The best gyms and fitness programs in Toronto offer a variety of ways to get fit so that you don’t get bored. The wide range of gyms and programs on offer help keep you motivated and coming back for more no matter your fitness goals or level of fitness. If you’re on the lookout for a new place to work out, or just another option to mix up your gym-going routine, here are the best gyms and fitness programs in Toronto.
YMCA Cherry Street
A legacy building from the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games located in the heart of the up-and-coming Canary District, Toronto Cooper Koo Family Cherry St YMCA Centre is jam-packed with fitness facilities and amenities for the whole family. Here you’ll not only find a gym and a weight room but two pools, a cycling studio, kids’ play area, a 30,000-square foot green roof, basketball court, indoor running track and a wide variety of group fitness classes that include yoga, kettlebell training, boot camp and more.
Miles Nadal JCC
The Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre in Toronto’s Annex neighborhood is a laid-back place to come work out and one that has a lot to offer when it comes to getting and staying fit. Here you'll find a heated saltwater pool, whirlpool, steam room and sauna in both men’s and women’s locker rooms, more than 90 group exercise classes per week, a dedicated free weight studio, martial arts training and a team of highly trained instructors and trainers to help you meet your fitness goals. They also offer nutritional programs, nutritional counseling, wellness talks, meditation, massage and more.
If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at surfing, but you’re not yet ready to catch a real wave, you can get a sense of what the experience would be like (while also getting a great full body workout) at Surfset. The workout here uses moves inspired by surfing, on a board designed to simulate the physical demands of surfing - without the ocean. This is a workout that focuses on stability and core strength, but it also works your entire body in ways you might not be used to, making this an ideal way to shake up your fitness routine or get out of a workout rut.
Fit Factory Fitness
Located in Downtown Toronto at King and Spadina, Fit Factory Fitness is led by a former U.S. marine with over 28 years of fitness training experience. If you’ve ever been worried about being bored with a fitness program that won’t likely be a problem here since they offer over 200 classes each month. The authentic military-style, dynamic, functional fitness program focuses on boot camp, boxing and full body strength conditioning for an intense workout. That might sound intimidating, but the variety of classes means that you’ll be able to find something to suit your fitness level, even if you’re a beginner. Fitness Factory also has an in-house nutritionist, smoothie bar for post-workout fuel and they offer stretch therapy.
Founded in 2012, Barreworks was the first Toronto studio to specialize in ballet barre-based fitness classes. The system was developed by a team of local dance and fitness professionals and uses the ballet barre, resistance bands and weighted balls to keep you toned, fit and lean – like a dancer. There’s no previous experience or dance background required to take the classes so not to worry if you don’t have a dance history. Workouts combine fitness training, core conditioning, yoga and pilates into one total body conditioning class set to upbeat music.
Want to feel like a kid again while at the same time getting a great workout? Look no further than Pursuit OCR, a fully indoor obstacle course training center. The 10,000-square foot facility also offers a variety of fitness classes that range from cardio and strength training to kettlebells, ropes classes, and even acroyoga. If you’re more interested in the obstacle course, that will have you climbing, hanging, swinging, running and shimmying your way through it. The course is designed for two people to run it together and for several teams to be on the course at the same time.
A unique fitness program in Toronto, Spynga combines yoga and spinning to create a fun and challenging full body workout. Their signature 60-minute class has you spending 30 minutes on an intense bike ride to get your heart pumping and then you move to the mat for 30 minutes of yoga flow and a cool down to balance our your body and calm your mind. If you like working out as a family, they have a family class for ages 8 and up. Spynga also offers weight and circuit training classes and separate yoga and indoor cycling classes if you don’t feel like combining the two.