Working out is great for your mind and body, though it can sometimes be a strain on your wallet. With memberships costing upwards of $99 a month, the cost can be a deterrent when it comes to getting in shape. Luckily, Toronto has plenty of no frills gyms – most will cost you less than $20 a month!
Cost: There are two membership options. A basic membership will cost you $10/month (no contracts) and gives you unlimited access to your ‘home’ gym, fitness training and a free t-shirt. A PF Black Card membership costs $19.99/month and gives you access to all Planet Fitness gyms & massage chairs, unlimited hydromassage (select locations) and fitness training, half-price cooler drinks, use of tanning and exclusive discounts at the PF Store, Reebok & Reebok outlets, Australian Gold, Smart Style and Master Cuts. Get full membership details here.
Where: There are currently 5 Planet Fitness locations across the GTA with a 6th location opening in Etobicoke. Find the location nearest you.
What you should know: If you’re looking for a gym with all the bells & whistles, Planet Fitness probably isn’t for you. They do not offer personal trainers or special classes, though there staff is free to answer any questions you may have, they offer unlimited fitness training and access to weights and machines.
Cost: There are two membership options. A Blue Card membership has a one-time enrolment fee of $129.95, plus an annual fee of $39.95 after the first year of signing up and will cost $10/month. With the membership, you get access to all strength and cardio equipment and a free personal training session. An Orange Card membership has a one-time enrolment fee of $129.95, plus an annual fee of $39.95 after the first year of signing up and will cost $20/month. With the Orange Card membership, you get access to all strength and cardio equipment, the functional training zone, unlimited access to tanning and massage chairs, half-price drinks and use of all Hone locations. Get full membership details here.
Where: There is one location in Toronto at 7 Isabella Street.
What you should know: There’s a juice bar out front for all of your pre or post workout needs though, like Planet Fitness there are no special classes and you’ll need to bring your own towels if you plan on showering there.
Cost: Fit4Less is a subsidiary of Goodlife and they offer three types of memberships. The 4 Less membership has a joining fee of $35, costs $8.99/month on a one year contract and gives you access to all equipment at your ‘home’ gym, access to tanning and an option to buy out of your annual fees if you choose to cancel your membership. The Black Card membership with no commitment has a joining fee of $35 and costs $18.99/month. The Black Card membership with a one-year commitment has no joining fee and costs $18.99/month. With both Black Card memberships, you will get unlimited access to equipment at all locations, a transferable access card for friends and family, unlimited use of massage chairs, free tanning, half-price cooler drinks, a free t-shirt and gym bag. Get full membership details here.
Where: There are about 12 locations across the GTA. Find the location nearest you.
What you should know: Payments are taken directly out of your account and like the other gyms mentioned, Fit4Less is no frills with no towel service, special classes, water fountains or showers.
Cost: There are two membership options. Memberships vary from location-to-location, but typically the basic membership costs $10 a month. Basic members get unlimited access to the cardio area, free weights, women’s only, stretching and locker rooms. The VIP Black Card membership for $20 a month and gets you all the same perks as basic members plus a free fitness consultation, unlimited tanning, hydromassages, child care, group X classes and guest passes. Get full membership details here.
Where: There are about 5 locations across the GTA. Find the location nearest you.
What you should know: This gym has the best amenities out of all the gyms on this list. While amenities range between locations, most house basketball courts, boot camps, cafe/smoothie bars, group exercise classes/training, kid’s club, personal training, pilates, showers, spin/group cycling, tanning and yoga. There is however, a 12 month minimum term and most likely (depending on the location you choose) an enrolment fee. In addition to the above prices, members are required to pay an extra $19 as a card fee as well as an extra $19.99 two times a year as a rate guarantee fee.