Kingwest Fitness is a spacious fitness club in a beautifully restored factory in Liberty Village. Its soaring ceilings, post and beam finishes and massive factory windows offer some serious eye-candy (or at least design-candy) and there's so many square feet to roam around that even when it's busy it doesn't really seem that way.
One side of the club showcases a range of cardio options including ellipticals, treadmills, bikes and Stairmasters. Each come equiped with their own audio controls which make it easy to tune into one of the six TV stations and listen to whatever the Satellite TV programming is transmitting at the moment. On the other side of the club there's a good mix of free weights and machines; and in the middle an enclosed studio space is home to spinning, yoga and boxing classes.
Unlike some clubs there is zero attitude here. There is local art on the walls and a table of brochures and flyers highlighting neighbourhood events.
Rates and Initiation Fee
Membership fees range from $28 to $32.50 bi-weekly.
Towels, Lockers and Showers
Towel service is included in the membership. An overnight locker will run you $15 a month but there are plenty of full-size lockers available for day use. The showers are private and in good condition. There is also a steam room. Body lotion, shampoo, Q-tips, a hair dryer and razors are all provided.
Personal Training, Yoga and Spin
The gym has a number of buff and fit-looking personal trainers on their roster. Sessions are $70 each. Classes are dispersed throughout the week but rarely if ever take place in the mornings. Most are between 6 and 9pm although there are a few during lunch hour. Yoga (Hatha, Power and Ashtanga) is offered five times a week. There is also Jukari, pilates, Hip Hop Dance and Strip to Fit. All classes except boxing (taught by a Certified Level 1 boxing coach) are included in the membership.
Food and Juice
There is small juice bar where staff can whip you up a tasty protein or meal replacement shake. There are also some protein bars available. If all else fails, Oro Caffe is just downstairs.
They also have a women's only section to the gym and offer tanning services.
Days and Hours of Operation
At the time of this post the gym is open Monday to Thursday, 6am - 11pm; Friday from 6am - 10pm and Saturday and Sundays from 9am - 6pm. It's always best to check the web site for the most up to date info.