For our earliest ancestors, exercising meant outrunning a lion until it reached the point of exhaustion, then bench-pressing its sleeping body. Build muscle using nonliving weights with this Groupon.
- C$28 for one month of unlimited gym access with tanning and four group TRX classes (C$169 value)
Equipment: TechnoGym, PRECOR, Matrix
Students should bring: Bottle of Water, Towel
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11–25 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking garage
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of BTS routines.
Gold's Gym BC boasts a few futuristic amenities, such as TechnoGym, PreCor, and Matrix machines. Off the main gym floor, guests can take a dip or swim laps in the full-size pool, or recover weary muscles at the juice bar and hot tub. Though the facilities and equipment are a big draw, the general manger Leon says that the knowledgeable staff is the gym's biggest asset. They help motivate exercisers and lead them around common pitfalls, such as becoming bored with their daily fitness routine.