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Revolution Fitness

Posted by Tim / Posted on February 18, 2008

Revolution Fitness
Revolution Fitness, in the heart of the Financial District at Yonge and Adelaide, draws its membership from the high-level executives, lawyers and stock brokers who work in the area. The gym ain't cheap but if you have the cash to burn to keep yourself fitting into those designer jeans this full service fitness club might just be one of the better options around.

The approach at Revolution Fitness is a clear departure from the average Toronto gym. Here, each member is assigned a fitness and health entourage. What that means is you not only get something akin to a personal trainer helping you out every time you break a sweat but you also benefit from a team of qualified trainers and nutritionists who monitor your lifestyle, diet, conditioning, form, time efficiency and day to day progress at the club.

Open for just over a year now, Revolution Fitness is stocked with top of the line free weights, machines and cardio equipment. There is a serene studio for stretching and yoga classes, a small store selling workout clothing and supplies and a kick-ass entrance that impresses as you descend an escalator off Yonge.

Rates and Initiation Fee

Membership at Revolution Fitness is limited to 650 members. Expect an initiation fee between $199-$399 depending on the package. This isn't the place to work out on a budget. Rates start at $49 per workout session. But at that price you get more than access to the fitness facilities but also the personal attention (that entourage I mentioned) and nutritional counseling.

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Towels, Lockers and Showers

The locker and show facilities are amazing. There were too many private showers to count, steam rooms, big fluffy towels and lots of room to roam around. There is free shampoo, conditioner, hair dryers, shaving cream, disposable razors and moisturizers. Laundy service is available for a fee and overnight lockers can be had for as low as $15 a month.

Personal Training, Yoga and Spin

Unlike many other downtown gyms, yoga and spin take a back seat here. In fact, spinning isn't even offered. Yoga is included in the membership but classes are infrequent and understandably not the main draw that brings in members. Earlier this year though the club opened up yoga to non-members for $15 a class. There is no extra cost for personal training as this is already included in the membership.

Food and Juice

A juice bar offers freshly squeezed juices, protein shakes, all-natural protein bars, water and other pick me ups. They also host a monthly breakfast or lunch for the members that is geared to educate them on healthy eating.

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Worth Mentioning

Revolution Fitness has an onsite Wellness Centre with chiropractic care, acupuncture, massage therapy, athletic therapy, naturopathic medicine and homeopathic medicine. The owner, Sarah Grant, used to be a consultant for a large international consulting firm. She was once 30 pounds overweight but now follows her own gym's advice and is fit and slim.

Days and Hours of Operation

At the time of this post Revolution Fitness is open Monday to Thursday, 6am - 9pm; Friday from 6am - 8pm; and Saturday and Sunday from 8am - 4pm. It's always best to check the web site for the most up to date info.

