Expand your fitness horizons

 

We all want to be as healthy as we can be. If your current fitness routine has become too much of a routine, or the monotony of going to the gym keeps you from moving forward in your fitness journey, you’ve got options. It’s time to expand your fitness horizons with some of the most interesting and intense workouts you can find in Toronto.

 

Barry’s Bootcamp

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Lace up and get ready to sweat at Barry’s Bootcamp (310 Richmond St. West Unit 1). Barry Jay began sharing his original cardio and strength interval workouts in Los Angeles in 1998. Now he shares his passion and great workouts in an enormous 8,000-square-foot space in Toronto. You’ll never get used to your workouts at Barry’s. Exercises are never duplicated here, and instructors design classes according to their personal style. What is consistent is the intensity of the workout sessions here. They specialize in High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) and their workouts are divided into four 15-minute sections of cardio and floor exercises using weights, resistance bands and body-weight exercises. A single Barry’s class can burn up to 1000 calories or more! A special energy fills the room the moment the lights turn down, the music turns up, and all the action kicks into high gear.

 

Barreworks

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Barreworks is a workout unlike any other. It’s no wonder it was voted Toronto’s Best Workout Studio (bar none) by the readers of NOW Magazine for 5-years in a row! That dancer’s body you’ve always dreamed of is now within reach. All it takes is consistency and intensity.

 

Barreworks offers barre fitness classes, or dance-inspired workouts that are focused around the ballet barre. This is not a novelty fitness class. The workout is based on a combination of core conditioning, fitness training, yoga and Pilates in an all-in-one package. Visit their flagship location at Barreworks Queen Street (625 Queen Street West, 3rd Floor), or visit their boutique studio, Barre Yonge Street (2576 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor), in the heart of midtown, just north of Eglinton at Briar Hill.

 

Studio Lagree

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Studio Lagree offers Hollywood’s hottest workout in Toronto. Founder Sebastian Lagree began as a bodybuilder who later got into Pilates.  The workout could be described as “Pilates 2.0”. Sebastian modified the Pilates Reformer machine into his own Proformer to address what he saw as the machine’s limitations. The result is a workout that fuses Pilates with cardio/circuit training for an intense 50-minute workout.

 

Sebastian suggests doing 2-3 classes per week, which he says are designed to maximize strength building while minimizing stress on joints and connective tissues. The space (at 788 King Street West) is impressive, with 16’ ceilings, exposed brick walls, towel service and complimentary personal care products you can use to pamper yourself after you sweat it out.

 

The Forest Hill location (at 435 Spadina Road) boasts a large studio with a light and airy atmosphere, thanks to the large skylights, as well as separate rooms for private classes

 

F45 Training

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F45 Training leads participants through a fully interactive group training circuit. These classes are accessible for all fitness levels. You can go as high or as low intensity as you like. Workouts are displayed, giving the on-site trainer more time for one-on-one adjustments and instruction. It’s a new workout every time you walk in. The workouts are based on 31 unique and systematized programs. They are a potent combination of HIIT, Circuit Training and Functional Training. You can count on a truly unique and intense 45-minute workout that will improve your cardio as well as fat burning and muscle building. There are locations throughout Toronto, including F45 Yonge and Eglinton (1 Eglinton Avenue East) and F45 Yorkville (110 Bloor West).

 

Scullhouse Rowing

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Scullhouse Rowing (35 Jarvis Street at King) is the city’s only dedicated indoor high-intensity rowing studio. A Scullhouse rowing session works 85 percent of the muscles in your body and can burn more calories than cycling or running according to founder Kristin Jeffrey. Jeffrey represented Canada at the World Rowing Championship in Poland in 2009. She wanted to bring group indoor rowing home to Toronto. The workout is described as part moving meditation because 15 minutes of repetitive group rowing, in a dimly light room, can help to focus your mind. These rowing sessions are then interrupted by a one-minute HIIT interval on the floor — just in case you were getting too comfortable.

 

One Academy

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One Academy (858 Eastern Avenue) was named Best Specialty Fitness Club in Toronto by BlogTO in 2018. This 10,000-square foot functional training playground brings a bit of fun to intense exercise. It’s basically a giant obstacle course and adult jungle gym. When you sign up for classes, you’re encouraged to set a goal and record it in a journal, or on the “I CAN” wall. Workouts follow a 4-week training cycle to keep you from getting used to your workout and ensure that you continually challenge yourself.

