East Village & 17th Ave, Calgary
Legs. Core. Arms. Arms. Core. Legs. That's the death mantra we experienced in Edmonton's only rowing studio that sufficiently kicked our ass and converted us into rowing fanatics. And then, cuz we loved it so much and heard they added a class called Intensity, we had to go back and get our ass handed to us again but in the form of this strength training class. These guys don't mess around with a tough workout and the studios beautiful design aesthetic makes it all hurt a little bit less.
Propel is a multi-functional athletic hub for all ages, set in what looks like a hanger offering a TON of services like personal training, group classes, postnatal fitness, and sport specific programs. We tried the group Threshold class which teaches the fundamental compound lifts like squats, deadlifts, bench presses, while mixing in cardio conditioning. This was my first workout after six weeks off from a bone fracture in my leg, so I went in extremely nervous and feeling incredibly un-fit. Fast forward an hour and I felt surprisingly good because I'd had what felt like a personal training session with a trainer that was incredibly knowledgeable and careful about rehabbing my injury. This is not your typical gym or boutique studio at all but they're doing something right and it's the only sweat session we've had where the whole family can come.
XTherapy is a newcomer to the Edmonton fitness scene, and it’s kinda what we've waited for. This clean, bright, modern studio draws you in and their cross-training strategy (spin, HIIT, and yoga) keeps you coming back. What stood out to us the most though, is the vibe that ooozes from the instructors and staff. They consider everyone who walks through the doors as ‘Warriors’, and they take on a sudo-therapist/cheerleader role, constantly dishing out positive talk and motivational speeches. We're dishing out full fruits for this one - here's why.
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*.
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!
It's not very often that we review gym's, but Keep Cool is like, a cool gym, so it made the list. The truth is, as soon as we heard it's a gym "concept" (key word) from France, we were even more intrigued bc anything that makes us feel french we're into. The nuts of it is, Keep Cool has the makings of a typical gym with a bajillion treadmills and ellipticals, but its virtual classes, super high tech and unique equipment that we've never seen before, and attitude that preaches acceptance and balance, sets it apart from every other member only gym that we've been to.
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.