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The King West Club

Posted by Tim / Posted on January 15, 2008

King West ClubI used to sweat at the King West Club when I worked in the Financial District. Located at the corner of King and Duncan, the gym finds its membership base among the nearby corporate types and the CBCers who toil away across the street. For a basement space, it's a surprisingly good place to work out. The setup is all brick and beam and it's filled with top of the line machines, weights and cardio equipment.

The King West Club is divided into three main rooms. The largest of the three houses treadmills, bikes, step and other cardio equipment. Each has good sight-lines on the cable TV's which tend to feature anything but the CBC - usually sports highlights or some trashy entertainment news program. A range of tightly packed weight machines rest nearby.

A second room is filled with a good range of free weights, some more weight machines and a bit of vacant floor space to get some stretching in. There's plenty of mirrors, exercise balls and a water fountain to compete for attention. It's also a good vantage point to check out the classes in the exercise studio next door.

Rates and Initiation Fee

The club offers two membership options - month to month ($75 a month) or an annual membership which costs $55 a month. Either way, there are no initiation fees and all classes offered are included in the price.

King West Club Hall

Towels, Lockers and Showers

Small, clean towels are available for a monthly fee or for a $1 payment per work out. Personally, for $55 to $75 I'd expect towel service to be included so I look at this as an additional base monthly fee which essentially pushes up their rates another $15 or so. The good news is that the showers here are some of the best I've seen in the city. There are more private showers than they need and all are modern and equipped with nice smelling liquid body wash. Lockers are new-ish but could be bigger. Day use is free but overnight lockers run $20 a month.

Personal Training, Yoga and Spin

Personal training is offered. There are a number of different packages to choose from at various price points. Spinning bikes are in the cardio area and can be used whenever or during one of the classes which take place Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Hatha Yoga is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm.

King West Club Class

Food and Juice

There's a fridge with some basic re-fueling options like water and Guru energy drinks. It would be nice to have some fresh juices and shakes but there's probably not enough space to set something like this up.

Worth Mentioning

For some reason there aren't any early morning classes. I guess CBCers don't get up that early. Other classes offered include Pilates, Ab Attack, Pump it Up, Flex it Up, Cardio Fusion, Boot Camp and Punch Boxing Conditioning. Both locker rooms also have a sauna and the women's locker room has an individual three piece private bathroom.

Days and Hours of Operation

At the time of this post the gym is open Monday to Friday, 6:00am - 9pm; Saturday and Sundays from 9am - 5pm. It's always best to check the web site for the most up to date info.

King West Club Weights

King West Club Machine

King West Club Room

King West Club Barbell

King West Club Outside

Discussion

43 Comments

Garbage! / April 8, 2009 at 12:50 pm
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Don't let the convenient location or exposed lofty brickwork appeal suck you in. They've cut back on cleaning services and general maintenance and the place is suffering as a result. Washrooms and showers are filthy and something as simple as refilling the paper towel dispenser is rarely taken care of. Spinning bikes take up much of the cardio space but classes are basically nonexistent - maybe twice or three times a week with 5 to 6 people per class. Jacobs Ladder; their new machine takes up the space of two treadmills and is rarely ever used and is proving to be a poor investment. Padding on the universals is cracking and regular motions sometimes stick or jerk. Free weights are bolt designed and are lose on a regular basis. And the list goes on……

I’ve been a member for almost three years but I will be leaving for a gym that’s properly maintained and managed. For 85 bucks a month (and without towel service!!) you can do much better. Shit, for an extra $10 you can get a membership at Adelaide Club...but only if you're willing to deal with the all the bay street douchbag clientele they tend to draw in.