 

It’s hard to get bored when you are always being challenged. Give these unique fitness classes a chance and start moving beyond what you thought was possible.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to connect you to all the intensity, fun and fitness your city and community have to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue) and Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

Healthy restaurants near Yonge and Wellesley

 

Many of us make a New Year’s Resolution to eat better. Many of us even stick to it — for a little while. If you’ve already broken your vow to eat healthier this year, don’t let it get you down. Eating healthy is hard enough to do when you’re at home and able to control each and every ingredient. When real life gets in the way and you find yourself eating out, what’s a food lover to do? Fortunately, you have options — healthy options. Here are a few great healthy restaurants near Yonge and Wellesley.

 

The Good Press

 

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Start your day the healthy way with a visit to The Good Press at 87 Yorkville Avenue. Their  menu consists of fresh, 100% organic cold pressed juices and raw, organic acai breakfast bowls. Grab a juice from their pre-made selection, like Beets Limes and Life – with beet, acai puree and filtered alkaline water ($8.50 for 250ml or $12 for 500ml). Or opt for a made-to-order juice or smoothie. The Omega Berry Smoothie – with strawberries, banana, orange, flax oil for omega fats and your choice of protein, is the perfect way to put a healthy smile on your face. For those mornings when you feel like something a little more substantial, their Acai bowls are sure to hit the spot. The Classic ($8.50) comes with acai puree, blended with banana and topped with organic superfood granola and fresh seasonal fruit.

 

Lola’s Kitchen

 

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Lolas Kitchen (634 Church Street) has been serving up fresh and healthy comfort food in the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood since 2009. Nestled in a cozy and inviting classic Victorian Mansion, Lolas is a safe bet for a healthy business lunch, date night dinner, or relaxing brunch.


The Curried Tofu Scramble ($13.50) is a great vegan and gluten free brunch choice. It features organic curried tofu, caramelized onions, spinach, herbs, spiced black beans, gluten free flax toast and your choice of salad, frites or Lola’s home fries.


Find out more about Lola’s Kitchen in our feature article.


Freshii

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It’s nice to have a healthy chain restaurant you can trust nearby. Freshii at 77 Wellesley Street East is just one of many Freshii locations across Toronto. It’s the perfect place to stop when you’re on the go and trying to eat well. The Freshii franchise is synonymous with fast, fresh, healthy food, for when you’re hungry and in a hurry. They’ve got a great selection of fresh salads, soups, wraps, bowls and burritos.


Give the Smokehouse Burrito a go! It’s loaded with brown rice, aged cheddar, black beans, red onions, tomatoes, corn, and drizzled with a creamy spicy yogurt sauce. Give yourself a protein boost by adding falafel, tofu, chicken or steak to it. Perfect!


Fuel+


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Fuel+ (471 Church Street) is your go-to place when you want to fuel up on healthy food and fantastic coffee. They specialize in Butter Coffee which contains healthy fat from grass fed butter. It will help raise levels of good cholesterol (HDL) in your body. It also contains MCT Oil (medium chain triglyceride) which aids in absorption of the good fats.


The Fuel+ juice bar offers healthy, plant based, gluten free shakes and smoothies. If you’re ready to commit and get serious, why not give their 7 Day Cleansea try and see how it makes you feel!


They also offer fresh salads, vegan wraps and house-made FUEL Balls, made with plant based and gluten free ingredients like Peanut Butter with Chocolate and Sunflower Butter with Cinnamon!


Urban Herbivore

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Urban Herbivore is plant based cafe that takes pride in what they do. They make everything from scratch and practice the art of “root to stalk” cooking – using the whole vegetable. They eschew food factories and commercial bakeries, so you know that you’re getting real food, the whole food, and nothing but the food. They offer as much local and organic fare as possible, depending on the season. Much of the menu is gluten free, and it’s all 100% peanut free.


The gluten free Possum Bowl ($10) is packed with watercress, kale, romaine, marinated mushrooms, broccoli, black beans, vegan ‘cheeze sauce’, roasted Yukon and sweet potato, red onion, coconut vegan ‘bacon’ and tahini dressing.


You can find them at 64 Oxford Street in Kensington Market as well as the Eaton Centre Food Court.


With so many healthy options in your neighbourhood, it’s never been easier to fit healthy eating into your lifestyle. So go ahead, go out for a meal, and feel great about it!


