Montreal Fitness: Gyms and Fitness Classes for Every Taste
The Montreal fitness scene has something for everyone of every budget and taste, from tried and tested fitness centres to the latest trends in group exercise to gentle low-impact mind-and-body workouts like tai chi.
Keep reading to find the best gyms in Montreal, discover what exercise trends are hot right now, check out one of Canada's largest extreme sports centres, get a workout for your mind and most of all, get healthy.
Easier said than done, though. If you're feeling intimidated by the idea of starting a fitness program, know that you're not alone. I've been through it myself. And it wasn't easy. But was it ever worth it.
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From exclusive fitness centres to budget gyms, find a Montreal gym that fits your price range, lifestyle and preferences, from basic, no-frills weight rooms to full service fitness destinations.
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Miranda Esmonde-White is a Montreal stretch and strength trainer whose programs have helped breast cancer survivors regain mobility of their arms.
Her moves trim everyday waistlines, make wattles disappear, and eliminate lower back pain. Olympic athletes refer to Miranda for help in improving performance, including Quebec diving world champion Alexandre Despatie.
Even NHL hockey pro Max Talbot took a fancy to Miranda's ballet-inspired routines.
The best part? You can either join a class in person or practice it daily for free.
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Montreal Rock Climbing Resources
Muscular endurance and strength (particularly in the upper body) as well as enhanced flexibility are just a few of the benefits rock climbing offers.
For free rock climbing, try the free bouldering section at Parc Jean-Drapeau near the Stewart Museum. Otherwise, check out these indoor rock climbing facilities in Montreal.
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Le Taz Extreme Sports CentreInline skating courses for adults are offered at Montreal's extreme sports centre Le Taz, which also accomodates skateboarding, waveboarding and BMX biking, complete with indoor skate park and speed inline skating arena.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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It's not just the body that needs a workout.
The benefits of mindful meditation are numerous and increasingly undeniable as a growing body of empirical research confirms anecdotal evidence touting meditation's positive impact in reducing stress, acting like a fountain of youth on the mind and body.
Consider incorporating this ancient practice in your lifestyle with a little help. Find out where you can attend a free guided meditation session in Montreal.
06 of 08Tai chi is practiced by millions in China and it's more mainstream than ever in the west as a form of low impact exercise and as a stress reduction technique suitable for nearly everyone of every fitness level, including athletes, young children, seniors and people unable to participate in moderate to intense aerobic activity.
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Finding a yoga studio in Montreal is not particularly difficult.
Finding a yoga studio in Montreal that offers free classes is another story and yes, they are far and few in between.
But I scoured the city and found an almost handful of freebies as well as a couple of very affordable options!
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The best part is that unlike cardio done in the gym which can feel like a chore, time flies when you're outside engaging in the following winter activities, most of which turn your body into a fat-burning furnace.