In addition to plenty of trails and outdoor activities, there are many ways to stay active and get fit or keep fit in Hamilton. Fitness is becoming increasingly part of everyday life in Canada, and many Canadians – Hamiltonians included – take advantage of gym memberships, local meet-ups, and organized amateur sports leagues as a way to stay motivated towards a healthy, active lifestyle.
Here is a list of just a few of the various gym and sports options around Hamilton. Some of these may be seasonal due to the weather, but don’t worry if you see snow outside – Hamilton has a number of indoor facilities to keep you going all year long.
Gyms in Hamilton
As in any large city, the types and offerings of different gyms in Hamilton are many and varied. From basic equipment rooms, to deluxe suites and personal trainers, there are options to fit most budgets. Gyms commonly offer a range of classes, and the membership plans commonly vary depending on the features you want to pay for, so make sure to check each gym’s website for full details. Alternatively, drop into your local gym for a brief chat on payment plans, benefits, and everything else. If you want to keep fit in Hamilton, particularly during the winter months, a gym membership may be a good choice.
A classic across Canada, with several branches across downtown Hamilton. As much a community centre as a gym, each “Y” commonly has exercise machines, a pool, and a range of classes, in addition to childcare services and daycamps, newcomer programs, and activities for the elderly. Membership fees vary, but it will cost you about $50 per month plus an initial “building fee” that gets reinvested in the community and funds memberships for those who cannot afford full fees. Membership includes unlimited gym and aquatics classes, access to the gym and pool, and unlimited guest passes, among other perks. There are no contracts, and memberships can be suspended at no cost for short periods of time.
Canada’s largest health and fitness club has five locations around downtown Hamilton. Of these, the branch in Lime Ridge Mall is women’s only, and Stone Church and Queenston Place (open 24 hours) have women’s-only options. Goodlife offers three-visit free trial passes (valid for one week), after which rates vary from about $50 to $70 per month, depending on your plan. While pricier than the Y, membership includes even perkier perks like towels, hot yoga, massage, squash, and tanning. Their range of fitness classes, personal training, childcare, and even nutrition programs is also impressive.
Among Locke Street’s many amenities is this boutique gym with a smaller, studio feel. Describing itself as semi-private, its membership options mostly include unlimited private training. Prices are correspondingly higher (around $155-$200 per month), and it closes at 8 p.m. (earlier than most of the big chain gyms). However, if you are looking for a gym that will become part of your lifestyle and community, somewhere smaller with more one-on-one contact with trainers, OHSO could be a good fit for you.
Another small studio gym focusing on personal training and wellness, Catalyst’s monthly fee is attractive at $50. This even includes unlimited 24-hour access, although classes cost extra. Yoga and massage are also on offer, alongside gym equipment and personalized training programs.
ALP Training Institute
For serious gym-goers looking for advanced workouts and training, this 6,000 square foot institute (as it calls itself) offers impressive facilities and equipment, particularly for weight training. They also have athletic development programs, group and private classes, and they take off-season hockey training very seriously. With a limit of 250 members, the atmosphere feels focused and exclusive, but membership plans remain below $100 per month.