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you to feel great and live better. We love to connect you to all your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Rental Communities including Village Green (50 Alexander Street40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.


 

 

Get fit near Davisville Village!

 

We all want to feel good and look good. It can be difficult to find the time to exercise, but the payoff for the time that you invest can be huge. The list of life-enhancing benefits that come from regular exercise include: controlling your weight, improving your mood and mental health, reducing stress, and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes as well as some forms of cancer. You don’t need to travel far from home at Davisville Village to find the fitness facilities and support that you need to get fit.


Goodlife Fitness


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Goodlife Fitness is the leading fitness centre in Canada. They boast over 350 locations, nationwide. There are two locations near Davisville Village — at 250 Davisville and 2300 Yonge Street. One of the great things about belonging to the largest gym in the country is the convenience. Your membership allows you to access the equipment, personal trainers, and classes available at any location — including their exclusive Les Mills Fitness Program. This can be handy if you have an appointment on the other side of town, or if you’re travelling to the other side of the country. You can get a 3 class pass to try it out and see if Goodlife Fitness is a good fit for you.


Junction Fitness Hub



Junction Fitness Hub (511 Mt Pleasant Road) strives to create strong and lasting relationships with their clients and the community. The club features Personal Trainer Specialists who will whip you into shape in no time. If you don’t want that much one-on-one attention, their TEAM Training classes offer very small classes limited to a maximum of 5 people — at less than 60% of the cost! Towel service is provided with all memberships. Right now, you can get an introductory 3-class TEAM Training pass for just $69.


CrossFit Metric


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Crossfit Metric is located at 756 Mt Pleasant Road. You may have heard of CrossFit before, it’s devotees tend to be a passionate group. The general idea is to build functional strength, to make your body and mind stronger by moving in a natural, holistic way – rather than isolating muscle groups, or participants. CrossFit has a strong community dynamic, based on the idea that people accomplish more when they work together. It’s an exercise philosophy that is based on constantly challenging and ‘confusing’ your muscles. CrossFit folks follow a Workout of the Day (WOD), which keeps those who train this way from getting used to a workout and keep a healthy, supportive but competitive edge. Learn more about CrossFit Metric in our feature article.


FITMOM


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No one but other mothers can understand the physical and emotional challenges of new and expectant mothers. That’s where  FITMOM (745 Mt Pleasant Road) fits in. The idea was conceived by founder Andrea Page back at the turn of the millenium, following the birth of her first child. Andrea wasn’t prepared for the physical and emotional changes she went through and wanted to provide a fitness centre that provided special support to moms. FITMOM offers prenatal and postnatal classes, and birth services.


FITMOM believes in the benefits of exercise during and after a healthy pregnancy. They advocate for the connection mothers can experience while working out with their infants, toddlers and older children. It combines the technical with lifestyle counseling to create a unique format that also enhances the physical and social development of their child.



Vega Power Pilates


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Pilates is another form of exercise that you’ve probably heard of, but may find a bit intimidating if you’ve never experienced it. It was pioneered by Joseph Pilates, a German expatriate, when he developed innovative equipment and exercises to help WW1 prisoners of war regain their strength. It later caught on in New York with the professional dance community because it helps to build strength and endurance while improving long, even muscle tone. Today, the mind-body strength training system is designed to strengthen the weak and challenge the strong. In other words, no matter what your current fitness level may be, Pilates can help you take it to the next level. Vega Power Pilates (2063 Yonge Street, Level 2) offers a range of programs to suit anyone, from beginner to professional.


Beginning a fitness program can feel intimidating, at first. If you are healthy enough to exercise, remember that it’s not about being stronger and healthier than everyone else, it’s about being the strongest and healthiest version of yourself. Keep at it and you’ll keep feeling better.


Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you reach your goals this year and connect you with all that your neighbourhood and community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

 

Get in shape near Yonge and Wellesley!

 

Making a resolution to get in shape is easy, but following through is hard. We all want to look and feel better, but finding a fitness facility that works for you, your goals, and your lifestyle, can be challenging. The Village Green neighbourhood is loaded with options to get in shape near Yonge and Wellesley. Get ready to get your sweat on!

