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The Best CrossFit Gyms in Toronto

Posted by Guest Contributor / July 6, 2012

crossfit torontoThe best CrossFit gyms in Toronto prove that, with solid coaching, you can ramp up your level of physical training without the use of mirrors, stationary bikes or bulky exercise machines. Relying on a mash-up of Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, sprinting, rowing and other Strongman exercises to form a prescribed WOD (a.k.a workout of the day), you're guaranteed to get stronger, move faster and finally master the highly coveted muscle-up.

While the methodology in CrossFit-style workouts may be the same, every gym operates differently. Programming styles can range from bodyweight-only exercises to gymnastics-based training. Some favour a weightlifting component whereas others emphasize metabolic conditioning. At the heart of it all, proper instruction for form and safety are key (because yes, there really is a way to do a burpee so that it'll suck less).

Here are the best CrossFit gyms in Toronto.

See also:

The best fitness clubs in Toronto
The best fitness bootcamp in Toronto
The best spinning classes in Toronto
The best yoga studios in Toronto
The best martial arts in Toronto
The best boxing gym in Toronto

The best pilates in Toronto
The best personal trainers in Toronto

Writing by Tracy Barbero

Academy of Lions

Academy of Lions

This slickly designed Ossington space boasts new services, comprehensive programs and improved amenities for the WOD-aholics. With renovations now complete, Academy of Lions' new home is bigger and better to allow you to fine-tune your CrossFit essential movements, learn the pose running technique or polish your kettlebell swings. Sign up for either an intro session ($60) or orientation ($199 for 3 sessions plus 5 classes) before exploring membership options. Stick around after the work-out to lounge in their cafe. More »

Reebok CrossFit Liberty Village

Reebok CrossFit Liberty Village

The sport of fitness has arrived in Liberty Village with this city's newest kid on the block. Home to Toronto's top regional CrossFit qualifier Matt Lefave, RCLV is proving to be a strength and conditioning powerhouse backed by comprehensive programming and the trainers' in-depth attention to coaching. Try a Foundations WOD or a regular one using the gym's state of the art equipment to get your sweat on. First session is free, drop-in fee is $20 and membership rates start at $135/month for 2 classes per week. More »

CrossFit Toronto

CrossFit Toronto

Ontario's only two CrossFit Level 2 trainers are found at CrossFit Toronto, the city's first CrossFit gym. The 5000 sq. ft. training playground comes fully loaded with 450 sq. ft. of gymnastics flooring, strongman logs, Atlas stones and sand bags to push past your limits. Follow the powerlifting or weightlifting program pre-WOD and you'll definitely sweat your paleo-ass off. If that doesn't satisfy your fitness fix, try their martial arts or aerial silks classes. First session is free, drop-in fee is $25 and membership rates start at $59.50/month for 1 class per week. More »

CrossFit Quantum

CrossFit Quantum

Tucked away in a plaza at the end of Thorncliffe Park Drive is where you'll find CrossFit Quantum. With an ever-so-convenient alleyway to crank out WODs outdoors, their training options cater to Olympic lifting fanatics, strength training enthusiasts and foundations newbies. Expect a rehabilitation-based assessment in your free intro session, with body fat measurements and nutritional screening as part of your start-up training program. Membership starts at $199/month for unlimited classes with various individualized and group programs available. More »

Auxiliary CrossFit

Auxiliary CrossFit

Follow the grunting and groaning sounds in this quiet Wallace-Emerson neighborhood and you'll find yourself in a sectioned-off warehouse home to Auxiliary CrossFit. Located at 344 Westmoreland Ave, the welcoming atmosphere and sense of camaraderie is as genuine as it is encouraging. Not to be missed are their signature team WOD on Saturdays and their SWOD, a shortened strength WOD to give an added performance edge to your regular crossfit routine. First session is free with membership rates starting at $90/month for 2 classes per week. More »

CrossFit Colosseum

CrossFit Colosseum

Located south of the QEW in Etobicoke, CrossFit Colosseum's 7000 sq. ft. facility hosts WODs every hour, on the hour. Bonus points for the extended indoor space for running sprints year-round. With ample parking directly on premises, an in-house massage and athletic therapist, undeniable motivation, and change room and shower facilities, you won't have any excuse not to train like a Spartan warrior. First intro session is free, drop-in fee is $20 and membership rates start at $115/month for 2 classes per week. More »

