Bolo is a one-stop fitness space that combines a gym, coffee, lounge and salon into one place. Not restricted to just one workout, Bolo combines HIIT, core and cardio with its main foundation: boxing.
Bolo is a wellness and fitness dream destination for the modern-day hustler in a 7,000-square-foot space. The term Bolo stands for a type of boxing punch, but for founder, Caleigh Rykiss, Bolo is short for BodyLove.
Rykiss intended for Bolo to be a space that didn’t make compromises. As a former TV producer turned freelancer, her days weren’t limited to one place. Her focus was on working out as a competitive boxer.
Bolo began as a pop-up concept in collaboration with Toronto-based clothing brand, Knix Wear. After a successful nine months, Rykiss moved Bolo to its permanent and much bigger space at Richmond and Spadina.
Bolo houses two fitness rooms, a salon, a massive workspace and a cafe serving healthy meals, coffee and smoothies. It’s a choose-your-own adventure space not exclusive to just fitness.
Bolo lets you experiment with a mixture of cardio and boxing whether you’re a novice or total pro in the ring.
Its signature class, Bolo Boxing, is a technical style boxing class that teaches the basics of boxing with no prior experience required. The class leaves a satisfaction with the physical activity and the nuanced moves needed to perfect the punch.
Besides being a really great workout, boxing has the added benefit of being a stress-reliever. You can literally take out your stress on a traditional punching bag, or one of the water-based teardrop bags that are easier on your hands.Other types of classes include HIIT boxing; a combo of HIIT exercises and boxing, and TRX/Bosu classes for a low-impact but highly challenging class half on the suspension straps(TRX), and half on the Bosu stability ball.
It’s the 30-minute hot classes that stand out the most. Classes such as Glute Grind, Tabata and Hot Core Quencher. The skeptic in me didn’t believe that a 30-minute low-resistance workout would be hard or effective. I was proven wrong with every class.
The classes are an incredible workout in a short amount of time which goes by extremely fast. This is one workout you’ll feel days after.
If you’re craving a sparring session in the ring, Bolo’s got that too. Canadian boxing champ, Mario Lechowski offers an hour-long class that teaches the sparring basics then tests your skills in the ring.
Keep in mind, you’re doing this in an open boxing ring while a hot class burns their glutes in one room and students punch bags in the open concept room beside you.
Bolo establishes that community feel and creates a space that feels safe for any level of experience.
A unique, one-of-a-kind speed dating experience! Meet other athletic singles (hand selected by expert matchmaker Carmelia Ray) in speed dating rounds, during a signature BOLO boxing class. Enjoy quick and fun questions along the way to break the ice, with rotations set up to ensure you meet each match.
After class, you’ll record each match choice and receive your matches within 24 hours of t...