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Track Fitness

Posted by Erica Berman / Posted on August 11, 2013

Track Fitness TorontoTrack Fitness is something of a Forest Hill Village staple. The yoga studio was pretty steamy on the day I visited earlier this summer. Arriving midday on a Tuesday for their Sculpt Yoga class, it ended up being more of a hot yoga session. As it turns out, the instructor who taught the hot yoga class earlier in the day forgot to turn down the heat. While some folks might be pleased by this turn of events, I was not. I don't like heat. I don't like saunas, I don't like hot tubs. I don't even like summer.

Track Fitness TorontoMy teacher, Megan, was very apologetic. Due to the unexpected heat, she modified the class to be less strenuous than usual. Despite turning down the thermostat before we began, I didn't notice much of a temperature drop during the 1 hour class. The midday classes are generally the smallest ones at Track, and perhaps because of the lovely weather I ended up being the only student on this day. No worries, Monica, Track's manager had warned me that it would be quiet (their busiest classes are 6:15am, 9:30am, and late afternoon/evenings), and I love getting a one-on-one yoga session.

Track Fitness TorontoAdmittedly, I chose to attend the Sculpt Yoga because I am often suspicious of hybrid fitness classes and was picturing having to do vinyasas with dumbbells in my hands. Fortunately, Megan explained that the 'sculpt' refers to the core strengthening component (which she kept to a minimum during our session due to the heat) she usually includes, using Pilates balls. Fair enough. She puts me through some tough core exercises at the beginning and then we do a standard flow class. Although I don't enjoy the heat one bit, I have to admit that I feel centred and pretty fabulous afterwards.

Track Fitness TorontoThe club recently expanded into the southern half of the building they inhabit on the corner of Lonsdale and Spadina Roads. The yoga studio, aside from being stifling hot, is-like the rest of the club-clean, white and airy with large windows overlooking the street. Track also has another studio for barre classes, one for spinning (they have over 40 bikes!), and one devoted to their popular signature Circuit 60 classes which involve intervals of treadmill walking or running with strength training. They are one of the few clubs in the city to offer such classes, which are a great option for individuals who enjoy group fitness but don't want to have to learn complicated choreography.

Track Fitness TorontoTrack also has a space for personal training as well as a private training space for individuals who want to train with owner and the club's namesake, Larry Track. Within the new space there is an area displaying Lululemon gear for sale on the ground floor, and a full-service café with a delectable looking vegan and mostly gluten-free menu. Monica explained that they will soon be undergoing further renovations to provide a more seamless flow between the old and new spaces, which will include an outdoor patio area.

Track Fitness TorontoThe clientele at track is primarily women between the ages of 25 and 50, as well as youth who come for their teen classes, but Monica tells me they are starting to draw more men now that they have expanded.

Track Fitness TorontoPersonal training is $90 per session, with a $75/session deal on a package of 20 sessions. If you want to train with Larry Track, your only option is to purchase 10 sessions for $1,250. Individual classes run from $18-$25 dollars, with discounts on packages. Most packages, however, limit you to one type of class, with other types of classes costing extra. An all-class, unlimited pass is $399/month or $4,500 per year putting Track into the category of boutique club, which is not surprising given its location and offerings.

Overall, Track Fitness offers quality training options for individuals looking for group fitness and/or personal training and are willing to pay for it.

Track Fitness TorontoPhotos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

12 Comments

Marian / June 4, 2012 at 11:34 am
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Spinning gives you big legs ladies... I have moved on from the spin scene and started doing much more jogging and step and noticed that my legs are thinner. Also, when is this new studio going to open. I am sick and tired of feeling us being packed in like sardines in this space. Thats no way to treat th loyal clients.
caroline / September 4, 2012 at 06:53 pm
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I am shocked that a gym which has been around so long, will flat out copy workouts from California and try to offer them to Toronto public. Shame on you !! I have lived in California and I am aware that you have copied Burn60 and other workouts. This is unacceptable and wrong. Smarten up. Toronto fitness people know the difference.

Susie / September 5, 2012 at 05:52 pm
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The new club is open and spinning does not give you big legs. Gaining weight and eating badly does.
Holy Thundering Jesus replying to a comment from caroline / August 11, 2013 at 10:50 am
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Yeah how dare they workout like other peoples! They's a bunch of dirty rats!
are you serious? replying to a comment from Marian / August 11, 2013 at 12:49 pm
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you sound like the most vain athlete in the world.
J / August 11, 2013 at 12:53 pm
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As a trainer, the first two comments irritated me. Fitness trends, styles and classes spread all over the world regardless of where they originate - those who know how to do it well teach what they know. You can have two professionals come up with the same things in two different parts of the world at the same time. Secondly, spinning doesn't make your legs huge, some are more susceptible to larger leg muscles. The key is variety in your training - don't JUST spin (or JUST do any one thing, for that matter). End rant.
bc / August 12, 2013 at 09:10 am
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I'm pretty sure California is a land of copycats.

MK replying to a comment from Marian / August 12, 2013 at 09:36 am
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Spinning does not give you big legs unless you are set up incorrectly - riding too low will give you big legs as your legs have no chance to fully extend and lengthen and lean the muscle out. your legs should almost be straight at the bottom of the pedal stroke - if they are not, you are correct, you are building bulk, but it is not from spinning, it is from incorrect positioning on the bike.
JK replying to a comment from MK / August 13, 2013 at 07:25 am
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resistance is the main proponent. Although set up is important its not the main factor.
MK replying to a comment from JK / November 6, 2013 at 12:19 pm
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Unfortunately you are wrong, and is a common misconception in indoor cycling - If you sit and climb for hours, yes you will start to build bulk, but you need to climb for over 10 minutes for the muscles in the legs to go into muscle building mode. Considering the average road is a 2-5 minute in length, the body doesn't build bulk - especially not in women. I have been doing this for a VERY long time and have over one thousand female clients trained and not one has ever said her legs are getting big. But whatever works for each person, I guess.
TANYA / December 10, 2013 at 02:52 pm
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I have big thighs and have noticed that the first place I lost most of my inches was in my thighs. Maybe a minority of body types respond differently but spinning is an excellent way to trim and tone your legs. I find running actually makes your calves bigger. Besides professional cyclists are probably the thinnest athletes.
Dzovig / August 5, 2014 at 10:01 pm
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Personally, I really love Track Fitness with the exception that their classes are mostly held during the day. Anyhow, this is a nice medium size gym and the area is very nice. I love it! The staff are polite. They have fun classes, thus far, the best classes that I love is the Boxing/Spin classes. These classes were a lot of fun. I am looking forward to going again, especially for the boxing class, with the hope that they will have the boxing class during the evening, as I work during the day.

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