CrossFit 416

CrossFit 416

Tackle your next urban adventure race with CrossFit 416's Rugged Runner training program. Located on Queen's Quay West, this cozy group training atmosphere offers the variety and intensity to shake up your otherwise monotonous workout routine. Sign up for their 6-class Elements training program ($120) before committing to monthly options (which start at $150/monthly for unlimited classes). First assessment is free and the drop-in fee is $20. More »

Tidal CrossFit

Tidal CrossFit

There's no room for mediocrity at Tidal CrossFit, the city's hidden gem for crossfit training. Whether it's their Foundations Bootcamp, Power Hockey Program or Olympic lifting sessions, get ready to take your fitness to the next level with coaches Jeff and Maguid, CrossFit Regional 2012 qualifiers. They’ll be relocating to Coxwell and Danforth on August 1st, so be sure to take advantage of their grand opening promos. First session is free, drop-in fee is $20 and membership rates start at $58/month for 1 class per week. More »

CrossFit Markham

CrossFit Markham

The northernmost CrossFit affiliate on this list, CrossFit Markham is a humble family-run facility that initially started out of a garage. Take advantage of a free week of unlimited CrossFit classes before joining one of their kettlebell boot camps or regular class WODs. After a good heart-pounding workout, head upstairs to their 2nd-floor physiotherapy space to iron out your post-workout soreness. Membership rates start at $130/month for unlimited classes. More »

Discussion

33 Comments

Bs / July 6, 2012 at 06:13 pm
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Academy of lions number one? What a load of BS.
Alvin / July 6, 2012 at 09:04 pm
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If you're going to include out of Toronto crossfit gyms, e.g. Crossfit Markham, you definitely missed out on Element Crossfit. In Mississauga. And if I am not mistaken, it is probably the largest, if not, at least in the top three largest Crossfit facilities in Ontario.
Alexsandra / July 6, 2012 at 09:09 pm
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^agree with Alvin
Johnny P / July 6, 2012 at 10:56 pm
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If I remember correctly, Crosstown Gym did this sort of thing back in the nineties. This Mehmet Oz stuff is very recent.
I Agree With Alvin / July 8, 2012 at 04:15 pm
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Alvin, my man, I think you are stating some important things and BlogTO is not listening. The facility in Mississauga is AMAZING!!
mark / July 9, 2012 at 02:40 pm
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I've been going to Crossfit 416 since it opened and can say its the best gym I've ever been to.
Danielle replying to a comment from mark / July 9, 2012 at 07:36 pm
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Crossfit 416 is amazing. Also seems like they have the best pricing of all the gyms listed.
Foghorn O'Kalashnikov / July 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm
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I was unaware there were so many crossfit gyms around. Is there any quality control or can anyone open one?

"Academy of Lions"?? What a godawful name, let me guess, the yuppie clients tell each other they're spartan warriors or something. The original CrossFit Toronto has the most qualified (if you buy into the CF cult) trainers and they were really, really nice and encouraging when I dropped in for a free session a whiles back. I am looking forward to the other club moving to my neighbourhood at Danforth & Coxwell.
Joe Tackspaier / July 16, 2012 at 10:06 pm
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I also didn't know that there were many cross-fit gyms around. I'm saving this to my favourites.
Jim / July 18, 2012 at 09:25 am
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What is this list based off of? There are so many gyms around the GTA better then these. You cant have an inclusive popularity contest where only members who are aware of this contest vote and call it accurate. Although, if anyone picks a gym based off this survey they deserve to go to a shit gym.
stating the obvious replying to a comment from Jim / July 19, 2012 at 08:03 pm
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This list is based on the poll readers vote on: "best cross fit gyms in TO" - not best " fitness clubs" or "places to exercise" in "Mississauga, Etobicoke, Whitby, Brampton...". Readers voted, results were polled.

