Blood, sweat and fears: Three funky new ex­er­cise clubs to sur­vive win­ter in the big city

Richmond Hill Post - - News -

Sick of the usual fit­ness scene but will­ing to put in some ex­tra work now to pre­pare for hol­i­day feast­ing? It ap­pears that there are oth­ers in the city who share your con­cerns: wit­ness the in­creas­ing ap­peal of novel, fun or just straight-up un­usual fit­ness trends. Here are a few that have made the lo­cal gym-go­ing radar in 2014.

Hub Climb­ing: This 905 play­ground is more than just your av­er­age rock climb­ing gym. The proof? 18,000 square feet of climb­ing and fit­ness space avail­able for your flex­i­ble, well-toned mon­key­ing around; 200 boul­der­ing pro­grams that go from stupidly easy to hor­ri­fy­ingly dif­fi­cult; and at the cen­tre of it all, a dragon. Yes, a dragon. It’s a 23-foot-high boulder shaped like a myth­i­cal fire-breath­ing beast, so if that’s not enough to get both your imag­i­na­tion and your climb­ing mus­cles go­ing crazy, we don’t know what is (Hub Climb­ing, 165 McIn­tosh Dr.).

Surf­Set Toronto: An in­door beach­side en­vi­ron­ment lo­cated at Yonge and Eglin­ton is an op­por­tu­nity to at least imag­ine your­self out of the snowy waste­land of a Toronto win­ter. It’s not ex­actly mai tais and false sun­rises, though. Here, it’s an ex­plo­ration of the Surf­Set sys­tem, a spe­cialty fit­ness rou­tine that fo­cuses on im­prov­ing bal­ance, build­ing mus­cle and burn­ing fat. Or, you can do all three. The ques­tion of whether the plot of Point Break is in your fu­ture for par­tic­i­pat­ing, though, re­mains up in the air (Surf­Set Toronto, 2481A Yonge St.).

Kan­goo Club: En­joy bounc­ing? How about get­ting in shape by lit­er­ally jumping around, with the aid of some rather spe­cially de­signed shoes? That’s the idea be­hind Kan­goo Club Toronto, which is cer­tainly turn­ing heads, some mid-bounce. It’s led and founded by Do­rina Rigo — the only li­censed Kan­goo Jumps in­struc­tor in Canada — and it’s the simplicity of the ex­er­cise that seems to ap­peal. From pos­ture and bal­ance to car­dio to burn­ing fat, this all-ages, all-abil­i­ties ex­er­cise seems to have some­thing for every­body. And it’s some­thing you can do any­where, too (Kan­goo Club Toronto, 7 Is­abella St.).

(L–R) Hub Climb­ing, Surf­Set lets you hang 10 with­out the sharks, and Kan­goo is hop-tas­tic

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