The top 25 gyms in Toronto by neighbourhood
Looking for a new gym in Toronto? Whether you're on the hunt for a great new gym near where you live or work, or something specific to fit your fitness needs, Toronto has you covered. I can't tell you what workouts to try, but I will say this: working out gives you endorphins, and endorphins make you happy. If that's not a reason to squeeze in a sweat session, I don't know what is.
Here are my picks for the top gyms in Toronto by neighbourhood.
If in addition to your typical workout you want incorporate some pool action, the Miles Nadal JCC is a must-try. With a salt-water pool, you won't need to worry about the harsh effects of chlorine while gliding through the water.
BLOOR WEST VILLAGE
In the summertime, you can join in on Generate Fitness's classes in High Park, and in the winter feel free to hop on a machine - like a stationary bike that will literally 'generate' the energy to power the eco-friendly facility.
Tidal Crossfit provides east-siders with a solid option for Crossfit training. While the spartan, frills-free gym caters to all levels of fitness, there is a strong focus on Olympic-style training (because hey, it's always good to have goals).
The spacious LA Fitness is not only great for getting your fitness on, but if you're in for a competitive (or fun) game of squash or basketball, the courts come in handy. This location also has a women's only section, which some may prefer.
With a massive 33,000 sq. ft. of space, Xtreme Couture is the place to be for your MMA wants and needs. Here you can hop in the ring for a round of boxing, or learn some new Muay Thai or Jiu Jitsu skills.
Bay Street money-makers, Equinox is for you. The luxury gym (two words you don't hear together often) offers a fantastic workout and for post-sweat sesh, detox in the steam room and layer on the decadent Kiehl's body products.
FOREST HILL VILLAGE
If you're the type of person that likes to keep your workouts interesting, Track Fitness's group classes will probably be totally appealing to you. With rowing, boxing, yoga, their signature Circuit 60 (a combo of cardio and resistance training) and more, you'll certainly never get bored.
Regardless of your skill level, the top-notch trainers at West Toronto Crossfit will help tailor your workouts. Trainer Jeff MacWilliams has gotten nothing but rave reviews for his encouraging and skilled training ways.
Another Crossfit gym on this list (do you know the benefits of deadlifting? Look it up), Auxiliary Crossfit is located in a massive warehouse - so no matter how many fellow crossfitters join you in class, you'll never feel cramped.
The boutique-style gym Totum Life Science can be a great choice you're not into how overwhelming mass chain gyms like Goodlife can be (particularly during busy hours). The space is clean and bright with an array of machines and great staff. If you're in need of some physio or rehab, this place is great for that too.
With over 30,000 sq. ft. of space, you'll never feel crammed while taking part in one of Pure Fitness's classes, like their Cardio Pump or Pilates. They also have a Wellness Centre for chiropractic care or massage therapy to kneed out those sore muscles post-workout.
Coming to Primal MMA/Primal Movement, you basically get a great two-in-one. If you want some serious conditioning or group circuit training check out Primal Movement. If you'd rather learn some hardcore fighting skills, head downstairs to Primal MMA (or better yet, do both).
Regarded as one of the better Goodlife locations in the city, the Liberty Village gym is kept clean and the staff are friendly. Open 24/7, the space is large and with tall windows, you get a great view of the city.
The family-friendly West End YMCA is great for people of all ages. With an indoor track, a pool, and a plethora of workout machines, this is a great place to keep fit during the harsh winter weather.
On the more luxurious side of your average Crossfit box (which also means a bit of a heftier price tag), Crossfit Metric offers a free class for various levels of skill so you can decide if the Crossfit life is for you.
If you're looking to shake up your fitness routine, head to TRX TrainStation for a unique (and highly effective) workout. This suspension style training uses your own body weight to build strength and endurance.
With a great staff that will show you the ropes, Academy of Lions is perfect for Crossfit beginners. Whether your goal is Olympic weight lifting or merely looking gain strength, their coaches are each specialized in various areas.
They say Fuel Training Club is more of a lifestyle than a gym. Here you can take part in small group classes with a focus on proper form and functional movements with founder and top personal trainer Greg Hetherington.
While Ultimate Athletics is located in one of Toronto's richer neighbourhoods (have you seen those houses?!), this gym is totally unpretentious. If working out on two wheels is your thing, check out their spin class on state of the art bikes.
YONGE & DUNDAS
Hard Candy is the brainchild of hard-bodied songstress Madonna. With a vast 42,000 sq. ft. of modern space, this gym holds state of the art equipment and high intensity classes (including some soundtracked by a DJ) to make sure you break a sweat.
YONGE & EGLINTON
Ferris360 is a boutique (meaning on the smaller side and not a chain) gym, perfect for burning calories and getting in tip-top shape. With their signature Full 360 class, you'll spend an hour doing high intensity circuits while working out your whole body.
YONGE & WELLESLEY
The Central YMCA has a few advantages over its west-side counterpart, including a larger pool, an elevated running track, and even squash courts. There's no signing a contract when joining this gym, and if you're having troubles paying the monthly fee, you can look into their membership-assistance program.
If you have a full wallet (and if you live in this area, who doesn't?), the Yorkville Club is a good option if you would prefer a smaller setting compared to the nearby Goodlife. Come to this swanky gym to use the machines or try out a class.
Did I miss any? Leave your favourite gym in your neighbourhood in the comments.
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