and I have done and seen it all--and in my humble opinion nothing compares to Ferris 360! This is the first time ever that a gym in Toronto not only encompasses personality, style and flare but also has at it's core the very best instructors that this country has to offer. Sarah Ferris is a master at creating an innovative and cutting edge, boutique gym culture that is clean, courteous and caring. I have gone from a fitness zero to a fitness hero in a quick 12 weeks. This gym is simply a MUST for anybody who loves a fun and fabulous fitness ride. Quentin, Marisa, Sylva and Garfield make the journey of tapping into a physically fit evolution not only possible but tangible. I am now and forever captivated by this little but mighty gym.
mariestauch / November 9, 2012 at 12:24 pm
Once a week on Friday mornings I head off to Ferris 360 to be inspired and encouraged by Quentin Vitko, the instructor of the 9:30am class. He is well worth the effort where ever you live (and what ever your age may be). Parking is easy in the residential area across the street. Quentin puts the spark we all need into the morning class and it lasts all day long. Love it.
Alexander / August 7, 2014 at 12:30 am
I hated exercising and wouldn't know the first thing to do at a typical gym. I found this place online, been going there for four months it has COMPLETELY CHANGED MY LIFE>

Seriously, lost 30 pounds, changed my eating lifestyle, and i have never been more motivated to stay in shape. Trainers are amazing and the classes are motivating.

Read my full experience and transformation here:
Rachel / January 21, 2015 at 02:03 pm
I met a few of the Ferris 360 instructors while they were doing a demo on the street. They were not friendly or engaging and it really turned me off to potentially joining this gym. Maybe it was an off day based on the other comments.
tony replying to a comment from Rachel / February 12, 2015 at 10:19 am
They did a demo on the street in January?! BURRR too chilly i don't think so!!!
caleb / July 8, 2015 at 07:59 pm
I have been working out here for about 4 months, every time I leave ferris I feel on top of the world! I have never smoked crack but would imagine this is how it feels. the instructors are amazing and hands on, the perfect mix of a drill Sergeant and motivational attitude, they are always helpful and high on life while correcting form and making sure your having the best experience for your individual needs. I have been to every gym out there boutique and big box alike from yoga to crossfit and this place keeps me coming back and never plateauing. im getting ripped and I love it ! cheers Sarah and the rest !

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