Don’t think about that New Year’s resolution to join a gym as a burden; think of it as an opportunity. Gyms are swarming with fit young ladies, just waiting for someone to offer a hand with those heavy, heavy weights. Here are four gyms for picking up – and we’re not talking about dumbbells.
Club Sportif MAA
Basics: The downtown Montreal Athletic Association is the city’s oldest health club.
Facilities: You name it: Personal trainers, squash, aquatics, dance programs, health clinic, massage therapy, and a restaurant and bar with wireless Internet.
Women: Rich, unhappily married WASPs, who might just invite you into their Lexus SUV for a joyride.
Cost: Prices vary; call for details
2070 Peel St., (514) 845-2233
YMCA du Parc
Basics: In the heart of Mile-End, so you’ll rub shoulders with minor indie rock stars and struggling artists.
Facilities: Weight room, fitness room, 25-metre lap pool and a basketball court; personal fitness consulting and classes ranging from yoga to kung fu.
Women: Funky hipster chicks who need a hand removing their American Apparel tank-tops.
Cost: $35 – $47 a month
5550 du Parc Avenue, (514) 271-9622
McGill University Fitness Centre
Basics: A revamped fitness club at the foot of the mountain.
Facilities: A wide range, including basketball, tennis and squash courts, and a well-equipped fitness centre.
Women: Lithe psychology students who have been very, very naughty.
Cost: $51/month for non-students
475 Pine Avenue W., (514) 398-7000
Basics: Downtown’s only 24-hour gym.
Facilities: Three floors of workout machines, tanning beds, and a juice bar.
Women: Driven executives looking to burn some energy.
Cost: Up to $50/month
680 Ste-Catherine St. W., 3rd floor, (514) 875-2766