IMAGE VIA BURNOUT FITNESS | FACEBOOK
A climbing gym without the rock walls and harnesses, Burnout Fitness is bringing cardio climbing to Midtown with the VersaClimber — a machine known to burn more calories in 15 minutes than any other cardio equipment around. So effective, even celebrities and elite athletes—LeBron James, Jennifer Aniston, and Bradley Cooper, to name drop a few—have sung its praises.
If you’re ready for a challenge, to sweat to the extreme, and truly understand where the “burn” portion of Burnout Fitness comes in, step on in to the first dedicated VersaClimber studio in Toronto.
Think of the VersaClimber as a mix between StairMaster and elliptical — both machines are hard enough on their own, yet in 1981, some evil genius decided to combine them. The machine uses a climbing and crawling motion to help you fire up your lower- and upper-body muscles in a zero-impact, high-intensity burnout (for lack of a better term). Somehow, it’s only been in the past couple years where the VersaClimber has reemerged as an “it” workout.
Yonge and Briar Hill’s Burnout Fitness has nine of them. To be precise, Burnout has the nicest ones available, the TS VersaClimber. All machines are equipped with WiFi and Bluetooth touch screens that allow you to save your workouts. You’ll just need to register through the VersaClimber app (compatible with Apple Watch), then you can start tracking everything from feet climbed, steps per minute, heart rate, and a record of how many classes you’ve completed.
But you won’t be on the machine the whole time; it’s just one half of the workout.
When you’re not on the VersaClimber, you might be hanging, planking, squatting, doing pull-ups, and much more. The studio has stall bars and tons of fitness equipment you’ll be using during the 60-minute, signature class called The Burnout, where you’ll split time evenly between machine and floor. Though, if you’re crunched for time, get the same results in 45 minutes with the XPRESS Burnout, where you’ll be on and off the climber in five-minute intervals.
Interested in bringing out your inner athlete? While all classes incorporate your basic strength exercises, Core X is a special class that targets your core strength and stability using the CoreVYO band, a resistance band used by NBA stars like Steve Nash and Steph Curry in their training. Used in tandem with a mix of strength, mobility and cardio exercises, you’ll get stronger with every rep.
Whether you’re new to fitness (or the VersaClimber itself) or work out regularly, Burnout Fitness is a different sort of challenge, like boasting you’ve climbed two times the height of the CN Tower.
No, seriously — keep an eye out for the Vertical Mile class, where it’s VersaClimber-only and you’ll achieve a height of around 5,000 feet. Sound crazy? Maybe, but with the motivational jams and supportive coaching all around, their very Insta-worthy neon sign says it best: “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”
Get the latest news on Toronto’s fitness scene.