12 fitness studios and classes to try in Toronto in 2020

Jan 13 2020, 12:54 pm

When it comes to finding a gym or a great workout class in Toronto, it can often feel as overwhelming as trying to decide where to go for dinner since we’re so spoiled with options.

Whether you’re looking for a new way to break a sweat or you’re looking to change up your workout regime, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite gyms and studios that will leave you feeling sore… but in a good way.

Besides, beach season is only a few months away.

Sweat and Tonic

 

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A new kid on the block in the heart of downtown Toronto, Sweat and Tonic houses fitness classes, events, a spa, along with a cafe and bar. That’s right, a bar. Whether you decide to try its indoor cycling experience, or its HIIT or yoga classes, there is something for every fitness goal. With over 150 classes a week, there is also no excuse to miss one… plus, that bar will be there for after you sweat.

Where: 255 Yonge Street

YYoga

 

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YYoga is not only there for Yin and Meditation classes, the studio also offers Power and Sculpt classes that will most definitely get your sweat on. The yoga studio offers fitness classes for all levels, and the bonus is its Queen Street West location has an infrared sauna.

Where: 333 Queen Street West and 350 Queen Quay West

Barry’s Bootcamp

 

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If you want to be pushed to work harder than you’ve ever worked before, Barry’s Bootcamp is the place for you. Known as the original high-intensity workout, Barry’s classes not only burn up to 1,000 calories, they also tonne muscle, maximize fat loss, and increase your metabolism, so you actually burn more calories even once class is over.

Where: 310 Richmond St. West, Unit 1

F45

 

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Torontonians swear by this high-intensity workout, where the trainers teach, interact and correct every person in the room so members leave knowing more and feeling more confident than when they walked in. Classes feature functional training that includes both strength and cardio, but don’t expect to see any treadmills, think ropes, boxes, hammers, and kettlebells.

Where: Multiple locations throughout the GTA

STAY GOLD

 

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STAY GOLD is a Liberty Village athletic performance training facility that prides itself on its loyal members. Here, seasoned athletes can use the space to train on their own, while there are also personal training sessions, boot camps, and performance therapy sessions available. All members have 24/7 access to the gym.

Where: 65 Jefferson Avenue (Note: they will be moving to 124 Brock on February 2)

SCULLHOUSE

 

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You’ll get a complete head-to-toe workout with SCULLHEAD’S high-intensity, machine-fueled workouts. On these machines, every stroke works your quads, hamstrings, calves, core, shoulders, triceps, and biceps and although classes are intense, they are low impact, so you can focus on working your muscles, not your joints.

Where: 35 Jarvis Street

Fit Factory

 

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This group fitness playground features efficient and lively workout classes that, aside from the rigorous movements, will help you let out all of your stress and aggression. At Fit Factory, athletes can enjoy water bag boxing, state-of-the-art personal training, a full-service wellness clinic, boot camps, challenging classes, and more.

Where: 373 King Street West, 2nd floor

Misfit Studio

 

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“Movement reminding you how to FEEL.” With classes called “Be Radiant” or “Get Cheeky,” this studio has workout classes that are intended to do one thing: move. Whether you are moving while standing, or being still for a more calming experience, you’re bound to feel something from your body, to your heart and soul.

Where: 88 Ossington Avenue, 2nd floor, and 979 Bloor Street West

Planet Fitness

Planet Fitness, aka the Judgement Free Zone, just opened a brand new location at College Park in Toronto. The newest club offers group fitness training classes, WiFi, HydroMassage, as well as tanning and massage chairs. The membership also gets you access to any of their locations. And for the night owls, this location is open and staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!

Where: 444 Yonge Street, Units G1 and G2

Orangetheory Fitness

 

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Orangetheory Fitness workouts feature five-zone heart rate interval training that combines treadmills, indoor rowing, and weight training with the goal to get (and stay) in each of the five zones for the allotted amount of time. This means 12-20 minutes in an all-out, heart-pumping orange and red zone. Plus, you get to workout in Orangetheory’s signature orange lighting.

Where: Multiple locations throughout the GTA

Drop Boxing

 

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Get ready to box #LikeAChamp. This 5000 sq. ft. space is right downtown in the Entertainment District and is all about “thunderous beats through the speakers, a hardknock ambience and 10 rounds of training to leave you feeling your strongest, and most powerful self.” If you’ve never tried boxing before, it’s the perfect full-body workout in 50 minutes, and you’ll definitely be feeling it.

Where: 161 Spadina Avenue

Hoame

 

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Toronto’s largest meditation studio wraps our list. Yes, it is not a physical workout, but it is a mental one that connects mind and body. Besides the options of dark and light meditations, there is also a “cozy, quiet, and peaceful environment amidst five tonnes of pink Himalayan rock salt.” Make 2020 the year to zen out once in a while.

Where: 430 Adelaide Street West

With files from Ainsley Smith.

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