The only thing going for this place is the group Kickboxing, which funny enough, is not run by the gym but from an outside instructor. Looks like they just use the space.
King West is Garbage / April 8, 2009 at 12:50 pm
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Don't let the convenient location or exposed lofty brickwork appeal suck you in. They've cut back on cleaning services and general maintenance and the place is suffering as a result. Washrooms and showers are filthy and something as simple as refilling the paper towel dispenser is rarely taken care of. Spinning bikes take up much of the cardio space but classes are basically nonexistent - maybe twice or three times a week with 5 to 6 people per class. Jacobs Ladder; their new machine takes up the space of two treadmills and is rarely ever used and is proving to be a poor investment. Padding on the universals is cracking and regular motions sometimes stick or jerk. Free weights are bolt designed and are lose on a regular basis. And the list goes on……

I’ve been a member for almost three years but I will be leaving for a gym that’s properly maintained and managed. For 85 bucks a month (and without towel service!!) you can do much better. Shit, for an extra $10 you can get a membership at Adelaide Club...but only if you're willing to deal with the all the bay street douchbag clientele they tend to draw in.

The only thing going for this place is the group Kickboxing, which funny enough, is not run by the gym but from an outside instructor. Looks like they just use the space.
/ April 17, 2009 at 03:25 pm
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The location is truly the only thing that's good about this place.

The comment above describes the equipment well.

Men's locker room has 8 showers, 4 of which have never worked since I joined 2 years ago. Of the 4 that work (and have doors), 1 of them gets flooded constantly.

As for the towels, unless you have a 26 inch waist, you won't be able to get them around you. They are also the kind that wipe water around instead of absorbing it. Towel service is also ridiculously priced at $20/month.

Good: friendly staff (unless you're inquiring about the increase in fees and decrease in maintenance). Location.

Bad: poorly maintained, costly fees, equipment.
Jessica Price replying to a comment from / April 17, 2009 at 03:37 pm
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I quit this place recently. The creepy manager was more interested in hitting on me than changing a light bulb in the women's changeroom that was out for 7 months. You can find better value for your money than this gym. There is an Extreme or Goodlife just minutes away. Do your DD before signing up here....
/ April 19, 2009 at 10:18 am
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I'm new to the area and looking for a gym. Just stopped by king west to do a quick walkthrough. The valley girl wanna be at the front desk was a complete tard. I asked her a few questions about fees, classes, etc. and she just tilted her head to ths side like my dog when confused. First impressions go a long way. Too bad extreme fitness is even worse for this type of BS 'I think I'm a star' snobbery. You work front desk at a gym. This is the male equivalent to mixing concrete. Get busy folding towels and learn about the programs and fee structure of where you work.
Mark / April 21, 2009 at 03:10 pm
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i like the location. close to work so i can go during lunch. im not a gym rat but it does the job for me. monthly fee is a little high considering you don't get towels.
waste of cash / May 16, 2009 at 12:13 am
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the owner of this club is more interested in being a landlord than a club manager. they have done nothing to improve the place since i have been a member, things only get worse (and oddly the fees keep going up) the place is a dive and they treat their members like garbage. the sooner this place goes out of business, the better.
me / June 12, 2009 at 07:31 pm
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Its not that bad. Good selection of equipment. A few good classes. No crowds and a very good location.
Harry Pairoftestees / June 17, 2009 at 02:25 pm
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Their biggest drawback is the lack of VAGINA. King West = Foreskin Party.
big rip off / June 30, 2009 at 05:18 pm
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this place will be going out of business soon unless the owner actually starts to care. it is either completely empty, or too crowded to do anything, which isnt saying much, since due to a recent renovation to create more office space, it takes about 4 people in the room with the weights and benches, to make it to jammed to do anything.
the staff seem to care only about your monthy fees and not about maintaining a clean, safe, decent fitness club. there is no value added, and for the outrages monthy fees, there isn't even regular value for your money. there are plenty of better options nearby, which all ironically are much cheaper in price.
simply put, having a membership there is like having a prison sentence, you just count down the days until you are free to leave. (unfortnately I have many more months to go). screw you king west! you ripped me off for the last time!!!!
Teresa / August 11, 2009 at 12:16 pm
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Agree with Jessica. The staff stare at you and hit on you every chance they get. I was disgusted. The regular upkeep of this place is lacking. THe location is the only positive thing they have to offer.
Sandy replying to a comment from Teresa / January 21, 2010 at 06:43 pm
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I joined this hole in 2007 with my friend. I cancelled and have only recently realized they have still been billing me. I was so upset that I hadnt noticed sooner but they hide behind a number not there advertised name. Spoke to the manager Kevin, who kept hanging up on me and said that I didn't leave a void check. I came in with a cop and low and behold he cancelled my "non existence check" Now I have to go to small claims court. My friend cancelled and had no problems. Kevin is a complete ass!!!
Sandy replying to a comment from big rip off / January 21, 2010 at 08:06 pm
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Meant to reply to a comment made by big ripp off.
AW / June 2, 2010 at 07:42 pm
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I go here with a trainer - it is so dirty that when you do a pushup, there are handprints on the floor in the dust. There is mold everywhere and it smells bad. The dirtiest gym I've ever been to.
John / June 28, 2010 at 10:49 pm
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Go to Kingwestfitness instead in Liberty Village. 171 East Liberty Street.
Anonymous / July 21, 2010 at 10:02 am
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The locker rooms are gross. The showers are slimy and clog regularly. The equipment is never maintained and there is a lack of machines in general. The staff is even more useless then their crappy towels AND they will overcharge you any chance they get.

