Montreal is full of beautiful people, but it takes hard work and dedication to look so good all the time and in tip-top shape. One of the best ways to stay fit and healthy is to join a gym, where access to quality equipment, state-of-the-art facilities, and a community of trained and dedicated professionals will help you reach, and even surpass, all of your fitness goals.
If you are not already a big fan of the gym, and even if you are, finding the perfect gym that suits your needs and actually makes working out fun, is not always so easy. Each gym is unique in its own way and without a trial, it's difficult to know what's best for your needs. That's why we decided we'd make your life a little easier by compiling a list of some of the best gyms in Montreal, guaranteed to not only help you live a happier, healthier lifestyle, but also keep you looking like the very sexy Montrealer that you are.
What They Are: Milesfit is a totally private fitness studio offering a variety of services all under one convenient roof. From personal training, group classes and customized exercise programs, to nutrition coaching, weight-loss protocols and supplement plans, Milesfit has everything necessary to help you reach your health and fitness goals.
Where They're Located: 5962B Avenue de Monkland
Why They're Awesome: Milesfit differentiates itself from the competition by really focusing on the unique needs of their clients. Offering comprehensive assessments such as body-fat testing and postural evaluations, combined with a dedicated and passionate team committed to your success, the Milesfit facility serves as the perfect environment for attaining your wellness and exercise objectives.
Who They Are: Report is the first High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) gym downtown Montreal that offers a quick and effective way to get in shape with their unconventional 30 min group workouts. With over 40 classes running per week, you can always find one that fits your schedule.
Where: 2290 Avenue Union
Why They're Awesome: HIIT is widely popular on the internet and home workout DVDs, but Report has finally brought it to a physical location in Montreal. These short, yet intense workouts are great for both cardio and strength training, giving you all-round full-body conditioning in just 30 minutes. Their modern space features contemporary murals done by urban art legend, Zilon Lazer, sleek changing rooms with lockers, showers, towels, and a lounge area with fresh apples and free wifi to complete the package.
Gold's Gym Prestige
Who They Are: First opened in 1965, Gold's Gym is the largest and most trusted fitness chain industry in the world, with more than 3 million members and over 550 locations world wide. Gold's Gym is recognized for its experience and reputation as the authority in fitness.
Where: 50, boul Saint-Charles
Why They're Awesome: Being part of Gold’s Gym Prestige Beaconsfield means you are part of a community, not just a member at a gym. Training is customized to meet the individual needs of clients, and the friendly staff and positive environment provide all the structure and tools you need to achieve your ultimate goals, regardless of fitness level. Gold's Gym is open 24/7 and the facilities include cinema cardio, sauna, a personal training area, free Wifi, entertainment on all cardio machines and athletic therapy. Membership also gives you access to over 550 locations around the world.
Who They Are: Derived from the Olympic motto Citius Altius Fortius, Citalfort Gym stands for Faster Higher Stronger, and that's exactly what it delivers. From top of the line CrossFit coaches and facilities, to motivating personal trainers, to customized workout plans, to sport specific training and customize nutrition plans, Citalfort does it all.
Where: 6898 Rue Jarry Est
Why They're Awesome: Citalfort's massive 13,000 sq.ft. facilities not only offer a fully-equipped gym but also an additional 2,000 sq.ft. hybrid CrossFit gym. Citalfort's unique CrossFit program incorporates various techniques that appeal to a larger audience and the one-of-a-kind facility allows clients to make the absolute most of their training. Citalfort also offers sport-specific training for hockey, football etc., and thanks to their excellent customer service, you will always feel like you're a part of the family every time you go.
Uvolution Fitness & Martial Arts
Who They Are: Uvolution Fitness & Martial Arts is one of the top physical conditioning and martial arts clubs in Montreal, specializing in group classes as well as athlete and personal training.
Where: 4052 Rue Wellington
Why They're Awesome: Equipped with state-of-the-art workout tools and equipment, Uvolution offers a multitude of classes targeting numerous aspects of physical fitness and conditioning. Using the latest functional techniques including bootcamps, circuit training, HIIT, Muay Thai, boxing, as well as personal and semi-private training. The friendly staff of highly-qualified and certified professionals provide exceptional coaching for all levels, and Uvolution helps all their clients, from athlete to week-end warrior, reach their ultimate fitness and nutrition goals.
