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The Best Fitness Bootcamp in Toronto

Posted by Dayna Winter / August 10, 2010

Fitness Bootcamp TorontoThe best bootcamp fitness classes in Toronto prove that most of us probably aren't army material, but allow us instead to channel Stallone and shed a little summer beer-weight. I faced facts long ago: I will never follow in my father's footsteps. But if G.I. Dad taught me anything, it's "Do what you love, kiddo" and military servitude just didn't shake my tree.

There's something to be said, however, for basic-training style workouts to deliver fast full-body results. Fitness classes based on army drills aim to wrestle the soldier out of soft-bellied participants one tricep-dip at a time. So, after 2 weeks of daily bootcamping, did I prove to be all that I could be? I'll admit that I may still question authority. And my jumping jacks will always be lopsided. But the head-to-heel throbbing muscular pain must mean something. Pain equals gain, right? SIR! YES! SIR!

Here's my list of the best fitness and body bootcamps in Toronto.

Best Body BootcampBest Body Bootcamp - Christie Pits and 12 other downtown locations

Don't let Chuck catch you slacking, private. He has a no-sympathy sergeant quality that whips participants through a full-hour of drills. Although I'm told that classes typically consist of 80% women, a recent class is a pretty even male/female split. Through the use of resistance bands, drills can be tailored to each person's level. Plus, you don't have to lug hefty hand weights halfway across the city. Groups meet in several downtown parks throughout summer months and in adjacent community buildings during winter.

Fit chicksFit Chicks - Bickford Park and other locations

"Head Chick" Amanda takes our measurements and weight (ugh!) and helps us set personal fitness goals in the first class. The women-only classes are supportive and exercises are all adjustable based on individual levels. That doesn't mean it's easy. This is still bootcamp, after all, you pansies. We flow through cardio drills, strength training and yoga stretching to a soundtrack of dance-pop. Programs run in downtown parks and last 4 weeks. I'm sticking with these chicks for the whole month!

Fit Family BootcampFit Family (Belly Bootcamp) - High Park and other locations

Pre- and post-natal women collect in High Park to participate in low-impact bootcamp classes that aim to curb inevitable pregnancy weight gain. While the goal is fitness, the vibe is fun and I suspect that many come primarily for the social interaction. The workout is just a bonus. New moms tote along little ones and baby-gear, and the instructor's duties bounce between babysitter and drill sergeant.

Extreme Fitness (Doggie & Me Bootcamp) - Withrow Park

As a dog owner, I understand that exercising your pet can sometimes trump your own workouts. Combining the two is a brilliant idea conceived by GTA gym chain, Extreme Fitness. My terriers may not gain military discipline, but enjoying the outdoors together is a close second. The third of three Doggie & Me summer classes takes place August 28th. Non-members are welcome. Extreme also offers specialty Upper Body and Ball Bootcamp classes that are included with a gym membership.

Soldiers of Fitness - Taylors Bush Park and other locations

The name says it all. This ain't no bikini bootcamp. This is the closest you'll get to basic training short of enlisting. Soldier of Fitness guarantees the results of their 4-week programs (running every weekday). I guarantee that you'll get dirty. True military style drills and camo "uniforms" round out a complete body-conditioning regime that even includes self-defense. Acquire combat-esque skills that are probably useless in your 9-to-5 office job, but are great for bragging rights.

Urban Playground FitnessUrban Playground Fitness - 195 Church St

Indoor bootcamp classes offer year-round element-defying workouts at Urban Playground's brand-spankin'-new Church Street studio. Owner Lindsay tells me that the women-only space is only operating in its second month. A small group assembled for a mid-day bootcamp where we rolled through sets as a team, swapping ample high-fives. Urban Playground's schedule is packed with group fitness classes, including Hangover Cure conveniently timed for sleeping off booze-headaches first.

Body Buster Fitness - High Park and other locations

Award winning Body Buster provides co-ed full-body workouts through a mix of cardio, strength and endurance drills. Members sign up for 2-day or 3-day per week programs running 4 weeks. Little extras include fitness assessments, nutrition guidance and access to an online members-only zone. If you end up AWOL, don't fret. Instead of shining the boots of your entire unit, you can easily attend a make-up class.

Metro Life FitnessMetro Life Fitness - Sorauren Park

While one of the most fun and upbeat of all of the classes, Metro Life's workout combination did not lack intensity. Emma, owner and bootcamp bombshell, is immediately likeable, and I find myself aiming to please her with deep lunges and perky jumps and hustle. This is a challenge, considering I am typically grouchy at 6:30am. Workouts wind down with ample yogic relief against a gorgeous sunrise backdrop.

Bikini Bootcamp - The Beaches and other locations

Small class sizes and a regime tailored to women, Bikini Bootcamp is ideal for new recruits. Shaping up for the beach happens in pretty parks, not stuffy gyms. The 8-week program assists participants through fitness goals from an initial one-on-one consultation and fit-test to a post-camp follow-up. Specialty bootcamps for couples, corporate groups, and men will be available at Toronto locations in the future.

Crossfit TorontoCrossFit - 32 Logan Ave

The absence of signage makes Cross-Fit's industrial digs feel like a secret military base camp. My bootcamp instructor seems unimpressed by my shaky arms as I attempt a heavily assisted chin-up. I may be in over my head. But, beyond his intimidating pipes and dentist's-dream smile, he's nice and really, really patient. These classes aim to prepare members for cross-fit training (the more hard-core and acrobatic bread-and-butter of the business). Alternating drills of double-under rope-skipping, running and weight lifting are all timed, allowing us work on personal bests. I am just pleased to have not fainted.

Flirty Girl FitnessFlirty Girl Fitness (Bikini Bootcamp) - 462 Wellington St W

Bikini Bootcamp, one of dozens of girl-powered fitness classes at Flirty Girl, aims to sculpt doughy bodies into swimsuit shape. As swim-friendly days become numbered, I began to question my ability to obtain a bikini-worthy body before the end of summer. But, I was fooled by the princess-pink chandeliers. Despite ultra-feminine surroundings, the instructor was tough and the drills challenging. We were reminded of our svelte-body goals as we used weights, resistance bands and balls to tone and tighten. Other classes include Pole Dancing, Hottie Boxing and Chair Striptease (you might just discover your inner Pussycat Doll).

Discussion

171 Comments

Marv / August 10, 2010 at 11:11 am
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Dayna, you didn't do your homework! You missed THE most innovative group fitness program in Canada. Hybrid Athletic is the only program that offers athletically based training curriculums, and has beginner and advanced classes in seperate Womens only, Mens, and Coed programs - right here in Toronto! We transform EXERCISE into PLAY and people love it. We have a near 90% retention rate from cycle to cycle. Once people train with us - they just can't go back to some run-of-the mill bootcamp class. We offer a 50% discount to participants coming from ANY other bootcamp in Toronto. Come check us out! www.trainwithmarv.com
Marv / August 10, 2010 at 11:15 am
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Dayna, you didn't do your homework! You missed THE most innovative group fitness program in Canada. Hybrid Athletic is the only program that offers athletically based training curriculums, and has beginner and advanced classes in seperate Womens only, Mens, and Coed programs - right here in Toronto! We transform EXERCISE into PLAY and people love it. We have a near 90% retention rate from cycle to cycle. Once people train with us - they just can't go back to some run-of-the mill bootcamp class. We offer a 50% discount to participants coming from ANY other bootcamp in Toronto. Come check us out! www.trainwithmarv.com
Sarah / August 10, 2010 at 11:30 am
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Croosfit = The hardest and best workout of my life. I just wish the gym was more convenient or I'd be tough as nails by now!
Miranda / August 10, 2010 at 11:57 am
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It's interesting that Booty Camp Fitness isn't on this list considering it's the biggest boot camp in Canada for women! I have friends in at least 6 different camps at the moment from St Catharines to High Park to Lawerence Station... I lost a total of 9 pounds and 14 inches in 8 Weeks at my last Booty Camp!

Just sayin.. :)
Danger / August 10, 2010 at 12:10 pm
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Booty camps are glorified aerobics classes. I've seen the workouts and they are pedestrian at best. Just because you wear camouflage doesn't mean it's a boot camp.
Hilary / August 10, 2010 at 12:16 pm
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I second the BootyCamp comment.

I can't believe it was missed!!!

I did an 4 week session there and LOVED it, so I signed up and did another 4 weeks after.

I know so quite a few ladies who have enrolled and seen serious results, myself included. They change up the routine weekly and fun is always included! Keeps you motivated.

JRock / August 10, 2010 at 12:19 pm
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Cross Fit all the way!!! No debate!!!
Brennan / August 10, 2010 at 12:21 pm
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There's another crossfit gym at Queen and Gladstone. It's awesome (http://www.crossfitgyms.ca/). It's not uncommon to walk in there and see people doing hand stand push ups, clapping pull ups, 400lb+ deadlifts, 30" box jumps etc etc. Check them out.
laura / August 10, 2010 at 12:55 pm
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hi dayna!

you seem to have missed a unreal bootcamp.
go girl boot camp is amazing. i have tried tons of different work outs and this is the only one that worked for me.

in a month i dropped 10 lbs of fat and 4 % body fat. dan (the owner) is absolutely amazing. he is motivating, makes sure you are actually eating and not starving yourself. his work outs are killer and target every muscle.
i changed my lifestyle and kept motivated due to this. i no longer judge myself by scale results, i go by my body fat and measurements, this is a first for me.

totally check out this bootcamp it will impress you.

Angela / August 10, 2010 at 12:57 pm
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Looking through the list, it is clear that one of THE top programs in the city has been omitted.

The Hybrid Athletic (HA) program with Marvin Mitchell is where it’s at. HA is the one program that demands physical excellence and performance each and every time you set foot on the field (or into the indoor facility for winter or inclimate weather training) – no matter what your personal level of fitness is. The range of exercises and equipment that is used keeps it fresh, interesting and most of all – challenging. Years later I am still growing, getting stronger and learning new things with Marvin. And, the program also includes individualized progress tracking to monitor your results.

As a fitness professional, I can vouch that the Hybrid Athletic program has been overlooked here. Having worked with Marvin for over 5 years I swapped my personal training sessions to participate in the boot camps. The fact that I can get the same level of intensity and attention from a group session speaks for itself.

Perhaps the author of the article will join us on the field one day to see what Hybrid Athletic is all about.
S / August 10, 2010 at 01:03 pm
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They're still looking for trained killers - er, soldiers for Afghanistan. Invade the country, supply security for the poppy trade and get to kick some real butts. Now get into shape! Chop Chop.
Sal Sloan / August 10, 2010 at 01:56 pm
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Dayna.

We'll have to get you out to our sessions as well! We are the only boot camp in Toronto that combines exercise for people with obedience for dogs. Our sessions are run by a certified personal trainer AND an experienced dog trainer. Not only do you get your workout, but your dog also works out bad habits he might have developed.

Let me know if you'd like to join a session with your terriers!
Sal (Owner, Fetching)
Marv replying to a comment from Sal Sloan / August 10, 2010 at 02:01 pm
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Hey Sal - that sounds great man! We should definitely talk. Got a site?
Sal Sloan replying to a comment from Marv / August 10, 2010 at 02:20 pm
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I do Marv. Let me know if you'd like to come out and try a session.

http://www.fetching.ca/

Sal
Lisa / August 10, 2010 at 02:30 pm
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I Heart fit chicks! I originally signed up for a 4 week camp and am now in my 4th month! It's the only workout I have ever done that I still find challenging and fun!
Jj / August 10, 2010 at 02:30 pm
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for anyone outside the downtown core. there's Also Cardio Core Bootcamp! great people! A+ for sure!
Vivian / August 10, 2010 at 02:31 pm
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Go Girl Bootcamps has been left out of this list of bootcamps and it's the only thing that motivates me all week! Dan is awesome at motivating all of the ladies in his classes and his exercises are definately no regular aerobic classes that you get at the gym!

Everyone in my class has seen amazing results and have only said amazing things about the workouts! If you're in the York Region come join us!

