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Movemeant Fitness Studio

Posted by Erica Berman / Posted on July 7, 2013

Movemeant Fitness StudioMovemeant Fitness Studio described in one word would be personal. If I had to describe Movemeant's owner, Matt Kenny, in one word, it would be sincere. These are not words you often see associated with a big, corporate fitness chain, nor are these attributes you're likely to find in one. So while Movemeant is small and doesn't have a whole lot of frills, it has warmth and a sense of community for those looking for more than just a place to work up a sweat.

Matt has been involved in the fitness industry for almost 10 years, however, running Movemeant and teaching virtually all the group fitness classes on the schedule is not even his full-time job. Matt also works as a Supervisor of Special Events for the City of Toronto and runs a yoga and wellness retreat business. So lack of time as an excuse for not exercising isn't going to cut it with him.

Movemeant Fitness StudioMovemeant recently moved from an unassuming industrial building on Richmond to a new space on Adelaide near Strachan. The space is literally one open room, which consists of 7 Gravity machines, 6 TRX systems, and 20 spin bikes. There are 2 change rooms with showers and a roomy front entrance area for storing shoes and outerwear. Everything is clean, elegant and understated. But it is the service, not the space nor the equipment that makes Movemeant unique, it is Matt himself.

Matt puts me through a demo workout on a Gravity machine - a functional strength training apparatus for the uninitiated - that demonstrates both his technical knowledge and exceptional people-skills. Gravity training is perfect for those just getting familiar with strength-based exercise, as well as experienced individuals looking to tweak their fitness or athletic performance. Matt aims to challenge and inspire his participants, but is also attentive to individual needs and safety issues. The fact that Matt wants to help people get fitter and loves what he does comes through in his approach.

Movemeant Fitness StudioBecause Matt is both the owner and the trainer of the facility, client questions and concerns are addressed directly by him and he is able to establish a personal relationship with each one. This means he will notice if you start skipping your workouts! If you want to get even more personal with Matt, he offers one-on-one training sessions, in addition to the group fitness classes.

Matt sends an email with directions and helpful information after you register for a class, and follows up with a thank you email following your session. It is this added personal touch that makes a real difference.

Prices are comparable to other studios, with a single class starting at $20, and personal training starting at $60/session, with discounts increasing with larger packages and longer contracts.

Movemeant Fitness StudioIf you like to slip in and out of a gym anonymously, without uttering a word to anyone, Movement will terrify you. But if you have struggled to adhere to an exercise program in the past, need some inspiration, but don't want to be subjected to drill-sergeant-type training, than working with Matt and the community he is building may be just what you need.

