The New Year has officially begun and everyone is scrambling to keep up with their resolutions.
According to Statista, a leading American statistics portal, no less than 45% of Americans resolve to lose weight and keep fit in 2018. The interest in weight loss and exercise topped having more sex (25%), travelling more (24%), reading more books (23%), learning a new skill or hobby (22%), buying a house (21%), quitting smoking (16%), and finding love (15%).
Evidently, the need to shape up and trim up for the new year is a shared concern.
But we’re not talking merely aesthetics when we’re lamenting the size of our thighs or the struggle to fit into our skinny jeans. Looking good is important, but let’s not forget that exercise helps lift spirits, reduce the risk of chronic disease, improve skin health, boost brain memory, enhance sleep quality, and strengthen our muscles. Not bad.
But many Montrealers are justifiably stumped as to where to start. Do you go “cold turkey” on your nightly glass of wine? Do you cut all your starches (bye-bye potato chips) and sweat it at the gym every night?
Be honest. Do you get exhausted just thinking about all these options?
Luckily, MontrealDirectory.ca has got you covered. No need to stress out for 2019! Check out this list of the top ten gyms in Montreal which will provide you with an instructive set of gym establishments which are distinctive in their very own way. Scroll down to find the right one for you today.
Ladies, this one’s for you. Bamboofit was founded by Lina and Laura Barreto, two passionate women who discovered Zumba in the United States and who vowed to share their love for this intense cardio program with others by being the first Zumba teachers in Montreal. What is Zumba? In a nutshell, it is a fitness program designed by a Colombian dancer in the 1960s. The choreography includes dance styles such as hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, and incorporates squats and lunges in order to build muscle. At Bamboofit, there are three inventive and beneficial ways to complete cardio classes while also gently working on sculpting the body: Zumba Toning, Tabata HIIT, and TRX Suspension Training. As a bonus, the owners can assist you in French, English and Spanish!
Location: 3451, boul. St-Laurent, Montreal, QC
9- Nautilus Plus BERRI-UQAM
Who says your workout has to be visually “blah”? At Nautilus BERRI-UQAM, located in a quaint old-stone building with an ancient-looking elevator, the staff is friendly and helpful and the gym is beautiful. No one’s going to give you the cold shoulder or raise an eyebrow if you admit to being out of shape. On the opposite, you will make buddies and learn to get moving. There are plenty of free weights, a CrossFit zone and a cardio zone. The beautiful 1920’s Art-Deco style buildings facing the gym, coupled with the luminous windows, make the workouts at this gym a breeze. Get a membership today!
Location: 1431, rue Saint-André, third floor, Montreal, QC, H2L 3T3
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/nautiluspluscentrevilleest
8- Anytime Fitness
If you’re on a tight budget, or simply want to spend your money wisely, Anytime Fitness is a good place to check out. Membership starts at only $49 a month! But wait, the price is not the only attractive quality. 24-hour access and 24-hour security, private showers, wellness programs, small group workouts and round-the-clock supervision are only some of the interesting points you’re likely to want to learn up on by joining this gym.
Location: 4117, boul. St-Laurent, Montreal, QC, H2W 1Y7
7- Midtown Le Sporting Club Sanctuaire
On the pricier side, this Outremont-based establishment is for those who like to emerge from the showers looking groomed and smart for the day. Ideal for tennis and squash lovers, this exclusive gym offers instructional and competitive programs for those looking for an out-of-this-world workout. The underground parking and impressive dressing rooms are notable amenities earning the owners extra credit. The spa is an alluring spot for those who like to linger after a gruelling workout. Check out their steam and sauna rooms, whirlpools, and enjoy a massage. If you have the budget to splurge a bit extra and pamper your body, go for it!
Location: 6105, avenue du Boisé, Montreal, QC, H3S 2V9
For those looking to stay focused, improve brain memory and posture, the Cummings Center is a perfect spot for those aged 50 years and older who need a more gentle and nuanced approach to wellness. Members may be interested in learning how to prevent falls and stabilize joints. Classes include Brain Health, Meditation, Strength Training and Pilates, among others. This community center is ideal for those looking to make friends while also working on strengthening their bodies and sharpening their minds. A less radical but nonetheless well-designed and multi-faceted approach to making your body the best it can be.
Location: 4880, Notre-Dame boulevard, Laval, Quebec, H7W 1V5
5-MAA, also known as the Montreal Athletic Association
It would be regretful to omit to mention the MAA, which opened its doors in 1881 and has been awarded numerous distinctions. Case in point: it was voted the best fitness club in Canada. Part of the Cambridge Group of Clubs, a membership here entails access to numerous prestigious clubs in North America (now we’re talking). You can take Pilates and spinning courses, book an appointment with a chiropractor or nutritionist, or challenge your body to mind-blowing workouts including the AM Warrior Workout, Latin & Urban Cardio, and Aerial Circus. As you may have noticed, this establishment is not for the faint-hearted. The only down-side is that the website is entirely in French, so we suggest you pick up the phone and communicate with a trainer if your French is not up to snuff.
Location: 2070, Peel Street, Montreal, QC, H3A 1W6
4-Fit For Life
Elliptical machines, spin bikes, pin loaded machines, barbells, dumbbells, kettle balls, squat racks, oh my! At Fit For Life, you have a plethora of options as to how to get that six pack, tone those thighs, and sculpt your arms. More than 71 classes a week mean that you have no excuse to not hit the gym! Women are given special treatment here as they get their own fit floor! Live instructors, saunas, showers, tanning and more await you at this establishment which offers competitive rates and yearly promotions that are easy on the wallet!
Location: 7503, boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC
3- Mon Gym West Island
Given that child obesity has doubled in the last two decades, you might be interested in taking your kid to a gym instead of the movies. With this goal in mind, Mon Gym has reached out to families and enabled children to learn and grow via different and unique exercises since 1983. Children aged between 6 weeks and 13 years old can learn and develop their cognitive, emotional, and physical skills in a safe environment. There are different categories for every age group, so never fear, your little one will never feel singled out or alone, but will be welcomed by fitness instructors and learn to move!
Location: 2355-D Transcanadian Hwy, Pointe Claire
2-Underdog Boxing Gym
Head coach Mike Moffa will welcome you with open arms to learn the art of boxing, whether you are an aspiring beginner or a weekend warrior. Classes include Boxing, Muay Thai, Kickboxing and High Intensity Boxing. Did you know that boxing is a total-body workout, enhances cardiovascular health, improves hand-eye coordination, and improves body composition? Change things up and learn a new art while getting in shape this year at Underdog Boxing Gym!
Location: 9, St-Catherine Street East, Montreal, QC
You may have crossed dozens of YMCA’s in Montreal, but did you know that the fist YMCA was established by Sir George Williams, who wanted to instruct young men to follow the Christian way? Fun fact: Basketball and volleyball were invented by YMCA employees. OK, enough history. The point is that the YMCA is a great and cheap way to get your way to a trimmer, happier you, and the downtown YMCA is hands’ down the best in terms of location, convenience, and a few amenities. You can ask for a free day trial and try out the weights, classes, or hit the pool (the sauna room is particularly tempting but reserved for members). Reserve your own squash court or challenge yourself to a wide-ranging list of activities including bootcamp, HIIT, interval training, step, Zumba, Djamboola, Tai Chi and much more. The best part of this particular YMCA is the way the staff treat whomever walks through the doors. Take Jasmine for example, who took the time to tell us about the price per month for members ($66) and that the initial joining member fee ($57) is currently being slashed as a promotion for the month of January.
Location: 1440, Stanley Street, Montreal, QC, H3A 1P7