Get sweaty with a view with these outdoor exercise options
Toronto, ON – August 17, 2020 – Whether you are looking to up your exercise ante or those pandemic pounds are getting you down, there is no better time to get active. Gyms are now open but if you are looking to maximize your time outside and enjoy the warm weather, the Waterfront is the place to be. Aside from sweeping lake views, there are a range of physical activities to get your heart pumping. Check out these options below:
Outdoor exercise classes by the waterfront
Tribe: 10 Lower Spadina, Suite 100 – Outdoor classes are offered twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday mornings just north of the studio. Ranging from High-intensity interval training (HIIT) to Yoga Flow, classes are also available for drop-ins but make sure to bring your own mat and water bottle!
Common Ground: 550 Queens Quay West, Studio 10 – Here you will find a wide range of outdoor classes running six days a week – alternating mornings and evenings. These include Metabolic shred, which is a HIIT style workout, to Power x Plyo/parachutes, which involve resistance running and drills, as well as a 500+ calorie burn goal class. Drop-ins are also available.
Impact Kitchen: 88 Queens Quay West #101 – If you’ve eaten at one of their four locations, you know about their healthy, nourishing food. What you might not know is that they also offer free outdoor workouts every Thursday evening! But wait it gets better, all registered attendees get a complimentary smoothie! Workouts take place at the park just west of the Waterfront location, so keep an eye on their Instagram to reserve your spot.
Cycling in the city
Dream Cyclery: 390 Queens Quay W #111 – If you are looking to explore the waterfront, you’ll appreciate the variety of bike rentals available at this shop. These includes performance hybrids, road and fat bikes – the latter has oversized tires for off-road adventures! There are also tandem bicycles available for those looking to conquer the road with a partner. Bike owners take note of custom wheel builds and repairs, as well as storage options.
Wheel Excitement: 249 Queens Quay West, # 106 – Since 1993 this shop has been offering both repairs and tune ups, as well as bicycle rentals for those looking to explore on two wheels! Aside from the classic options, there are electric bikes for that extra boost and parents will love the family bikes with options for up to two children. All rentals include a helmet.
On the water
Toronto Island SUP: 13 Algonquin Bridge Road Ward’s Island – Stand up paddle boarding is a fun way to enjoy the water while burning a few calories. Whether it is during the day, at night or combined with Yoga, there is something for all interests.
Toronto has no shortage of parks, but what makes these special is they typically aren’t as busy. That means you can get all the benefits of park life, without the crowds. Bring some equipment and create your own workout, whether it’s stretching, yoga or high intensity interval training -the choice is yours.
HTO Park (East & West): 339 Queens Quay West
The Music Garden: 479 Queens Quay West
Ireland Park: At the foot of Bathurst Street and Queens Quay West
Little Norway Park: 659 Queens Quay West
“The Toronto Waterfront has a range of options for those looking to stay active,” says Tim Kocur, Executive Director of the Waterfront BIA. “What makes it extra appealing, particularly in the summer months, is you not only have these great lake views, but also a refreshing breeze off the water to cool you down.”