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The Yorkville Club

Posted by Tim / Posted on February 21, 2008

The Yorkville Club TorontoIt's hard to believe the Yorkville Club has been open for almost three years now. Back in 2005 it seemed somewhat of an audacious proposition to construct a stunning new fitness club just steps from Whole Foods in the pricey real estate that is Hazelton Lanes.

But I guess the neighbourhood needed a place to sweat and show off their year-round tans. Premier Fitness at the corner of Bay and Davenport had recently closed leaving the only real competition in the area to the former Bally's, now Extreme Fitness on Bloor.

And what a club. Beyond the ridiculously good looking facility, what's most impressive here is the range of classes. Morning, noon and night there seems to be something happening all the time with yoga, pilates, spin and a variety of other toning and cardio classes available. There's also a business centre, valet parking, personal training and wellness programs.

Rates and Initiation Fee

The average price of a monthly membership is $69.50 bi-weekly based on a 12th month commitment. But watch out for the initiation fee. It's a steep $349. Ouch.

Towels, Lockers and Showers

The spa-inspired change rooms are beautifully designed and equipped with private showers, wet steam rooms, towel and laundry service. All are available at no extra cost. Overnight lockers cost $10-$15 bi-weekly.

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Personal Training, Yoga and Spin

The Yorkville Club offers more than 65 classes a week including Hatha, Ashtanga, Hot Yoga, Pilates, and Restorative Yoga and Pilates. Spin classes are on the schedule 25 times a week. All yoga and spin classes are included in the price of the membership. Personal training sessions range from $70-$100 an hour depending on the trainer.

Food and Juice

The Juice Bar and Cafe sells a variety of healthy wraps, salads, pizzas, protein shakes, fruit smoothies and bottled drinks. There are also a number of breakfast items.

Worth Mentioning

Mark Kehr, the President of The Yorkville Club, is a former Mr. American finalist. He previously owned a private studio called Fitness One-On-One which catered to such celebs and socialites as Alanis Morissette, Edward Bronfman, Peter Munk, Alfred Sung, Jeremy Irons and Norman Jewison. The Yorkville Club also has a second location at 101 Eglinton Avenue East.

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Days and Hours of Operation

At the time of this post The Yorkville Club is open Monday to Friday, 5:30am - 11pm; and Saturday and Sunday from 8am - 8pm. It's always best to check the web site for the most up to date info.
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All photos from the Yorkville Club web site

Discussion

32 Comments

sarina / August 8, 2008 at 08:00 pm
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Dear Sir/Madam:

I would like to know if the personal trainers have degrees in health related science displices such as: kinesology, nutrition, phyiscal education etc.

Pls advise,

Sarina Singh
Mace Freeman / January 12, 2009 at 12:20 am
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I would like to know if the personal trainers have actual personal training experience and not just degrees in health related science disciplines such as: kinesiology, nutrition, and physical education etc.
Do they know what bad form looks like, how to train someone through an injury, what it feels like to have lactate acid burning in your muscles, what someone is going through when they feel burnt out, or do they just know what they read in a book, or what they wrote their thesis on.
If you would like a personal trainer with over 15 years of REAL personal training experience with professional athletes and other professional athletetic trainers, call 647-829-6912 and ask for Mace Freeman.
/ February 9, 2009 at 04:31 pm
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you are a loser
Michelle / February 12, 2009 at 01:03 pm
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I hope I never have lactate acid burning through my muscles. That sounds bad. Lactic acid I understand but that lactate stuff...

Sure you have the experience but it makes me nervous when a person claims they can train me through an injury and don't know basic kinesiology terms. Ouch.
Me / February 17, 2009 at 09:39 am
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BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
/ April 17, 2009 at 03:45 pm
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I have lactate acid burning through my penis.
replying to a comment from Michelle / April 24, 2009 at 10:43 pm
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I think it's funny that trainer misspelled lactic acid. But I've been trained by idiots with degrees before and I would rather a trainer who may misspell a word than one who has no hands on training experience. Matter of fact I would rather a lactate acid burn over getting a bad back from someone who knows that it's supposed to be lactic acid but doesn't know the difference between training for strength and training for size, or how to spot my form on a dead lift or squat.
/ April 27, 2009 at 04:39 pm
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Regardless of whether or not your major was english, kinesiology or basket weaving in school, first impressions go a long way - especially when you're trying to sell yourself. EPIC FAIL.
Sissy / May 6, 2009 at 01:30 pm
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Is there a Gym, in downtown TO, where there are classes to burn my fat? And not pilates or yoga where I'm more relaxed after the lesson than before. I would like to find a gym where there are classes, EVERYDAY, where I can dance, jump, sweat, improve my cardio and burn my fat!! It's unbelievable that in all this city I can't find this kind of gym!! I already have machines in my building so I don't need this boring things, I want classes with music, that makes me happy and not bored like after a spinning class!!
Sissy / May 6, 2009 at 01:37 pm
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Is there any GYM in downtown TO where I can find classes to BURN my fat? But not yoga or pilates where I'm more relaxed after the lesson than before! I want to find classes where I can enjoying the lesson, jumping, dancing, improving my cardio and burning my fat!! It's unbeliavable that in this city there are not classes like this! I already have machines in my building and I don't like this boring things. I can't pay ONE YEAR for a gym that has just ONE class a week and even so light that even my granmother can do it!! I don't want to take a class where the instructor is fatter than me!! It's so difficult to find a simple class where I can do simple movements, with music?
Please give me a hope!!
Not Mace / June 12, 2009 at 07:22 pm
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Mace is right. Blood lactate levels rise along with Lactic acid levels.

