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The Best Fitness Clubs in Toronto

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / October 22, 2014

fitness clubs torontoThe best fitness clubs in Toronto are the city's most beloved places to break a sweat. And that's saying something: Toronto has hundreds of gyms and clubs representing countless activities and workout styles, meaning those who want to stay active have a huge range of options. (Parkour? Yep. Spin classes soundtracked by a DJ? Check. Martial arts of every concievable type? Uh huh.)

What sets these gyms apart from the pack, however, boils down to a few things: Beautiful, well-kept facilities, ample workout equipment and class offerings, convenient hours and locations, and friendly staff. Everything you need to go from couch potato to gym rat is right here.

Here are the best fitness clubs in Toronto.

See also:

The best specialty fitness clubs in Toronto
The best crossfit gyms in Toronto
The best spinning classes in Toronto
The best yoga studios in Toronto
The best martial arts in Toronto
The best boxing gym in Toronto
The best pilates in Toronto
The best personal trainers in Toronto

Goodlife Liberty Village

Goodlife Liberty Village

OK, so this may be an obvious choice. But Goodlife wins for sheer numbers, with 20-plus gyms (including several women-only locations) serving thousands of active Torontonians. The Liberty Village location, in particular, stands out for its 24/7 opening hours and modern atmosphere. More »

West End YMCA

West End YMCA

It's fun to work out at the YMCA at College and Dovercourt. Though smaller than its central-Toronto counterpart, the western YMCA features a sunny lower-level workout room, plenty of weights and cardio equipment, an 18.5-metre pool, and a schedule packed with about 150 classes. More »

LA Fitness

LA Fitness

The name conjures up a lot of really tan, oiled-up people in tight 'n' bright workout gear. But the Toronto locations of the U.S. fitness chain - including their Don Mills "signature club" - have a lot to offer non-perfect human specimens. The training staff are motivating, the equipment is brand-new, and their wide class schedule starts up before 6am at some locations. More »

Hard Candy

Hard Candy

Yeah, it's Madonna's pet project - the pop diva chose Toronto for the first North American location of her gym chain. But the Yonge and Gerrard club's beefed-up selection of yoga and spin classes with live DJs prove that music really does make the people come together. There's also dance-focused classes designed by Madge herself, as well as a surprisingly wide array of equipment. More »

Equinox

Equinox

Another U.S. imported fitness chain, Equinox landed in the Financial District last year. The two-floor club caters squarely to the Bay St. crowd, with a gleaming atmosphere and luxuriously-stocked change rooms. In addition to cardio machines with TV screens and pilates, boxing and yoga classes, you'll find proprietary fitness classes not offered anywhere else. More »

Central YMCA

Central YMCA

Though it's not at the top of this list, the Yonge and Grosvenor YMCA is No. 1 for sheer space - the huge complex boasts two pools (one with a hydraulic floor), an elevated walking track high above a huge court space, spacious workout areas, and rooms for all 150 of their classes. More »

Totum King West

Totum King West

Totum's four locations around Toronto have a strong focus on wellness - they supplement their array of classes with health care and fitness services like physiotherapists and an on-site naturopath. It's not a cheap place to work out, by any means, but the numerous class offerings and attentive staff make up for it. More »

Miles Nadal JCC

Miles Nadal JCC

The Bloor and Spadina Jewish community centre offers 80-plus different classes in its gym and is well-stocked with workout equipment, but it's known around town for its saltwater pool (a rare swimming experience in Toronto). Regulars say it tends to be less busy than Toronto's YMCA locations. More »

Generate Fitness

Generate Fitness

This Bloor West Village gym brings an eco-friendly approach to fitness - their stationary bikes generate off-grid power for the facility, they gym is built with reclaimed and non-toxic materials, and they incorporate self-powered exercise machines. Green initiatives aside, they offer a healthy range of classes, including yoga, barre and TRX. More »