Maryam / August 10, 2010 at 02:55 pm
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GO Girl Bootcamp is not in the list!! It's the best one I've ever been to and the trainers are great. Too bad it's far for me to continue going:((
Ray / August 10, 2010 at 03:29 pm
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All they ladies look so chic in their workout attire.
Ray / August 10, 2010 at 03:31 pm
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I'm disappointed the author only used the word 'tone' once in the article. Spot fat reduce ftw!
Mark / August 10, 2010 at 03:42 pm
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I've been training with Marv since November. Haven't looked bad. I did try Best Body Bootcamp but I was one and done. It was fine, just not something I could see myself doing. With Marv, it's a lifestyle!
Mike F. / August 10, 2010 at 05:02 pm
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I have to agree, Marv's Hybrid program deserves to be on this list. His classes are fantastic... the warm ups are generally fun (e.g., football & soccer drills), and the exercises are intense and ALWAYS multi-functional (e.g., Turkish getups, box jumps, jump squats, pull-ups, etc...).

One cool thing about Marv's class is that it will teach you to leverage just about any moderately heavy object as a strength training aid. We use conventional weights like dumbbells and medicine balls, but we also lift things like picnic tables, punching bags, and oversized water jugs!

I have been working out with Marv for a few months now, and I've been very satisfied with the results. If you're looking to exercise more, then any of these programs will probably suffice. But if you want to reach your true fitness potential, I'd suggest checking out Marv's program.
Marv / August 10, 2010 at 05:39 pm
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Thanks for the shout-out boys!

We transform EXERCISE into PLAY! Check out the Hybrid Athletic program at: www.trainwithmarv.com

Womens' Only
Mens (The only Mens bootcamp program in Canada!)
Coed

Hybrid Crew (Beginner) and Hybrid (Elite) Advanced programs.
wendy / August 10, 2010 at 06:53 pm
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I definitely agree that Go Girls Boot Camp has been left out! I have friends who have tried a few of the other ones, and all left with bad comments, like they don't cater the exercises to each person's own ability, and besides working out, they don't really coach you on how to change your lifestyle for the better.

Dan's been behind all his girls right from the start, providing us with one-on-one consultations for no extra charge, and keeping us accountable with what we do outside of boot camp. The best thing is, Dan's been through it all - and that's really motivating because I'm not afraid to be working out in front of someone who looks great and thinking that they're judging how horrible I look. Within 2 months, I was able to do multiple REAL push-ups, where as previously I wasn't able to do even one "girl" push up. Not only has my self-esteem risen, but his inspirational and motivational talks really help me be a better person in general.

The environment there is great too - all the girls support each other and his classes are flexible, so you can work around your schedule. I have to say, I don't think I'd be more comfortable at any other boot camp, while being able to tone my body and loss body fat - not just the weight.
Minty / August 10, 2010 at 08:06 pm
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CrossFit scars me.
Minty / August 10, 2010 at 08:07 pm
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* scares.

And probably scars too if I gave it a chance!
Rinoa / August 10, 2010 at 09:15 pm
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Yes Dayna, please check out Go Girls Boot Camp!!!
Cat / August 10, 2010 at 09:52 pm
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Hi Dayna,

i'm chiming in with the other Go Girl members. You really missed a gem in York region. i work downtown and make the trek to Dan and his classes every week. He is worth it.

Dan's standards, goal setting, motivation and support are helping me change my life. For long term fat and weight loss with a real understanding of how and what to eat for long term lifestyle changes, i haven't found a better role model.

Hope you will join us soon and give it a try!
mary / August 11, 2010 at 01:31 am
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So glad you got to check out Fit Chicks! I go to the downtown location but sometimes do makeups in the Annex with Amanda. Love both chick sergeants. Killer workouts and never boring!
Casy / August 11, 2010 at 04:37 am
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How could you leave Bootycamp Fitness off the list?! I am a dedicated recruit and I can honestly say it is THE BEST! As a former couch potato turned Bootycamp Fitness devotee, I cannot imagine my life... and waistline without it!! Time to update your list!!!
CF / August 11, 2010 at 05:18 am
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Soldiers of Fitness is Canada's only AUTHENTIC military fitness boot camp. No puff, no fluff, just results!
We don't just come out doors when it's nice and sunny, we train outside year round! And nobody has melted from getting a little wet when it rains :)

Team based training that guarantees results while showing you what you are made of.

Look for an upcoming Buddy Day to try out a free session. You will quickly realize that this program is for you. With over 90% retention, this isn't a quick fix. 90 minute sessions at the lowest price in city are another reason to join!

Give it a shot. You won't be disappointed.
Bridget Bean / August 11, 2010 at 08:29 am
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My hat goes off to Dan Go of Go Girl Bootcamps. Thanks to Dan, I'm in the best shape I've been for years. I was amazed when I first joined at the results I got and it keeps me going back, as well as alot of his other members who've obtained terrific results! It's tough, but he's a great motivator and the other girls also make it alot of fun. (I don't understand the comment left by someone about bootcamp just being "glorified aerobics classes"/"pedestrian at best"/ and "I've seen the workouts" - but have you tried it?!?)
DL / August 11, 2010 at 09:21 am
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So glad to see Soldiers of Fitness (SOF) is on this list. If you ask me it is THE #1 bootcamp in Toronto if not the country. The approach is unique using equipment and bodyweight, instead of dumbbells and bands, and focuses on teamwork to accomplish exercises and tasks in the form of Missions. Join and see what I'm talking about! Yes you get dirty as SOF is run outside all year round. I for one am a person who hates getting dirty BUT I absolutely love SOF. It's an experience that you will never forget. And working out in the winter is actually fun! You generate so much heat working out you don't even feel the cold, it's truly amazing. Give it a try. It's a lot of fun and will push you to heights you've never thought possible.
Short / August 11, 2010 at 09:24 am
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Soldiers of Fitness gets my vote. Five months ago, I was the most non-athletic, non-exercise type of person in the whole world. Now, today, I'm running in races, and I'm stronger and fitter than I have ever been (and for the first time in my life). If your goal is to lose weight or to build muscle, you will DEFINITELY get fast results. And Soldiers of Fitness gives you even more! Everyone wants to see each other be successful. The people are super fabulous. After the first month, I became addicted to wanting to be healthy and fit. If you sign up for your first month, before the end of it you will be wanting all of your friends to join too - that is how much you will love it.
Caryl / August 11, 2010 at 10:22 am
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Ofcourse, everyone thinks that their bootcamp is the best. Not to name names:) but I've taken about (7) different bootcamps in Toronto over the past 4 years, and some have been good, others not so good. I can honestly say that most of them were lead by instructors who were very dedicated to their participants (even the lousy ones) My current bootcamp, Hybrid Athletic, (www.trainwithmarv.com) is probably the last bootcamp I will ever join! Why? Because it is BY FAR the best I've seen or participated in. Here are some of my reasons:

1.They've got two different program levels for beginners and experienced participants. This is AMAZING because I'm working out with a group of people who are at the same level of fitness and technique as me. I hate the one size fits all approach of all the other bootcamps, you just don't get the most value.

2. We do the most creative and fun drills I have ever seen. It's like he stays up all night thinking up new ways to torture us:) and we use so many different types of cool equipment. I feel like a professional athlete in training.

3. Morning, evening, and weekend classes. My shifts at work change every couple months, and having all these class options is totally sweet.

4. Marv kicks my ass! I may hate him during class:).....but I love the results!! I am stronger, faster, leaner and have more energy that I've ever had in MY ENTIRE LIFE!

5. We don't train outside in the rain! I'm sorry - working out in a wet muddy field is not fun for me! Not to mention, it is pretty DANGEROUS. This is the only program that I've done that actually has an indoor facility all year round. When it rains, we just go inside.

There are SO many other reasons why I think this program is the BEST, but I'm at work! so I need to work!
Hehe / August 11, 2010 at 11:38 am
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I cant believe that Booty Camp Fitness wasn't on the list! The instructors are so friendly and really know how to kick your butt into shape. I had a great experience when I worked out with them! I know quite a few people who have done sessions with them and they all loved it. Booty Camp Fitness should definitly be on the list!!
Ray / August 11, 2010 at 11:58 am
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Don't forget about Bye Bye Body Fat Boot Camps in Richmond Hill!!! (www.byebyebodyfat.ca)

Our boot camps are a breeding ground for success! All of the our boot campers are like family. We support and encourage each other inside and outside of boot camp, and that's what leads to each boot camper's amazing results! We believe that if you surround yourself with success-oriented people, you will be bound to be successful as well.
ALM / August 11, 2010 at 12:32 pm
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I am STUNNED by Danya's glaring omission - Marvin Mitchell's Hybrid Athletic and Elite programs are BY FAR the best training I have ever done...and I was no rookie workout person when I started his classes. I had been training in some form or another for my entire life before I started working out with Marvin. What's more, I never considered myself a "group exercise" kind of gal, but not only have I enjoyed meeting and getting to know the other people in my sessions, but I have never been bored and I am in the best shape of my life!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Marvin's workouts have CHANGED MY BODY....I'm not kidding.

Not only is Marvin a great trainer, but he is an all around great guy too. He is always accomodating and genuinely cares about my progress. He is always challenging me to work harder and I can tell you that it has paid off. I am stronger and more fit than ever. I'm not generally one to make recommendations to other people, but I just had to chime in here because MARVIN MITCHELL'S HYRBID PROGRAM IS BY FAR THE BEST WORKOUT YOU CAN GET!!! If you're finally ready to lose pounds and inches, create muscle definition, increase your energy, sleep better, feel better and make some great friends along the way than you MUST try Marvin's classes. I guarantee you that you won't regret it....!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GUARANTEE IT!!!
Dan Go / August 11, 2010 at 12:33 pm
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A big THANK YOU to all my Go Girl boot camp members for shouting our boot camp out. Thank you Dayna for the awesome article.

I really believe boot camps and group training get better results than one on one personal training because of the social support you get from 30 other like minded individuals and it's cheaper to boot...no pun intended ;)

The boot camps mentioned deserve their spot for sure!

If you are ever in the York Region area and want guranteed results, swing by for a free workout http://www.gogirlbootcamps.com

Take care and great work as always :)
Robin / August 11, 2010 at 12:34 pm
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Bye Bye Body Fat Boot Camp: what a great experience. Ray pushes you to your limit and knows when you are ready for more (even if you don't)! It was such a great success and the great changes in my body shape have stayed. I cannot believe it was not on the list.
Ayesha / August 11, 2010 at 01:15 pm
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Bye Bye Body Fat Boot Camp is amazing...Ray is so helpful and motivating and will push you even if you think you can't go on. I have had so much success with this program I myself can't believe it. Check out the website for success stories yourself: http://www.byebyebodyfat.ca
Ralph / August 11, 2010 at 01:16 pm
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I have tried 4 different boot camps over the last 18 months and Bye Bye Body Fat Boot Camp is number one on my list. The level of intensity, variety of exercises and the overall positive energy make all the difference. Ray doesn't just push you, he make you want to push yourself. I guaranty once you have tried one of his boot camps, you will never waste time running on a boring treadmill again.

Money is valuable, but time is scarce. Don't waste your time in programs that get you no where. Do you research, ask around, read blogs, try a class to see which boot camp is right for you.

