The best fitness clubs in Toronto are a necessity in our land of wonderful food. As we well know, there are many dining options that result in bigger curves. Fear not, friends. Our city of plenty has a bounty of fitness facilities designed to make our butts smaller (or at least perkier).

There's probably something beyond vanity that attracts us to the idea of working out. It may be the accomplishment we feel after spinning like a hamster on a wheel (I mean, a spinning bike). It may be a short workout followed by a long sauna - both make you sweat and one makes you happy with relatively little output. I don't judge, but I do, however, have you covered.

Here's a list of the best fitness clubs (gyms) in Toronto.

Goodlife Liberty Village

Liberty Village isn't hurting for fitness options these days, and this Goodlife rises to the top by providing a great location with a clean, modern feel and friendly staff. There's a lot of space, a lot of machines and, according to gym goers, a lot of cute people (but it’s all about the workout, right?). The classes range from Zumba to yoga to Bodypump. It's also open 24/7 in case you need to get in a 3 a.m. read more

The Yorkville Club

Be prepared to confront a lot of Lululemon. This Hazelton Lanes gym is sleek and eye popping, like that condo your real estate agent showed you that was just beyond your price bracket. There are a lot of yoga options offered here (including hot yoga), and popular cardio classes are all included with the membership. read more

Totum King West

At King and Spadina, this smaller club (11,000 square feet) is chock full of character. Brick-lined walls and some of the best personal trainers in the city amount to a gym where people, one might even call them athletes, come to seriously work out. The instructors are top notch and the class schedule provides hourly variety. read more

Toronto Athletic Club

You could go to the top of the CN Tower to get your views, or you could just go to the top of the Toronto Athletic Club. Lake views and a 38th floor penthouse pool deservedly draws the suit-wearing Bay street crowd. read more

Miles Nadal JCC

This Jewish Community Centre in the heart of the Annex offersover 75 classes a week, a gravity studio and an indoor running track and pool. This newly renovated spot offers modern design, and staff so friendly they offered cake to one member on her fitness assessment. read more

Xtreme Couture

Etobicoke seems like a friendly area of the city, close to good schools, good Turkish food and apparently UFC fighters. Yes, they train here. There's also Muay Thai, wrestling and boxing on offer, as well as spinning, and the most extreme (sorry, I meant Xtreme. Damn you, spellchecker!) forms of yoga (hot and ashtanga). read more

Dynamic Conditioning Centre

This downtown gym near Yonge and Wellesley promotes fun. Remember when you were a kid and you hung on the monkey-bars or jumped rope or beat someone up without calling it exercise? Welcome to adult recess. In this gym there are monkey bars and sleds and fire hoses. You can even literally bounce off the wall with a ball and rope. read more

LA Fitness

People in LA seem especially well-groomed. Their teeth are whiter and their hair is shiner, or at least that is what most television shows like us to believe. Fortunately for Torontonians, the new machines at LA Fitness gleam like California teeth. There are many classes on offer, some as early as 6 a.m. so that you can always make time for perfecting your beach body. read more

Pure Fitness

In the Leaside area, this fitness facility offers 30,000 square feet of space for you to sweat in. Group exercise, yoga, Pilates, spinning and the usual are on offer as well as unusual classes like Dance Party (how it sounds) and Socasize (African and Caribbean dance moves). read more


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