Avoid this place like the plague!
Brian / October 31, 2010 at 09:50 am
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Please do not sign up for this gym. The Personal Trainers think the own this place. The treat other member like crap. They think the whole weight room or machines belongs to them.
Jerry / November 4, 2010 at 10:32 am
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I was a member back in 08 and I thought the place went to hell so I quit. I have recently signed up again and I must say the club has done a complete 180. There are new owners and they treat everyone well and the facilities are cleaner. Way cheaper now too.
Worse CS call I have ever received. / November 11, 2010 at 09:42 pm
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I just got a sales call from them. Someone named Chris Martin or something like that, called me. When I said I had been called multiple times he proceed to call me liar... and got verbally aggressive with me.

I was really nice about asking that they delete my information and not call me again. I'm a former employee back when the place first opened and won't be signing up.

The guy was an complete ass. If that's their idea of a customer service call... I'd strongly recommend people don't join until the service improves. What if I wanted to cancel? Or had an actual issue? Would they have cussed me out then?

I was really nice and got treated really poorly.
Worse CS ever replying to a comment from Sandy / November 11, 2010 at 09:58 pm
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That same thing happened to my friend. They flat out refuse to admit that they had been billing her despite the fact that she had cancelled months before... they hung up on her and refused to give her back any money.

Even the owner treated her like crap.
Michael Miller / November 16, 2010 at 05:06 pm
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All these reviews are from when it was under differentanagment than today. This a great club. Clean, good equipment, and really friendly trainers an staff. Plus it's the best deal downtown. It was bought by the guy who owns a few other smaller gyms under the Cardi-Go name in the city and he's really turned this plac around.
Mike / January 3, 2011 at 09:59 am
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I used to be a personal trainer at this gym and there trainer today dont treat members at the gym very nicely. One of my former clients still attends this gym and a trainer was very rude and told him off.. He was so embrassed.

Shame on you THE KING WEST CLUB - Incident on Dec 18th - One of your free-lance trainers.
Ilango / March 16, 2011 at 12:44 pm
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This place blows.
AS / June 5, 2011 at 08:09 pm
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Just an update on this place, I go about every other day to this Gym and the comments mentioned earlier are very true about cleanliness and attitude and now a new thing has started, now most of the time the Heavy Bags are unavailable due to "Dance classes" yes that's right, "Dance classes". I just went there today and for about 4 hours there's a "Bollywood Dance" class
is going on which pisses me off. The other day there was 'Salsa' classes for about 2 hours. I am thinking of getting out this Gym, which is truly a "Club" now with all these dance classes. I'm a member of this Gym for about 7 years now and its never this bad. I only go to this Gym because it's close to my home. It's even gone worse after the Management change.
Jessica / June 13, 2011 at 12:05 am
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I was a member in this place and I came across many times, that main goal for this gym is to make profit on you. They do not have any understanding toward members, Previous manager at King location, was extremely unprofessional, she needs to build her office skills and work on her terrible self-esteem. I will not recommend this location to anybody.
Justin / October 26, 2011 at 09:39 pm
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This club is owned by cardio go... i'm not sure how they are still in Business. They need a change bad. The equipment is now outdated.... Shame on you cardio go. You say you are breathing new life hoooooow with no new equipment,
Justin / October 26, 2011 at 09:40 pm
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This club trainers are so rude. One Trainer told me to get the f * out of her way.... what club trainers tell club members that. SHAME ON YOU CARDIO GO
David / December 12, 2011 at 06:57 am
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I read the comments above. The owner name is brendan not kevin. Its now owned by cardio go.