Revolution Fitness

Revolution Fitness

Revolution Fitness

Revolution Fitness

Discussion

19 Comments

B replying to a comment from anonymous / October 16, 2009 at 10:52 am
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Actually, I have had quite the opposite experience - I love this place! I joined earlier this summer when they offered a weight loss challenge and even though some of the training was tough and the nutritionists tougher (I had to keep a food diary that they looked at weekly), I feel a million times better about myself and I actually enjoy coming to workout throughout the week...and I certainly am not paying even close to $500 a month.
Danielle / November 24, 2009 at 05:26 pm
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I'm thinking of joining this gym and would love to get some more reveiws from people that work out there. It's so hard to find a good place in the financial district that meets all the necessary criteria.
Any current or past members care to comment on the facility/atmosphere/attitude of staff and clientelle?
Rod / December 15, 2009 at 03:25 am
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Forget this place, they are going under very soon. The owner has no clue how to run a club, make money or even break even. Papas money must have run out.
Runner / January 21, 2010 at 05:56 pm
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Gym closed this morning. Not much of a shock... was always empty, apart from really bored trainers.
Jogger replying to a comment from Runner / January 21, 2010 at 11:21 pm
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It was a good gym. Too bad it has closed. Trainers were great.
new member / January 22, 2010 at 01:34 pm
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closed closed? I just joined and got a call saying that due to an emergency they would be closed today. What is going on?
Paul / January 22, 2010 at 02:11 pm
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So it was closed on Thursday as well? There's a sign on the door saying it is closed today (Friday) due to an emergency. I went to the Plaza across the street to get a workout in (@ $15 a pop) and the front desk person told me they went out of business. Any confirmation of this?
RM / January 22, 2010 at 03:56 pm
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I joined on Monday, had a PT appointment on thursday and got a call saying that they had to cancel the appointment and close for the day due to emergency. I called today, no answer, so I stopped by. The door was locked with a sign saying they were closed for the day.
No communication from them since.
Chris replying to a comment from RM / January 23, 2010 at 07:02 pm
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I called Lawson on Firday - I beleive that they are the property managers. I was today that they were NOT locked out for non-payment and that the equipment was all still in there. It was open Thursday but closed Friday and Saturday. Very Strange but I have personal items (including an i-pod) in my locker there and I hope that I can get them back!!! Whatever is going on I wish that there was some communication.
Chris replying to a comment from RM / January 23, 2010 at 07:05 pm
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sorry about the bad spelling and grammer - I'm red with anger right now.
Chris replying to a comment from RM / January 23, 2010 at 07:17 pm
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I called Lawson on Friday - I believe that they are the property managers. I was told that they were NOT locked out for non-payment and that the equipment was all still in there. It was open Thursday but closed Friday and Saturday. Very Strange but I have personal items (including an i-pod) in my locker there and I hope that I can get them back!!! Whatever is going on I wish that there was some communication.
Reply
Revolution Closed / January 23, 2010 at 10:39 pm
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It is with great regret and sadness that I inform you of Revolution Fitness + Wellness' closure. The club will not be re-opening.

If you have any personal belongings at the club please contact the building manager, Nadine Sarich of Colonia Treuhand to arrange for pick-up. Her email is nadines@coloniatreuhand.com and phone number is 416-864-1566 or 416-848-0243 .

The Revolution team truly appreciates the relationships we've built with all of our members and apologize for the inconvenience.
Please be assured that you will not be charged any additional membership dues.

The Revolution Fitness + Wellness Team
Jason / January 30, 2010 at 11:42 am
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"Please be assured that you will not be charged any additional membership dues."

What a ridiculous statement
Flynn / October 11, 2010 at 11:56 pm
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Warning... If you see this man in the fitness industry or martial arts. Stay away. He is deceiving, defiant and ruthless. He will take your money among other things and run. He is the biggest corrupt human being. His name is STEVE CHARLES WILSON of Durham Region.

http://newsdurhamregion.com/articlePrint/20575
media / January 4, 2011 at 02:38 am
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The owner of Revolution Fitness was...let's say "not a nice woman" who treated media like garbage--an interesting approach when she was getting free coverage from a national magazine, so I have to say I'm glad to see that she got what she deserved.
Mark Brown / February 14, 2011 at 09:13 pm
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Thank you for sharing this it has a very informative content.. I hope more of this comes..

If you have time you can visit this site:
<a href="http://www.sanctuarywellness.com.au/";>Sanctuary Wellness</a>

God bless and more power..
Terry Handson / March 16, 2011 at 09:59 pm
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How shocked! I was Sarah Grant's Bookkeeper. Got stuck for 2 months pay? Still trying to collect...Good Luck?
Dave / October 12, 2012 at 07:49 pm
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For what it is worth this late after the fact, I worked for the owner of this club and she is an amazing person, very nice, and a smart business woman (she seems to be doing incredibly well with her recent venture). I still stay in touch with her and she has said many times that her decision to close down the club was a tough decision, but one she doesn't regret. That is my two cents. Everyone is entitled to an opinion I guess.
Cris de Souza / October 23, 2012 at 01:10 pm
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I was there five years ago. It was so expensive, I could not apply, although everything was very nice. Thanks.

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