Check out some of my classmates before and after pictures at www.byebyebodyfat.ca
Jackie / August 11, 2010 at 01:18 pm
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I love love love FIT CHICKS!! I'm so glad it was mentioned as one of the best bootcamps! I'm a loyal FIT CHICK and I have never felt so good about myself in and out. It's an amazing experience and workouts that keeps you wanting to go back. Even when it hurts like hell, it's all worth it in the end.
Mel G / August 11, 2010 at 01:19 pm
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FIT CHICKS definitely deserves to be on this list...the work outs are hard but fun at the same time! Summer is usually when I fall off the witness wagon, but I have been attending since May and could not be happier with the results!
Katie / August 11, 2010 at 01:21 pm
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A little about me...I play basketball 5 times a week for the past 5 years, and workout with weight 3 times a week. I always thought I was in really good shape but I was WRONG lol...Ray's bye bye bodyfat bootcamp (byebyebodyfat.ca) is da BEST! Fun, challenging and after a month, I can see visible changes in my body (my butt is getting rounder and bigger lol who needs a butt-lift when you get Ray to push you to the limit :p) I also went from a size 6 to size 4 in a month and my cardio has never been better! I highly recommand it and it should be on the list!!!
Katie / August 11, 2010 at 01:21 pm
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A little about me...I play basketball 5 times a week for the past 5 years, and workout with weight 3 times a week. I always thought I was in really good shape but I was WRONG lol...Ray's bye bye bodyfat bootcamp (byebyebodyfat.ca) is da BEST! Fun, challenging and after a month, I can see visible changes in my body (my butt is getting rounder and bigger lol who needs a butt-lift when you get Ray to push you to the limit :p) I also went from a size 6 to size 4 in a month and my cardio has never been better! I highly recommand it and it should be on the list!!!
Liz / August 11, 2010 at 01:30 pm
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Bye Bye Body Fat Boot Camp - http://www.byebyebodyfat.ca/
Runs out of Richmond Hill - Ray motivates you to believe in yourself. I never thought I'd ever be able to participate in a boot camp until Ray! Bye Bye Body Fat Boot Camp should definitely not be overlooked on your list!!!!
liz / August 11, 2010 at 01:34 pm
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Bye Bye Body Fat Boot Camp - http://www.byebyebodyfat.ca/
Runs out of Richmond Hill - Ray motivates you to believe in yourself. I never thought I'd ever be able to participate in a boot camp until Ray! Bye Bye Body Fat Boot Camp should definitely not be overlooked on your list!!!!
Sarah / August 11, 2010 at 01:59 pm
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Some good suggestions for bootcamps but I think that, if females are looking for a women-only bootcamp experience, they need to try Bootycamp Fitness!
I've tried two of the bootcamps on the list and they didn't even come close to Bootycamp Fitness(in both results and exertion).
Surprised it was left off the list considering its popularity/success with women!!
NH / August 11, 2010 at 02:25 pm
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Hooray for Fit Chicks!

I've been a member for six months. For me, it’s become less about the inches to be lost. Rather it's a positive way to bring fitness back into my routine. I feel accountable to my Chick Sergeant to show-up to class whereas I could always convince myself I would ‘go to the gym tomorrow.’ Through Fit Chicks, I’ve been inspired to be more active in other parts of my life, such as cycling to work.

Thanks for all the support Fit Chicks!
LC / August 11, 2010 at 02:37 pm
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Great article!! A wide variety and lot's to compare!
Kristina / August 11, 2010 at 02:47 pm
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I can't believe that Ray's Bye Bye Body Fat Boot Camp didn't make the list! He is so very motivating - he's a tough one but he seems to know your limits more than you know them yourself! He pushes you to achieve and even surpass your goals. You think you're going to die during the workout, but you come out feeling more alive than ever! I highly recommend people sign up to work out with Ray!
Kristina / August 11, 2010 at 02:48 pm
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(www.byebyebodyfat.ca)
Maria / August 11, 2010 at 03:05 pm
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Ray's Bye Bye Body Fat Boot Camp (www.byebyebodyfat.ca)is amazing. It should be on this list!!I have been in and out of the gym for most of my adult life, have paid big bucks for Personal Trainers, but overall, after one class with Ray, I realized that somewhere down the line I was cheated by the others. His classes are hard core, push to the limits and them some!!
dRe / August 11, 2010 at 03:38 pm
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This article seems to have forgotten one of the toughest and FUNNEST boot camps that I have ever attended.....Ray Ortiz's Bye Bye Body Fat Boot Camp (www.byebyebodyfat.ca)! Not only does Ray educate and motivate each individual who attends, but the entire group motivates one another as well. With the variety of workouts that is provided, my muscles are challenged EVERY SINGLE TIME!!!!!!!! Ray's Bye Bye Body Fat Boot Camp pushes me to reach my greatest potential and then pushes me a little bit more!
dRe / August 11, 2010 at 03:40 pm
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This article seems to have forgotten one of the toughest and FUNNEST boot camps that I have ever attended.....Ray Ortiz's Bye Bye Body Fat Boot Camp (www.byebyebodyfat.ca)! Not only does Ray educate and motivate each individual who attends, but the entire group motivates one another as well. With the variety of workouts that is provided, my muscles are challenged EVERY SINGLE TIME!!!!!!!! Ray's Bye Bye Body Fat Boot Camp pushes me to reach my greatest potential and then pushes me a little bit more!
Heather / August 11, 2010 at 03:43 pm
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I've done Best Body Bootcamp for 14 sessions and it's the best workout I've ever done. I tried other bootcamps but they were glorified aerobics classes. At Best Body the workouts are always changing and we do Plyometrics on some days, Obstacle Courses on others and the instructors are really friendly and knowledgeable. The Trinity Bellwoods location is awesome and the fact that they are year round is a real bonus.
Chris / August 11, 2010 at 03:44 pm
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Yeah BEST BODY BOOTCAMP!!! I've been a bootcamper for about a year now and I'm still loving it! The High Park location is super close to my place, the trainer (Sheena) is great and I love being outside. More importantly I've been able to meet my weight loss goal (25lbs!!) and keep it off. Thanks for keeping me fit guys!
Don / August 11, 2010 at 03:46 pm
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Glad you included Best Body Bootcamp on the list. I agree that they are the best. I've done their bootcamp at Christie Pits in the Annex for 6 months and love it. Doing the 6am sessions are a great way to start your day.
Shawna / August 11, 2010 at 04:02 pm
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FIT CHICKS!!! WOOOOOO!

FIT CHICKS has changed the way I stay healthy and in shape! Could not ask for better support and feel privileged to be part of such an amazing organization!
Elyse / August 11, 2010 at 04:45 pm
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I know that this website is geared for "Toronto" Boot Camps but I think you really missed the mark on leaving out the #1 Boot Camp in Richmond Hill. Ray Ortiz and his Bye Bye Body Fat Boot Camp is by far the most challenging and most rewarding class that I have ever taken.
I have been a member of a gym for several years and saw Ray's class in action. I took a class and have been hooked ever since. His intervals are challenging and push you to your limits. Each week there is something the same yet something different.
And the people?! Let me tell you that the comradery is amazing! Ray isn't the only motivator - the participants are a nich group of people ranging in age, fitness level and sex and they are the most amazing group of people. If you think you can't finish the drill, Ray and everyone else push you to finish.
This Bootcamp isn't easy but Ray makes you want to do more. I have seen a transformation in my body, but the best transformation is in my MIND. I look forward to every class and leave there energized and SOAKING WET!!!!
Ray is the best! I HIGHLY recommend byebyebodyfat.ca to anyone who wants a hardcore workout with a compassionate and supportive team and instructor...
Max / August 11, 2010 at 04:59 pm
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Yet another quick note to chime in for Marv's Hybrid Athletic program:

Before I signed up with Marv I did a bunch of research around town to see what kind of programs existed and which one would fit me best. The only choice I was even remotely interested in was Marv's program, and here's why:

1) A Men's-Only class. When I started with Marv I joined the co-ed program, and though the women that train with Marv are certainly tough, the Men's-Only option allowed me to up my challenge level.

2) Marv's trainers have real athletic backgrounds. These are people who're naturally interested in helping you make progress. Marv himself is a true athlete, and his personal love of health and fitness inform the integrity and intensity of each class.

3) Small class sizes. There are never more than 8 people in a class - that means your trainer can devote more attention to ensuring your workout is as effective as possible.

4) A year-round indoor training space. Essential for rain-outs or winter conditions that would make the field either dangerous or counter-productive.

5) Lots of choice. Marv has lots of classes at different times, which is perfect for someone like me who's not a typical early-morning workout junkie.

I've never been a team-sports kind of guy.
I've always stayed fit to some degree, but I've never been interested in signing up for a class-style workout program - I simply never thought I'd find something that would keep me interested, make effective use of my time, and fit my schedule...

..but over a year an a half later, I'm still training with Marv. That's about as big an endorsement as anyone could give.

Go for it: http://www.trainwithmarv.com/
PK / August 11, 2010 at 09:46 pm
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I've been training with Marvin Mitchell in his Hybrid Athletic program for over two years without missing a session. Even as someone with a fairly athletic background I've found the program consistently challenging. Additionally, the small class sizes, indoor training facilities and the variety of drills all contribute to making this a superior program. As a fitness professional Marvin has often gone above and beyond his boot camp trainer role, by providing advice and mentorship. The Hybrid Athletic program is definitely worth exploring.
Teresa Sibbald / August 11, 2010 at 09:58 pm
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I joined ByeByeBodyFat because I started a very serious diet program and needed to go to the next step. I had never done anything like this before and Ray Ortiz made me feel so welcome. He never let me forget that I was important and that I was on a mission to be the healthest person I could be and with my diet and his program I could achieve a healthy body and mind. I am so glad I joined because at 53 years old I thought I was too old to be fit. Ray helped me to realise that my age had nothing to do with my fitness level and now I can walk up stairs without having a heart attack and the next step is to run up stairs without breaking a sweat. Thanks Ray.
N. Marie / August 12, 2010 at 02:03 am
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Did a bowl of poutine hit you in the face? How could Ray's Bye Bye Body Fat bootcamp not be included in this list?

One hour at Ray's bootcamp is ten times more efficient and effective than two and a half hours at your local gym! Ray has mastered the fine art of being a motivator and a supporter, and has tailored the classes perfectly to challenge any age and any body type to reach your fitness goals! The group is amazing - just when I think I can't do another push-up or hold the plank for a second longer, there's always someone there to support you and push you so you do your absolute best each time. And trust me, you feel it! Not only do I see positive changes in my health, but mostly in my mental outlook. Ray actually gives a crap about the group - not just like money hungry 'trainers'. Regular motivating and inspiring emails is the sugar on top - it's really all in the mind, so it helps to know that Ray won't go to rest until he does all he can to help you reach your goals. I always look forward to bootcamp!!!

I have given away my "buffet" pants as they are no longer needed.

http://www.byebyebodyfat.ca/
Cindy / August 12, 2010 at 02:12 am
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For a women's only bootcamp, def go to fit chicks. I tried a couple other in the city and they were pretty brutal but I think you have go to find what is a fit for you. Great article to give comparisons and save people some legwork.
Cheryl / August 12, 2010 at 07:11 am
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Ray Ortiz' Bye Bye Body fat bootcamp is amazing. He motivates you to go that much further when you think you can't do anymore. I'm in the best shape I've ever been in and its thanks to his bootcamp. http://www.byebyebodyfat.ca
CM / August 12, 2010 at 09:43 am
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Thanks for the info Dayna! I love these BEST OF LISTS! I’ve had a gym membership for over 10 years, have done numerous classes, and have also recently tried hot yoga (which by the way was not for me).



I’ve heard about many of the bootcamps you have mentioned on your “BEST OF” list, and have even tried 2 of them. Though I do agree with some of your recommendations, I must admit that Ray’s BYEBYEBODYFAT bootcamp is definitely missing from this list. (Yes he is based out of Richmondhill, so maybe that’s why he didn’t make it!) To be brutally honest I don’t really comment on pages like these, but I feel that I must leave my mark since I’ve had such an amazing experience with this bootcamp, and it is such a shame it was not recognized.



Ray (owner and main trainer) has taken me to a level that I have never been before. I admit I was skeptical at first since I’ve tried a few boot camps, but the intensity, the motivation, and the knowledge that comes out of that man is incredible! This co-ed bootcamp incorporates interval training, cardio drills and strength training all in one. The catch is…no class is ever the same!



I have now been training with Ray for over a year, and though I have reached my fitness goals, I continue to do the camp b/c well… I’m now addicted to it! I have been in the best shape of my life since training with BYEBYEBODYFAT! The best part of the boot camp is the support and encouragement you get from all the other boot campers. I’ve never had a fitness regime where not only is the trainer supporting you, but also fellow bootcampers. It is an atmosphere that oozes positivity (which is ironic b/c while you’re in the class you’re screaming curse words at the exercises and at Ray! HA!)No matter what your goals are, no matter if you are big or small, strong or weak, I totally think that Ray can get you there!