 

Hone Fitness

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Getting into shape shouldn’t mean going into debt. Hone Fitness (7 Isabella Street) keeps gym memberships simple and affordable. They do this by foregoing the frills and extras and stripping it down to the basics. There is no towel service and there are no classes. Personal training sessions are available starting at $30. There are over 170 machines and plenty of free weights, racks and benches. All of the equipment is in good condition. There are two membership plans to choose from — the Basic membership is only $10 per month (plus enrollment fee and yearly maintenance fee). You get access to the strength and cardio equipment and the locker rooms. It’s a great no-frills package for no-nonsense fitness training. The Premium membership will set you back just $20 per month (plus enrollment fee and yearly maintenance fee). It gives you access to the Functional Training Room (kettlebell and battle rope kind of stuff), tanning beds and massage chairs. Their Premium membership will also give you access to all Hone Fitness locations. There are currently two other locations at 181 Carlaw Avenue and 585 St Clair Avenue West with more coming in the future. If you have commitment issues and don’t want to sign up for a full year, you can inquire about their more flexible short-term options. Get your One Day Free Trial to see if their fitness facility is a good fit for you. You can learn more about Hone Fitness in our feature article.

 

The Yoga Sanctuary

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If you’re looking for full mind and body fitness, The Yoga Sanctuary will help you open up your heart chakra as well as your hip flexors. The Sanctuary has an Introductory Offer on now. For $40, first-time students can work with various teachers and various styles of yoga with an unlimited pass (valid for 30 days from your first class). If you’re loving your improved strength, flexibility and spiritual evolution after the 30 days, the Monthly Auto Pay option is for you. For $110 per month (6 month contract with 30 day cancellation notice) you can go deep with unlimited practice, free mat storage, 20% of workshops and 10% of merchandise. There are two locations to help you achieve oneness with the universe — 1 Wood Street at College Station and 95 Danforth Avenue at Broadview Station. Passes permit you to use either location.

 

Sagrario Pilates

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Sagrario Pilates (405 – 65 Wellesley St E) has been transforming mind and body since it was founded in 1994 by Sagrario Castilla, a former professional dancer. If you’re new to pilates, the friendly and knowledgeable instructors, including Sagrario herself, are there to show you the ropes. To get the most from your Pilates experience, they recommend Smart Paths, specifically tailored for you. The Focused Start Path package is perfect if you’re brand new to Pilates or require 1 on 1 attention. It includes a Private Intro Session and 5 private classes. This can be combined with the Introductory Offer of 13% off the package. Don’t wait, register now!

 

Goodlife Fitness

 

With over 350 location across the country, Goodlife Fitness is Canada’s leading gym. They have the equipment, classes and personal trainers required to help you achieve all of your fitness goals. They offer the widest range of Fitness Classes in Canada, are the only source in the country for the world-renowned Les Mills Fitness Programs. Their memberships allow you to access all Goodlife locations, which is great for when you’re travelling the country. There are several locations to choose from near the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood including Yorkville (80 Bloor Street West), Manulife Centre (55 Bloor St W, 210 ) and Bloor Park (8 Park Road). Right now, you can take advantage of their 14 Day Trial  for just $14.

 

Fitness Solutions Plus

 

Fitness Solutions Plus (800 Yonge St) is your personal fitness solution. Get a free personalized 1 hour consultation on your exercise, nutrition and supplementation by published author and speaker Igor Klibanov. Learn how to take a holistic approach to fitness while you burn fat and build muscle. You can have a personally tailored package designed to help you achieve your dream body.

 

Make this the year you achieve your fitness goals. Make the time, rather than making excuses.

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you achieve your goals and  connect you with your community and all that is has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.

 

Where to shop for the holidays near Davisville Village

 

The holiday season can be a magical time or a stressful time. It all depends on the choices we make. Why head downtown to battle the biggest crowds in the city when you can find everything you need in your neighbourhood?! Avoid the hustle and bustle and choose simple and smooth. To help you get your shopping done close to home, here is a list of where to shop for the holidays near Davisville Village.

 

Yonge and Eglinton Centre

 

The Yonge and Eglinton Centre (2300 Yonge Street) is your local mall. It’s not too big, overwhelming, or overfilled, but it’s big enough to house everything you need for the holidays. There is even a Metro grocery store — so can get your gifts and groceries all at once! If you’re looking for quality beauty products, you’ll find the largest Sephora in North America, right here. Step into Walking on a Cloud and give the gift of comfortable and stylish footwear for men and women. Indigo wrote the book on great gift giving. They offer not only books, but a wide variety of gift ideas, specialty toys and life-enhancing products. There’s also a great food court for when you get hungry, and a movie theatre for when you want to escape it all for a little while.

