One gym does not fit all. Whether you’re acting on an impulsive “new you” resolution or simply looking for a great place to get fit, choose your gym carefully. Here, our guide to Toronto’s best gyms, with notes on precisely what they’re best for.
For Picking Up: Kingwest Fitness
As you marvel at the bright interior and exposed wooden beams of this restored WWII-era factory, you’ll notice Kingwest is more modern loft than a sterile workout facility. In addition to top-notch facilities, the gym offers a range of classes — from simple spinning to salsa-infused Zumba — which should provide ample opportunity to get to know the single, Liberty Village-dwelling cuties that comprise this gym’s membership. 171 East Liberty St. #275, 416-533-5464.
For Busting Stress: The Yorkville Club
No amenity is spared at this boutique-style Hazelton Lanes club. Unwind in the spa, find peace in the yoga studio, or strengthen at the sports medicine centre (favoured by pro athletes) while the concierge service takes care of everything from dry cleaning to post-workout dinner reservations. 87 Avenue Rd., 416-961-8400.
For Getting Wet: Miles Nadal JCC
The JCC isn’t just old men sitting in a steam room, complaining. Downtown’s only saltwater pool, complete with three speeds of swimming lanes, makes it a go-to destination for serious swimmers. 750 Spadina Ave., 416-924-6211.
For Crushing Balls: Adelaide Club
You don’t have to play squash in order to succeed on Bay Street, but it helps. Indeed, ladders and tourneys are perfect for schmoozing with the big wigs – and emasculating your smuggest coworkers. First Canadian Place, 100 King St. W., 416-367-9957.
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