If you have yet to try it Dayna I highly recommend it!
ctwong / August 12, 2010 at 10:19 am
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Ray Ortiz is a brutal and demanding bootcamp sergeant... and he is so nice, supportive and makes it fun! He watches and corrects our form and pushes us to be better and stronger than we thought we could go. He also provides info and advice for nutrition and his routine can be done anywhere.

This bootcamp class does not get easier because he's always changing it up. His Corporate program is awesome because he will conduct a workout at your workplace - No excuses not to get it done!

Guess Byeby Body Fat Bootcamp didn't make it because we're not technically "Toronto" but worth checking out if your in the North end.
ctw / August 12, 2010 at 10:23 am
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Ray Ortiz is a brutal and demanding bootcamp sergeant... and he is so nice, supportive and makes it fun! He watches and corrects our form and pushes us to be better and stronger than we thought we could go. He also provides info and advice for nutrition and his routine can be done anywhere.

This bootcamp class does not get easier because he's always changing it up. His Corporate program is awesome because he can tailor a workout at your workplace - No excuses not to get it done!

Guess Byeby Body Fat Bootcamp didn't make it because we're not technically "Toronto" but worth checking out if your in the North end. http://www.byebyebodyfat.ca
Sadie / August 12, 2010 at 10:34 am
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Go Best Body Bootcamp! Couldn't agree more with your choices Dayna. I love quietly starting my day in the park in the early morning hours as the rest of the city is just waking up. I love the no-nonsense, no fluff workouts. I love how it kick starts my day. I took a break not realizing how much I would miss it and how good I felt from being in a fitness routine. Now I'm back and loving it even more! Great trainers, great workouts, great summer so far!
Mary / August 12, 2010 at 10:34 am
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Great list..but you forgot to include the best boot camp out there. Ray Ortiz's Bye Bye Body Fat boot camp is by far the best workout I've ever had. I have had personal trainers in the past who have not given me motivation or satisfaction I received after working out with Ray...and that was just 1 class! He inspires and motivates as do the other boot campers around you. It's the best support network I've seen.
Check it out at http://www.byebyebodyfat.ca
Andrew / August 12, 2010 at 10:54 am
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I'm surprised that Marv's Hybrid Athletic program (http://www.trainwithmarv.com/) wasn't mentioned here!

What I love best (other than Marv himself as a trainer) is the versatility of the program. When I started about a year and a half ago, I was pushing 250lbs and had the agility of muskox. I am now 220lbs and training for my first amateur boxing match in the fall... I've made leaps and bounds (literally and figuratively!) with my conditioning thanks to Marv's program.

Marv's workouts can match anyone's athletic abilities--from the casual weekend warrior, to the serious competitive athlete and everything in between.

On top of that, it's fun! You meet some GREAT people. We have had a lot of awesome outings as a group together, and I have definitely met some amazing, interesting people I'm happy to call friends.
CF / August 12, 2010 at 11:17 am
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Dangerous? Training in the rain is...DANGEROUS?
Are you made of paper? Will you melt if you get wet?
The rain is great! And when you train as hard as you do with Soldiers of Fitness, the rain is a blessing!

These "aerobics classes" that come outside when it's sunny and call themselves "boot camps" make me sad inside. If you want boot camp, you want Soldiers of Fitness. It's the only group that hires current and ex-military staff, who are all qualified to instruct fitness to a wide range of fitness levels.

Haven't you ever wondered what you are physically capable of accomplishing? or would you rather live on in your comfort bubbles with your nice mats, coloured rubber bands, and indoor facilities.

When your ready get the results that you are paying for, SOF will be waiting.

www.soldiersoffitness.com
FN / August 12, 2010 at 11:19 am
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With all due respect to Blogto, this list is so incomplete i sure hope no one will use it to choose a bootcamp. The thing with any sort of training regimen, is that it's only worth its while if you consistently follow it. So if the author went to one class of each of these bootcamps she's missing the point altogether. I've been training with Marvin Mitchell (http://www.trainwithmarv.com/) for 1.5 yr now and i can tell you (like many other posters) that not only does he have the most innovative and challenging workouts i've ever tried, but he is 110% devoted to his clients' fitness goals. He really goes the extra mile. This is a guy who will do everything possible to accomodate you if you miss a class or go to the running track on his only day off to help some clients train in preparation for races (for free of course). No wonder his clients stick with him from season to season (which by the way makes the workouts very enjoyable since you end up knowing everyone there). This trainer will literally blow your mind, folks.
Nick / August 12, 2010 at 11:26 am
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Marv is a real motivator and has the right kind of attitude to push you onto the next level – as the oldest guy in his bootcamp (nearly 40 – I can attest to his dedication to his students/clients). I highly recommend his Bootcamp (http://www.trainwithmarv.com/)
Carroll / August 12, 2010 at 11:52 am
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Soldiers of Fitness

90 minute work out - check
Cardio and Muscle, full body work out - check
Come whenever you feel like it - not so much
Up to 5 days per week - check
Work out rain or shine - check
Quit if you are tired - not so much (you will be safely pushed to the limit)
Outdoors ALL year - check
Great opportunity to socialize and show off your Lululemon fitness wear - not so much
Team based - check
Incredible results - check
Pushed well beyond your limits - check
Monthly check on how much you have improved - check
Mats and brightly coloured workout toys - not so much
Tires, Logs, Steel Rods - check

The best work out you will ever have - CHECK

I am sure a number of these boot camps are a great work out. If you think you are up for it check out www.soldiersoffitness.com and sign up for a free buddy day. See if you have what it takes...

HUA!



Ivan / August 12, 2010 at 11:57 am
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HOW ABOUT A REAL MILTARY SERGENT TEACHING A REAL BOOT CAMP!

TONY IS A FORMER UNITED STATES MARINE...NOT A GLORIFIED AEROBICS INSTRUCTOR LIKE EVERY OTHER BOOT CAMP.

YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT A BOOT CAMP IS UNTIL YOU'VE TRIED TONY'S BOOT CAMP.


HTTP://WWW.MYFITBODY.CA
Babs Goss / August 12, 2010 at 12:04 pm
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Soldiers of Fitness is 90 minutes of hard work, non-stop, no quitting (not quitting on yourself, not quitting on your teammates). We do everything as a team, with those who are already fitter doing a bit more to round out the reps for those who are starting out. In the worst moment, when you feel like you can't take another step, one of your teammates will always be there to pull you through and make you believe you can do the impossible. The program allows you to "graduate" after one month, at which point you are mentally prepared to help the new rookies survive their first month. Where else can you get such dedication within the training group itself? Moreover, if you visit any of the other cities that SOF is in, their groups will take you in, put you up, and treat you like one of their own. SOF isn't just another "fitness business" - it's a support network and a lifestyle. Come play with us!! (in the rain, too!)
Dave / August 12, 2010 at 12:25 pm
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Totally overlooked one of the best boot camps around... BYE BYE BODY FAT BOOT CAMP!
http://www.byebyebodyfat.ca

Ray Ortiz keeps the classes fun, innovative, and challenging.
It is so awesome to see how we progress in class and in the mirror! Got to love results!
Julia / August 12, 2010 at 12:35 pm
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As an avid soccer player and marathon runner, I expected to breeze through boot camp workouts and go for a run later that day. I certainly underestimated Marv. His workouts combine cardio, strength, agility, speed, and muscle endurance leaving you exhausted but wanting more (in a few days). Marv keeps his class sizes small and offers classes throughout the day/evening. Marv's knowledge of the human body far exceeds any other trainer I've met allowing him to tailor each workout to individual participants. Check out trainwithmarv.com. See you at 6am next Thursday?
Violet / August 12, 2010 at 01:25 pm
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FIT CHICKS is amazing! The workouts are fun, challenging and interactive! The instructors are supportive, motivating and push their chicks to reach their personal fitness goals!
Short / August 12, 2010 at 01:27 pm
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How could working out in the rain be dangerous? We walk in the rain, we drive cars in the rain, we put up umbrellas in the rain. And before someone thinks something similar about the snow... hey - I actually enjoyed being a kid and no matter how bad a snow day we had, we managed to go out and still play in the snow.

Before I was working out in the great outdoors, my vitamin D level was extremely low. That corrected itself when I spent more time outdoors just by working out with SOF. :)

And yes, it is true. When you are a part of Soldiers of Fitness, you find yourself among some of the greatest people in the world. These are people who want to see you succeed, and they want to help you in any way they can - be it running tips, nutrition tips, or a place to stay when you are in a different part of Canada that also has a SOF location. Some of the greatest motivation I have received came from all of the members of the various SOF platoons in Toronto, as well as all across Canada - from Lindsay to Ottawa to Red Deer, Alberta.

This isn't just a business - it is a way of life! It is a commitment to yourself and to your team. It is self-respect, and respect for others. And NO! You DON'T QUIT. Because your team is always there for you, no matter what.

With Soldiers of Fitness, we will always take the path less traveled, we will always challenge ourselves, we will always be true to ourselves and our friends.

Soldiers of Fitness is Mission, Team, Self. It is for all of us, all shapes, sizes, and for both sexes. We don't even see gender with SOF. EVERYONE gets challenged, regardless of their fitness level, strength, sex, anything.

And with Soldiers of Fitness NO ONE ever gets left behind.

But the absolute best part is the members! I have never met people so genuine, good hearted, caring, honest, etc in the world. These people will always be in your corner, no matter what.
Marv replying to a comment from CF / August 12, 2010 at 01:39 pm
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Corporal Francis,why do always sound SO angry dude?

Anyways - I was really surprised to hear a man of your experience assert that training in the rain, poses no greater appreciable risk of injury to your participants. Just to be clear, I'm referring to the effects of water on the training surface. Water creates slickness on grassy surfaces, and this makes it much more difficult for an athlete to accelerate/decelerate due to the lack of stability. In addition to this, if there is sufficient moisture trapped in the top soil, it can become unstable when acted upon in a dynamic manner. There is a high degree of foreseeable risk associated with these two variables, and this is why training under these conditions is irresponsible. As leaders, we have a primary responsibility to ensure the safety of our participants. I place a high value on my participants safety, and from a business perspective, it makes sense to mitigate as much foreseeable risk as possible. (My insurance company agrees)

By the way - one of your participants is coming downtown to try out my class this weekend. If it rains, there's no problem at all. We've got a well-equipped indoor facility that she'll enjoy training in :)
CF / August 12, 2010 at 02:23 pm
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Please don't "dude" me Marv. Is that what your members call you "Marv"? Sounds like boot camp to me. I remember back to my basic military training and calling my staff by their first names. Er wait...nope, didn't happen. They had a rank, which they earned, and we addressed them by it. No different at SOF.

Which speaks to why we are the only AUTHENTIC BOOT CAMP around. Real soldiers run our boot camps. SOF if so much more then a fitness endeavour. It builds confidence, leadership, time management, lateral thinking, and character. And all this for less then what you charge, just for fitness.

I'm sure your big time qualified to help people, which is great, we just do it different ways.

You may allow excuses, we don't.
You may play with balls. We don't.
You may be concerned that "rain" and "moisture" may harm your members.
We welcome the challenge of the elements and have yet to see a member get hurt. Better yet, a bit of rain on the grass sure makes dragging the big tires that much easier. You should try it. Or better yet, give running on sand a shot. Or maybe that's not safe either?
Our members come prepared for any weather and any condition.

I could be wrong, but I thought you were all about the "fun sports type training"? Do football players, or soccer players not continue when there is "dew in the topsoil"?.

Tell me, this participant of SOF Toronto that is coming downtown to try your class, is it the the same participant of ours that you mentioned last time we spoke? Perhaps they just want something a little easier, and I applaud you for taking them on.

Did you hear? SOF has opened up yet another location. We are now in Lindsay, Ontario. That's 8 across Canada. How are the other "Marv" camps coming along? Hopefully just as well.

And I'm impressed that my posts "sound" a certain way to you. Do you have one of those automated reading programs on your computer? I've been looking to get one of them.

