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You’re the Machine at FitWall

On a Wednesday night in a fitness studio located in a strip mall in Vaughan, I was hanging onto a steel rung above my head for dear life. House music was blaring from the speakers, the instructor was enthusiastically yelling at us to push harder and my forearms were burning.

FitWall Studio Vaughan

This was my first experience at Canada’s flagship FitWall studio- a fitness concept where strength-training exercises are done on a vertical steel apparatus while your arms and feet hold you up on the eight rungs. Classes are only 30 minutes, but boy do they get you feeling the burn. You can hear more about my experience in my Activity-A-Week post on Hip + Urban Girl’s Guide before you go get those biceps pumping for yourself.

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Feeling the Burn at the Barre: BarreWorks Toronto

I’ve been going to the bar a lot lately. I have more energy, I feel stronger and leaner and I think I’ve even lost a few pounds!

I should mention this isn’t your typical bar – in fact it’s a barre not a bar. BarreWorks Toronto to be exact. It’s the newest ballet-inspired fitness studio on Queen West, and I tried their 60-minute Mixed Level class for the Hip & Urban Girl’s Activity a Week column along with Lisa, HUG’s EiC. Try it out for yourself and you’ll feel a burn similar to the one experienced after one too many shots of tequila – except at this barre the burning sensation will make its way to your thighs and linger for days.

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