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The problem comes in when you’re spending your precious time running all around the city just to get to your favourite sweat spots while trying to balance a healthy social life to boot. But, that’s all about to change.
The three-level, fitness and wellness center called Sweat and Tonic is opening fall 2019 at Yonge and Dundas, and it’s unlike anything we’ve seen before.
Inside, you’ll find a HIIT, yoga, and cycle studio, as well as two community lounges, a café and bar, a members-only social and work space, meditation pods, infrared saunas, fully-stocked locker rooms, and, all too commonly overlooked, a team of top talent leading it all.
“We don’t want it to feel like a place where you just come in and do your class and leave,” says Morgan Thomas, general manager of Sweat and Tonic. “We want people to feel like if they want to stay and hang out, they can, and get to know each other and build community.”
Even beyond the boutique-driven aesthetic, Sweat and Tonic is a space celebrating its history — the old building was once Toronto’s first bar. Using this as a jumping-off point for its design, founder David Ingram wanted to pursue an urban transportation feel, influenced by the “textures, layers, and patterns that are incorporated throughout the city, specifically in the lines and curves of subway tracks and bus terminals,” Morgan told Fitt.
As is the natural order of things here, let’s jump back into the sweat before the tonic. There are three separate studios offering over 150 classes per week, all run by some of the best instructors in the city. If you’re looking for strength and cardio conditioning, or to throw a few punches, join in on a 3D class in the ground-floor HIIT studio, powered by fitness veteran George Chaker.
The East End’s Chi Junky team is running the yoga show on the second floor, where you can take advantage of the complimentary mats and infrared heat technology while flowing through a range of classes, like the energizing Slay & Stretch or restorative Zen Vibes Only.
Now, let’s not forget about the basement-level ride. Yes, the spin shoes are included, and, yes, the playlists are killer. Ultimately, they aren’t limiting themselves by niching themselves. “It’s not just about rhythm riding or just about metric rides, it’s more about having opportunities to ride each way, and even some classes that combine the two,” says Morgan.
All that sweat guarantees a necessary fuel-up and chill-out. Luckily, you’ll find both options here, and then some.
Whether you’ve just come from a class or walked in from off the street, you’ll have access to nutbar’s newest outpost, as well as a full-service bar and lounge area. Order a matcha latte or tonic of choice—there’s wine, beer and handcrafted cocktails on the menu—and plug in to do some work or wind down from the workout.
If you have an auto-renew credit pack (one credit equals one predetermined health or wellness experience), you gain access to the exclusive Tonic House. This 60-person lounge on the second floor gives you even more space for relaxing post-sweat sesh with people who you’ll probably see around quite a bit. Plus, you can order drinks up from the bar and café downstairs.
Want some alone time? You can head to a Somadome meditation pod to relax, have a facial, or schedule a session with an RMT.
And while we wish we could tell you even more about Sweat and Tonic, you’ll just have to head there for yourself and see! Doors to this all-in-one fitness community and social house open November 16.