Little Italy, Toronto
MINDSET Brain Gym is one of Toronto's newest types of gym, one that focuses solely on the brain. Even though meditation and mindfulness studios are having a major moment, the concept they've brought to life is like nothing else in the city with state-of-the-art meditation rooms and the latest meditation technology set in a modern and futuristic environment. They've created a still space in a nonstop city, giving people an opportunity to focus on mental fitness instead of just physical fitness.
Studio Lagree is, like, a big deal. Any fitness studio regular has heard of or (more likely) been to and subsequently become obsessed with, Lagree. The workout is a hybrid of HITT and pilates, with the entire class done on an oversized megareformer pilates machine. Despite the fact this is a Pilates studio, the vibe is hardcore and the sweat is real. The class focuses on toning and lengthening your muscles to build a lean physique and don't be surprised that, even with the lack of cardio and high intensity, how tough that road is. The class killed us, and there's no doubt you'll feel a burn you didn't think Pilates could dish up.
With the enormous schedule, membership flexibility, and a massive roster of some of the most influential and popular yoga instructors in the city, this yoga brand is a must visit that we'll visit again and again.
Bang Fitness is like no other gym in Toronto. They've been here long before the boutique fitness trend really took hold and based on their fiercely loyal members and unique service offering, they'll be here for many moons after. This full service membership gym is best known for creating programs that are custom-tailored to you and it's like getting a personal trainer that teaches you how to stand on your own two feet, so to speak. We went back multiple times to get a truer sense of the gym, as it's not just about a one-time sweat session to see how many calories you burned or how sore you are the next day. Bang Fitness is a commitment and they're about longevity, education, and teaching you how to build practices into your life so you can be - their words - SAF*.
Pure Yoga first caught our eye with their very cool, very inclusive company ethos. They want to share their passion for yoga with every body, shape, size, age, and status; employed, or between jobs, student, or retiree, single or divorcee, mother, father, grandparent – you get the idea. LOVE that. The space itself is premium and vibrant, and the hot yoga classes were challenging and actually FUN - which is not usually the first adjective I'd use to describe a yoga class.
Coming up on their two year anniversary, MOVE fitness club stands out from other Toronto boutique gyms in a big way. This beautiful group and personal training gym is created for women exclusively and they've thought of everything that women want. Smoothie bar, nutritionist services, child minding, high-end products, sauna, plus way more all in a non-judgey and ACTUALLY supportive environment?! YAS please!
If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you. That's 6ix Cycle's motto, and we are so totally into it. We've now taken classes from owner Julie Harrish and one of their main men, Adam Deunk, and holy yellow penguins did these guys live there motto. The studio is clean, fresh and just as approachable for men as it is for women and they've got you covered for everything you need. Worth a trip, homies. worth a trip.