The Best Fitness Clubs in Toronto
The 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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