Gone are the days of hating working out. You can kiss grueling cardio sessions on the stair climber goodbye and leave them in 2017 along with those disastrous Tinder dates. That’s right. It’s time to swap in unique group classes that will get you stocked to sweat. Just look to #the6ix for the most talked about workouts from across the world, like Barry’s Bootcamp and Pop Physique that have descended on the city to bless our fitness hearts with kick-ass workouts. These are the best new fitness classes in Toronto for a New Year, New Workout resolution (praise be). And if you want to sweat your way across Canada, click here.
Find it: 310 Richmond St. W Unit 1, barrysbootcamp.com
The vibe: The highly anticipated opening of Canada’s first Barry’s Bootcamp location in October made huge waves in Toronto’s fitness world and the interior does not disappoint. The warm red lighting, heavy machinery and empowering bootcamp atmosphere (complete with heart pumping jams) will make you want to drop and give ’em 20.
The workout: This internationally acclaimed workout uses interval and strength training for a one-of-a-kind combination of moves, and machinery that will push you further than you ever thought possible.
Cost: $32 for one class, $155 for five classes, $300 for 10 classes, $1360 for 50 classes
Sweat factor: 5/5
Find it: 1560 Yonge St., popphysique.com
The vibe: Adorned with black and white stripped wallpaper, bright yellow ropes, hot pink balls and the cutest neon “J’Adore Barre” sign in the lobby, the studio space is almost as bangin’ as how you’ll feel once you finish your first booty-poppin’ class (see what we did there?).
The workout: This artistic ballet barre class hails from sunny L.A., where it is adored by Victoria’s Secret Angels Josephine Skriver and Jasmine Tookes to tone and stretch.
Cost: Free for the first class, $21 for a drop-in class, $85 for five classes, $160 for 10 classes, $300 for 20 classes, $75 to $150 per month for unlimited classes
Sweat factor: 3/5
Find it: BodyLove Inc., 128 Peter St., bodyloveinc.com
The vibe: Meant for busy ladies, this millennial hotspot slash fitness studio is currently a pop-up collab with Knixwear until the end of February, but BodyLove Inc. is moving to their permanent location in the spring.
The workout: Created by personal trainer, former competitive fighter and fellow Torontonian Caleigh Rykiss, this brand spankin’ new workout is designed to get you hooked on boxing.
Cost: $15 for first timers, $18 for a drop-in class, $75 for five classes, $145 for 10 classes, $160 per month for unlimited classes
Sweat factor: 4/5
Find it: Framewrk, 9 Davies Ave. #206, framewrk.ca
The vibe: Everything about this studio is just begging to be snapped for the ‘gram. From the fresh foliage, simple wooden ballet bars and the super-chic calligraphy sign that says, “What you believe is what you create,” the space doubles as an Instagrammer’s dream subject and a place to break a sweat. Le sigh.
The workout: Using fluid movements to stretch and strengthen your body to greater flexibility and leaner muscles, you’ll feel light and loose in no time.
Cost: $19 for a drop-in class, $45 for 30 days of unlimited classes for first timers, $85 for five classes, $150 for 10 classes, $260 for 20 classes$95 to $115 per month for unlimited classes
Sweat factor: 2/5
Find it: 2481A Yonge St., surfsetto.com
The vibe: An understated, monochromatic room with mirrored walls and grey tiled floors—but the cobalt blue fitness ropes add a vibrant punch to the otherwise minimalist space
The workout: Pro-surfers are clearly doing something right (can we talk about their beach bods?), but you don’t have to live near the ocean to reap the benefits of catching a wave. Using a surfboard-like apparatus, you’ll perform strengthing moves that will engage muscles you never thought you had.
Cost: $20 for your first class, $25 for a drop-in class, $115 for five classes, $220 for 10 classes, $399 for 25 classes, $110 to $150 per month for unlimited classes
Sweat factor: 3/5