Either way. All the best! (hopefully that didn't sound angry...)
Babs Goss / August 12, 2010 at 02:25 pm
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Hi Marv, I don't think we need a science textbook to tell us that rain = slippery. But you make it sound as if we should live in a bubble that might include never crossing the street or even picking up a heavy weight or signing up for a local charity road race - all fraught with potential "greater appreciable risks." (Never mind the kinds of serious endurance races that many of us have worked up towards in our SOF training.)

Our instructors would never let us do something actually dangerous, but you gotta live a little :) Why deprive people of the kind of athletic and mental conditions you have to endure in all other outdoor sports?

But in any case, it seems as though there's a program out there for everyone: indoor, outdoor, coed, women's, strength, cardio, etc. And different people are happy with these varied choices. If you don't plan on doing any of the above activities, then indoors should be fine. "A chacun son gout."

BTW, Cpl. Francis is never angry, always fun. :P He (and the rest of us) just love the thrill of going all out and trying stuff you never thought you could do.

Cheers!
Fryklind / August 12, 2010 at 02:54 pm
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...As a SOF Commando Opter with 4 years exp. in the Calgary AM (Edworthy) Platoon I can tell you flat out the absolute best times I had in this program are when everyone else is NOT outside exercising....5:45am, in the crystal silence of February, light snow, -25C, running with my section across the ridge trail hauling PAIN to the next checkpoint while an escort of MISERIES flank our unit...staring down at the rest of the city snug in their beds makes me smile, while they are alseep, afraid of the cold, my platoon and I are getting better....Humans were designed to be outside, most have just simply forgotten how to do so....
Renee / August 12, 2010 at 02:57 pm
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I have been traing with Marv for a couple months now and love it. As mentioned above, he's very fexible, as we all have hectic schedules. I'm always challenged with every work out and know that he knows his stuff. He attracts great participants which we all have a lot of fun while getting our asses kicked. He does offer a trail class so everyone should check it!
Marv / August 12, 2010 at 03:14 pm
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Hey Corporal Francis,

Finishing off a rant by wishing me "All the best!", doesn't make you sound any less angry. Sorry dude. Yes, my participants call me by my first name, and I know it's probably hard for you to believe....but they respect me just the same. Crazy huh??

Anyways, going back to training on wet fields....Listen, I understand why you can't publicly admit that it is more dangerous to train under those conditions. I get it. It's apparent to everyone.

I know you'd like to believe that the reason why people are leaving your program to train with me, is because they're not "tough" enough - but maybe they just want to try something....different?? Maybe they will like it more?? I'll let you know if she registers I guess.

Open invitation to anyone who wants to try the Hybrid Athletic Program.


Short / August 12, 2010 at 04:03 pm
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Wow!

I really believe Corporal Francis should be called by his rank. He has earned it. I have the most respect for him. He is a highly respectable man, so he should indeed be referred to with respect.

If I may add something on behalf of Soldiers of Fitness based on my experience...

Before Soldiers of Fitness, about a year ago, I weighed about 100 lbs more than I do now. Also, I was very shy and timid, and was intiminated very, very easily. People took advantage of me, and I was fully aware of it.

Before Soldiers of Fitness, I would never have had the courage to do the things I do now. I couldn't run for more than 10 seconds. I couldn't do situps, or pushups, or just about anything in the world. I didn't believe in myself or my abilities either. Just about everyone outside of SOF told me that "I didn't have the ability to do something like SOF". So my support group didn't believe in me either.

Any activity I took on outside of Soldiers of Fitness quickly lead to disappointment and/or injury. I had considered myself "accident prone" before I started Soldiers of Fitness. And some of these injuries and incidents outside of Soldiers of Fitness were very, very serious, to say the least.

When I started SOF, I well explained to CF that I wasn't the "exercise" type. I also explained my list of injuries, and I did indeed say that "I was accident prone". He had every reason to not accept me in his program.

HOWEVER... he encouraged me to attend. My success is NOW his success, as well as that of my current corporal, and my team, as well as many SOFers all across Canada. I was taught the PROPER way of doing things. And my form was always corrected. More than anything, I learned to believe in myself and my abilities. And, I have never, ever injured myself.

I was always taught that safety was first and foremost. I was also taught to do my best and be the best I could be. I was given opportunities to learn leadership skills as well.

Today, I am a stronger and fitter person thanks to Soldiers of Fitness. My self concept is sky high - for the first time in my life. I have self-confidence, and I do stand up for myself. A person who meets me today would never say I'm shy and timid.

Today, I am a totally opposite person from the person I was before Soldiers of Fitness. As mentioned, my success belongs to me, to CF, to my current corporal - Corporal Tolevski, and to my team. All across Canada, SOF has been in my corner and has been helpful to me. Today, I'm preparing for my first 1/2 marathon scheduled for next month. Who would ever have thought that a person who couldn't run a short while ago would ever be preparing for this.

I am a very faithful member of SOF. They are more to me than a training/fitness program. They are my extended family.
Marv replying to a comment from Short / August 12, 2010 at 04:16 pm
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Well done Short! Stories like yours are what motivate me to wake up at 5:00 am to teach classes. I've got a lot of respect for you man. Keep getting better!
Marv replying to a comment from Babs Goss / August 12, 2010 at 04:26 pm
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Hey Babs,

Thanks for the life lesson. I guess I've trained thousands of people in a big ol' bubble over the last 12 years...

Re: your comment
"Why deprive people of the kind of athletic and mental conditions you have to endure in all other outdoor sports?"

Actually... my participants compete in all kinds of outdoor sports - both at the recreational, and elite level.

Come out and try my class, I promise not to tell your "Head Dude", Corporal Francis.
Short / August 12, 2010 at 04:27 pm
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Thanks Marv. But if you ever call me "man" again, I will have to personally kick your ass.
Anna / August 12, 2010 at 04:53 pm
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I'm assuming the ByeByeBodyfat bootcamp was missed because it's in Richmond Hill and not in Toronto. I can assure you we 905ers take our workouts very seriously. That's why I attend the best bootcamp in RH. There's just so many reasons this is a great camp that I would be have to spend the next half hour typing to tell you why.

Last year I attended a boot camp only to have three in the group - never had a challenging workout. Went to a different bootcamp only to pay in advance and close its doors three months later. Went to another bootcamp where there were at least 40 women - it was so impersonal- the instructor had no control or direction and just barked out whatever came to her head. Etc. Etc.

I heard about Ray Ortiz and his bootcamp and gave it a try. I was hooked day one. His workouts and support network are unlike any other. He even has a firefighter bring equipment for us to train with - wow. Ray knows our individual strenghts and weaknesses and pushes us to achieve our goals. The results are easy to notice I just look in the mirror.

You may say talk is cheap I say come out and see for yourself - Torontonians welcomed. Check Ray out at www.byebyebodyfat.ca
Brunke / August 12, 2010 at 04:59 pm
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Just before I turned 40, I joined Soldiers Of Fitness. Even though I was an athletic person and not in bad shape, I wanted a change in my life with regard to my overall health. I wanted a fitness program that I was going to adhere to and get results with. A boot camp with an actual military style program run by military personnel sounded like the perfect way to give me the kick start that I needed. "No un-excused abscences", "don't be late" and "no quitting" were the rules at SOF. If even one of them were broken, the rest of the platoon would be punished in the form of additional excercises - that was a brilliant motivator for me.
I have been attending SOF for over two years now, and I am in the best shape of my life. I recently had a very thorough physical examination done and was rated as "well above average" (the highest rating) on all counts; fitness and health.
I never thought I could work out this hard AND have fun doing it; 90 minutes flies by! I have lost fat, built muscle, gained strength and endurance, made some fantastic friends and feel as though I could conquer anything set before me. I have even completed the secret “Commando” course. Thank you SOF and fellow recruits, I am grateful more than you can ever imagine!!

HUA!
Joan / August 12, 2010 at 05:06 pm
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I agree you left out the best bootcamp "Go Girls Bootcamp". I have been exercising 3-6 times a week as a result of Dan and his execellent support, encouragement and motivation. I dropped 33 pounds, 17 inches & 4 dress sizes. In addition I trained for a 400 km bike ride all as a result of "Go Girls' Bootcamp" & Dan's support.
Babs Goss / August 12, 2010 at 05:22 pm
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Haha, LOL - Short is female!

Marv, I'm always looking for a new challenge; after 2 years at SOF, my motto has become "I'm Game". Despite the fact that I still think that your rain-danger comment is way out of proportion, I would gladly visit you guys for a workout, with an open mind and 100% of my spirit and energy - and a big smile!

Cpl. Francis would never prevent us from making every attempt to better ourselves. He even had us do an advanced training week at a Cross Fit gym a few months ago to give us a taste of Olympic weight lifting techniques and the like.

I think you've misinterpreted his dedication to his trainees' improvement. He just doesn't want anyone stopping themselves short of their best effort. He's a very caring trainer, just like many of the fine folks described above.
walid / August 12, 2010 at 05:44 pm
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Byebyebodyfat should be on this list, Ray Ortiz runs a wicked bootcamp!
walid / August 12, 2010 at 05:46 pm
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Byebyebodyfat should be on this list, Ray Ortiz runs a wicked bootcamp!
Deanna / August 12, 2010 at 05:47 pm
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I’m not sure why BYE BYE BODY FAT BOOT CAMP didn’t make the list because it honestly is a GREAT BOOT CAMP. I’ve been going for about 6 months now and I love it!! The work outs are gruelling but Ray makes it enjoyable-if that’s possible-HAHA. Ray is a great trainer- he keep you motivated and its always something different to keep the class interesting. I look forward to going every week and working out. You guys should check it out: www.byebyebodyfat.ca
JC / August 12, 2010 at 07:02 pm
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You've completely overlooked Ray Ortiz and the Bye Bye Body Fat boot camp. Ray is a leader, motivator, professional trainer and drill sargeant who takes you to new levels every class! Count on a butt-kick'en, innovative and fun workout for every level of fitness. Check-out www.byebyebodyfat.ca and invest in yourself!
Brian / August 12, 2010 at 07:05 pm
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You missed the best: Bye Bye Body Fat boot camp. I've attended Bye Bye Body Fat boot camp for 6 weeks and am amazed at the results! Ray Ortiz constantly changes things-up, provides incredible nutritional advice and is the best motivator! www.byebyebodyfat.ca is the whole package - check it out!
ET / August 12, 2010 at 09:49 pm
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Marv's Hybrid Athletic Program is definitely worth trying. But beware, once you try it you may get hooked and keep coming back for more! Aside from Marv being a stellar trainer, there is never a dull moment, the training changes all the time AND IT'S(tough)FUN.

The initial reasons for signing up (other than the obvious) were for class flexibility, convenience, and small class sizes. The reason for staying, well, the program is just that AWESOME! Come out and 'play'. See you in the next class!

"It's not meant to be easy. Let's go." -Marv.
daphne / August 12, 2010 at 11:34 pm
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I am a 61 yrs old woman who has never seriously trained before. When I started at ByeBye body fat Boot Camp, I could not lift weights nor do push ups. With the expertise, motivation, professional training and guidance of the skilled Ray Ortiz, I can now do the entire workout session with no problems and I physically feel great. Aside from the fabulous Ray, the people in my class accepted me as if I am their age-although they are MUCH younger and they never judged. The encouragement they gave me and with each other is the special touch that comes with www.byebyebodyfat.ca
Tricia / August 13, 2010 at 09:03 am
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Dayna, Thanks for highlighting the popularity of boot camps. I truly believe that this is NOT a fad. It's the evolution of fitness. Throughout my life I have joined over 4 big box gyms, spent thousands and gained nothing. This year I joined GO GIRL BOOTCAMP. It's the hardest I've ever worked to achieve a fitness goal. It's also the most fun and motivating. Dan Go is fantastic at motivating us and is uncompromising in his dedication to health and fitness and holds us to the same standards. He's also extremely personable and takes the time to know each member. How he does it (remembers each "girl", our names and individual quirks/requirement), I don't know, but he does it. I've got muscles and tone in places that I never thought possible. If you are ever in the York Region, come try it out. We don't have a fancy studio and we don't have a "schtick", but we work hard and we get results.
Tricia / August 13, 2010 at 09:08 am
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To add to my comment above. I think it's great that boot camp members are ready to uplift and highlight their bootcamps. To me, it just means that people are passionate about their fitness and that they are fortunate to find some d*mn fine establishments to support them. We should be glad that there aren't just a few good ones.
Amber / August 13, 2010 at 09:33 am
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Fit Chicks is the best!! I've played every sport in the book and was a gym freak for years signing up for all sorts of classes. But Fit Chicks is a new level. I've been there for over year & have done make up classes with different chick sergeants, who were all amazing in different ways! They also send me 20 minute workouts to do at home and I've made changes to the way I eat b/c of their handy tips. Not to mention the workout is killer, I'm always sore even after all this time!!
Goddyn / August 13, 2010 at 05:25 pm
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I joined Soldiers of Fitness about 2 and 1/2 years ago and have not looked back since. I was a total couch potato and exercise was a 4 letter word. This program has allowed me to accomplish goals I never would have thought of: running... me? I actually ran a half marathon last year thanks to SOF training.

