The best CrossFit gyms in Toronto prove that, with solid coaching, you can ramp up your level of physical training without the use of mirrors, stationary bikes or bulky exercise machines. Relying on a mash-up of Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, sprinting, rowing and other Strongman exercises to form a prescribed WOD (a.k.a workout of the day), you're guaranteed to get stronger, move faster and finally master the highly coveted muscle-up.

While the methodology in CrossFit-style workouts may be the same, every gym operates differently. Programming styles can range from bodyweight-only exercises to gymnastics-based training. Some favour a weightlifting component whereas others emphasize metabolic conditioning. At the heart of it all, proper instruction for form and safety are key (because yes, there really is a way to do a burpee so that it'll suck less).

Here are the best CrossFit gyms in Toronto.

Academy of Lions

This slickly designed Ossington space boasts new services, comprehensive programs and improved amenities for the WOD-aholics. With renovations now complete, Academy of Lions' new home is bigger and better to allow you to fine-tune your CrossFit essential movements, learn the pose running technique or polish your kettlebell swings. read more

Reebok CrossFit Liberty Village

The sport of fitness has arrived in Liberty Village with this city's newest kid on the block. Home to Toronto's top regional CrossFit qualifier Matt Lefave, RCLV is proving to be a strength and conditioning powerhouse backed by comprehensive programming and the trainers' in-depth attention to coaching. read more

CrossFit Toronto

Ontario's only two CrossFit Level 2 trainers are found at CrossFit Toronto, the city's first CrossFit gym. The 5000 sq. ft. training playground comes fully loaded with 450 sq. ft. of gymnastics flooring, strongman logs, Atlas stones and sand bags to push past your limits. Follow the powerlifting or weightlifting program pre-WOD and you'll definitely sweat your paleo-ass off. read more

CrossFit Quantum

Tucked away in a plaza at the end of Thorncliffe Park Drive is where you'll find CrossFit Quantum. With an ever-so-convenient alleyway to crank out WODs outdoors, their training options cater to Olympic lifting fanatics, strength trainingenthusiasts and foundations newbies. read more

Auxiliary CrossFit

Follow the grunting and groaning sounds in this quiet Wallace-Emerson neighborhood and you'll find yourself in a sectioned-off warehouse home to Auxiliary CrossFit. Located at 344 Westmoreland Ave, the welcoming atmosphere and sense of camaraderie is as genuine as it is encouraging. read more

CrossFit Colosseum

Located south of the QEW in Etobicoke, CrossFit Colosseum's 7000 sq. ft. facility hosts WODs every hour, on the hour. Bonus points for the extended indoor space for running sprints year-round. With ample parking directly on premises, an in-house massage and athletic therapist, undeniable motivation, and change room and shower facilities, you won't have any excuse not to train like a Spartan warrior. read more

CrossFit 416

Tackle your next urban adventure race with CrossFit 416's Rugged Runner training program. Located on Queen's Quay West, this cozy group training atmosphere offers the variety and intensity to shake up your otherwise monotonous workout routine.. read more

Tidal CrossFit

There's no room for mediocrity at Tidal CrossFit, the city's hidden gem for crossfit training. Whether it's their Foundations Bootcamp, Power Hockey Program or Olympic lifting sessions, get ready to take your fitness to the next level with coaches Jeff and Maguid, CrossFit Regional 2012 qualifiers. read more

CrossFit Markham

The northernmost CrossFit affiliate on this list, CrossFit Markham is a humble family-run facility that initially started out of a garage. Take advantage of a free week of unlimited CrossFit classes before joining one of their kettlebell boot camps or regular class WODs. read more

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