The Montreal fitness scene has something for everyone of every budget and taste, from tried and tested fitness centers 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. It isn't always easy, but it's worth it.
From exclusive fitness centers to budget gyms, you can find a Montreal gym that fits your price range, lifestyle and preferences, from basic, no-frills weight rooms to full-service fitness destinations.
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 centers 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.
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.
Le Taz Extreme Sports Centre
Inline skating courses for adults are offered at Montreal's extreme sports center Le Taz, which also accommodates skateboarding, waveboarding and BMX biking, complete with an indoor skate park and speed inline skating arena.
And for an outdoor skate area known for lines, curves, ramps, and railings head to Montreal's Olympic Park.
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 centers your lifestyle with a little help.
Tai 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.
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 there are a handful of free and affordable options.
The best part is that unlike doing cardio in the gym which can feel like a chore, time flies when you're outside engaging in winter sports and activities, most of which turn your body into a fat-burning furnace.