Justtryit - "Toronto's Fitness Passport" Review

Justtryit recently launched, billing itself as “Toronto’s fitness passport”. For $49, the “passport” allows you try one class at any of their partner studios. One passport = 10 classes over 4 months. At less than $5 a class, that's amazing value, considering most Toronto drop-ins are $20 or more!

The Justtryit team was kind enough to set me up with a complimentary passport, leaving me with over 40 studios to choose from to “sweat somewhere new”! When it comes to fitness – I’m pretty adventurous. I love trying new studios and different types of fitness classes. In a city as expensive as Toronto, it can be cost-prohibitive to sign up for even short-term memberships or class packages – especially if you don’t know if you’ll even like the studio or class yet!

I recruited my friend Emily to join me, and we decided to kick off our Justtryit experience on Saturday at CYKL! I have an on-again-off-again relationship with spinning. Aside from a few SoulCycle classes on recent vacations, I haven’t jumped on a bike since last year.

It was a gorgeous day so I decided to forego the streetcar and ran the 5km distance from my condo to the studio, arriving 20 minutes early. Registration was easy – I just needed to provide my Justtryit number and sign a typical waiver. Mallory at CYKL helped set me up with spinning shoes, and got me fitted on the RealRyder bike. I had read about these bikes before the class – they let you steer and lean, simulating the feel of a real road bike.

Elke was our instructor. I was amazed by her energy level, given that it was her second class of the day! The ride was 45 minutes in total, consisting of hills, sprints, and lots of time out of the saddle. I WAY underestimated how much harder the RealRyder would feel than a normal stationary bike – my core and upper body are still feeling the burn. The class was 45 minutes, after which I was totally drenched. I unclipped from the bike with shaky legs and laughed at myself when I realized I still had to run home!!!

Overall I can confidently say that my class at CYKL was the best spin class I have ever attended! The facility is great, the staff is extremely helpful, knowledgeable and non-judgmental. I left with a ton of endorphins and positive energy. I will 100% be going back! I’m so glad I could try it out with my justtryit pass before I committed to it though.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that justtryit has studio options all over Toronto, but also in Mississauga near my office. Working in the ‘burbs means the gyms and studios near me often get left out of these types of programs. I’ll be trying out one of the Mississauga studios this week. In Toronto, I’m most excited to try out Surfset and MyoDetox performance.

Want to try it for yourself? Buy your pass here: www.justtryit.ca.

Disclaimer: I received my justtryit passport to try for free. I was not asked to write this blog post. 

Event Recap: Sweatworking @ Equinox

Last Thursday night, 40 professional women came together at Equinox on Bay Street for our third installment of the Smart Girls Sweat Toronto “sweatworking” series! We started the evening with an intense MetCon3 class lead by the amazing Erin Phelan. Let’s just said the workout HIIT the ladies hard ( pardon the pun ;) )!

After working up a great sweat, we took a quick break and enjoyed refreshing eucalyptus towels provided by Equinox.  We enjoyed some delicious healthy snacks from Simply Protein, Yes Peas!, and probiotic juices from Greenhouse Juice while networking. 

Finally, we gathered for the keynote speaker, Lesley-Anne Scorgie. Lesley-Anne spoke about the importance of financial fitness and literacy for women, and how to avoid the common financial pitfalls that effect women. She also spoke about keeping all your life “pillars” in balance (personal, professional, financial) and shared her wisdom about how she manages to keep hers in check.

We ended the evening with a brief networking session. Our sweatworkers got to take some amazing swag bags home courtesy of our fantastic sponsors. Special thank you to Equinox Bay St. for hosting us, Lesley-Anne for her fantastic and inspiring keynote, and to our fantastic sponsors that make our events possible!


About Our Keynote Speaker

Lesley-Anne Scorgie's passion for personal finance was strong well before her appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show in 2001. What started all the fuss in the first place was when she took up teaching her high school business class about investing, much to her teacher's surprise. Since appearing on the show in 2001 called "Ordinary People, Extraordinary Wealth", Lesley-Anne has branched out as a bestselling author, entrepreneur, renowned professional speaker, educator and popular columnist and television personality. Her area of expertise has also expanded into career navigation, entrepreneurship and women’s workplace equity and diversity issues. Today she is armed with her brand new book Modern Couple’s Money Guide (April 2016) and two previous best-sellers Well-Heeled: The Smart Girl’s Guide to Getting Rich (April 2014) andRich by Thirty: A Young Adult's Guide to Financial (2007/2015). Lesley-Anne is the founder of MeVest, a money school for Canadians.

Lesley-Anne has her BComm from University of Alberta and an MBA from Queen’s University. In 2011 Lesley-Anne won Avenue’s Top 40 Under 40 award and WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada.

 

Event Recap: Sweatworking @ Hard Candy Fitness

On Wednesday, January 27th, 50 professional women came together for the second installment of the Smart Girls Sweat Toronto Sweatworking event series at Hard Candy Fitness. The theme of the evening was goal setting – or as we prefer to call it – “goal-sweating”!

We started the night with an amazing high energy black light hot yoga class. After working up an epic sweat, we gathered for some delicious healthy refreshments including coconut water from Jax Coco, protein pancakes provided by Fuel Foods (a Toronto-based food delivery service) and protein bars from SimplyProtein. 

After refueling, we heard from our keynote speaker was Robyn Baldwin, Sr. Integrated Marketing Manager at Kobo, well-known blogger, and fitness personality. Robyn spoke with the group about goal-setting and her unique approach to work-life harmony. She went through different goal-setting methods and how she actually applies those to her life. The group took home lots of practical and applicable tips to help them set effective goals for 2016.

We ended the evening with a relaxed networking session for people to mix and mingle, and talk to our speakers and sponsorship reps.  Our guests took home some truly phenomenal swag bags full of healthy treats and supplies to get them started on their health goals for 2016! A special thanks to our fantastic sponsors for providing lots of goodies for our sweatworkers!

About Our Speaker:

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Robyn Baldwin is an Alpha Female who strives for a happy & healthy work/life harmony. She is a Sr. Integrated Marketing Manager for Kobo and a Fitness Personality. She is a fitness/lifestyle blogger at RobynBaldwin.com, a former CFL cheerleader and fitness competitor, a published fitness model, a freelance magazine writer, an eBook author, a future best selling author, a brand ambassador for Mizuno Canada and 23 Degrees Roastery and a sponsored athlete with Magnum Nutraceuticals. With a passion for fitness Robyn loves running, weight lifting, has taught spin classes and coached beginner runners. She’s also a yogi and has been practicing for over 10 years. She spends the majority of her spare time training for obstacle course racing.

Robyn completed her Honours Bachelor of Commerce specializing in Marketing in 2005 and found a passion in Advertising. She found the psychology of consumer behaviour fascinating and pursued a career in Media (the strategic, analytical side of Advertising) for 9 years. In 2013, she made the move "client side"  to her dream job selling books at Kobo.