Back to Fitness Toronto!
Welcome to 2018! We can now focus on getting back to fitness Toronto! I am not sure about you but I have missed a few workouts and eaten a few too many shortbread. January is resolution time! I thought I would highlight a few gyms in the city to get you back to a fitness regime. There are so many Toronto fitness opportunities I can only touch on a few that I hope you can work into your schedule.
Totum Life Science is run by Tim and Stacy Irvine who gained their experience at the former Toronto Fitnes Institute. They opened Totum in the mid-90s looking to provide science based fitness and health to their clients. Totum is a great spot to get personal one on one training. It is conveniently located at Yonge and Roxborough with an additional location north on the same block above the old Roots, just under Roots Yoga. Their trainers provide a very comprehensive approach to training that is based on both mobility and strength to provide for healthy aging. I have trained at Totum for years and I do believe I remain as active and injury free as I am as a result of this style of training. For those looking for a stretch class that is more scientific than you basic yoga class David Torrance offers a great Kin Stretch class on Wednesday nights at 6:15pm, you will learn a bit about body mechanics as you stretch.
Ultimate Athletics has an extensive repertoire of classes ranging from TRX, kettlebell, rowing, kickboxing, aerobics, stretch and barre to name just a few! The gym is run by fitness couple extraordinaire Vlad Radanovic and Paula Ryff. They have quite the following! It is a very positive and energetic club run by manager Aja Zylberberg. Fun fact: they have a great selection of athletic wear sourced by Aja who has an eye for fashion.
Ferris 360 is a great place for the ultimate circuit class with lots of cardio included! There are a variety of times throughout the day so you can work them easily into any schedule. The location is a bonus as it is steps from Davisville station. For those that don’t want to pay for the one on one training these classes certainly cover all bases for a full strengthen combined with cardio.
For those inclined to do Crossfit Crossfit Metric on Mount Pleasant just south of Eglinton is a good option. The majority of the staff are ex-military and they certainly know how to push people to their maximum. Crossfire Metric has both classes and personal training. I am currently training here with a former yoga instructor turned cross-fit junkie, Kathryn Griffiths Kearsey who you can follow on Instagram Toronto Cross Fit Project. Kathryn’s husband David Kearsey, is also a part of the Toronto Cross Fit project. David (DK) is a sought after Toronto trainer that works with clients at Yorkville’s Crossfit YKV and for the downton dweller he trains clients at Crossfit 416 . Kathryn and DK are educated trainers that know how to push people to their limits without injury. They are very knowledgeable on how diet combined with training creates optimal results. There are many Crossfit gyms in Toronto just be mindful that you choose a gym with well educated staff!
Cardio Junkies (I know there are a few out there, myself included.)
Soul Cycle, Spin Co and Rocket Cycle all have an extensive list of spin classes with great music and instructors. My little secret are Shelby Pilot’s classes at Totum for those in Rosedale/Summerhill area as the bikes have a read out to know how hard you worked and I enjoy the music that is retro and not quite as deafening relative to Spin Co and Soul cycle.
Barry’s Boot Camp is an amazing place for interval training. The class alternates between floor work and aggressive intervals on a treadmill. This is not for the faint at heart but guaranteed to increase your endurance levels!
For those who want to continue running outdoors through ice and snow Running Room offers run clubs as wells as Lululemon through out the City of Toronto with excellent training programs for upcoming 10ks, 1/2 marathons and full marathons. I have just completed the Lululemon 40/80 run challenge and succeeded in running 80 kilometres in under 2 weeks. This challenge is the perfect launch into my training for the Washington Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run run this spring. Toronto offers two excellent marathons locally the Good Life Fitness Marathon in the spring and the ScotiaBank Waterfront Marathon in the fall.
Scullhouse is a rowing based workout that claims to burn more calories per hour than spinning, running or swimming and provides a full body workout. Worth a try for those seeking high intensity yet low impact exercise.
There are so many triathlon races in Ontario through out the spring and summer. Toronto Triathlon takes place in July. Trisport Canada and Multisport Canada have triathlon races you can choose through out Ontario. It offers a great excuse to escape your downtown condo urban life to enjoy rural Ontario. Toronto Triathlon Club is the perfect way to train for these events.
If you enjoy winter in Muskoka Tri-Lakes Training is now open by appointment year round and there are also weeknight fitness classes. Once the May long weekend hits the gym offers weekend classes and in July and August there are daily classes. Tri-Lakes is also offer a Triathlon Clinic at Cleveland’s House, detail are found on their website.
I hope this list has inspired you to get out there, get fit and have fun!
Happy New Year and please have a look at my December 2017 Toronto Real Estate Market Report that highlights the luxury real estate sales in Toronto in 2017. Be aware that in January the new stress tests for conventional mortgages are implemented by the banks so before you buy make sure you know what you qualify for. If you need any assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.
Read more >