The one most important thing with SOF is the motivation and the team spirit. I feel like I am part of a family... no one judges you and no matter what level you are at and what you accomplish during the 90 minutes, everyone appreciates what you have been able to do.

I will never go to a boring old gym again where the point often seems to be how you are dressed rather than what you are there for.

I LOVE SOLDIERS OF FITNESS.

And PS> Corporal will always be called Corporal, never Dude!!!
Short replying to a comment from Goddyn / August 14, 2010 at 08:43 pm
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Goddyn, regarding your last line... "Corporal will always be called Corporal, never dude".... HUA. Well said. Respect is respect! And we have a endless supply of RESPECT for our Corporals.

And I agree... at Soldiers of Fitness... we are all family. From Red Deer Alberta, to Lindsay and Ottawa, Ontario, and all the SOF locations across Canada... we are all there for each other.

As well, Soldiers of Fitness has always encouraged all of our "fitness" initiatives and adventures. When I run in races, each time, there as been a member from my platoon in the waiting area cheering me on as I crossed the finish line. I have read stories about other members of SOF, including the Corporal himself, who has been attending other races for the purpose of encouraging and cheering on members of SOF. Even today, our Corporal, myself, and 3 others of the SOF team were in attendance for SOF. We provided smiles, cheers, encouragement, and support to everyone, but in particular, for our SOF team.
ginette / August 15, 2010 at 01:26 pm
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"The mediocre teacher tells.
The good teacher explains.
The great teacher demonstrates."
Ray Ortiz is not just a great teacher, he is an amazing LEADER.

www.byebyebodyfat.ca
Virginia / August 16, 2010 at 10:34 am
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Bye Bye Body Fat Bootcamp is definitely the"ultimate" bootcamp in Richmond Hill. Instructor Ray Ortiz designs full-body workouts that challeges the beginner and the more advanced. Try this fun and supportive class, you won't be disappointed!!
(http://www.byebyebodyfat,ca)
CF / August 16, 2010 at 10:14 pm
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I hear that Soldiers of Fitness was the only fitness group that was asked to run a fitness challenge station in this past weekends City Chase in Toronto! And not only did we organize and run a station, we also had teams competing in the race and our very own Barbara Goss came 1st in her category!

HUA!
Xavier / August 16, 2010 at 11:55 pm
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Saw a comment above about training in the rain being irresponsible. I remember trying that excuse with my seventh grade gym teacher...didn't work so well.
Play safe boys and girls but avoiding "moisture in the topsoil" is excessive. Living an active life may entail rolling on an ankle once in a while - it sucks but you'll live.
Babs Goss replying to a comment from CF / August 17, 2010 at 12:04 am
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We did have a wicked station at the Chase, and smiles all around from the exhausted competitors. Congrats to all who ran our gauntlet, especially to the injured and older competitors. Saw some real grit that day!
[The race I won that day was something different entirely though, LOL, broken telephone!] :)
nicolas bello / August 17, 2010 at 03:07 pm
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Hey BlogTO,
when writing this article perhaps you should also factor in which of these Boot Camp companies are fouling up the city with obscene amounts of illegal signage. Many of your top picks are also among some of the worst offenders. See below:

http://www.causs-canada.org/most_recent_junk_signs.html
spencer / August 17, 2010 at 04:11 pm
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MAYFAIR CLUBS is amazing!

try its bootcamps they are great
Mary K / August 18, 2010 at 12:45 am
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I just read through these comments and I can't beleive this guy is clinging on to the wet grass garbage... Hey, have you ever seen kids in the schoolground playing in the wet grass, splashing in mud puddles. did you know that schools even encourage the kids to go out and play in all types of weather. Who the hell are you Dr Spock??? they proved him to be a wack job too! Yes, even our profesional sports people play in all types of conditions and their all fine. This Corpral Frances guy sounds like he's pretty straight forward and to point, I would consider trying them. But you "Dude" guy - Marv sound like I just can't trust, the way you carried on and came across... making yourself look good at the expense of others... You are not the place for me! I expect not just a good workout, resonable cost, but more important to me integrity and morals. Dude you didn't make the cut!
Marv / August 18, 2010 at 06:52 am
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Spock to Enterprise..Beam me up Scotty! Bahahaha!! No one has ever called me Dr.Spock - what a compliment. Thanks Mary K.! I haven't responded to a lot of these posts, as I'm busy training people - but your post was a particularly (good) one:) A lot of people are getting riled up about my comment re:training on wet grass. Their main arguments tend to be:
1. You'll miss out on life if you don't train on wet grass.
2. Professional athletes play on wet grass.

Oh boy... Here's the thing,if you consdier breaking an ankle or tearing a knee some kind of battle scar - or you think that accepting these risks make life "more fulfilling", then go ahead and do your thing girl. My customers like the fact that I make their safety my top priority. They enjoy playing hard, but prefer to keep undue risks to a minimum. Seems level headed to me.

Moving on...Recreational fitness enthusiasts should not classed with Professional athletes. That's just ridiculous. Today's pro athletes are highly trained individuuals who are paid an incredible amount of money to showcase their talents. They're sent out onto the field of play with custom made equipment, that has been specially designed for help them adjust to environmental conditions. This allows them to perform at a high level, while minimizing their risk of injury. They also have the best therapy services and facilities that money can buy - so that when they do become injured (and they do all the time), they can expect a speedy return to functionality.

Hey Mary, I'm sorry to hear that you think that I'm immoral. It's possible that haven't read the entire post thread. I just want you to know that I sleep pretty good at night, and you're still welcome to come out and try my class. A lot of people have come by since this list came out. Thanks BLOG T.O.!!

Marv / August 18, 2010 at 06:55 am
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Spock to Enterprise..Beam me up Scotty! Bahahaha!! No one has ever called me Dr.Spock - what a compliment. Thanks Mary K.! I haven't responded to a lot of these posts, as I'm busy training people - but your post was a particularly (good) one:) A lot of people are getting riled up about my comment re:training on wet grass. Their main arguments tend to be:
1. You'll miss out on life if you don't train on wet grass.
2. Professional athletes play on wet grass.

Oh boy... Here's the thing,if you consdier breaking an ankle or tearing a knee some kind of battle scar - or you think that accepting these risks make life "more fulfilling", then go ahead and do your thing girl. My customers like the fact that I make their safety my top priority. They enjoy playing hard, but prefer to keep undue risks to a minimum. Seems level headed to me.

Moving on...Recreational fitness enthusiasts should not classed with Professional athletes. That's just ridiculous. Today's pro athletes are highly trained individuuals who are paid an incredible amount of money to showcase their talents. They're sent out onto the field of play with custom made equipment, that has been specially designed for help them adjust to environmental conditions. This allows them to perform at a high level, while minimizing their risk of injury. They also have the best therapy services and facilities that money can buy - so that when they do become injured (and they do all the time), they can expect a speedy return to functionality.

Hey Mary, I'm sorry to hear that you think that I'm immoral. It's possible that haven't read the entire post thread. I just want you to know that I sleep pretty good at night, and you're still welcome to come out and try my class. A lot of people have come by since this list came out. Thanks BLOG T.O.!!

Mary K. / August 18, 2010 at 08:32 pm
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Ha Ha ha… WOW "Dude", you are so predictable…
reread my note s l o w l y or ask someone to explain.

For myself and I'm sure for others that have taken the time to go through this blog, this certainly has been informative. What to check out and what not to waste time
or money on.

I'm going for the scary the wet grass and snow coverd fields!
Bring It!
Amanda / August 19, 2010 at 09:30 am
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I visited the Soldiers spot, when I was at City Chase. It was quite fun. I noticed that the instuctors, had the website on their shirts, for advertising. It was cool, that they were strict, but also fun, at the same time. One instructor, made me go back to the front, but she also gave me a lot of advice, to help me with it. When I finished, I wanted to do it again. It was one of the best spots, I visited at City Chase. I think I'm going to give it a try, too. I'm not afraid of the rain or snow. And I promise, not to call anyone "dude".
Short / August 19, 2010 at 10:02 am
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Hey Marv:

Wow. I gotta say, you don't give up easily. That's great. I really respect it.

However, I really need to respond.

Let me quote you: "Recreational fitness enthusiasts should not classed with Professional athletes. That's just ridiculous. Today's pro athletes are highly trained individuuals"

Have you ever done any research on Corporal Francis? He is also DOCTOR Francis. Did you know that he has many PROFESSIONAL credentials from many top-notched Universities that make him a professional/expert in the area of "fitness"?

Mary K is correct when she says that you are trying to make yourself look good at the expense of another. Maybe you should consider this.

As previously mentioned, I have NEVER been injured at Soldiers of Fitness. In my very first month as a participant, I was taught the PROPER way to do the exercises. Right up until now, if I weren't doing something properly, someone will point this out to me. The first message has ALWAYS been and will continue to be "SAFETY FIRST".

Actually Marv, I'm sure if you asked Corporal Francis (aka, DOCTOR Francis) for some training advice, he would be happy to help you.
Marv replying to a comment from Short / August 19, 2010 at 11:04 am
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Dear Short,

Corporal Francis (CF)is a big boy. As cute as all of this has been:) I doubt very much that he needs you or anyone else to defend his honour. The man has stated his position, as have I. I'm pretty aware of CF's qualifications. I'm not sure how much research you've done on my professional background, but we actually share some of the same academic crendentials. That said, we have differences of opinion on quite a few things. (Which is fairly common in our trade) Our programs are a reflection of our individual experiences and values, and we share these with our customers.

I never raised an issue with CF's teaching abilities, or his technical expertise. The issue I raised had absolutely nothing to do with that - so let me reiterate my point for the 7th and last time.

"It is my opinion that athletic training on wet field surfaces is a safety hazard. Even utilizing proper techinique while supervised by qualified instructors, I believe that training on a wet field is substantially more hazardous than training on a dry one. This increased level of risk is unacceptable to me. As an individual, I routinely train outdoors in all kinds of weather. I have done so my entire athletic career. However, that is a personal choice that I have made, based on my in-depth knowledge of my physical skills and experience training in various weather environments. As a business owner, the burden of responsibility is much greater. I am not prepared to expose my customers to the same level of risk that I may choose to accept in my own personal training. Over the years, customer feedback has been overwhelmingly supportive of this policy."

So there you have it. If you feel the need to respond - go ahead. I guess you'll have the last word...

Love,
Marv (you can call me dude, I'm ok with that:)
Clapp / August 19, 2010 at 09:56 pm
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Wow...I just read through this list and it's an advertisement in it's own right.

I'm sure that all of these programs are great, but if you want to call it a "boot camp", instead of a class, or fitness program, throw out the bands, balls and dubmbells and pick up a tree that weighs 150 pounds and run with it.

The term "boot camp" is inherently military - so if you want to attend a real boot camp, go to SOF. The corporals are tough but make everything fun, and help us learn to how to exceed limits that we though were obstables not only to fitness, but to mind and spirit as well - giving us more than just a workout, but a true experience. People see us on the road and ask us what we're training for. In Goss' words - we're training for life.

