It is safe to say that next to fitness, my biggest passion in life is traveling. There is nothing like the feeling of arriving in a new city, exploring the various neighborhoods and soaking up the different cultures.
Unfortunately when that travel bug bites, as it so often does, it is not always easy to hop in the car or jump on a plane to your next desired destination. Lucky for me, however, I live in Toronto, one of the most multicultural cities in North America. That means I don’t need to travel very far to get a taste of Italy, Portugal, China or even India.
Toronto has so many unique and ethnic neighborhoods which can make you feel like you’re in a different country by just exploring the city. And now thanks to ClassPass I can combine my love of fitness and travel by trying out all of the studios in the various neighborhoods around town.
Here are some of my favorite places to sweat and refuel in Toronto:
Where to Work Out:
Sculpt, stretch and shake on the M3 Megaformer during this 50-minute intense workout. Your abs will be on fire and your legs will feel like jello but this class will give you major results really quickly. I came here three times a week to get ready for my wedding!
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As a former dancer, I love coming back to the barre for this awesome mix of cardio and toning. Using your own body weight, resistance balls and stretchy bands, Barreworks will help you find your inner ballerina while achieving that long, lean look.
Set in the heart of the lower Forest Hill village, this Toronto staple offers everything. From their famous Treadmill Class, “Circuit 60,” to boxing, personal training and spinning I come here for all of my high intensity cardio needs. Friday morning boxing is a staple in my schedule and the perfect ending to my work week.
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My home away from home, this studio takes a unique approach to spinning and yoga, mixing the two workouts together with their trademark class “Spynga Flow.” Nothing better than working up a sweat on the bike and ending with a relaxing practice on the mat. I also happen to teach a class or two here so I may be bias when I say it’s the best studio in Toronto J
Where to Eat:
Bolt Fresh Bar
Located on the trendy Queen Street West, Bolt has, in my opinion, the best acai bowls in the city! The coconut whipped cream on top just makers everything better.
Flock on Harbord
Whether you are craving a big, hearty salad or fried chicken, this restaurant has something for everyone. I always go with the super healthy and filling Power Salad, adding chicken and avocado of course!
Kupfert and Kim
Feast your bellies and your eyes with their gorgeous and colourful vegan bowls of goodness. And save room for dessert. Their gluten, dairy and egg-free treats will leave you running back for more.
Other Ways to Stay Active
There is so much to see and do in Toronto! Aside from hitting all the best workout spots, you can keep active by walking around some of the city’s oldest and coolest neighbourhoods, such as Kensington Market. Cool off in the summer months by visiting the beaches and hopping on a paddle board.