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The time has come — gyms and fitness studios are finally reopening and I couldn’t be more excited. As someone who booked in for group fitness classes almost four times a week pre-COVID, switching to at-home workouts was definitely an adjustment, to say the least. Needless to say, I’m more than ready to jump back into my fave classes at my fave fitness studios here in Toronto.
Keep reading for 7 fitness studios that are reopening!
BOLO aka BodyLove is known for its killer boxing classes that honestly make you feel like you’re a grand champion. The studio is slated to reopen on August 12 and of course, is taking major steps with safety precautions to protect employees and clients. The gym is making masks mandatory for everyone except when in the classroom and has implemented temperature checks as well. These may be strange times but through all the posi vibes and team spirit at BOLO, we can all make it through.
If you’re looking to get real sweaty, then head on over to BeHot Yoga. This studio, located near St. Lawrence Market, might be one of the city’s most prized hidden gems. The classes here are challenging but super fun as they’re led by talented instructors who genuinely want to give you the best workout possible. The studio is officially open as of August 4 and has mandated mandatory masks and put social distancing protocols into place.
Fitness haven Sweat and Tonic is open as of July 31 and I for one couldn’t be more thrilled. If you have a passion for yoga, HIIT workouts, and spin, then S&T is the place to be. Situated right across from the Eaton Centre, the studio also has a nutbar cafe and even an in-house meditation pod. If you have safety on the brain, S&T has your back. The gym is operating on 50% capacity to allow for social distancing and it’s also majorly upgraded its cleaning processes. Masks are mandatory (obvi!) and plexi-glass dividers will be placed around the space accordingly.
Missing your spin classes? Same here. Thankfully SPINCO has reopened its doors as of August 1 so us riders can finally get back onto our bikes. The studio is operating at more than 50% capacity and is taking cleanliness super seriously. SPINCO will be pre-screening all guests and everyone will have their temp taken by a staff member. In addition, the studio has implemented the use of hospital-grade cleaning solutions and has social distancing protocols put into place. Keep in mind that SPINCO’S Uptown and Downtown locations are open but the Summerhill location is undergoing some improvements.
Attention all pilates addicts — Studio Lagree is back! The famed studio is known for its famous M3: Fusion class that uses the Megaformer and combines strength, core, circuit training, and stretching that results in an intense yet rewarding fitness experience. Studio Lagree has locations on King West, in Forest Hill, and even in Vaughan so you’re never too far from a great workout. The studio is also taking safety seriously, too with added sanitation precautions, social distancing, and UV sanitation lights.
The Red Room is back, baby! Known as the world’s greatest workout for a reason, Barry’s Bootcamp is a fitness experience unlike any other. With locations across the world, Toronto is lucky to have two — one on Richmond and another in Yorkville so you can get your Barry’s fix no matter where you are. The studio has been hosting killer virtual classes but if you’re missing the tread, you can book in as of August 6. Expect temp checks, mandatory masks, treadmill barriers, and instructor-led transitions.
It’s no secret that quarantine and COVID have been stressful so getting in some meditation might be a good idea. Thankfully, Hoame is reopening on August 10 and I for one couldn’t be more thrilled. Visitors can expect no-touch temperature checks as well as increased disinfecting of all lockers, electronic devices, blankets, and cushions.
(Story by Contributing Editor, Blair Stutz)