They more members now but the gym needs serious new equipment. This placed was great in 2004 but in 2008 - 2009 this place went so downhill. Not sure how they are still in business... They dont even have towel service anymore.

I agree with all comments above. I have not read not even one pleasant comment.
Garbage! / March 6, 2012 at 05:29 pm
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Avoid this place! it is dirty, gross and in need of new everything! Worst of all is staff! every other comment saying this place is a nightmare is true!
Amer / April 6, 2012 at 02:07 pm
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Worse gym ever.
Goodlife / April 6, 2012 at 02:12 pm
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Head to Goodlife Fitness!
David / June 2, 2012 at 05:25 pm
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Beware of this gym! I signed up with a Groupon discount and if you don't cancel in time, they will start charging you the full membership fee. They ended up charging me 2 additional months at $75 a month and refused to refund any of it, even though I was never even there for the 2 additional months.

Poor business practices will deter anyone from returning here; no wonder hardly anyone goes to this eventually belly up gym!
Jason / June 21, 2012 at 10:37 pm
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How these guys in business , i use to train with a trainer name randy and this was when the gym opened up... they had a muay tai classes etc. This gym went downhill since 2007.... its sad a great gym went so downhilll... i believe the regular members in the mornings is what keeps this gym alive.


Nicholas / September 18, 2012 at 12:50 pm
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Say what you will about the King West Club, but the staff is awesome and the vibe is super friendly and welcoming.
Cardio go king west sucks / October 3, 2012 at 10:54 pm
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Worse gym ever. Staff are incompetent, don't know their class schedules and are total douchebags. Don't know why anyone would pay to here. Went there due to groupon bu even at 18 bucks for 10 classes was a waste of money.
Tim / October 16, 2012 at 02:54 pm
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my best advice is to check it out yourself.... downtown is very competitive, who is writing these comments? and who wants to gain?.. I have been a member for 3 years.... for what I get and pay with location, I am satisfied... Have been working with a personal trainer for 2 years(due to a bad injury) he has been extremely professional and has helped me and more....... it is what it is....I have been happy and have seen results from Cardio-Go(King West)..
Jaxon / November 12, 2012 at 04:41 pm
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This gym has ripped me off. They charged me for 2 months ($140), after I signed a form thinking it was a cancellation form, however, the woman I delt with manipulated me into signing a hold form and told me that I could come back with no initial fee if I decided to come back within 6 months. I have been fighting with this club to receive a refund and they acknowledged it was "miscommunication" and that I have not been to that gym in over a year but refuse to refund me. They've offered a few free months however, should I wish to return. NO THANKS!
Anonymous / February 15, 2013 at 10:30 am
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I have been going to Cardio Go for a while and I gotta say that I do love it there!
I would agree that the bathrooms arent the cleanest and they do have to get on their repairs a little faster but the equipment is awesome and the staff are fantastic!
I am moving to a condo with a gym so it would be smart, financially to quit this gym soon but I am sad just thinking about it. I would much rather go here than to the impersonal corporate monguls such as Extreme or Goodlife
Anonymous / April 6, 2013 at 02:21 pm
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This gym is absolutely disgusting. Been a member since summer 2012, and everything just keeps getting worse. Lights out, no AC, filthy as a barn... and expensive as Goodlife or Extreme. Don't join!
cj / October 6, 2013 at 12:09 pm
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yes i agree, i just joined and if it wasnt for the location i would have quit already and kissed the 70 bucks good bye as its not worth bathing in those conditions. they have to step it up a notch or im out at the end of oct. As for the comment about the front desk valley girl wanna be, hahah a have yet to received my membership access card even after working out there for a week everyday and walking by 20 x through out my workout. kinda funny. what else is their responsibility? i was offended by the concrete mixing male equilevant comment. Not only do these guys work the skin off their fingers they are problably building the sicass condo you live in. not to mention even a basic labourer makes 35$/hr. which accumulates over 100k a year. I highly doubt valley girl makes a fraction of that so you are sadly mistaken. If i could get paid for doing fack all i would too. All a product of bad management, i went in this past saturday to ask for my access card and thinking it couldnt get worse the fucking cleaning guy was the only employee there. wtf. he didnt even speak english. Brutal!! atleat he was doing his job.
Anthony / March 28, 2014 at 05:08 pm
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I train peeps here and also trained myself here- the bathrooms are squeaky-clean. I don't shower at gyms - too much gear to lug around, plus I detox all the time, I'm not stinky : ) and thirdly, I like my chlorine-filtered shower at home.

