As my beach wedding is fast approaching, you’d think I’d be more serious about getting washboard abs. Instead, I visited Prairie Girl Bakery three times last week. I just can’t say no to their “treat of the week.”
Since I have no self control, I thought that I would aim for balance instead. The thing is, I was getting bored with my fitness routine and wasn’t feeling challenged. Probably because it consisted of going running, which was more of a light jog, and then coming home to
stretch try and touch my toes with a glass of wine. My boredom led me to join a Crossfit gym last month, which surprisingly, I am still a member of. Go me!
If you’re looking to shake up your fitness routine too, I’ve written about my favourite group fitness classes in Toronto below.
Crossfit – Don’t knock it till you try it!
This is hands down the most difficult workout I’ve ever done!
Best for: people with some experience working out looking for a challenge. This sounds super vague, but what I mean is, it’s probably not a great idea to go straight from your couch to a Crossfit class. With that said, every movement can be scaled up or down based on your fitness level.
Format: each day there is a workout of the day, or WOD (get used to lots of acronyms here, by the way). Before you get going on the WOD, you’re strongly encouraged to warm up as mobility is key to performing the workout movements effectively. Then, there is sometimes a 20-40 minute skill building component of the class, where you can focus on your skill for a specific movement (say, a deadlift or a squat).
While the actual workout portion of the class may only be 7-15 minutes (or, as high 45 minutes on some days), trust me, you will be breathless by the end! This is because the workout could be something like 10 reps of throwing a medicine ball at a wall, followed by 10 burpies, done as many times as you can for several minutes.
How to get started: try a free class. There are quite a few Crossfit Gyms in Toronto, and it’s a super supportive, friendly environment. Don’t be afraid of checking it out!
Cost: well, this isn’t a Goodlife, so you’ll be paying more. But, it’s worth it if you can afford it. Check out these Toronto Crossfit gyms below for more information.
For women only, this boot camp style workout is another boredom buster. Fit Chicks is awesome if you want to tone up quickly.
Best for: women of all fitness levels. If you have a specific event to shape up for, like a wedding, you may find just the support you need here. Lots of girl power to go around here!
Format: different every time. Each class begins with a short warm-up followed by the workout. Expect body weight exercises like push-ups, and exercises with hand weights, including lunges and squats.
How to get started: try a free class. Bring your own mat, towel and hand weights to class (I saw anywhere between 2-8 pounds used).
Cost: this varies depending on the length of bootcamp that you choose. To give you an idea, 7 weeks of classes (14 sessions total) is $258 plus tax. Check out their pricing page here for additional promotions, which seem to be ongoing.
Goodlife Fitness, Body Attack Class
If you’re currently a Goodlife member, you should definitely check out this class for a fun challenge. The best part is, it can be so fun that you might just forget that you’re working out.
Best for: beginners to gym rats. This class is great if you’re bored with your gym routine, and are looking for something sports-inspired to change it up.
Format: 60 minutes of jumping around and kicking to fun music. Like I said, you may forget that you’re working out, until you see the puddle of sweat underneath you.
How to get started: try out a free class if you’re not a member by signing up for a three day pass. From experience, I suggest arriving at least 15 minutes before class starts as they usually fill up quickly.
Cost: included with a Goodlife membership. If you work for a larger organization, there is usually a corporate membership rate which is worth checking out.
While there are GoodLife locations pretty much everywhere, these locations are my favourites to do the Body Attack class at. All three have decent sized group fitness rooms, and some pretty fun instructors for this class.
If you’re feeling bored with your fitness routine, let me know if you go out and try any of these classes. I’d also love to hear about your favourite classes & gyms that I haven’t mentioned above.