It’s difficult to find a spare hour to get the blood flowing but Toronto’s thriving scene of exercise entrepreneurs have come to the rescue, with studios popping up across the city.Here are the fitness studios revolutionizing the way people exercise.
Those large, brightly colored rings you would swing around your hips as a kid have the power to tone abdominal muscles. Sugar Hoops owner, Mandy Harvey, is a dancer-turned-hoola hoop instructor aiming to connect community, music, and movement through her classes. Hoola hooping is a form of low-impact exercise that ranges from basic waist hooping to hoop dance. All Sugar Hoops classes provide hoola hoops (also available to purchase) along with instruction on how to twirl and dance with the hoops, all the while working up a sweat. Sugar Hoops operates at three different studios in Toronto.
Sugar Hoops, Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Road, 3rd floor, Toronto, ON, Canada, + 1 647 882 4884
Float Suspension Yoga
For yoga enthusiasts who are bored of sun salutations and downward dogs, Float Suspension Yoga is the studio for you. Owner and instructor Amber Gotzmeister had been practicing yoga for over ten years when she decided to open her own studio. Since then, her practice has grown based on her students’ positive attitude. Amber’s studio values strength, restoration, meditation, and playfulness in its students, allowing yogis to align their heart, spirit, and soul.
Float Suspension Yoga, 236 George Street, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 886 6954
The Extension Room
The newest fitness craze, ballet barre, is known for its ability to produce long and lean bodies. Jennifer Nichols, professional dancer, fitness specialist, and owner of Toronto’s Extension Room, is well aware of this fact. The Extension Room offers a diverse range of classes, from ballet fitness to pilates and dance. Each class focuses on fitness conditioning and rehabilitative techniques to improve flexibility, agility, coordination, core stability, muscular strength and tone, and postural alignment.
The Extension Room, 30 Eastern Avenue, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 352 7041
Brass Vixens is Toronto’s first and largest pole dance studio. With three locations around the city (Queen West, Bloor, and Yonge Street), Brass Vixens is easily accessible by Toronto’s public transit. Classes offered include pole dancing, circuit classes, meditation, yoga, pilates, and twerking. For those who are unsure of their pole skills, Brass Vixens offers classes for first timers. Tight fitting clothes and leg warmers are recommended.
Brass Vixens Bloor Street Studio, 2130 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 348 2848
The Monkey Vault
This 10,000-square-foot indoor and outdoor space is essentially an adult-sized playground where participants can run, jump, and climb to their heart’s content. The Monkey Vault offers parkour, freerunning, tricking, gymnastics, breakdancing, and circuit classes. The space is also available for independent use, including a rock wall, foam pit, and weight room.
The Monkey Vault, 100 Symes Road, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 647 350 1111
Fans of Soul Cycle should not miss the opportunity to try Rocket Cycle. Partners Dana Rocket and Rory Pederzolli have created a state-of-the-art studio with a sophisticated sound system and iPads for checking in. Rocket Cycle inspires and challenges its riders to a better place by providing classes for all fitness levels. For anyone who has never tried a spinning class, Rocket Cycle offers a ‘Rookie Ride’ that promises to hook riders on spinning forever.
Rocket Cycle, 688 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto, ON, Canada, +1 416 410 7746
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