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Best Buy

 

Get quality brand-name electronics, computers, appliances and more from a retailer you can trust. The Best Buy at 2400 Yonge Street has everything you need to put a smile on their faces this holiday. They also feature a lowest price guarantee and easy returns, so you can shop with confidence this season.

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Lululemon

 

For the active folks on your list, Lululemon offers everything they could need or want to stay warm and stylish during winter workouts. The brand has moved beyond yoga pants. Find great gifts for men, women and girls. From great stocking stuffers to full outfits, outerwear and activewear. Step into your local Lululemon (2558 Yonge Street) and breathe a little easier this holiday season.

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Spoiled Baby

 

Taking care of a new baby can be tough, but finding great gifts for babies couldn’t be easier! Spoiled Baby offers a quality selection of fun and practical baby gifts. From clothing and shoes to toys and educational products. They carry a wide array of ‘Smart Baby Products’ to help babies develop, grow and have fun. If you can’t decide on what to get, their Gift Cards are the perfect solution, or let them help you put together a custom baby gift basket. Make caring for a new baby just a little easier with a visit to Spoiled Baby. They’re just down the street at 2a Davisville Avenue.

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Sporting Life

 

No matter who you have left on your shopping list, you’ll find something they’ll love at Sporting Life. Whether you’re looking for ski or snowboard equipment for die hard enthusiasts, or quality winter gear to keep warm comfy in the city, they’ve got you covered. Sporting life features the best apparel from Canada Goose, The North Face, Burton, Sorel, Spyder and more! If you find yourself lost and out of your element, their friendly and knowledgeable staff will be more than willing to help. You have a couple of options for Sporting Life locations near Davisville Village. There is the smaller outpost, Sporting Life Boards and Bikes (2454 Yonge Street) or the massive, flagship store just up the street at 2665 Yonge Street.

 

Hopefully, this list will help you shop more efficiently and make the most of your precious spare time this holiday season. Your neighbourhood offers everything you need and more to make this a great season. Happy Holidays!

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited loves connecting you with your neighbourhood and all that your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities in Toronto, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

Get in great shape at CrossFit Metric!

 

There are so many fun ways to get in shape these days. If you’re unimpressed by traditional gyms, you might want to explore CrossFit. You’ve probably heard about it before — CrossFit enthusiasts tend to be a passionate group. But what is it all about? CrossFit is a branded fitness regime that was created by Greg Glassman in 2000. It is a physical exercise philosophy built on functional strength training with a strong community dynamic. The idea is to constantly challenge yourself and never get used to a routine by completing WODs

(Workouts of the Day). CrossFit has grown in popularity in a relatively short period of time, with CrossFit gyms popping up all over North America. CrossFit Metric (756 Mount Pleasant Road) is owned and operated by Julian Hankey. We spoke with Julian about his fitness facility and he got us pumped about CrossFit.

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Credit: CrossFit Metric

 

So Julian, what is CrossFit, and why have you dedicated your gym to this type of fitness training?

 

CrossFit is about motivating people to improve themselves — both emotionally and physically — using a community dynamic to accomplish that goal.

 

We found that people will accomplish a lot more when they are working together, as opposed to training on their own. Se we really liked the methodology and also, it’s a great business model, so we kind of get to kill two birds with one stone.

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Credit: CrossFit Metric

 

Can you tell us what age range you generally attract at your facility?

 

It ranges widely, but I’d say the largest cohort would be between the ages of 20 to 35. And then we have some younger people — as young as 9 years of age! We also have high school students that work out here as well. And then on the other end of the age spectrum we have people as old as 72…those are the outliers.

 

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Credit: CrossFit Metric

 

Sounds like a great cross section! We noticed your gym features two class types. Please explain the difference between your Fitness and Performance Classes?

 

The Fitness Class is where people should get started if they have no prior experience doing CrossFit. If the idea of doing CrossFit seems intimidating to you and you have no prior experience with barbell movement or advanced bodyweight movement, or you’re just starting your fitness journey, you want to start with the Fitness Class. All the functional movements are coached from the ground up. The coach’s expectation is that you’re there to learn. You have no prior experience with those movements. In essence, it’s still a great workout. You’re still going to be pushed to your limit, which is the path to fitness, but you’re going to be coached, you’re going to learn a lot in a safe way.

