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Gravitate Studio

Posted by Erica Berman / Posted on February 9, 2013

gravitate studio torontoGravitate Studio is located in a commercial strip of Avenue Road between Wilson and Lawrence, and the space--on a second floor above ground level stores--is surprisingly modest considering the exclusive residential areas nearby.

My first visit started out badly, due to an unexpected shutdown of the subway line which caused me to arrive harried and several minutes late. Although I felt like I was giving them a "the-dog-ate-my-homework" excuse, they were very forgiving of my tardiness. In fact, both co-owners, Karen (who was working the desk during my visit), and Sarah (who taught the class), immediately made me feel welcome.

gravitate studio torontoWarm and cozy, the studio is a refreshing change from the uber-modern, white, minimalist decor you find in most boutique gyms. This creates an atmosphere more akin to some of the yoga studios I've frequented in the past, and less like a hoity-toity club.

Gravitate Studio does offer a wide variety of yoga classes, but they also have pilates, barre and TRX classes, and (as their name suggests) Gravity classes on their extensive schedule. If you want to get your cardio on, there are also boot camp classes available.

gravitate studio torontoThe studio does not offer memberships, per se. You pay for individual classes, or packages of classes. Prices start at $20 per class, but decrease as you buy bigger packages. Gravitate also has very generous options for first-timers, including your choice of either a free first class, two classes for $10, or 1 week of unlimited classes for just $25.

gravitate studio torontoThe club has a small studio with Gravity machines, and a larger studio dedicated to their other classes. There are two small, private change stalls, but those who perspire heavily should be warned: there are no showers. Karen tells me that the bulk of their clientele are moms in the 30 to 50 age range who live in the area, and are therefore able to shower at home.

gravitate studio torontoI tried out a Gravity Pilates class at 1:30pm on a Wednesday. There were 6 of us in the class and we all did, indeed, fit the target demographic of the studio. Although I was initially clueless about how to adjust the Gravity machine, Sarah and the other participants were gracious about helping me out.

gravitate studio torontoThe Gravity machine provides similar core strengthening options to a Pilates Reformer while also offering additional strength-building capabilities. Sarah gave us a fun and challenging full-body workout, incorporating some yoga-style stretches at the end, that left me feeling both strong and supple afterwards, and definitely more relaxed than when I arrived; late, stressed, and cursing our transit system.

gravitate studio torontoIf you enjoy fitness classes but prefer small groups and individual attention, this studio is ideal. They say peer support is integral to exercise adherence, and because of their dedication to creating a wellness community for area residents, you will get that here. Along with the drop-in classes on their schedule, they also offer private, semi-private, and group private (i.e. for you and a few friends) classes, as well as classes just for teens.

gravitate studio torontoPhotos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

11 Comments

Jer / February 9, 2013 at 01:59 pm
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Tried these machines/classes at my local YMCA. Definitely a workout... I should start doing it again. You can change the intensity as you go and get used to it which I like. So you can make it more challenging if you want.

intelcurio replying to a comment from Jer / February 9, 2013 at 06:09 pm
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What YMCA had those gravity machines, would you please be able to inform us, I don't see them at the Grosvenor YMCA nor the Mississauga YMCA
TG / February 9, 2013 at 07:46 pm
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YMCA at Dovercourt/College has a "gravity" room.
Ric replying to a comment from TG / February 9, 2013 at 09:50 pm
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The YMCA and Dovercourt/College also has some massively creepy guys (to the point where even some of the guys are creeped out by the pervs), the gym (especially the weight section, but the gym as a whole) is massively overcrowded, the price is too high (~$63/mth), etc.
TOyogi / February 10, 2013 at 10:06 am
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I love Gravitate! Beautiful space, nice variety of classes, and really inviting/warm atmosphere. A welcome addition to the neighbourhood. So far I have only tried yoga and Gravity classes, but I'm looking forward to trying TRX and Bootcamp as well. I was a little intimidated in my first Gravity class, and the machines take some getting used to (finding the right height/level of difficulty) but the instructor was really helpful, and holy moly was I ever sore the next day - I could barely lift my arms. Will be back soon. :)
ps / February 10, 2013 at 11:53 am
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All of these 'fade' workout articles are making me more and more appreciative of my own knowledge of knowing how to go to a regular 'ol $45/mth gym and successfully workout, see results and maintain them for years.

This stuff is so short term interest based. But I would guess that's how they make there money.
Judy B replying to a comment from ps / February 10, 2013 at 01:00 pm
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I don't see that pilates and yoga are 'fad' workouts at all. They have been around for a VERY long time. It's great to find a nice studio that combines the more traditional fitness and wellness regimes, with fun newer ones like barre, TRX and gravity (which has also been around for many years- remember Chuck Norris promoting it in the 70's?).

Also, some people (like me) like the comraderie of working out in a small group and don't have the discipline to 'do it alone' in the gym. Whatever works for you is great.
george replying to a comment from Judy B / February 10, 2013 at 09:07 pm
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Off by a few decades...Chuck Norris promoted it in 1997.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Total_Gym
Judy B replying to a comment from george / February 10, 2013 at 09:40 pm
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Right George- can't argue with wiki. But the gravity machine has been around since the 70"s (I am dating myself).... and Chuck got on board over 15 years ago. It is a great workout- however long it's been around!
jer replying to a comment from intelcurio / February 10, 2013 at 11:19 pm
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I was referring to Oakville. You need to take a class to use the machines (included in membership)
Rachel / December 9, 2013 at 09:05 am
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I had gone to this place and really like it, but then I moved downtown and could never make it up there anymore, but I found a great little studio (actually thanks to Erica and blogto) called movemeant which does Gravity classes and I love them too - not trying to take away from Gravitate - if you can, get there! Just saying, if you do not live up that way and want Gravity - movemeant (www.movemeant.ca) is your other option! Keep up the great work Gravitate!!

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