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Top Kick Ass Workouts in Toronto

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I know it is still December, but that means the New Year is just around the corner. If you have made the resolution to lose weight or get in shape for the 10th year in a row and just cannot seem to stick to the plan, I am here for you and trust me I have been there before.

You may not know this about me, but I am actually a former professional athlete. I used to be ranked top 10 in Canada in tennis. I moved to Florida when I was 15 to train and play on the international tennis circuit before taking a full scholarship to a division 1 NCAA school in the States.

As a professional athlete you are constantly working out to get fitter, faster, and to better yourself. My days would consist of 7am weight lifting, followed by 4 hours of tennis drills, finishing with an hour of cardio. Tough work to say the least.

While my professional days are long gone, I still love a good sweat session, so I have put together some of my favourite Kick Ass workouts in the city that are guaranteed to get your butt in shape from the experience of a former professional athlete. Perfect to work off those holiday pounds.

Spokehaus 

If my family and friends ever had to have an intervention for me, it would be due to my addiction to Spokehaus. I was never much of a spin fan, finding the class overly repetitive, but Spokehaus offers something new and different. I love the low impact workout being on a bike offers, but trust me that is the only thing low in this class. The intensity is high for the entire duration of the class.  You are moving and grooving for 45 minutes straight and you aren’t just spinning your legs around. You are doing upper body and core movements, as well as one weight lifting track to make sure every muscle of your body is targeted. Another bonus is the great house and dance music they play. It is pretty much a really intense yet really fun dance class on a bike. When the class is finished you get to wipe of your sweat with a lavender towel, talk about taking care of their clients. I have to admit, 45 minutes is never enough at the Spokehuas.

Sweat factor: 5/5

Intensity: 4/5

Fun factor: 5/5

Where: 70 Dan Leckie Way

Elle Fitness Bootcamp 

Ladies this one is for you. Elle fitness offers a variety of classes for the gals including Lean Machine and Hard Ass, but my personal favourite is Bikini Boot Camp. I first signed up for the class thinking it would be a nice ab workout to get me ready for the summer. I was right about one part, it sure helped me get ready for summer. Describing this class as intense would be an understatement. It is none stop cardio meets plyometric, meets weights, meets resistance training. I know that sounds like a lot because it is. This class truly targets every muscle in your body including ones you didn’t even know existed. My favourite move was the lunges on a slider, definitely tested your balance, strength, and mental toughness all at once!

Sweat factor: 5/5

Intensity: 5/5

Fun factor: 4/5

Where: 580 King St W

Studio Lagree 

If you haven’t taken a class at Studio Lagree yet I will sum up what you are about to experience. It is basically Pilates but Pilates on steroids. The workouts here are done with sliding mats, adjustable bars and resistance bands. The studio itself describes the classes as fusion of Pilates, strength, core, and cardio training. I must say I was a little skeptical heading into the class. I have taken Pilates classes in the past and never considered them a very hard work out, but Studio Lagree proved me wrong. The 50 minute class had me engage my core muscles to balance on the mat, while working my upper and lower body with the resistance bands. The class changed my thinking of Pilates especially since I left sweating more than ever before. You have to try this class yourself to see how truly amazing it is.

Swear factor: 4/5

Intensity: 5/5

Fun factor: 4/5

Where: 788 King Street West

Purre Barre 

While ballet inspired classes may not be quite as cardio driven as the classes above, don’t let it fool you. Purre Barre sure offers a kick ass workout. The classes are a combination of ballet and Pilates inspired movements that ensure a full body workout from the inside of your thighs with plies to crunches with ball squeezes there isn’t an area of your body this class won’t work. What I loved most about Pure Barre is it doesn’t just work your body, but also your mind. I don’t come from a ballet background and so I was forced to really focus and concentrate on each movement of each muscle. I thought this class would be a breeze, but I was gravely mistaken. If you are looking for a low impact class that is going to shape and tone you all around, this is for you

Sweat factor: 3/5

Intensity: 4/5

Fun factor: 4/5

Where: 737 Queen St W

Fit Factory Fitness

I am not going to lie. For the first time in my life I seriously thought about quitting a workout class. It was none stop cardio and weight training from the minute the class started. This isn’t no hip hip hooray, you can do it kind of class. So if you are looking for an easy way out, don’t even bother. Fit Factory is for the serious fitness fanatics.  The class, which is military style boot camps are actually run by former marine corps drill instructors. They are yelling and on you to push yourself harder for the whole hour. The classes take you through a serious of drills to shape your body including pushups, medicine ball drills, and lots and lots of sit ups. Hello six pack.

Sweat factor: 5/5

Intensity: 5/5

Fun factor: 3/5

Where: 373 King St. West

Orangetheory Fitness

I had the chance to sweat with Olympian Perdita Felician at the Orangetheory fitness. These classes focus on getting your heart rate up and guarantee results (I may have worked a little harder knowing there was an Olympic athlete breathing over my shoulder.) The one-hour class combines treadmills, rowers, and weights, all of this while your heart rate is posted on the big screen so there is no slacking. What I really loved about this class is the positive reinforcement. As soon as I felt like I couldn’t work any harder, the instructor informs me that I am strong and impressive. That is one way to get me to run a little harder. I burned nearly 800 calories in just 60 minutes. This is a definitely the workout for anyone with weight loss goals.