 

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Credit: CrossFit Metric

 

The Performance Class is geared toward people who have some prior experience with the barbell movement, as well as maybe even prior experience with CrossFit. Therefore, it’s more advanced. It’s true to what most people think of when they think of CrossFit — the movements they’ve seen, that’s what you will typically see in our Performance Class.

 

It’s great that you cater to both groups! How is Crossfit Metric different from other Crossfit gyms in the city?

 

I think the quality of our coaching is among the highest in the city, if not the country. Even on a world-wide, international basis, I think our coaches are among the best. They are professionals, in the sense that this is where their passion lies. This is their career. They’re not in the midst of trying to figure out what to do next. This is what they do for a living and it’s what they plan to do for a living for the foreseeable future. And they make a good living here. So what that breeds is better instruction — people who really care about results. Stability within the coaching staff helps build a stronger community. And then, I would say the second thing is that we’re really focused on achieving excellence. In terms of both people’s attitudes towards themselves and towards fitness and trying to improve themselves on an ongoing basis. That is just a part of the culture here.

 

Sounds like an incredible community dynamic! Very different from a traditional gym where you go and work out on your own in isolation. Do the coaches have a specific certification?

 

Yes. The basic standard that you need to have if you call yourself a CrossFit coach — all the coaches that teach classes that are named CrossFit, need to have their Level 1. And that is stipulated with the agreement that we have signed with the headquarters of CrossFit. So, all the coaches have CrossFit Level 1 Certification. And then beyond that, most of the coaches, if not all of the coaches, have additional industry certification. Sometimes people have Kinesiology degrees or, at least, they’ve spent a lot of time on the various industry-related courses that cover things like anatomy, program design, mobility and strength training.

 

Thanks for speaking with us, Justin! Your gym sounds like a great local fitness option.

 

If you’re ready to try something new and push yourself to constantly improve your fitness, CrossFit may be just what you are looking for. With CrossFit Metric’s Fitness classes for absolute beginners, getting started is simple — but don’t expect it to be easy! The community dynamic can help keep you disciplined and motivated.


Greenrock Property Management wants you to explore the dynamic communities we serve. There are great local businesses to explore near all of our residential communities in Toronto. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Greenrock at Davisville Village (77 Davisville Avenue, 45 Balliol Street and 225 Davisville Avenue), please visit our website.

 

Discover Revitalized Grange Park in Toronto

 

After 15 months of construction, the newly renovated and revitalized Grange Park is now open to the public. This two-hectare green space in the city’s downtown core was originally part of the Grange estate, built in 1820 by the Boulton family. In 1910, the estate was bequeathed to the newly founded Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). The museum and the City of Toronto agreed to use the land south of Grange House as a public park. The park was expanded in the mid 1970’s to its present size.

 

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

 

On July 10th, 2017, Grange Park officially reopened after a stunning transformation, to offer a sustainable, inner city green space for everyone to enjoy.

 

“The revitalized Grange Park is simply spectacular. Full stop. Grange Park is more than a neighbourhood park. It will be a destination for residents from across our city and beyond ” City Councillor Joe Cressy, Trinity-Spadina.

 

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Photo credit: @GrangeTO

 

Responding to the vision created by the local community, the award-winning Canadian planning, urban design and landscape architecture firm PFS Studio was brought in to design the project. The ensure lasting beauty for future generations, 80 new trees were planted including horse chestnut, beech and oak. There is also an expanded great lawn and pastoral grove area, an off-leash dog park, perennial beds and a sustainable auto-irrigation system.

 

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

 

Visitors will also appreciate the new park furniture, and LED lighting, new public washrooms and the decorative and interactive water features.

 

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

Photo credit: @GrangeTO

 

To help celebrate the history of Grange Park and its location at the AGO, the expanded children’s play area is customized with unique equipment and shapes, including paint palettes, paint cans and crumpled paper, designed to inspire and celebrate creativity.

 

The project was made possible due to the shared vision and partnership of the AGO, the City of Toronto, the local community and the support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation.

“The Grange community will benefit enormously from the revitalization of Grange Park,” said President of the Grange Community Association, Ralph Daley. “This wonderful outcome is due in large part to the dedication and sense of community shown by the residents and institutional representatives on GPAC. Our community thanks you.”

