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Yep, Just 4 Fun Sporting Club in Toronto have added paint to their boards. Paint that happens to be a sportaholik.com logo! The sportaholik.com crew headed over to the Just 4 Fun facility near Bloor and Lansdowne a few Sundays ago and slapped on some paint. This facility has been getting good use since opening last year, including being a regular TSSC floor hockey location. Many of your favourite sports can be played over at Just 4 Fun: ball hockey, basketball, volleyball, dodgeball, and more! (more…)
You’re looking for reviews of Extreme Fitness at Cedarbrae Mall in Toronto (Lawrence & Markham Road) and thus you stumble upon the listing and reviews provided at Gym Toronto. You read a few (they all happen to be negative) and then you read the last one that is posted by Bryan. Well, Bryan happens to disagree with the other posts (more…)
I recently posted the Top 10 Fitness Clubs in Toronto to help you out in finding popular and highly rated gyms in Toronto. Gyms and fitness clubs are great but just like anywhere else where there is a gathering of different people, there are always things that annoy us. Here are the top 10 gym pet peeves:
- Inconsiderate Sweater: Not wiping down the equipment. Yes that’s what those spray bottles and paper towels are for! It’s just plain gross and unhygienic.
- Bad Form: Partial to using wild hip thrusts and out of control swinging. Use of strict form during their workouts prevents injuries and provides the most benefits to working out.
- No Racking: All those free weights and dumbbells are all over the place because these people don’t put them back on the racks. Nothing worse than searching for the matching weight for your dumbbell that is nowhere to be found.
- Cologne Guy/Girl: Never realized that Axe Body spray is so popular in the guy’s change room.
- The Gorilla: The excessive grunter who thinks that screaming while performing his exercise is necessary. Usually the guy just likes the attention.
- The Princess: She’ll just cruise around the gym jumping from elliptical trainer to stair climber. Every once and awhile will do a 2.5lb bench press. Most likely wears strong perfume (see #4)
- Scary Naked Old Guy: Spends 2 hours in the change room strolling around in his sneakers with knee high black socks and nothing else on. If there is a sauna, always be sitting open legged facing the doorway. Even though he has a towel, it is never around the waste. Sometimes carries a newspaper.
- No Room for Imagination: Guys who wear compression shorts or spandex without anything else. Likes doing squats.
- I am Way Too Important: People who carry their cell phones while working out or worse even have a blue tooth headset. They need to make sure everyone knows that they have “important, life saving calls” to make or receive.
- Too Cool to Wear Proper Clothing: Shows up with jeans with flip flops to workout. Probably has a cell phone too (see #9)
Did I miss anything? Feel free to add your own.
I wrote previously a post on advice and tips on sticking to your workouts. Along with this, finding a good gym can sometimes be a tricky business in itself.
The good folks at blogTO put together a top 10 list of the best fitness clubs in Toronto. From a quick glance these gyms seem to be more specialized and fit the “boutique style”. They are not your average YMCA or standard fitness gym but they are definitely worth a look. Also include a decent summary/review of each one and some user comments.
Gyms tend to have a bad reputation when it comes to dealing with their customers. We’ve all heard the horror stories about trying to cancel a gym membership or discovering hidden fees. Did you know there is a 10 day cooling off period after you sign up for a gym membership? Yes, you have 10 days to change your mind and walk away from the contract. Also, Toronto gyms must provide the option of renewing your membership monthly (i.e. no long term contracts required). For more tips on your rights at Toronto gyms check out Jee-Yun Lee’s report for CityNews. Better yet, play a sport instead!
If you are like me, you have problems with staying motivated and sticking to your workouts. Could be anything from stress, too busy or just plain laziness. Sitting on the couch and watching football or hockey sounds like a great idea to me!
I found this on the Men’s Health website which I go to frequently to get tips and new workout plans. A few that I rely on:
3. Track the benefits.
Keep a job-performance journal on the days you exercise and the days you don’t. You’ll find that you do more on the days you exercise, despite taking time out for your workout. Just make sure you compare days that are similar in workload.
10. Join a gym that’s close to home.
“The gym has to be within 10 minutes of your house or your office, or on a straight line between the two points,” says Craig Ballantyne, C.S.C.S, Men’s Health fitness advisor. “Otherwise you won’t use it as much as you need to or want to.”
and one more from me:
11. Get a workout partner
Nothing beats having someone to workout with to help with motivation, spotting and confidence at the gym. Not only that, if you are competitive, it helps you push yourself especially if you are similar fitness shape or he/she is a little better.
Check out the rest of them here: 10 Ways to Stick to your Workout
Enjoy your workouts and stay active!