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.
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 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 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 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 (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 (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.
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