Fuel Training Club isn't quite a studio, and they're not quite a gym; they offer intimate group personal training classes to groups of no more than twelve so that everyone can receive high quality training in high intensity interval training, conditioning, and strength training. Fuel Roncy is located in an old garage so the vibe is appropriately hardcore and the Fuel Training class we took pushed us further than we've been pushed in a while.
We've been to Barre Body Studio twice now to try different classes, two locations, and get our butts whipped into shape, literally. These barre classes are low-impact, aerobic and will get your heart rate up by incorporating elements of ballet, free weights and resistance-based equipment. The result is a more toned, leaner physique with a lifted and absolutely fantastic posterier.
Stax Cycle Club has a reputation for having some of the best instructors in the city and for being one of the most approachable, and we are so happy to say that our experience did not disappoint. This very simple spin studio has the most interesting layout that we've been to yet, and their iconic blue hued spin room will make you feel like your at a rave circa 1992. Probably the biggest thing to note about Stax though, is that they have the lowest prices we've ever seen that include all amenities like spin shoes, towel service and steam room access. These guys are quite literally giving other spin studios a serious run for their money.
We returned to Big Hit to check out more classes, try other instructors and see their new location at Fort York. One thing's for sure, this is not just a physical workout that will push you hard, but a mental release that feels good somewhere in the soul.
Our 50th review is of one of Toronto’s most beautiful, quirky and eclectic boutique Pilates studio in Little Portugal: Muse Movement. They specialise in Pilates but also offer yoga and “movement therapy” and they’ve been bringing us their famous playlists and refreshing educational approach to Pilates since 2015. They have a very loyal community that fills up these small, private-feeling classes every week because Muse is such a HUGE proponent for focusing on correct alignment, and educating about the human body. Their classes will get you to slow down, concentrate, and focus on your smaller, often forgotten about, supportive muscles.
The Quiet Company is one of a handful of studios that are providing a dedicated space for quiet meditation and reflection in Toronto and this.is.important. This simple, calm space in the heart of King West’s hustle, is full of subtle shout-outs to local artists and the selection of the pure products and decor that are used and sold in the space is v intentional. Even if you’re the newest newbie of newbs to meditation, they will help you learn the ropes and the result will be thought provoking without being overwhelming. Hey look, if taking 15 minutes out of your day to stop into a place like this will bring more happiness, balance and less stress to your life why would you NOT?!
Laya Spa and Yoga is a little gem that kept grabbing my attention as I saw it's vibrant Moroccan pillows and big Queen West facing windows constantly on my insta feed. This space is so damn charming and the friendly staff immediately make you feel like you're taking a class in their actual apartment. We took two classes, a Vinyasa 1 and the Restorative class, and after learning about their clever-ass pricing structure we were further seduced by this healing sanctuary of chillness.