Discussion

27 Comments

Jason / October 22, 2014 at 02:30 pm
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No love for Xtreme Couture? Massive facility if you include the MMA section, well maintained equipment, dumbbells up to 150 and for the most part, NOT a meat market (people are there just to train).
kenneth / October 22, 2014 at 02:42 pm
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I was hoping to see Fortis Fitness in Leslieville on here. Month to Month Membership and the owners are the nicest people ever.
Jimbo replying to a comment from Jason / October 22, 2014 at 02:44 pm
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So.. I'll assume you work for "Xtreme Couture". Way to flog your Website, jerkface. This is BlogTO's list, not a "everyone wins because you're a gym owner" article. Suck it up, loser.
no-way / October 22, 2014 at 02:47 pm
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NEGATIVE: What happen to Hone Fitness. CLEARLY YOU DID'NT DIG HARD ENOUGH . Oh and btw only $10
Kat / October 22, 2014 at 02:53 pm
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no-way: Shhh! Don't tell them about Hone Fitness! (I don't want it to get super crowded.)
Gabe / October 22, 2014 at 03:08 pm
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Toronto Athletic Club should be on that list.
Jason replying to a comment from Jimbo / October 22, 2014 at 03:08 pm
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Nah. Don't work for them. Just like that gym. It's around the corner from my house.
Chris / October 22, 2014 at 03:16 pm
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Typical BlogTO didn't go east of the DVP lots of great gyms in the east end EH
frank / October 22, 2014 at 03:19 pm
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I don't know if the other post is a plant or not, but Xtreme Couture is pretty awesome. Huge array of equipment- machines and free weights. It's not in the most stylish part of the city, but it's amazing value. I haven't used the classes, but they seem well attended if you're into combat stuff.
Will Lam replying to a comment from kenneth / October 22, 2014 at 03:22 pm
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Going to second Kenneth as well - Fortis Fitness is ridiculously good for the price you pay, especially if you're an experienced lifter.
CaligulaJones / October 22, 2014 at 03:45 pm
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Yes, thanks again for not realizing that part of Toronto east of the Don. My gymn (track, pool, etc.) is safe from overcrowding as well.
Delina Garcia / October 22, 2014 at 03:54 pm
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GOODLIFE LIBERTY VILLAGE? UM....no. Try going there from 5-8 pm. It's the most overcrowded gym ever.
Sergio / October 22, 2014 at 06:37 pm
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What about Fit4less , $145 one time payment /year and most gyms are open 24/7
Greg replying to a comment from Delina Garcia / October 22, 2014 at 09:43 pm
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Agreed on Liberty Ville its too small and memberships have been way oversold. Sure its packed all the time which is good for business but frustrating to actually use, wait for machines, wait for showers, can't get in a class unless you show up like 45mins early and wait outside the class.

That said its an average Goodlife but cancelled my membership after numerous times waking up extremely early to go there for a Sat morning class only to not get in because class size is about 20 people and you have 40 that want in.
Drew replying to a comment from Sergio / October 22, 2014 at 09:46 pm
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I've been interested in Fit For Less which is part of Goodlife and gets the Goodlife machines after they've been used for a few years. Just not sure how to get over the no showers because its close to my work and not close to home. I'd like to work out before work or at lunch, but not sure how I feel about not being able to shower off and go to work.

It's usually packed though, and open 24/7.
Jimbo is a loser / October 22, 2014 at 10:26 pm
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"Everyone wins because you're a gym owner". You win the internet for worst chirp of the day.
Dale replying to a comment from Jimbo / October 22, 2014 at 10:56 pm
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Have you tried Sea Witch? Recently opened, great fish and chips!

http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/sea-witch-fish-and-chips-toronto
GL replying to a comment from Gabe / October 23, 2014 at 12:11 am
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it should not. For what it gives wins on ambience it totally loses in the price. The facilities themselves are neither unique nor do they offer anything special (don't even have a pool).
I remember / October 23, 2014 at 01:43 am
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I can remember when old Madge claimed she'd never come back to Toronto, along with slagging the city off a LOT. But, as it happened, it never stopped her from dropping in regularly to take our money. After that, I've never put one more penny into her pocket.
moopy / October 23, 2014 at 08:09 am
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the YMCA is the best bang for your bu ttocks
Marco replying to a comment from moopy / October 23, 2014 at 08:45 am
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Best bang for your best is actually the City of Toronto weight rooms. At $142/year you can't beat that. If you want better quality, then an all-access pass corporate rate to Goodlife at $350/year is the next best thing.
Mike / October 23, 2014 at 11:46 am
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Fitness 365 is Etobicoke is hands down the best gym I've ever been to. No frills, lots of equipment, and hard-working patrons. It's not for Debby down the road, but if you want to go to a gym to lift heavy weights and not be yelled at for deadlifting, then Fitness 365 is for you. (Plus, they have more squat/power racks than any other gym that I've been to.
hair salons toronto / October 23, 2014 at 12:09 pm
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Actually we go to Wynn Fitness on the Esplanade and it is absolutely fantastic!
Gabe replying to a comment from GL / October 23, 2014 at 02:52 pm
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Toronto Athletic Club does in fact have a pool. It is expensive but it is also the only gym in the financial district where you can work out at prime times without ever having to deal with overcrowding. The studio spaces are also unparalleled and there is no issue with getting into any class at any time.
NJM / October 23, 2014 at 07:40 pm
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Really? Liberty Village Goodlife is first on the list? I was a member there for a year and to make a long story short, the place is too small for all the [egos] people coming in and out. A number of commenters have suggested gyms that actually look / sound interesting and aren't crazy expensive or part of a chain. I guess this is 'Best Fitness Clubs in Toronto that could Potentially Buy an Ad on Blogto.com'.
archive / October 23, 2014 at 09:31 pm
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I prefer the Goodlife location at Richmond and Bathurst over Liberty Village. Better layout, more equipment and bigger changerooms.
marc / October 24, 2014 at 07:37 pm
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I'm not much into fitness but I joined the Cambridge Club for the great blow and hookers

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