As for Marv, I'm sure he has professional accreditations and has trained thousands of people, but besides qualifications, what I look for in a leader is INTEGRITY. Someone who is not only a fitness professional, but a true leader in life.

True leaders with integrity do not respond to criticism like 5 year olds in a playground argument. They use the opportunity to discuss their side of the argument, not as an opportunity to display endless sarcasm in a rant that makes me want to tell every single person I know what boot camp NOT to attend, all due to the sickeningly unprofessional attitude of its leader.

HUA!
Max / August 20, 2010 at 12:18 am
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Alright, well after having posted here a week ago and checking the little box at the bottom of the screen so that the site would e-mail me with any responses to this thread, I've been inundated with the childish flaming of this topic.

As I stated in my first post, I've been training with Marv for over a year and a half. He's motivated me, kept me engaged in my workouts, and pushed me past my limits. I was in great shape to begin with, but he's helped make me even better. Marv is a fantastic trainer with a good heart, attentive instincts, and a powerful training ethos. He's also got a sense of humour.

Some people from the SoF camp seem to have some strange obsession with Marv's posts here. No one's denying that SoF sounds like a heavy duty workout. When I was doing my research to find a "bootcamp" they were at the top of my list along with Marv's Hybrid Athletic program. I went with Marv's program for several reasons, which I won't list here lest I give the trolls that much more to obsess over. We all get it: you guys don't like your program to be questioned.

The bottom line is that there are "bootcamps" all over town that will cater to all kinds of people's fitness goals and intensity levels. Marv's program is indeed set up so that it caters to many types of individuals, including those like me who're looking for a brutal challenge. His life-long dedication to a healthy and athletic lifestyle and sense of humour mean his classes are interesting, challenging, and yes, even fun.

Frankly, many of the SoF posts here come off as obnoxious, childish, and ridiculously aggressive. Maybe Marv's sense of humour isn't translating to some of you SoF guys and girls over the ol' interwebs, but regardless: you should probably know that you guys are painting yourselves to be unfortunately insecure and socially backward.

I have all kinds of rebuttals to the the strange things the Sofers have posted here regarding Marv's program (which none of them have tried), but instead of perpetuating a pointless debate, here're a few things to consider:

Big deal: Marv doesn't train his people in the rain because he thinks it's counterproductive.

Big deal: You SoF peeps think it's fine.

Who cares? Your SoF ranting and raving is just making you look like a bunch sociopathic babies... with no senses of humour or notions of friendly competition.

I'm sure SoF is a great program for the people it suits, and that most of its members are fine individuals - but the SoF members posting here are, quite frankly, making you guys sound a bit like a cult.

I'm sure we'll hear a bunch more from the trolls regarding this post, since they obviously have nothing better to do. Maybe if you guys weren't so aggro you'd have friends that would like to take you out for a nice dinner or something and you could leave this thread alone for a while?
Svetlana / August 20, 2010 at 08:30 am
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I was in one session of Soldiers of fitness once, the workout was great, but afther almost 90 minutes of amazing exercise i could not handdle this " almighty-Corporal-master-main dude" attitude of the Instructor and the kind of devotion that most of the members feel for him.
is nothing personal but now i realize why i can see every day not to many people ( no more than 5) training in the park.
SoFer / August 20, 2010 at 09:02 am
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After skimming through all the posts, I agree that this thread has become somewhat ridiculous, perhaps we should have a rumble behind the school and get it over with.
Though, I did get a laugh out of this post by "Max" contradicting himself;

"Alright, well after having posted here a week ago and checking the little box at the bottom of the screen so that the site would e-mail me with any responses to this thread,..."
"I'm sure we'll hear a bunch more from the trolls regarding this post, since they obviously have nothing better to do. Maybe if you guys weren't so aggro you'd have friends that would like to take you out for a nice dinner or something and you could leave this thread alone for a while?"

To be perfectly frank, I've never known anyone who chose to be contacted when there was a reply to a generic thread, especially one that had the potential to be inundated with posts...
Whatever.
Skater / August 20, 2010 at 10:22 am
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I just wanted to comment in general and say that every trainer has their own way of instructing, which will work for some people and not for others. What seems to be happening with these threads is a fight for who is best or who is right, with a clear sense that no one will win this battle.

However, I do want to say that I have been training with Marv for a year and a half and he has been nothing but true motivation for me to get stronger than I already was when I started. I was a competitive figure skater for 11 years and did a lot of personal training and fitness classes, so when I finished skating, I needed to keep up my extreme work outs. I found Marv through a website and tried his class. I must say, if I had trained with Marv when I was skating, I would have been doing quads! The point is that, Marv has every clients best interest and pushes them to the level that he knows they can be at. Not one person is the same, and he is able to arrange his classes so that we all get the work out we were hoping for no matter what skill level.

Marv's rain policy is amazing, because even if it rains we get to work out inside in his awesome studio, where we can do more weight training and different types of exercises...and the best is you never have to worry about slipping and twisting your ankle in the rain.

Not only has Marv been my trainer, I have now been instructing for him for the past 5 months. As my boss, Marv has taught me how to be a better instructor. My first class was tough to teach, as I had to live up to client expectations that Marv has set. But Marv never gave up on my ability to instruct the classes up to par. Each week he gave me pointers and advice on what to improve on. If it wasn't for his positive feedback, I wouldn't be the instructor I am today.

So for everyone who questions Marv's integrity, I think you should think twice before you judge someone you don't even know.

CF / August 21, 2010 at 12:29 am
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Marv, aka Max, aka Svetlana (I'm sure I'd remember that name taking part in one of my sessions)

Are you still going on about this?... Really?

And calling other people who are looking to improve their health and fitness by attending a boot camp "trolls"?... Really?

You are your own worst enemy on here bud... Maybe it's time to let it go. We get it. You're all about safety. And that's great. Keep doing what you do and rocking that 1 boot camp you run. And SOF will keep training "dangerously", and yet somehow continue to set up location after location across Canada of packed boot camps with people who ok with soggy topsoil.

Signed
"almighty-Corporal-master-main dude"...Really?...

FYI, Corporal, or any other rank, is used to identify current serving members of the Canadian Forces who work with SOF, thus lending some sort of credibility and authenticity to the program. You want boot camp, we have done boot camp, we provide boot camp. That's it, that's all.

As the saying goes "Enjoy your freedom? Thank a soldier!"
CF / August 21, 2010 at 12:31 am
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Marv, aka Max, aka Svetlana (I'm sure I'd remember that name taking part in one of my sessions)

Are you still going on about this?... Really?

And calling other boot campers "trolls"?... Really?

You are your own worst enemy on here bud... Maybe it's time to let it go. We get it. You're all about safety. And that's great. Keep doing what you do and rocking that 1 boot camp you run. And SOF will keep training "dangerously", and yet somehow continue to set up location after location across Canada of packed boot camps with people who ok with soggy topsoil.

Signed
"almighty-Corporal-master-main dude"...Really?...

FYI, Corporal, or any other rank, is used to identify current serving members of the Canadian Forces who work with SOF, thus lending some sort of credibility and authenticity to the program. That's it, that's all.

As the saying goes "Enjoy your freedom? Thank a soldier!"
WOW! / August 23, 2010 at 03:04 pm
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Both Corporal and Marv have lost me as a customer!! I've been a member of SOF in another part of the country and have belonged to other bootcamps - depending on my needs/interests/goals at the time. I'm afraid that both of these men have done harm to their businesses from their childish banter on this forum. Drop and give me 20!!
Billy / August 23, 2010 at 11:45 pm
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I have been going to Body Buster Fitness Bootcamp for 3 years now, 3 days per week. I am 58 years old and feel like i am 38 years old. The staff at Body Buster are very friendly and top notch.
Michelle / August 24, 2010 at 09:51 am
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Soldiers of fitness of Toronto- Do they have Certified Trainers at this moment? where do they train?hom much does it cost?.
but please i am just asking for somme information, dont start attacking me for that!!!
Barbara / August 24, 2010 at 12:56 pm
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Hi Michelle! LOL, we don't bite - I think the above is just some silly banter :) Humour helps when you're workin' hard.

Get some basic info on SOF from www.soldiersoffitness.com - and contact our instructors for more tech-y info or post something on our forum. We train in the east end near Woodbine Stn. and north of the city as well. Would be great to see ya!
Short / August 24, 2010 at 09:00 pm
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Hi Michelle:

If you send an e-mail to info-tor@soldiersoffitness.com and they will be happy to answer all of your questions.

We do have "free buddy day passes" that you can ask about. This way, you can try the program for free. I can guarantee you that everyone will make you feel like "family" and will do everything they can to help you - from running advice, to smiles, to motivation, to helping to carry your equipment for you. All of us will be right there beside you to help you in every way possible.

Please e-mail the address I just provided, and ask about any current promotions for the moment in lines of a discount. Please note also that after your first month, your "status" will change and the price will be much lower due to this.

Please go ahead and contact info-tor@soldiersoffitness.com with your questions. As well, as Goss mentioned, please feel free to post something on our forum (www.soldiersoffitness.com, then go to Toronto, then to the forum). Everyone is eager to help in any way they can.

We really hope to see you in one of our platoons. It really is super amazing. I have never felt so good in all my life.
Michelle / August 25, 2010 at 08:27 am
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thanks a lot!! Barbara and short!
i just wanted to know about SOF, because i am finishing the recovery of a serious damage that i had on my knee ( 3 surgeries)and according to the Doctor afther 9 months of therapy i almost ready to go! BUT only for precaution before start any program i want to know if the Instructors have all the knowledge, and are certified trainers!
it happened once to me and i don want repeat it. due the lack of knowledge of one my past "Certified personal trainer" who never was, i broke 3 ligaments of my left knee.
thank you so much for your help.
Friendly Advice / August 25, 2010 at 03:59 pm
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Hi Michelle all bootcamps are high impact, high intensity classes that involve pushing your body to its limit. With all that you've gone through you might want to consider taking a lighter intensity form of exercise class. Actually Pilates was initially designed as rehab for injured soldiers - this might be something to consider.

Bootcamp, and that's any bootcamp, may not be the best choice for you just because of what you've gone through. Good luck out there and hope you find a fitness program that will suit your needs!
Marv replying to a comment from Friendly Advice / August 25, 2010 at 04:10 pm
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Friendly Advice - you are bang on.

Michelle, our program has a great Stott Certified Pilates instructor. If you'd like to try a free private lesson, just let me know.
Michelle / August 25, 2010 at 07:52 pm
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thank you so so much for the advice guys! afther almost 9 months only doing therapy, i am so so anxious to start over but you are right, i have to start slowly and as far i can see Pilates program is the right one for me at this point.
i really appreciate all the advices that i got here.
and please take care all of you, a serious injury as the one that i had is closer than we think.
Trudy / September 18, 2010 at 01:50 pm
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Urban Playground Fitness and Action Awaits have teamed up to create a social bootcamp event for women like no other! Find out more and register today at

http://www.actionawaits.com/bootcamp---sept-27.html
mrspotato / September 20, 2010 at 10:39 pm
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this thread sucks.

it was completely hijacked by adverts by the trainers themselves.
brilliant job of ruining the credibility of this entire topic.
jenj / September 23, 2010 at 01:00 pm
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i've been doing a Crossfit Bootcamp at Crossfit Academy Of Lions near Queen and Dufferin for the the last 20 days and I can honestly say it's been the best fitness experience i've every had.

I've done lots of bootcamps before and I would always either get injured or bored because the trainers would just run you into the ground and not focus on proper technique or form. So, it was really self-defeating and expensive to boot!

But, my current BootCamp is really a step up in quality. I was given a nice fat booklet with a meal planning, food lists, resturant guides, goal targets and references. In addition, I was given consultations so the head trainer could understand my goals any injuries and limitations. Really pro stuff, I thought.

And the sessions are really dynamic with new skills being worked on...I actually feel like I have more training and understanding after 20 days then ANY of the Personal Trainers or Group Trainers I've worked with before. That is a bit of a sad statement on the fitness industry I guess, hahahaha!

