Saturday, July 24, 2010

5 COOL (AND CHEAP) FITNESS CENTRES/SPA DETOXES IN THE GTA (YORK AND PEEL REGIONS INCLUDED)

1. FLIRTY GIRL FITNESS

Located in the heart of downtown Toronto on Wellington Street (closest intersection is Bathurst and King St.), Flirty Girl Fitness offers a maximum of 100 diverse (morning, afternoon, and night) classes weekly, which includes (but is not limited to) ballet boot camp, pole dancing, and Zumba. Let's not forget their MTV choreography sessions and Coyote Ugly workshops, beyond deals for booking performances and lessons at bachelorette and birthday parties. Working around YOUR schedule, FGF allows you to purchase punch card holders that don't expire, until YOU finish the classes that you paid for. You can use 5 classes for $90, 10 classes for $160, and 20 classes for $280, amongst other membership opportunities.

  
2. LIVE ONCE STUDIO

With two main locations in Mississauga (Burnhamthorpe Road) and Milton (Nipissing Road), "Live Once" Studio offers similar classes i.e. pole dancing, cycling, pussycat dolls-style dancing, etc., but at potentially better prices. Here, you can complete 5 classes for $75, 10 classes for $140, or 20 classes for $275 - or 5 classes for $20 (but this opportunity is exclusively for new students and lasts only for a week). (Pole dancing classes may only be available in 6 week sessions for both centres). All Group Fitness cards expire in a year, which is fair. The best part? "Live Once" can organize limo service and guestlist bypass for you and your friends at local nightclubs like ZuBar, Fregata, and Blue Suede Sue's. If you want to see more skin, attempt posing for their Maxim-style photoshoots or rent male entertainment for the evening.


3. GRANT BROTHERS BOXING & MMA GYM

Built in the midst of North York (at approximately Dufferin and Finch), "Grant Brothers" deliver regular and pro-training drop-in memberships with some of the globe's most prestigious athletes. You can learn boxing, jiu jitsu, MMA, wrestling, Muay Thai, and more. Contact them directly for more pricing information.


4. BIKRAM YOGA (ANYWHERE!)

I know I keep on talking about hot yoga like it's some sort of religion, but it REALLY does work. There are small hot (and bikram) yoga studios everywhere, but the bikram yoga at Bayview and Major Mackenzie (in Richmond Hill) promises low, fair prices. You can get 20 classes for $200, and they won't expire, unless the business closes down (knock on wood). Trust me, guys; I went to 20 classes in 2 years and then another 20 classes for a year (but I recommend you attend class regularly for the best results).



5. SERENITY SPA AND LASER

Relaxing in between Major Mackenzie and Rutherford on Weston Road (Vaughan/Woodbridge area), Serenity Spa promises the most "serene" and scent-usual spa experience. Rest aside its numerous touchy, romantic deals for honeymooners and couples alike, Serenity Spa permeats smell and taste buds with chocolate and cake body treatments, ala the "Chocolate Creme Bliss" - $130 for an hour and 15 minutes of a chocolate facial exfoliation, firming mud wrap, and delicious chocolate desert at the end. But, if you want to burn that chocolate off - or lose a few FAST - the "Aloe Slimming Body Wrap" guarantees expeditious results. Of course, the pure aloe and herbs may only serve temporary ends - as it is a detox - but if you avoid sugar and salt, exercise lightly, drink tons of water and stay away from heat during the 3 days the aloe solution remains in your body THEN maintain a healthy eating and exercising regimen, your results can last for as long as you like. Serenity has seen clients lose up to 15 inches per wrap, but since every body is different, they also suggest you request a 6 week session ($75 per treatment).  I lost 11 inches my first wrap, so if it can work for me, it can probably work for you too!  

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