Cool cool gym, nice weights, some kettlebells and some true Olympic bumper plates for those who wanna do some snatch or other Olympic style lifts. Nice earthy look and it's a small building, so doesn't have that gross building air I smell in larger buildings.

Has a cardio room, big with various toys like the TRX-type straps. I duck in when there's no class for calisthenic type stuff and strap work.
Steve Lachelt replying to a comment from cj / April 28, 2014 at 06:04 pm
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CJ,
Hi. Sorry you had a negative experience here. I am surprised about how frustrating you found the fact that we hadn't issued you a card yet though- the fact is we're pretty casual about the access cards because we basically know 99% of all our members on a first name basis! I always thought that was a good thing, but you're right we should be more diligent at getting cards out to our newly signed up members.

Seeing as you asked, you also deserve to know that the front desk staff do the lion's share of our business admin while at the front desk. They do actually have a fair bit to do. They also administer the clinic which sees physio patients, Chiro patients, and Massage patients. As these treatments are of a more medical nature, we do work hard to make sure all paperwork, admin and filing for that end of the business is done well and on time. I'd guess that these are the things the front desk attendants are doing while you walk by.
Lastly, you also commented on the person you met on Saturday- his name is David. He's a really nice guy and it's his job to cover the desk when the manager is on the floor or running an errand, and then to clean house when someone else is at the desk. We actually hired him in the Spring of 2013 when we realized that we needed to "up our game" on the cleanliness front. David has helped a lot.

Please let me know if there's anything I can do to help you out in here. I'll personally step in and fix anything I can!

Steve Lachelt
President, Cardio-Go
www.cardiogo.ca
steve@cardiogo.ca
416-913-9123
Sarah / August 14, 2014 at 04:55 pm
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The worst club I've ever been to.

I went once to try it out in April of 2014. The change-rooms were unclean, and the club did not offer any classes of interest to me (the ones I wanted to try were extra money on top of a $100 membership - noooo way). Brennan, the manager or something, brought me into his office and attempted to sell me a membership. I was not sold, and told him I was still torn between signing up for the gym and taking more dance lessons. He said that I could have 10 days free, and if I wanted to join after that, then to come to him and have them process the application. Simple enough. I did not include my credit card information on the enrollment form (thank goodness), and left.

I decided not to go back, and have since joined another club in town (Totum - amazing club.) Now, every 2 weeks I get a call from CardioGo asking for my credit card information so they can process my membership (hello - i have not been back since April - obviously i am not interested in the club.)

I finally emailed CardioGo, and kindly asked them to destroy my half completed membership form and remove my number from their calling list.

The email I received from Brennan was brutal. Apparently he thinks that he has every right to charge my credit card (a card he doesn't have access to - because I never provided it - because I had no interest in returning). He continued to send extremely rude and unprofessional emails.I had to block his email. Seriously, this guy is the definition of unprofessional.

I do NOT recommend this club.

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