Idolem Hot Yoga
Who They Are: Idolem is Quebec's premier hot yoga studio with classes available for all levels, open 7 days a week. Idolem also has a high-quality yoga apparel and equipment boutique. They even offer a free-trial class and 15% off for students.
Why They're Awesome: Among the many benefits of regular yoga, Idolem Hot Yoga classes go even further to stimulate the body’s organs, glands, and nerves by adding a heat factor. Classes are held in beautiful and relaxing studios, heated to between 37 and 40.5 degrees, and led by Idolem's warm and welcoming teachers, each with their own unique and personal style. Hot Yoga is a highly physical discipline that involves deep muscle work resulting in more muscle definition, weight loss, and better flexibility, but Idolem are experts in helping you achieve results while calming your mind from all of life's stresses. Enjoy a wide variety of classes and memberships that fit all levels and budgets.
Who: Énergie Cardio is Quebec's largest fitness club network and leaders in group exercise classes. Since 1985, Énergie Cardio has offered accessible and effective programs, and their team of qualified professionals strive to improve not only your fitness conditioning but also your quality of life.
Where: Various locations
Why They're Awesome: As Quebec's largest fitness network with centers all over the province, Énergie Cardio offers modern, state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. The welcoming environment and friendly staff will motivate you to surpass all of your fitness goals through a variety of different training programs and group classes (Body Pump, Body Flow, CX Worx) for all levels. Locker rooms are well-equipped, and members have access to numerous complementary amenities and services, making each work-out session very enjoyable. Énergie Cardio Elle offers centers designed just for women, and Énergie Cardio is very active in the community, working with Opération Enfant Soleil to help prevent pediatric illnesses through physical activity and sports.
L’Usine CrossFit West Island
Who They Are: One of the biggest multi-faceted gyms in the country, L’Usine CrossFit offers an abundance of services such as CrossFit classes, Bootcamp classes, private training and much more.
Where: 2101 Rte Trans-Canada
Why They're Awesome: Located in Fitness City in the West Island and partnered with Monster Gym, L’Usine CrossFit is unlike any other CrossFit gym as the Usine brand is the only one with partners all over the province. What that means is, not only do members have full access to all the services on offer at Fitness City, including the yoga studio and physiotherapy clinic, but membership also grants access to all the other locations, making working out anytime super convenient. L’Usine CrossFit West Island offers 12,000 sq.ft. of functional space as well as extremely affordable rates for a gym of its size. The environment is always welcoming, and achieving your fitness goals is made easy thanks to the friendly and supportive community. There's also a student special going on right now which gets you 3 months for just $99, and all Crossfit memberships are currently 15% off ($88/month for a year tax in).
Who: X-Fit is a high-end personal training studio that offers one-on-one, shared, and group training, as well as athletic and massage therapy. They design a variety of fun and challenging programs specifically based on individual needs and fitness levels.
Why They're Awesome: Programs at X-Fit are all custom-made so they never get boring or repetitive, which is a major reason why their loyal clientele (including members of the Montreal Alouettes) have kept coming back year after year. With degrees in Athletic Therapy, Massage Therapy and Kinesiology, highly-qualified personal trainers are not only able to get you into the greatest shape of your life, but can also treat and prevent many injuries. Shared and group programs mean working out with friends and/or splitting costs of a personal trainer has never been easier, and X-Fit's monthly events, such as rock climbing, hiking, mud runs, and go-carting, are the perfect way to meet new people while living an active and healthy lifestyle.
Who: As a division of Énergie Cardio, Éconofitness makes up part of the largest fitness network in Quebec and offers all the same quality and accessibility for very affordable costs.
Where: Various locations
Why They're Awesome: Éconofitness is great for people looking for high- quality facilities and equipment but for a fraction of the price, compared to full-service gyms. While you won't find any professional services or personal training programs, Éconofitness prides itself on its great accessibility for the Average Joe, and gyms are especially welcoming and judgment-free. Yearly Memberships are available but can be paid monthly subscriptions that range from as little as $10/month for unlimited access to equipment and facilities, $20/month gives you additional use of massage and tanning equipment, and the $25/month Platimum+ card gives you everything plus you can share it among 10 people.