Greenrock Property Management wants to help you discover Toronto. For information on our Greenrock Communities throughout Toronto, including Village Green 50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street, please visit our website.

Find Balance at Reach Yoga

Find Balance at Reach Yoga

We all want balance in our lives, but sometimes it can be really hard to establish it. There is no one ‘right way’ to achieve it — it’s an ongoing practice and commitment. Incorporating yoga into your life is a good place to start. We caught up with Cathy Mines, owner and founder of Reach Yoga (40 Underhill Dr, Don Mills) to talk about her studio and philosophy.

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Cathy has been a certified Yoga Instructor since 2003 and created Reach with a “dream of creating a place where we could share yoga with our local community. As part of the deeper understanding of a life in balance, I have learned that collaboration, partnerships and community are the things I need most to keep me accountable to the message of yoga.” Helping to create and contribute to a community is a goal that came up several times in our conversation with Cathy — it’s also a key goal for Greenrock Communities. Reach Yoga has been a part of the Don Mills and Lawrence neighbourhood for the past 14 years. The studio is home to a “community of like hearted people looking to breathe, move and laugh their way out of life’s stresses.”

Photo courtesy of Reach Yoga

So what is yoga? The traditional definition of the word means to yoke, or to bind. The binding, or unifying of body, mind and spirit. Or as Cathy says, “In this busy life it may be more fitting to say re-establishing the connection of body mind and spirit as many of us find ourselves moving at such a fast pace that our connections are not as strong as they once were.” That sounds like balance, doesn’t it? Speaking of balance, you don’t need to be able to stand on one foot, or contort yourself into a specific posture to practice yoga — you just need to breathe deep and be present in the here and now.

 

At Reach Yoga we welcome you to come in whatever state of mind or body you find yourself in on any given day. This is not cookie cutter yoga, each one of us will have our own level of energy, our own capability and our own particular drive during each class. Our energy levels are different each day and I encourage people to go with how they feel and simply enjoy that they showed up!

 

At Reach, they teach Hatha Yoga. The classes focus not only on the postures of yoga, but also on breathing exercises and meditation. Instructors and students engage in a rich discussion of how this combination helps to restore balance within our body, mind and spirit.

 

Cathy established Reach Yoga in the Don Mills neighbourhood because it’s the place that she grew up in, it’s home. She says:

 

I’m not sure if it is the energy of all of the green space, being along the beautiful stretch of the Don Valley in the fall always blows my mind, and the sunsets here in Don Mills are amazing… it is the people that make it such a great place to live and work. Because of the people, we expand our community from just our scheduled yoga classes to have specialty classes, celebrations, and even musical guests and class trips. It is the people that make all of this possible.

Reach Yoga is an amazing business in the Don Mills and Lawrence neighbourhood and  just minutes away from Greenrock’s Wingreen Court Community. Let them help you find some balance in this fast paced life. Reach out and connect with your community.

The Best Healthy Restaurants in Toronto

The best healthy restaurants in Toronto

Many of us are trying to eat healthier these days. Changing our diet can help us feel better, look better, have more energy, and can even be better for the planet. It’s not always easy to make healthy choices, especially when dining out. When we are at home, in our own kitchen, we can control what goes into every meal, but who wants to eat at home for every meal? If you’re looking for guilt-free, gourmet meals out on the town, the Greenrock blog team has you covered with the best healthy restaurants in Toronto. We connected with the owners of three amazing healthy restaurants to get their recommendations on what to order. Let’s dig in!

 

Hibiscus

 

Hibiscus Cafe (238 Augusta Avenue) feels right at home in the heart of Toronto’s hip Kensington Market neighbourhood. It was created with the idea of providing a unique menu of gluten-free, vegetarian entrees. Andrey Malkov and his family bought Hibiscus four years ago. They “loved the menu and started to use organic, and, when in season, local ingredients”, expanding and strengthening the cafe’s original mission to provide great tasting, nutritious food.

 

The soup and salad combo is a quick and delicious, nutrient dense meal to try. If you’re coming for brunch, Andrey recommends the vegan mozzarella, mushroom, tomato and basil crepe ($15). Be sure to save room for their coconut sea buckthorn ice cream for dessert.

 

Andrey and his family are committed to creating healthy and nutritious food “made of sustainably grown ingredients, with attention and love”.

