As a busy student, there are three healthy habits we often fall out of touch with: enough sleep, a balanced diet and most of all, regular exercise. But as a Ryerson student living in downtown Toronto, the city has a number of great fitness options on and around campus. From Madonna’s ultra-swanky gym (including a juice bar) to free yoga, here are five student-friendly fitness centres to suit every budget.
1. Hard Candy at 382 Yonge St.:
With memberships starting at $99 per month (steep, we know), Madonna’s new Hard Candy Fitness gym on Yonge and Gerrard offers classes and equipment for everyone. The 42,000 square foot studio even has a fresh juice and snack bar for energizing after your work out, as well as vogueing and dance cardio classes (all done by Madonna, of course).
2. YMCA at 20 Grosvenor St.:
Located on Grosevnor Street just west of Yonge, the YMCA covers your Aquafit, pilates and tai chi bases just a step away from campus. Memberships can be purchased for as little as $47 a month.
3. Quad at 580 King Street West:
For a more specialized workout, Quad offers indoor spin classes for every fitness level. With a $15 student drop-in rate or a $33 two-week intro pass, Quad also offers a number of packages to test out their facility before committing to a pass.
4. Queen West Lululemon at 342 Queen Street West:
For those in search of yoga on a budget, the Queen West Lululemon location offers weekly complimentary in-store classes. From 8 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, this opportunity is open to yogis of all experience levels, so bring your mat and get ready to stretch. Did we mention it’s free?
5. RAC at 50 Gould St. or MAC at 50 Carlton St.:
Ryerson has two great facilities for students looking to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Both the MAC and the RAC are equipped with a variety of classes and equipment to get your body ready for beach season. Memberships are included in tuition fees, so you better make the most out of your Rye student status while you can.
This story was first published in The Ryersonian, a weekly newspaper produced by the Ryerson School of Journalism, on March 12, 2014.