Who: The YMCA of Québec is a charitable organization that builds strong, healthy and engaged communities through a variety of programs including healthy and active living. YMCA offers the largest selection of group classes in Montreal as well as a global network of exercise and training facilities. Everyone is welcome from adults to seniors, and families with kids (family programming offered in all centres).
Where: Various locations
Why They're Awesome: Add variety to your workouts in accordance with your interests and goals! As a member of the YMCA, you have unlimited access to all facilities and classes offered at 9 YMCA centres: swimming pools, conditioning rooms, cardiovascular equipment, weight-training circuits and free weights, indoor jogging tracks, double gymnasium for various sport activities, as well as squash and racquetball courts. You can also choose from a variety of fitness classes such as Zumba, Yoga, Pilates, and Martial Arts, and much more! The YMCA also offers financial assistance to promote equal access to its programs. Eligibility requirements available upon request.
Who: Crossfit Waverly is a respected Crossfit box that prides itself in its solid community and providing the best coaching and strength conditioning in the city.
Where: 153 Rue Beaubien Ouest
Why They're Awesome: Members of CrossFit Waverly benefit from semi-private training programs designed to get you in the best shape of your life. Whether you're a beginner or at an advanced level, their down-to-earth coaches focus on teaching you the fundamental exercises by offering the technical cues you need to reach your goals....not to mention make you feel like an instant member of the Waverly Family! Group classes are very open, welcoming and make ideal environments to improve any level of fitness. CrossFit Waverly provides scalable functional training that you can apply to daily life. Check out their FB and Instagram feeds for free daily workouts!
Who: Victoria Park is Montreal’s leading urban retreat. Victoria Park encompasses a Health Club, Spa and Medispa with leading professionals in state-of-the-art facilities, surrounded by panoramic views of Mount Royal.
Why They're Awesome: Apart from the stunning interior design that creates a relaxing oasis in the middle of the city, Victoria Park offers inspiring fitness programs and cutting-edge amenities. The Health Club offers Olympic weight and cardio equipment, various group fitness classes and circuits, executive locker rooms with a calming thermal circuit, and specialized training services often attracting professional athletes. Once you've worked on your muscles, relax in Victoria Park’s luxurious Spa, with rejuvenating skin care treatments, massage therapy, and professional nail, hair and makeup studio, to name a few.
Mansfield Athletics Club
Who: The Mansfield Athletics Club is a prestigious fitness center in the heart of downtown Montreal that offers everything you need from group classes, to personal training, and relaxation facilities, all under one roof.
Where: 1230 Rue Mansfield
Why They're Awesome: Originally the old Loew's Theater, the Mansfield Club still features much of the original architecture, making it a truly unique workout environment. Work on your cardio on the theater balcony, for example, overlooking the turf area, and with over 48, 000 sq.ft. of functional space, getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city is easy. Members have full access to all equipment and facilities, as well as various group classes including yoga, kickboxing, and Essentrics. Other benefits include the Mansfield Health Clinic, the Bistro Mansfield, and everything else you need for your post-workout, making for an extremely enjoyable experience.
Who: The first CrossFit centre in Montreal, the team of members and coaches who make up the gym are dedicated to fitness of the mind and body, using the extremely effective CrossFit regiment to get all who come to the gym (regardless of age or skill level) to become the most healthy and active that they can be.
Where: 4850 St Ambroise
Why They're Awesome: With three different workout areas (main, open, Olympic lifting) totaling 10, 500 sq.ft., anyone can find a place to workout at CrossFit Montreal, whether they're in a class or not. Most of the training is done without the use of machines in order to promote functional movements, with each and every class lead by a trained coach/instructor who will help guide you through each challenging workout. Don't stress if you're new to the CrossFit game though, as all new members will get a free beginner class, allowing you to get into the swing of things while also taking advantage of the huge facility. As an added incentive, all new members get 15% off until March 2015.