Staying fit and healthy is not easy, but somebody's got to do it. Working out can seem like such a chore at times, but feeling great and looking good is a huge reward. Getting in shape starts with discipline, a nutritious diet, and yes, exercise. The best place to get this exercise is a good gym. Thankfully, Montreal has got a bunch.
It's important to choose a gym that will not only suit your needs but also motivates you to follow-through over the long run and help you achieve your fitness goals. To make your life a little easier, we compiled a list of some of the best gyms in the city, guaranteed to get you healthy, happy and in top shape this fall.
1. DBS Fitness
Who: Owned by former Olympian David Snively, a leader in the fitness industry for over 30 years and former host of two successful workout television shows Great Shape and Caribbean Workout, DBS Fitness' dynamic staff offers a full range of top of the line services, from fitness to nutrition, with a diverse and effective range of total body fitness programs.
Where: 4904 Rue Jean-Talon Ouest, suite #250 (Namur metro)
Why: DBS Fitness boasts an ultra-modern workout studio, world-class trainers, a personalized, health-focused approach and real results. If classes are your thing, you can choose from 3 types of DBS : EPiC Classes, including EPiC Ride (featuring high-tech consoles displaying power, cadence, etc.), EPiC HIIT (30-minutes of strength and 30-minutes of interval training on high-incline treadmills) and EPiC Flow (yoga-inspired flexible strength). DBS classes feature Polar Heart Rate technology that is displayed on screens around the gym so you can track your progress in real time! Try your first EPiC class free, and if you buy the same day as you try, get 12 classes for the price of 10. DBS offers yearly memberships or on a per-month basis, and students get a 20% discount.
If you’re looking for a more customized approach, the DBS : Signature program includes intelligent workouts based on your unique needs and goals, from multi-client to one-on-one coaching at home or in the studio to small-group classes. Get started with the total-body DBS : ENERGY analysis featuring the DBS Nutrition app as well as the InBody 570, a high-tech body composition analyzer. And if your body needs a tune-up, take advantage of DBS’s Muscle Activation therapy.
*Right now, FREE Epic classes until September 24th-30th*
2. Énergie Cardio
Who: First opened in 1985, Énergie Cardio has become Quebec’s largest fitness club network and are leaders in group exercise classes. The team of qualified professionals strive to deliver effective and accessible programs to not only improve your fitness conditioning but also your quality of life.
Where: Various locations
Why: With centers all over the province, Énergie Cardio's state-of-the-art facilities and modern equipment means a motivating environment to reach all of your fitness goals. The friendly staff will guide you through a variety of training programs and group classes suitable for all levels (Body Pump, Body Flow, CX Worx) and members have access to numerous complementary services and amenities to complete your workout experience. There are Énergie Cardio Elle centers, designed exclusively for women, and Énergie Cardio also remains very active in the community, helping to prevent pediatric illnesses through physical activity and sports with Opération Enfant Soleil.
Who: Citalfort is derived from the Olympic motto Citius Altius Fortius, meaning Faster Higher Stronger, which is exactly what you'll be after a workout here. Find state-of-the art CrossFit facilities, expert coaches and motivating personal trainers, sport-specific training programs, as well as customized workout and nutrition plans for total body fitness.
Where: 6898 Rue Jarry Est
Why: By joining the Citalfort family, you have access to both their expansive 13,000 sq. ft. fully-equipped training facilities and their one-of-a-kind 2,000 sq. ft. CrossFit hybrid gym. Citalfort’s friendly staff and positive environment welcomes you with open arms and pushes you to go the distance. They will work hard with you so that you can surpass your fitness limits and reap the rewards.
Who: Missfit is a unique concept in Canada conceived exclusively for women by women to get them in the best shape of their lives, minus the boring and solitary routines, and ridiculously high prices. This is a "No Excuses!" gym for the modern-day woman that will push you to your limits show you a good time in the process.
Where: 3655 Boul St-Laurent
Why: A strong sense of community is the foundation of Missfit's philosophy, where women challenge, help and encourage each other in achieving their goals, fitness or otherwise. Train intensively during 45-minute workouts given every hour on the hour by expert coaches in a fun and motivating environment. Learn how to burn fat, develop your athletic skills, and get the definition you seek through various bodyweight exercises, without the fear of gaining too much muscle mass, all while building your self-esteem and friendships that go beyond the gym.
5. Report Fitness
Who: The first High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) gym to come to Montreal, Report Fitness offers 30-minute group workouts guaranteed to work you out from head to toe, with over 40 classes running per week to fit even the busiest schedule.
Why: HIIT has rapidly gained in popularity over the last few years because it delivers amazing results. In just 30 minutes, intense workouts using functional training, kettlebells, sandbags, and bodyweight exercises combine both cardio and strength training for full-body conditioning. Report Fitness offers a modern space featuring sleek changing rooms with lockers, showers, towels and contemporary murals done by urban art legend, Zilon Lazer, as well as a lounge area (at their downtown location) complete with free Wi-Fi and fresh fruit.
Who: Éconofitness is a division of Énergie Cardio, making up part of the largest fitness network in Quebec, offering all the same quality and accessibility for a fraction of the cost.
Where: Various locations
Why: If you're not looking to pay the price for a full-service gym because you don't need any professional services or personal training, Éconofitness is for you. Éconofitness offers high-quality facilities and equipment, in a friendly and welcoming environment. Memberships cost as little as $10/month for unlimited access to the gym, $20/month for the access to the gym and unlimited access to the platinum zone (use of hydro massage bed, massage chairs and unlimited use of tanning equipment) or share the $25/month Platinum+ card between 10 people which gives you everything, perfect for all you part-time gym goers out there.
7. Sherbatov MMA
Who: With over 20 years of experience, Sherbatov MMA offers martial arts classes like Boxing, Muay Thai, MMA, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Kick Boxing Cardio, circuit and functional training classes, as well as a kid’s MMA program.
Where: 2571 boul. Chomedy (Laval)
Why They’re Awesome: Brothers Boris and Yoni Sherbatov know MMA, fighting in hundreds of amateur and pro fights, but more importantly, understand what it takes to get fit. On top of their impressive 12,000 sq. ft. facilities, a 20×20 official octagon cage, a boxing ring, a weight room, and a full training rig, Sherbatov MMA offers a true way of life. With over over 155 classes dedicated to providing expert training in a wide range of martial arts, Sherbatov MMA is a true way of life. That's why so many professional boxers such as David Lemieux, Jean Pascal, Artur Beterbiev, and more choose to train there. Sherbatov MMA also offers a complete gym for general cardio, circuit/functional training, and strength/conditioning, as well as an on-site equipment/apparel store.
8. Orange Theory Fitness
Who: Orange Theory Fitness is a small group personal training studio that uses the science of Heart-Rate Based Treadmill Interval Training, the efficiency of Indoor Rowing for increased power and the proven concept of Weight Training Blocks designed to keep your heart rate in the "Orange Zone" and produce the after burn effect.
Where: 315 Boul. Brunswick (Pointe Claire)
Why They’re Awesome: The friendly coaches and positive environment provide all the structure, tools, and motivation you need to reach your goals, and beat them, regardless of your fitness level. The unique Orange Theory concept can help you burn up to 1000 calories per session for a complete total body workout! Heart-rate based interval training and personal trainers keep you accountable for your progress through out your class, and no two session are ever alike. Never get stuck in a cycle of repetitive workouts again.