3 Tips to Take Your Fitness to the Streets

With the sun shining and temperatures on the rise it’s time to move those workouts outdoors and the downtown Toronto core is a great place to make that happen! Here are three ways you can add some fitness fun into your downtown living!

1. Why not Walk?

Forget public transit this summer and take yourself on a walking tour of our downtown core. There is much to see and do by foot, and you’ll save money while at it.
Have some extra time on the way home from work? Take yourself on a walking tour of some of our cities great public art. Check out the urban forest and soundscape in June Callwood Park which runs from Fort York Boulevard to Fleet Street or the mighty red canoe at the top of the hill in Canoe Landing Park.

2. Create Your Own Park Circuit.

With the many benches and boulders in public park spaces within the downtown core turn your next trip outdoors into a fun urban boot camp. With a sturdy park bench consider tri-cep dips, push-ups, or plank to build some muscle and add some fun. Why not head over to the Rogers Centre and get in a few stair intervals while you’re at it!

3. Join a Tribe.

Sweating with a friend or crew is how I hold myself accountable and make my workout a social experience. The downtown core is filled with free boot camps, run clubs, and even stroller fitness groups for athletes of all levels and abilities. My favourite fitness crew? Obviously it’s Tribe!

Whether it’s joining Tribe’s free Sunday morning yoga in Canoe Landing Park, a meet up with other mom’s at their Tuesday mornings stroller walking club, or one of their many weekly runs for all paces. there are lots of ways to connect with others while sweating it out in Toronto’s downtown core.


Breaking a Sweat Without Breaking the Bank

Getting fit in the city can be a fun but expensive lifestyle, but in the downtown Toronto Queen West neighbourhood it doesn’t have to be! Sure, you can work your way from studio intro week to intro week in order to save a dime, but there is another option available. A number of stores and studios are now offering free classes which will have you working up a sweat everyday of the week (except Friday).

Here’s a list of a few that will have you breaking a sweat without breaking the bank. Whether you’re running, riding, burning up with burpees, or getting your ‘om’ on – these stores and studios will have you’re covered at no cost!


UrbanEdge Boot Camp: Queen st. Lululemon: 6-7pm (check out the UrbanEdge website for more info)

Learn to Ride Clinic: MEC: 6-7pm (every other Mon starting July 16th)


Yoga: Queen st. Lululemon: 8-9pm

Women Only Run Club: MEC: 6-7pm


5km Run Club: Queen st. Lululemon: 6-7pm

Open Ride: MEC: 6-8pm (road bike required)

Natural Running Clinic: MEC: 6-7pm

Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic: MEC: 12-1pm (every other Wed starting July4th)

Run Club: Running Room Commerce Court: 6pm

Run Club: Nike: 6pm (meet Trinity Bellwoods park)


Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic: MEC: 6-7pm (every other Thurs starting July 12)

Run Club: Lululemon Eaton Centre: 6:30-7:30pm



5km, 8km, 10km Run Club: Queen st. Lululemon: 9am (meet on the NW corner of Queen and University)

Run Club: MEC: 9:30-10:30am

Yoga Unplugged: 889Yoga & Lululemon at Thompson Hotel: 4-5pm or 7-8pm (check website for times)


Yoga in the Park: Lululemon: 10-11am (location is either Trinity Bellwoods park OR Stanley Park, check the facebook group for details)

Women Only Ride: MEC: 9:30-11:30am (road bike required)

Run Club: Running Room Commerce Court: 8:30am

Do you have a complimentary workout I missed? Share it in the comments!