Sweat factor: 5/5

Intensity: 5/5

Fun factor: 4/5

Where: 421 Danforth Ave

Best Abs Ever at Equinox 

My whole life I have dreamed of wearing a bikini with confidence and so as soon as I saw the words best abs ever class, well I was intrigued. However, when I saw the duration of the class was just 30 minutes, I was concerned I wouldn’t get the sweat I was hoping for, I was wrong. We barely spent any time doing the repetitive crunches on the floor that I have called an ab workout in the past. Instead it was 30 minutes full of plyometric, jumps, and cardio. I felt like I got an hour worth workout in half the time, and yes I can finally see the slight outline of a six pack starting to show.

Sweat factor: 4/5

Intensity: 4/5

Fun factor: 4/5

Where: 199 Bay St. W

CrossFit YKV

I had always been a little skeptical about the word CrossFit. I am not necessary going for the body builder look here and that is automatically what comes to mind when I think of this workout, however after months of friends trying to convince me to go I decided to give it a shot. I fell in love with this class. The class is an hour long that focuses on various movements at high intensity. While I wouldn’t recommend this for anyone who is new to weight training, I would recommend this for people who are looking to tone and shape. Don’t worry, you won’t get that body builder look if you don’t want it, but you will get some beautiful muscles thanks to the various weight training.

Sweat factor: 5/5

Intensity: 5/5

Fun factor: 3/5

Where:  175 Avenue Rd

Bucket List

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Where did the inspiration come from to start my very own real Bucket List? I was actually watching one of my friend’s TV shows. She is in this show called ‘No Tomorrow’.  The concept of the show is one of the characters believes the world is going to end in a few months and so he has created this list of all the things he wants to do before he dies. The show really got me thinking about my life and the way I live it. While I don’t believe the end of the world is just a few months away, I do believe that we never know how long we have to live our own life. This really got me asking the tough questions, do I live my life to the fullest? Have I done the things that scared me? Have I accomplished the things I have wanted to? Have I followed my dreams?

It was in this moment that I decided to write it all down on paper. Everything I have ever dreamed of doing from the smallest picnic in the park to the biggest swim with sharks in Africa. I figured that if it was on paper, it was tangible. It was something that I could look at every day and ask myself if I am really living my life.

So why would you care that I decided to create a bucket list of things I want to do before I die? Well you probably don’t and that is totally cool, but I wanted to share my thoughts on this with you because I want to make sure you are reminded to really live your life.

If you died tomorrow (God Forbid) could you look back and say, “you know what, I did a lot and accomplished a lot and I am ok with not having more time? That is what I am hoping this list will help me do. I am hoping that it will teach me what really matters in life. It will help me look at the bigger picture. It will help me live. screen-shot-2016-12-11-at-7-47-17-pm

The things on my list vary from small to grand from exciting to scary. They are things that frighten me, force me to be strong, make me happy, and make me feel accomplished.  One of them is trying stand-up comedy, another is hiking Table Mountain in Cape Town South Africa.

So the reason for me sharing this with you is to challenge you to ask yourself the hard questions. To realize if you are just walking through life or if you are living life. To dare you to try the things you never dreamed of. To make a promise to yourself that you will live your life to the fullest, because you will never get make this moment, this opportunity, this day. It is a statement that you are going to seize each second that you have been gifted.

All of this inspired by a CW TV show!

If you would like to follow along as I try and cross off as many items off my list as possible than just subscribe to my YouTube page. I will be posting videos and sharing some of the moments of this journey with you as I live out my very own Bucket List

Xo

Mia

Miawgordon.com is officially here

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Firstly I would like to apologize to anyone who has been following my career from the start. I know this seems like my 100th website and blog and that’s because it is but at the age of 27 with the next chapter of my life about to take off, I decided it was time to  finally be a grown up and finally time to have my own .com website.

So why now you may ask. What is this next chapter I speak of? Well if you did follow my other 100 blogs you may know that I recently took a job as the lead reporter and content creator with the newly established National Lacrosse League Productions team. Basically my job is to create stories and content in hopes of helping grow the game across the nation and I must say, I L-O-V-E my job.

I have held many different titles, positions, and hats during my 5 short years in the media industry, but what I have learned in this time is that it is rapidly changing. What I think I love most about NLL Productions and the soon to be launched NLL TV is how ahead they are from the pack. With fewer cable subscriptions and less people sitting down to watch on  TV, we are charging head first into the digital world.

I have certainly experienced the changing media world first hand. It wasn’t too long ago that the TV station I worked for shut down, leaving hundreds of employees trying to find work in a very competitive industry. Later, I watched as dozens of my friends lost their job when another station declared bankruptcy. It was evident that the media broadcast industry as we knew it was changing rapidly and the way to keep up was transitioning to the digital world.

So we now come full circle, just like the broadcast industry transitions to the digital world, so must Mia Gordon. I intend to use this website as an opportunity to share the stories I care about and that I am able to put together for the NLL, to share with you my passions, travels, hobbies, and causes that matter to me. For those of you who have followed my career through all 100 websites I say thank you, and to those who are joining the journey now, welcome I can’t wait to share my future adventures!

xo

Mia