In a short time I have been able to accomplish so much. Lost a few inches for sure, but better is that I can do 10 pull-ups without stopping, lot's of kettle bell swings and I am no longer fear weights. Also, they have a great Running Technique program which I have been loving as it has cleared up my mechanics and my knees no longer hurt when I run...and it all was because of technique.

Coaches are really nice, funny and a bit geeky. I had a friend who played high level university sports in the states and from what I know, she didn't have this sophisticated level or training. Makes me feel really, elite and important!!! hahahaha.

The gym space is basically a giant garage. It's not the nicest space when you compare it to a regular gym but I actually kind of love it because it makes you feel like you're there to work and not mess around. It's like Fight Club. So if you're kinda prissy, I would check it out first.

I've heard nice things about the other Crossfit in the east end as well, although I know all Crossfits are a bit different. All I can say is that I LOVE this one and am looking forward to continuing into the regular training which the bootcamp preps you for. It also gets pretty economical as you go, considering how much one can spend on on-going bootcamps or personal training....i at one time was spending over $1200 a month on training and don't think i got anywhere near the progress.

But my advice to anyone is to check out a bootcamp or trainer first. Any good gym or trainer will allow you to have a free session and this should be taken advantage of. I was given a free one at Academy Of Lions and it gave me a good idea that it was right for me.

I would totally give this a try. www.crossfitacademyoflions.com they do free bootcamps on saturdays and monday nights. But don't tell too many people, because I don't want it to get crowded :)

...and they have really nice shirts....hahahahaha.
healthyglow / September 27, 2010 at 11:02 pm
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Try www.movementcentre.ca - there is a fantastic power circuit and outdoor run club. Better than any 'bootcamp'. They also offer boxing training classes that will whip you into shape without the 'war-like' bootcamp mentality. It's located just south of the Wallace Street bridge North of Dundas W and Bloor.
Michelle / October 1, 2010 at 11:29 pm
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Try out Durham Fit Boot camp if you are in the Durham Region
I lost a lot of weight with them and I am have maintain it.

Their site is
http://www.durhamfitbootcamp.com
Chris / October 4, 2010 at 01:32 pm
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The Crossfit at Queen & Gladstone has moved to Dovercourt & Dundas (1245 Dundas West), across from the LCBO.

They do morning bootcamp sessions, drop by and arrange something with Dhani if you want to see what it's all about.
BLAST athletic / November 1, 2010 at 11:04 am
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Check out Toronto's best bootcamp - the Hybrid Athletic - featured on Living Social today at a RIDICULOUS 64 - 70% DISCOUNT! Tell everyone single person you know - this deal is DYNAMITE! Wouldn't this be an AWESOME CHRISTMAS PRESENT for someone you know?

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Go get it people!!
some chick replying to a comment from Miranda / November 29, 2010 at 01:38 pm
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Booty Camp Fitness is good? You've got to be kidding me.
They pollute cities across the country with their poster advertising and the owner is a self serving egomaniac.
RK / November 29, 2010 at 04:24 pm
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I've been training with Marv 1x/week at Blast Athletic for about a month now, and it's freaking awesome!! I tried BestBodyBootcamp in Sept-Oct but got bored after a few sessions. With Marv, every session is different, challenging, FUN, and really just kicks your butt. It has also motivated me to work harder and push myself more in my own workouts at home. And full time students get 50% off, so that's pretty sweet!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!




jae / November 29, 2010 at 04:47 pm
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I won't be registering with ANY business posting a response here...it's obviously these camps spamming under different names or they started a spamming campaign with their clients. Not cool.
michael / November 29, 2010 at 05:53 pm
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All this Fitness Crap is too funny- Just get off your ass and do stuff- Yard Work- clean your house- walk- dance - Play with your kids-work out at home- jog - just get active - Save $$$
I am almost 50 in great shape, only been to a doctor 6 times in my life mostly as a child with the usual childhood ills- And I have never "Worked Out" LOL
Karen / July 6, 2011 at 03:20 pm
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I just stumbled on this blog as I was browsing through the website. I noticed this blog was done last year, but I wanted to see if perhaps there is an update on the best bootcamps? I have recently been to the ByeByeBodyFat Bootcamp (in Markham), and I have utterly enjoyed myself! There are various classes in the morning, lunch, evening and even Saturday mornings (which I love!) If you haven't yet tried this Dayna, then by all means, look it up as it has drastically changed my workout routine! Also, will there be an update to the best bootcamps out there?
jkm / July 11, 2011 at 03:21 pm
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http://bunsofsteelbootcamp.com/

'nuff said
Jay / July 24, 2011 at 05:57 pm
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I had the chance to try for one session "soldiers of fitness", and i am not going to join it, why?...simple! the instructor (Francis)made me feel fully stupid because according him, this boot-camp is the ONLY WAY in the whole universe you can achieve your fitness goals, and honestly for $ 298 plus taxes monthly you can get something better anywhere in Canada.

Jay Saalar
Peterborough,Ontario
Amy / September 6, 2011 at 03:30 pm
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE Body Beautiful Bootcamps! I have been going for 6 months now and by far they have been the best workouts I have tried. And I have tried and done it all! This is the only workout that I have stuck to because it's so much fun and you actually see the results. I think the owner (Anna) sits at home and thinks of the most bizare ways to entertain us in class. TO date no class has been the same. Oh yeah and Ive dropped the last 10 pound that I have been holding on to pretty much since my teens and nothing has helped me get it off before and I have kept it off! Ive seen other girls in her class drop like 30lbs or something crazy like that. Def thumbs up from me! Woohoo!
fitgrl / December 1, 2011 at 10:06 am
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Bootcamps are great. Crossfit isn't for everyone. If you are just starting out or a beginner start with a bootcamp and work up to crossfit. The atmosphere at crossfit gyms is a little more intense but if you want to take your workouts to the highest level, crossfit is where its at.
Chubster (hopefully not for long) / March 6, 2012 at 04:39 pm
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Recently joined Bootycamp Fitness and I love it...I'm hooked!
Briar / March 29, 2012 at 05:40 pm
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You should try Fly Girl Fitness bootcamps. Comfortable environment where everyone is welcome and allowed to work at their own pace. Very safe and technique is emphasized!
Urban Warrior / April 26, 2012 at 04:45 pm
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Soldiers of Fitness, at roughly $300 a month is definitely the top end, and I would say not worth it. But in general fitness bootcamps are a great way to meet good people who share the same appreciation for fitness. I've tried a couple (for free) but keep coming back to the $70 /month one in my bldg. Its cheap and just as good.
Steven Thomas / June 5, 2012 at 10:58 pm
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Soldiers of Fitness is the best fitness program to ever hit Peterborough and Kawartha Lakes! And CF kicks ass!!
Matt Mo / June 23, 2012 at 05:30 pm
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Two Words - Physique Factory.
Two of the best trainers from Extreme Fitness have partnered up and it looks like its going to be a smash. Located at Riverdale Park!
Sandra Charlton / July 26, 2012 at 01:37 pm
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The first Boot Camp in Toronto was Be-Fit Boot Camp - and everyone copied her after that! Marlene's been doing classes at Eglinton Park for years and she is awesome - inspiring, doesn't have huge class sizes, watches and corrects everyone, and is so motivational! Hills, stairs, calistenics, resistance training - she does it all. And it's SOOOO affordable. 4 classes for just $50 on Tuesdays at 6 p.m., and only $10 for drop-in classes on saturdays. Here's a great story she wrote for the Globe and Mail with a video - got all of us boot campers really psyched for it! http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/looking-to-shape-up-for-summer-heres-how-to-find-the-right-boot-camp/article605471/
Marilyn Skaff / July 26, 2012 at 01:40 pm
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I agree with Sandra. Be-Fit Boot Camp rules! I've been doing Marlene's classes for 7 years and my body has changed so much. She changed up each class and makes it interesting. Honestly you should all try it. her number is 416-894-4625. She trains at Eglinton Park, Avenue Road and Eglinton, in mid-Toronto. And also do personal training
Nicholas / September 18, 2012 at 01:05 pm
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A new Bootcamp to look out for is ManTraining's Intense Group Fitness for Men. There are no tricep kickbacks with pink dumbells or ridiculous bosu ball exercises... They use Barbells with bumper plates, Dumbells, Sandbags, Sleds, and Ropes. Its a good mix of muscle building, strength training and conditioning for fat-loss. Great class vibe too.
COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 10:35 pm
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I have been going to Body Buster Fitness Bootcamp for 3 years now, 3 days per week. I am 58 years old and feel like i am 38 years old. The staff at Body Buster are very friendly and top notch.
Billy Bonna replying to a comment from COSPLAY / March 12, 2013 at 06:40 pm
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I took Body Buster Fitness too. Really good program they put on. They are back in High Park this spring I am planing on returning. Working out outdoors doing a body buster bootcamps program is a great feeling.
Mary / March 15, 2013 at 04:34 pm
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Ok so my first comment raving about this bootcamp got deleted and now I don't feel like typing it all over again. Maybe because this bootcamp has a great name that spam checkers hate. The gist of what I was trying to say was try Fitter You Bootcamp -- it's seriously fun, for men and women, and also provides free nutrition workshops.
Mary / March 15, 2013 at 04:36 pm
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Oh I forgot to say they also do Mudders training too (thinking of signing up this summer)! Check em out www.fyoubootcamp.com *Best bootcamp in Toronto*
Kim / September 19, 2013 at 11:57 am
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BlogTO looks like you missed a strong contender!! SDR Training has provided the downtown Toronto core with some amazing bootcamps that not only test your endurance but also your strength, determination and you bet you’ll be seeing results!!

An hour of intense cardio, circuit training and sweaty madness will want you asking for more! The outdoor sessions are in a great location, allowing you to take in Toronto’s city skyline while you sweat it out!!

If you want to change up your workout routine, check out www.sdrtraining.ca

I’ve been an avid bootcamper for two years and couldn't be more pleased.
Karen / October 18, 2013 at 06:35 am
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Ive been doing Build My Body Beautiful's women's only bootcamp for over 3 years. I LOVE It. I lose 30 lbs in my first few months and have been hooked since (yes I kept it off). Crazy intense classes, but you'd be surprised at what your body can do. The best part is you get to meet tons of women who are into healthy lifestyle, which for me has been hard because all my friends are lazy bums lol Also another thing thats really cool is that the classes are always different, so you have no idea what's in store for you...I love that, even though some days I am cursing Ana (my instructor) haha
Anyways, five stars for these guys for sure!
Natasha / January 13, 2014 at 04:25 pm
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If you're looking for a way to reach your goals, break a sweat and have fun while doing it, check out S.D.R Training's boot camps! I have been an avid bootcamper for two years and have had great results since joining. Every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. you're guaranteed 60 mins of high intense interval training a la military style! The location is great and the price is very accommodating. For more information check out www.sdrtraining.ca #toronto #fitness #bootcamp
JK / May 20, 2014 at 06:07 pm
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I have just recently completed a so called “6 week challenge boot camp” at Toronto fit body centre, which is the Body Pump Gym located in the downtown core around Wellesley and Yonge street.

I started the boot camp to get into shape for an upcoming adventure race in May. I needed to improve my overall endurance and stamina to complete the 5-6 hour of bike ride, running, and kayaking. I started in mid-March and completed the 6 weeks a week before the race on May 10th.

I have done 2 half an hour classes 4-5 times a week in the evening since I wanted to see benefits real fast. I didn’t mind the extra sweat and intense workouts with TRX, cattle bell, dumbbells, squats, burpees and anything else the trainers were throwing at us. I did ok on the race as far as standing and finish time, but what I liked best is the fact that I was able to zip through the 6 hours of racing without much pain and effort. My recovery was also incredibly fast. I was up and feeling great the next morning without any muscle aches.
Overall great experience, the class size was perfect for the size of the gym and instructors were truly motivating with a great sense of humour. That’s my two cents.

Here is their site http://www.torontofitbodycentre.com/6-weeks-fit-body-bootcamp-challenge/

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