KB / June 14, 2009 at 04:25 am
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Yorkville has excellent classes. If you want something that will burn fat, with great music and is tough but fun - check out the boxing class. It's the toughest class there, currently on Wednesday's at 6 p.m. Also Boris' body sculpting and ABs classes sound like what you're looking for.
Jimmy / July 28, 2009 at 10:15 am
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Four lockers including mine were broken into (locks cut during peak time) at the Yorkville Club Uptown location. Management did nothing about it. Poor service and security for the money you pay.
Vic De Zen / September 23, 2009 at 03:59 pm
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I nice young lady gave me a free one day pass that includes a friend a couple months ago. I've been meaning to check it out for some time, but I never get up to doing that. The pics makes this gym look really good. Something to look into.
Lori / October 16, 2009 at 10:57 pm
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In case any of you morons want to know the real definition of the Lactate Threshold, here it is...A point during exhaustive, all-out exercise at which lactic acid builds up in the blood stream faster than the body can remove it. Lactic acid is a by-product of the anaerobic energy pathway, a process which provides energy to muscles by partially breaking down glucose without the need for oxygen. Anaerobic metabolism produces energy for short, high-intensity bursts of activity (lasting no more than a few minutes) before the lactic acid build-up reaches a threshold where it can no longer be absorbed and, therefore, accumulates. This point is known as the lactate threshold and is usually reached between 50 to 80% of a athlete's VO2 max. Before you go insulting someone who has expertise, perhaps do a bit of research. Maybe you would find out that Mace has a professional athletic background that could be an asset to your training goals.
Lori replying to a comment from Michelle / October 16, 2009 at 10:59 pm
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In case any of you morons want to know the real definition of the Lactate Threshold, here it is...A point during exhaustive, all-out exercise at which lactic acid builds up in the blood stream faster than the body can remove it. Lactic acid is a by-product of the anaerobic energy pathway, a process which provides energy to muscles by partially breaking down glucose without the need for oxygen. Anaerobic metabolism produces energy for short, high-intensity bursts of activity (lasting no more than a few minutes) before the lactic acid build-up reaches a threshold where it can no longer be absorbed and, therefore, accumulates. This point is known as the lactate threshold and is usually reached between 50 to 80% of a athlete's VO2 max. Before you go insulting someone who has expertise, perhaps do a bit of research. Maybe you would find out that Mace has a professional athletic background that could be an asset to your training goals.
jimmy / October 18, 2009 at 03:44 am
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Besides my locker getting broken into, my stuff stolen and management doing nothing about it, it's a pretty good gym.
Marvin Mitchell / November 6, 2009 at 11:19 am
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I found this e-mail thread to be quite entertaining - and couldn't resist jumping in. (Don't worry, I won't be insulting anyone)

Having been in the industry for 12 years and working with hundreds of trainers, there is no question that some well credentialed individuals have a limited scope of experience to draw upon. That said, I don't think that anyone disputes the importance of having a solid theoretical understanding of the nuts and bolts of anatomy, physiology, and bio-mechanics. It's really unfortunate that an individual's professional competency is can be dismissed due to their ability to communicate their thoughts effectively. However, this is the world that we live in - first impressions matter. Second chances come few and far between.

No trainer knows everything. No trainer has done everything. We are all still learning.

P.S. I didn't spell check this psot (lol)
Rodion Rogov / November 22, 2009 at 02:05 pm
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To answer there Mases Freeman THought above. First of its LACTIC ACID not lactate maybe if you had the education as a Kinesiologist you would have known that and known the fact that any exercise related education includes atleast 12 athletics classes in it and 99.9% of the students were or still are proffesional athletes. People please do you reseach when hiring a personla trainer since Can-Fit-Pro is a weekend crash course and if you want a good trainer look for someone who is credited by OKA (Ontario Kinesiology Association) or is a CSEP (Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology) Certified Personal Trainer. I am one and if you like give me a call at (416) 294-7294.

P.S. Always ask for their credentials and if you are paying $50 or more for it they should at least have a degree related to exercise
Keith / April 3, 2010 at 12:39 pm
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Rodion: You seem very critical with Mace over his misspelled word, yet I count at least 12 spelling mistakes in your post - and your grammar is terrible. How about a course in English between all those pushups?

