Often, there is a mad rush to join the gym and lose the extra pounds, reminding us of the residual effects of last year. If you’ve wanted to burn off the weight sins of 2010 but aren’t so keen on treadmills or stationary bicycle, there is actually a great way to start off the fresh year that awaits us. Ourfaves.com was able to bring the very best of Toronto culture for the passionate locals by listing the top four places in Toronto to break a sweat:
Neighbourhood: King West
"They have the highest climbing routes of any of the indoor gyms in the city, in two 60-foot towers, and several bouldering areas. The changing area includes lockers (bring your own lock), change rooms, washrooms and showers, and they sell some snacks and drinks at the front desk. Beginners can rent shoes (bring a pair of thin socks) and a harness.... "
Neighbourhood: Bloor West Village
"A welcoming yoga community, fantastic teachers, a great schedule and variety of classes: restorative, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Pre/post natal and flow. Workshops by in-house and guest teachers are a great way to build your practice. ..."
Neighbourhood: Entertainment District
"Great place to learn muay thai and have a great workout! Classes are available Saturday to Wednesday and range from small to large depending on the day of the week. The instructors are very approachable and understand that everyone is at a different skill level and help everyone along the way. Convenient location downtown, good group of people and a great workout make this a fave!"
"I've been interested in fitness for a while, and Crossfit is the most effective program I have ever tried by far. It is designed specifically to boost your cardio endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, and accuracy. The workouts are challenging and fun (they whoop your butt!), are completely different each day, and are making me fitter every week...."