Expert-level hiking trails are few and far between in the province of Ontario, but now you can experience the feeling of a sweaty uphill climb without leaving Toronto’s downtown core. The newly opened Altitude Athletic re-creates high-altitude environments within its sleek 1,200-square-foot space near Church St. and King St. East.
Altitude Athletic says that it’s Canada’s largest facility of its kind, where you can use a variety of training equipment with the added challenge of mountain-like elevation to help you “crush a marathon, summit Kilimanjaro, or stay fit for life.”
“Toronto is at sea level, and although it would be awesome for many of us, it’s not practical to fly off to the mountains every weekend,” said owner Melanie Miller to Retail Insider, which is what inspired her to bring the summit to the city.
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According to the outlet, Altitude Athletic rotates between three zones throughout the week — Montane Zone, Subalpine Zone, and Alpine Zone, each of which has its own altitude range. There are a number of assessments you can book to make sure you’re training safely and setting achievable goals.
Once you’re done battling the elements, you can use the facility’s rain showers or replenish your energy with some post-workout fuel. You can try a single drop-in session or a package of several, but the prices vary for members and non-members. To kick off its opening, Altitude Athletic is offering 30% off a drop-in or package until July 31.
Where: 56 Colborne Street, Toronto
Cost: $40+HST, non-member 60-minute session