Photos by Denise McMullin

Discussion

23 Comments

JH / July 7, 2013 at 03:03 pm
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I have been to Movemeant many times and must say that this article is pretty much right on. Matt has been around for a long time and has worked at many gyms throughout the city. I am so happy to see him finally doing his own thing, where he is able to shine and do what it is that he does so well - get people to work hard and achieve their goals. You have not sweat until you have worked with Matt - highly recommend the spinning and Gravity classes.
AJ / July 7, 2013 at 03:44 pm
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I like this place.
Lynne / July 7, 2013 at 04:29 pm
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Been here twice - loved it. You got to bring your own headphones though bc the music doesn't blare out loud like other gym. I liked the headphones. Thanks for reminding me I need to go back blogto.
love Matt! / July 7, 2013 at 11:46 pm
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Matt has been a legendary spin instructor since he days at Quad and I am so happy that he has finally opened his own space. He is a truly respected trainer/spin instructor and his classes are one of a kind.
Julie / July 8, 2013 at 08:56 am
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Agreed with comments above - have been spinning with Matt for a loooong time (although he will know that i have not been in some time as the article says). Matt is one of the most genuine, hard working, honest and no bullshit fitness instructors in this city! He really is one of a kind - I have taken spin classes everywhere and I mean EVERYWHERE and I can put my personal guarantee that you will not have an experience anywhere else like you have had with Matt. I just took Gravity for the first time last month and of course, fell in love with it too. Ahhhh - gushing...ok...just go spin.
movemeant / July 8, 2013 at 11:00 am
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Thank you all for the amazing accolades - it is very much appreciated. We are very lucky to do what we do and we consider ourselves the best because we train the best! We would like to offer everyone whom has read this review to try a free class at movemeant, but mentioning "BlogTO Review". Email matt@movemeant.ca to claim or go to www.movemeant.ca and click on Schedule, create a profile and when you are taken to the check out page, you should be able to use "BlogTO promotion" as your payment - only good on your first time visit! We can make amazing changes in your life, but YOU have to get your butt in the door!
Sara / July 8, 2013 at 02:23 pm
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Cool stuff. Good luck Matt
Emma G. / July 8, 2013 at 02:36 pm
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By far the best spin instructor in the world. Whether it is the music choice, the personal encouragement, the support of the other members, or even just having someone remember your name, it really does not get any better than Matt Kenny's Movemeant.
Anna / July 8, 2013 at 10:20 pm
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Love love love this place! This place is my happy place! A must for those who want to work hard, focus and sweat!
Brad / July 9, 2013 at 11:44 am
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I train with Matt on Sunday's because Equinox is closed. I have been with him for about 2 years and only went to Equinox because my work location changed and I am right beside it now. If I lived or worked in West Queen West - no questions asked, Matt or movemeant or whatever he named his company is where I would be.
AMD / July 9, 2013 at 03:22 pm
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Movemeant is a fantastic boutique fitness center. It is bright and airy, has new, well maintained, state of the art equipment - all things I have come to value in work-out environment. While other spaces may offer these same qualities, they don't come equipped with Matt Kenny. He is not only the owner, but also the main fitness trainer/teacher at Movemeant. He is able to help his clients to find the strength within themselves to achieve the goals they set out for themselves. While I have attended Matt's spin classes for years(the best spin classes I have ever aytended), most recently, he helped me achieve the goal of walking down the aisle, feeling and looking my best. I would recommend his no BS approach to fitness to anyone who has fitness, health or wellness in mind. You won't regret it!
Lara / July 10, 2013 at 11:19 am
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same as above - spinning with matt for years and so glad that he has opened his own space where people can be fit in both body and mind. That is the difference here, he cares about your total well being and you are never a dollar sign, you are a person with a goal, that he will push hard to get the best out of you. he always says - for the 45 minutes that we are working, we should not be friends and you should not like me. After that, we can be friends again. His approach is bang on! Only go here if you are honest with yourself about your goals - I wasn't going to write a review because I didn't want other people to know about movemeant. I consider it my hidden little gem :-)
Jane / September 26, 2013 at 10:08 am
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AHHHHH!!!! How did I not know he opened this??? I haven't been spinning in a long time, now I need to get back! Ok, enough is enough - see you soon!
AH / November 6, 2013 at 11:14 am
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Yes! Checked this place out last night thanks to this review on BlogTO and it was BANG ON! I walked in and Matt said hello from across the room while training an entire group (he knew my name too even though I had not been there before). I like the community feel - before the class started, people started talking to me, mostly female clientelle, all there to work out which is nice and it wasn't the pretentious vibe of other studios. Took a spinning and Gravity class and when I was finished, I handed my credit card over - I was sold. There is something electric about his classes and the way he teaches. I loved every minute of it (and the burn I am feeling today). Anyways, just wanted to chime in on the conversation and give my two cents - go!
Trish / November 22, 2013 at 05:32 pm
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THE best place to sweat in the city, hands down! Movemeant is a friendly, fun, welcoming, clean, well-run, and effective boutique gym run by Matt Kenny - the most incredible and motivating spin instructor in the city. This gym offers classes - mostly in the early evening and on weekends (spin, circuit training, TRX, Gravity, and yoga) - and is a great place to get in and out in under an hour, having sweat your butt off, absolutely exhausted, but proud and with a smile on your face! I have been to other gyms, but nothing compares... you get personalized training in a small class setting. Try it - the first class is free!!
Jean / December 4, 2013 at 09:33 pm
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Great job!!you really deserve this recognition, for all your hard work.
Joan / December 5, 2013 at 11:12 pm
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What a great article Matt. So proud of you. Best wishes for continued success.
Tanya / December 16, 2013 at 10:51 am
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I just checked out movemeant based on the BlogTO article naming them one of Toronto's top Fitness Studios. I have had a lot of issues in the past with my physical health, from injuries to constant weight gain and loss and have not been able to find a space that is able to cater to me in a group setting and unforunately like so many others, I cannot afford personal training. I checked out movemeant. I was hesitant because the reviews on this site seemed too good, but I hate to get in line, but it was incredible. Matt took me aside, talked to me about my goals, my past injuries and put me on a Gravity machine. It was the first time I did an entire fitness class without stopping from pain or being lost. Needless to say, I just signed up for the year and am spinning and doing gravity 3 times a week. It really is amazing what happens in this space - as Matt puts it, he is training my mind, not my body. I need the training.
Ben / January 15, 2014 at 12:51 pm
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I took a class with Matt on Jan 5th as part of his one year anniversary. I was in from out of town (NYC) and usually do the Soul Cycle circuit, so was a little worried as I have not been able to find anything like SC outside of New York. Happy to say that although it was not the same, it was completely different and awesome. Even in Soul Cycle, I don't think I sweat as much as I did during this class. What makes Matt different is his coaching approach to the class. As a seasoned road rider, I like to think I know what is going on, but was surprised to see how much I was not focused and breathing when the roads started to get very hard. Needles to say, when I am back in Toronto, I will be back. Thanks Matt.
Allison / February 20, 2014 at 12:04 pm
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Started with movemeant on Tuesday bc of this blog post and must say, the posts are correct. There is nobody doing what movemeant / Matt is doing. Offering fitness, but in a completely different way by accessing the mind first and the body second. This is really something that could last. And of course, I wanted to go in and take a class, but I have already come home and signed up for a one month unlimited membership. Can't wait to see what I can achieve in one month at this great new place in my life! AR
JC / March 4, 2014 at 02:28 pm
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I did my first personal training session with Matt at movemeant, yesterday. I was a bit scared as it had been a while since I was on the bike, or even in the gym. I didn't need to be afraid - I have one session down and just booked 10 more - his focus on goals and breath got me through my first hard session. I live right around the corner from the studio so not sure why it took me this long to get back into it - Will update you on my goals :-)
Jessica / March 20, 2014 at 09:01 am
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My gym closed yesterday without any notice, so I went here last night on a free class that a friend told me about. I took the gravity and it was fantastic. The machines are completely different than the other machines I have used in this city and they had really great accessories. I felt like I was going to throw up doing the ab work out bc it focused my abs so much. Space was clean, Matt was great - he knew my name when I walked in and we had never met, and gives very good and clear instruction. There were a bunch of other girls in the class too and they were super nice and started talking to me right away like I had been there a whole bunch of times. I will be going back, these reviews seem correct.
movemeant / July 14, 2014 at 01:33 pm
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Dear BlogTO readers. We have closed our studio as of June 28th 2014. We are looking to pursue other options within the fitness world. Matt will be teaching out of Equinox, so you can find him there! Thank you for all of your support over the years - movemeant.

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