Photo courtesy of Hibiscus Cafe

Live Organic Food Bar

 

Live Organic Food Bar was created by Jennifer Italiano and her brother Christopher in 2000. It began as an organic juice bar. The siblings “were highly into organic food and supporting local farmers and believed in wholefoods. Nothing from a package or with a label that we could not pronounce”, says Italiano. Jennifer started getting into raw foods around the same time and says “we took our café from only serving cooked vegan foods to specializing in raw foods too. We were the first in the city to offer such cuisine.” Considering how popular raw food is in Toronto today, they sort of started a movement.

 

If you are new to Live and the raw food experience, Jennifer highly recommends the Raw Combo ($22). It’s been on the menu since day one and it gives you a taste of Live’s manicotti, tostadas, teriyaki noodle stir fry, and pierogis.

 

Live serves a delicious array of raw and cooked menu items, and even sells their own line of products. They have been committed to working with sustainable organic farmers since 2002. The entire menu is organic, vegan, gluten and wheat free with no refined sugars or GMO’s and is locally sourced whenever possible. There are two Live Organic Food Bars to choose from — the original Annex location at 264 Dupont and 134 Atlantic Avenue in Liberty Village.

Photo courtesy of Live Organic Food Bar

Planta

 

Planta was created by the Chase Hospitality Group. The group partnered with Chef David Lee to fill a void. In the words of Steven Salms, president of CHG, the “inspiration was to provide a full service, experience based restaurant that gave diners an option to dine out that didn’t include the use of animal products”. They are committed to using high quality ingredients from ethical suppliers so that they can be proud of the food they serve.

 

You can taste the pride and commitment to quality in every dish at Planta. From spectacular salads and impressive pizzas (gluten-free crust available), to Mr. Salms personal favourite menu item, The Planta Burger ($18.75). The burger is loaded with queso, mushroom bacon, pickles, tomatillo mayo and served with spiced fries.

 

Planta is located in the vibrant Bay and Bloor area of Yorkville, at 1221 Bay Street and fits in perfectly in the neighbourhood. They passionately provide an upscale, plant based dining experience that celebrates innovative cuisine in a beautiful environment.

Photo courtesy of Planta

Living and eating healthy is it’s own reward. We hope that these delicious healthy restaurant suggestions help make sticking to your goals a little easier this year.

 

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How to avoid seasonal affective disorder

How to avoid seasonal affective disorder

The cloudy, gloomy winter weather may be unavoidable. For some, winter brings on Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and leaves them feeling depressed. Learn more about SAD and how to avoid it at Village Green Apartments(50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street, 55 Maitland Street) in today’s post from the Greenrock Property Management blog team.

 

What is SAD?

 

Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a change in mood due to the weather. Individuals with SAD experience normal mental health during a majority of the calendar year. When the weather switches, most typically to colder, cloudier conditions, these same people begin to experience symptoms of depression. About 15 percent of Canadians experience some degree of SAD during their lifetime.

 

Start outdoors

 

If you are suspicious that you currently have SAD, make an appointment with your doctor. If you are wanting some simple steps to avoid the disorder or improve your symptoms, health experts recommend starting with spending more time outdoors. Walking, biking and hiking are all great options, or you can join the Toronto Outdoor Club and find new activities to try this season.

 

Exercise often

 

Regular exercise is key to a healthy life, and is a good way to avoid severe SAD. Join your local YMCA today, just a five-minute walk from Village Green Apartments. At the Downtown Toronto location (20 Grosvenor Street) there are always multiple classes going on, including swimming, cycling and yoga.

 

Invest is a Light Therapy Box

 

As SAD is most often triggered by cloudy weather, take in every drop of sunlight that you can during the winter. Start by opening any blinds or curtains at Village Green Apartments to maximize whatever natural light there is. Consider investing in a special Light Therapy Box that mimics the sun.

 

Eat healthy

 

There’s mixed consensus among scientists and doctors as to just how helpful certain foods are in preventing or fighting SAD. That being said, it’s always a good idea to keep a balanced diet. For the SAD-conscious, specifically, make sure that you are getting an adequate amount of vitamin D, and consider adding fish oil pills to your diet.

Keep your head up, spring will be here soon! Until then, avoid SAD with these tips from the blog team at Greenrock Property Management. For more information about Village Green Apartments, conveniently located in Downtown Toronto, visit our website.