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.
Category: Best Classes for Beginners
Muse Movement, YYZ | 4
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.
Mile Zero, YEG | 3.5
This charming studio in the heart of Edmonton's Little Italy is full of chaotic character. We tried our hands at a contact dance class, which was a definite first and though it didn’t leave us gasping for breath, it absolutely fulfilled its purpose in connecting mind to body and forcing us to take time to understand how they work in partnership and to the world around us. Also, there was a HUGE test in trusting others - strangers nonetheless - which was a lil' life reminder unto itself.
Barreworks, YYZ | 4.75
Leaner - longer - stronger. Barreworks motto and speaking deeply to our soul. As Toronto's first ballet-based barre studio 5 years ago, these guys have dominated the barre space and made it affordable, fun and you'll see results. If you haven't tried barre before but always wanted to, this is where you should start.
CycleBar, YEG | 4.5
We trekked all the way down to Edmonton's southern suburb, Windermere, for this spin studio review and they had us feeling like the hour+ commute was totally worth it...
Lifestyle Meditation Edmonton | Meditation
Lifestyle Meditation is Canada’s first meditation studio, and it’s a completely unique experience from any other boutique studio you’ve come to know. Their business is based predominantly on a wide variety of meditation styles, with the overall goal of giving you a stress reducing injection of quiet happiness. I mean...sounds pretty good, right?
Boomerang, YYZ | 3.5
The best reason to go to Boomerang Pilates is to get personal, tailored and very technical training. Their program philosophy is based on exercising correctly and moving smartly, not just exercising to burn calories. Actually on the flip side, you may only burn about 100 cals in a class but you’ll learn all about your bod and what you’re doing to it.
The Circus Fix, YYZ | 3.5
The Circus Fix is officially the most unique and non-mainstream fitness class we've been to, to date. Not to be mistaken for aerial yoga, the aerial silks classes will utilise your abs, shoulders, and hands in brand new ways that we're sure are unfamiliar. A wicked way to switch up the conventional fitness routine, these classes will leave you feeling giddy and soar.
Yoga Central is most known for being a studio of all ages, sizes, and experience levels and for creating an inclusive community. This ultra-chill YEG studio tucked away on the south side of the river is approachable, affordable and super super red.
Facilitated through a platform called Namastream (so clever) you can browse hundreds of yoga videos that range from 5-minute arm balance tutorials to 90-minute flow classes. Simply put, we are SO TOTALLY into it.