I'm just sayin'
Lori / April 3, 2010 at 11:08 pm
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Yes Keith I agree. And if you read through the whole thread, you would see that Mace used the word lactate in its proper context. I posted this before but here it is again for those idiots that think their textbook education makes them a know it all. In case any of you morons want to know the real definition of the Lactate Threshold, here it is...A point during exhaustive, all-out exercise at which lactic acid builds up in the blood stream faster than the body can remove it. Lactic acid is a by-product of the anaerobic energy pathway, a process which provides energy to muscles by partially breaking down glucose without the need for oxygen. Anaerobic metabolism produces energy for short, high-intensity bursts of activity (lasting no more than a few minutes) before the lactic acid build-up reaches a threshold where it can no longer be absorbed and, therefore, accumulates. This point is known as the lactate threshold and is usually reached between 50 to 80% of a athlete's VO2 max.
LP / August 16, 2010 at 06:43 pm
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i thought this thread was for reviews about the gym??? What a waste of my time.
Geoff / September 9, 2010 at 08:36 am
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I've seen Mark Kehr berate his employees in public in a racist manner. I have no respect for this guy.

Also there was quite a bit of sexual harassment going on between management and the younger women at the juicebar, you would think they would have some sense of decency when dealing with the public.

Glad to hear their Uptown location is closing. Funny that they would raise prices right beforehand though.
A.J. / September 28, 2010 at 01:19 pm
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Mark Kehr is one of the owners who had a vision to have this club be an entity catering to the rich and famous. After 5 years, they have had to drop the initiation fee, because as nice as the club, you need members to fill it up (and they were not JOINING). I really don't like Kehr, because he is a pompous, ex-roid monster (aka out of shape fatso), plastic-surgery freak-show, with delusions of grandeur. You should see him at the club's twice yearly membership promotion campaign parties, and you'll know what I mean. One can only take his type of arrogant, self-promoting personality in very small doses.
If the Yorkville Club was smart they would adopt the use Social Media Networks and a Social Media Strategist to keep the name of the club current. It would be an excellent way to sell the club to their chosen clientèle, without needing members to bring in other potentials to be turned off by the smug club owner that is Mark Kehr.
Franky DelyD replying to a comment from A.J. / October 5, 2010 at 10:51 am
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I think it is pretty sad that you have to use someone's name on the internet and distort their image like that. I have no idea who this Kehr guy is, but to flash someone's name around like that on the internet is above and beyond rude and wrong.

On another note. It is really hard to find a good gym to train out of these days. I was a trainer for 8 years. All the way through my University Career and post-grad work. I worked at many gyms, because it is hard to maintain a good relationship with an employer with a gym with you are in school. As most gyms don't like you doing anything but gym work. I now train some of my clients privately, that have been with my for years. I could not stand working for these corporate monsters anymore. The worse of them was and is Extreme Fitness.
andrew / October 11, 2010 at 11:58 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
LH / October 28, 2010 at 03:27 pm
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I've been going to this gym for over a year, and it's the greatest place to work out!
Tons of great classes, tons of the best equipment (cardio, machines, huge range of free weights), large studios that you can use whenever they are free to do your own workout routine. The yoga, etc. teachers generally actually know what they are talking about, not watered down stuff, includes hot yoga classes as well! It's obviously very pricey, but it is the only place I am absolutely comfortable working out it! Very clean and well maintained! Steam room is amazing too! It's absolutely worth the money because I actually want to go there to workout. Patrons are a wide age range, I'm in my early 20's. Best gym I've been too!
Lucus replying to a comment from andrew / December 10, 2010 at 11:24 am
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cough... slander... cough
Toronto Globe East / October 23, 2011 at 10:25 pm
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Mike K on Wednesdays at 6pm and Matthew at 10am on Sundays are great boxfit instructors. A very challenging and very efficient use of the hour-long class. Join and check them out.
Mary / May 4, 2012 at 04:40 pm
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THe only thing that this club has good is its members. The owners are complete douche bags that treat people with no respect. I've witnessed them kick numerous people out just because they are too proud.

And the initiation fee is bull, they wave it most of the time.

abc / June 16, 2012 at 03:26 pm
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I really wanted to like this gym. It has great reviews on blogs I trust, our family loves strolling, shopping and eating in Yorkville and we live nearby. No brainer, huh?

Well, I have to say I was underwhelmed. Cramped, dark and sterile were my first impressions. The cardio and weight machines are what you'd find at any of the chains, and if you're into heavy lifting, there really isn't that much iron around . Way more gear at the Y.

So that leaves the classes. I admit to being ignorant about the subtleties of aerobics (if I want to elevate my heart rate, I ride my bike) but I've observed that EVERY gym in the city offers classes in whatever the current fitness fad is. So are hot yoga or getting your butt blasted by Boris or whatever, really worth $2000 a year? You absolutely cannot get it cheaper anywhere else?

As I said, I really wanted to like this gym. I still might end up there. But I need a reason beyond snob appeal. The people posting here who love it -- how much research did you do before joining? How many gyms did you visit? Did you interview any random members? What made you choose this place over others?
mike aitkens / February 3, 2014 at 09:19 pm
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Kehr was one of the best showman out there, but never won a dam thing in his life... buy a bowflex, keep your cash in your pocket

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