"Inclusive popularity contest where only members who are aware of this contest vote" - sorry you do not read blogTO enough to be aware of this "best of category".
Peter Sneed / July 23, 2012 at 04:04 pm
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I agree with this list minus the CrossFit Quantum at #4. I had a horrible experience with this gym, they tried to upsell me their "packages" at an unbelievable rate, they were rude and unprofessional....I think the owner was the guy that trained me and he was patronizing and talked down to me, when I was trying to lift a bar he actually yelled at me and said "I TOLD you to lift it this way!" It was horrible, I followed his instructions and he was STILL patronizing. It's funny because CrossFit is touted as being for everybody, but they made it seem like you had to be an elite athelete to train there - I was left with the worse feeling after that and almost walked away from Crossfit altogether. But now that I've found CrossFit TO it's much better, they are professional, courteous and won't try to rip you off for your money!

Quantum should not be on this list, just based on the terrible attitude of the owner.
Mike / July 23, 2012 at 04:08 pm
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Funny you mention that Peter, I also had a bad experience with that gym. I went in once for the free class and the guy who worked with me was talking down to me so that he could sell me the biggest package that they had. When I menitoned that I didn't want the 'targeted plan' he pushed it so hard that I had to leave.

I've been working out for years and was surprised to have the trainer attempt to tell me that I've been 'doing it all wrong' and that i had to do it their way in order to move forward. Not a good experience with Quantum, would take a pass on this gym any day as there are so many, good CrossFit gyms and trainers out there.
In response to Foghorn / July 24, 2012 at 11:03 am
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You mention "I was unaware there were so many crossfit gyms around. Is there any quality control or can anyone open one?"
AS long as one is CrossFit certified they can open a gym, this is why there is such a difference between all the gyms...Academy of Lions is a terrific gym, they pride themselves on quality, and then there are lesser gyms like the CFQuantum that are at the bottom end of things on quality (I guess, according to the other posts that I've read about them on this page and other blogs...seems like they're all about the money and not the quality training or relationship building like the other gyms)

There is such a discreptancy that you have to find the right 'fit' for crossfit gyms just like when choosing a job.


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COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 10:04 pm
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I also didn't know that there were many cross-fit gyms around. I'm saving this to my favourites.
Workerouterer / November 28, 2012 at 08:39 am
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What do you think of Crossfit Revolution? Leslie & 401?
Adil / February 14, 2013 at 03:56 am
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Need to find crossfit closer to my area!! Anyone know if theres one in the north york area. Near downsview station?
Jelena / February 19, 2013 at 01:11 am
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Hey guys, I just started Crossfit in Vancouver but will be moving to Toronto in September. Out gym is small, super community oriented but we have some awesome and capable coaches. We'll probably be living in the High Park area but working downtown. I don't know if I want the biggest or newest gym, I kind of want the one where I know everyone's name.
Any suggestions?
J replying to a comment from Jelena / February 25, 2013 at 03:01 pm
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Reebok Crossfit Liberty Village...has the exact "feel" that you explain you're looking for and is on your way to the city from High Park.
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Jeff L replying to a comment from Adil / March 8, 2013 at 01:47 pm
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Hi Adil, we just opened a gym at Leslie and York Mills called Tidal CrossFit York Mills. Would love for you to stop by and try a free class!
Billy Onna / March 12, 2013 at 06:35 pm
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Toronto has a lot of good Crossfit gyms around. Another style of hardcore workout that I have tried it Body Buster. Body Buster Fitness does their own style of bootcamp which is pretty popular among all the people that go. If you like crossfit you will probly like Body Buster Fitness Bootcamp.
Billy Bonna replying to a comment from Billy Onna / March 12, 2013 at 06:37 pm
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Also, forgot to mention that Body Buster Fitness is for women and men. Great classes.
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DJ / March 28, 2013 at 08:03 pm
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I was wondering if any cross fit Gym in Toronto near the Mississauga area are Opened to holding any WODS?
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Anonymous / March 15, 2014 at 09:12 pm
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The worst Crossfit gym I have ever trained at in Toronot. Jordon the owner is an arrogant ass!!! There are plenty other good Crossfit gym to train at and way cheaper! Absolute ripp off...
Pedr0B replying to a comment from Adil / June 7, 2014 at 02:42 am
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of course http://www.downsviewcrossfit.com/
Brad / September 5, 2014 at 10:52 pm
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Thanks for the list, it will save me alot of time
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