The Best CrossFit Gyms in Toronto
The 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).
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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