The average badly-lit and depressing gym just won't do for most Torontonians, and a surge of new studios have opened up that cater to a more sophisticated clientele and offer an haute fitness experience for their members and class attendees. After all, a visit to the gym can be just as social as a night out for city dwellers who work as hard as they play. Here's a roundup of six studios in #the6ix that you need to know about to get your sweat on in style.
From its graffiti'd stairway to collage plastered walls, Misfit Studio ain't your average pilates spot. Located on a trendy portion of the West Queen West strip, owner Amber Joliat has been providing a cool spot to get toned for almost a decade. And the demand for more Misfit from the city's baddest babes is real. The summer Joliat opened her second Misfit location on Ossington Avenue to offer more pilates and dance classes that include Vogueing. http://www.misfitstudio.com/
If you've ever dreamed of having dancer's body, the first step towards achieving your #bodygoals should be in the direction of one of Barreworks' Toronto locations. Their variety of barre-focused (and inspired) workouts are taught by real dancers, who (trust me) have got the bodies you want. Plus, the spaces are bright, airy, calming and modern. http://www.barreworks.ca/
The popular chain of luxe Equinox gyms throughout the United States has begun to make its mark in Canada, with its first two locations recently opened in Toronto. Equinox is the ultimate gym membership for high-performing people who are serious about fitness, and their lifestyle. Most of the crowd at either Equinox location is made up of top executives, Canadian celebrities and local socialites. https://www.equinox.com/
Using the M3 Megaformer machines, the Lagree Fitness Method is a form of pilates that gets your body rock hard. Sure, the machines you mount may look like torture contraptions - and they can feel like them at times - but the results are undeniable. My advice? Smile through the pain, appreciate your sweat, tune in to the music and focus on the amazing results that are soon to come to your body. http://studiolagree.com
If Barbie created a gym in real life, this would be it. ELLE Fitness is undoubtedly the girliest fitness studio in the downtown core, but don't let the pink boxing gloves fool you because the studio's instructors and classes are tough as nails. For the best full-body workout of your life, try the Bikini Bootcamp with Michelle Epstein at 10am on Wednesdays. http://ellefitnessandsocial.com/
Spokehaus opened in Toronto in the spring of 2016, and it is the city's answer to the missing presence of the popular US-based spin studio, Soulcycle. The new studio features a gorgeous (and very instagrammable) space with high-energy and loud music to get your legs racing through every class. Trust me, this is one cult-like class you'll want to become a part of. https://www.spokehaus.ca/