We’re only two months into the New Year, so it’s still too early to make excuses for not getting to the gym. In my quest to stay in shape and help you make informed fitness choices, I continue to try new classes across the city. This week’s stop was Fit Factory Fitness to experience their signature Bootcamp Class.
Fit Factory Fitness is located in the heart of downtown at Yonge and Wellesley, appropriately above an army surplus store. At street level, you open the big black doors, walk up a flight of stairs and enter the sleek and cool reception area. Sasha, the General Manager, immediately welcomes you warmly and signs you in for your class. You can choose to take a seat in one of the low-lying reclining black leather chairs or head straight to the bright, newly renovated studio.
The Class — Bootcamp
The bootcamp class is taught by Tony, a former US Marine Corps Drill Sergeant with over 22 years experience training civilian and military personnel. As soon as I walked into the studio, he recognized a new face and asked me my name. I thought he was being friendly. Little did I know what lay ahead. This class is not for the shy or the faint of heart. We started with a short warm up and some stretches and then proceeded to go through a series of drills consisting of jumping jacks, squats, lunges, boxing, crunches and pushups. We never stopped — not for a moment. There was no resting between sets and there were no shortcuts. At one point, I got on my knees to do what seemed like another endless set of pushups. Within seconds, I heard Tony shout in his Florida drawl,”This ain’t no girlie bootcamp. No knees here.” I proceeded to get off my knees and did my best throughout the balance of the one-hour class.
For someone who prides herself on being in good shape, the class was quite humbling. I was exhausted, but also very proud of myself for finishing the class. I spoke to Tony afterwards to ask how often you should take the class. He told me that in the army, you do drills six days per week, but suggested that if you can make it 3 times per week, with some yoga in between, you will be in great shape. He added that no two classes are the same and that you can burn up to 800 calories in one class. As I walked out the door, he looked at me and said, “Remember, you can quit anytime, but you can also do one more forever.”
Fit Factory Fitness offers a variety of classes — bootcamp, yoga, boxing, TRX and dance.
There are a number of different pricing options. You can pay-as-you go, buy multiple class packages or monthly and annual unlimited packages. The first class is free and they run an introductory special for new clients.
579 Yonge Street, Toronto, 416-900-0362
Stay tuned for my next post when I visit eMbody Fitness.
Photos: Fit Factory Fitness