It'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.
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.
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.
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.
All photos from the Yorkville Club web site