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  • Boss B*tch: SPINCO's Michelle August & her dog Molly November 20, 2019

    When she was only 22, Michelle August opened the first SPINCO indoor cycling studio in Kelowna. Since then, she's opened locations all over Canada and they recently celebrated a five year anniversary. At her side, every step of the way is her yellow Labrador Retriever named Molly. We caught up with Michelle to get tips for flying with a dog, the inside scoop on Labrador Retrievers and why a dog can help you live a healthy lifestyle. 

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  • Fitness is Important to Our Health, but it's Critical for Your Business. This Founder Explains Why November 4, 2019

    For those who monetize our passion, the lifestyle of entrepreneurship can often take a mental and physical toll on our bodies. Managing your own time means working around the clock which makes it difficult for some entrepreneurs to fit a healthy amount of sleep and regular fitness training into their booked schedules.

    For Michelle August, founder of indoor cycling studio SPINCO, building a community, moving past fear and taking calculated risks are not only the foundations of her business but the keys to success for busy entrepreneurs.

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  • How fast-growing SPINCO navigates a saturated boutique fitness market November 3, 2019

    Recently named one of the fastest-growing companies in Canada, SPINCO founder Michelle August says she doesn't aspire to become as big as GoodLife. She tells Paige Ellis how she plans to maintain momentum in a saturated fitness market.

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  • Get you spin on atop CN Tower October 18, 2019

    You can get your spin on high above or down below Toronto to celebrate SPINCO's fifth birthday.

    Canada's largest indoor spun studio chain is marking its fifth anniversary with rides at the top of the CN Tower on Wednesday, October 23. A portion of proceeds from the rides will support Right to Play.

    "Over the last five years, the SPINCO team and I have built a community of riders from all across the country who join us for more than 600,000 rides each year to engage in the mind, body, and soul". Michelle August, founder and owner, said in a statement. "What I am most proud of is that, throughout our rapid growth, SPINCO's values of inclusivity, empowerment, and self-love continue to be the foundation of our culture."

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  • How These Canadian Women Unleashed Their Inner Power September 9, 2019

    Like most people, finding self-confidence has been a journey for me. Exercise and finding a community of like-minded people through SPINCO has helped me feel good about myself and spin is something I can always return to when I'm second-guessing myself.  

    I think group fitness is a great way for anyone to feel more powerful about their inner strength and create connections with others as a support system. I've tried to build my business around helping people feel empowered - when you push past a challenge or obstacle in class you feel good about yourself and you can take that out of the studio and into real life.

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  • 10 Fitness Classes to Try With Your Friends in Toronto August 12, 2019

    If you're looking for the ultimate group fitness experience...

    The place: SPINCO, with 3 Toronto locations: 129 Spadina Avenue, 2577 Yonge Street, and 1220 Yonge Street - check them out on Instagram @spincotoronto

    The workout: The spinning fitness craze is showing no signs of slowing down, as more and more people get on board with the intense cardio trend. Enter SPINCO, whose Toronto studio offers full-bodied, guided spin classes designed to get you in the zone and closer to your fitness goals than ever before.

    Best for: High-energy, intense cardio lovers who can appreciate a structured approach to their workout routine.

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  • SPINCO Marks 5 Year Anniversary with Aggressive Expansion June 26, 2019

    Canada's largest spin studio chain SPINCO is marking five years in operations as it looks to potentially almost double its location count by the end of the year. SPINCO was founded by Michelle August when she was just 22 years old in Kelowna, and the chain has grown to 12 locations with almost 400,000 riders coast-to-coast. 

    Remarkably, SPINCO says that it is aiming to have 20 locations in Canada by the end of 2019, with three of those slated to open later this summer in Hamilton and Thornhill in Ontario, as well as a unit in Moncton New Brunswick.

    Ms.August has included philanthropy as part of SPINCO's business model. Every studio features weekly Spin it Forward rides as part of its ongoing Charity Ride initiatives, which have raised over $400k for local causes with that number set to grow substantially with the expansion.

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  • What's Her Secret: Michelle August of SPINCO May 1, 2019

    Michelle August has been a devoted athlete since she was a child. At three years old, she began water and snow skiing. She played soccer throughout her childhood. And she followed this up with basketball in high school and university. Then, in 2014, she turned her passion for fitness into a fully-fledged business idea and launched SPINCO, a cycling studio in her hometown of Kelowna B.C. At the time, she was only 22 years old.

    Fast forward to today, and SPINCO is the largest and only national indoor cycling studio, spread across the country in 12 different locations, all thriving on a high dose of team spirit, motivation, and positive attitudes. As a fitness guru and business owner, Michelle has tons of insight on launching your own company, achieving your own goals, and how to give back to the community. Read on as we chat about all things fitness, business, and spin.

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  • Here's How the Pros Put Together a Motivating Workout Playlist April 4, 2019

    It's common knowledge that music has the ability to impact mood; studies have shown that it helps lower cortisol levels and increases happy hormones, like oxytocin and dopamine. "Music is a vital component in driving movement during a workout", says Rebecca Moskob, an instructor at indoor cycling studio SPINCO in Toronto. (She's known for her sweaty rave-themed rides). Here, Moskob shares some tips for compiling an inspiring playlist that will help you breeze through your workout. No personal hype-man needed.

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  • The best spinning classes in Toronto - tested March 13, 2019

    For comfortable bikes: SPINCO

    Why we love it: One of spinning's biggest turn-offs? That the bike's hard seat takes some getting used to down there. It's something of a spinner's rite of passage, but the bikes at SPINCO make the transition a little easier with their wide, soft(ish) seats, plus they're easy to set-up and offer a smooth ride. The classes themselves mostly stick to a 10-song format with an arms track (you'll pedal slowly while lifting light hand weights) just over the halfway mark, but the surprise appearance of a lit-up disco ball keeps the energy high.  

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  • Using cycling to raise money for mental health, breast cancer and hungry children February 22, 2019

    Michelle August has always been passionate about sports, so when she finished university a few years ago, she wanted to do something related to athletics.
    ...each SPINCO outlet holds a weekly Spin it Forward event to raise money for a variety of causes, including the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Canadian Breast Cancer Society and Canadian Feed the Children. The company also holds annual fundraising events and so far all of the efforts have raised more than $350,000 in total.

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  • 6 Things super fit people do over the holidays to stay healthy December 14, 2018

    "Even though the holiday season comes with a busy schedule, there's always time to pencil in a quick workout to stay active. It may not be your regular workout, at your usual time of day, but if you plan ahead, you can usually fit something in very early or late that doesn't get in the way of your day. Booking a class at a local spin or fitness studio helps, because you've already taken the steps to commit to the class. Class environments are good for motivating you to get there and get it done!

    It also helps if you find an activity you love. I like to ski and snowboard during the winter. I grew up in Kelowna, B.C. so I've been doing both since I was young and I find them easy ways to stay active in the winter while doing something I enjoy." 

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  • Marilyn Dennis - Gift Guide December 11, 2018

    Just because it's winter and there's snow outside, doesn't mean you can't go cycling. With a 5 class voucher to SPINCO, you'll be able to work off all that holiday weight in no time. SPINCO also has ten different locations across Canada so you can take classes at your own convenience. 

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  • 6 Toronto spinning studios to try for your next workout December 10, 2018

    This Kelowna, BC-born company landed in the city back in 2016, cementing their first studio uptown at Yonge and Eglinton. Today, SPINCO has three locations in Toronto, including downtown, uptown, and Summerhill. Riders can look forward to high-energy classes with free weight portion to tone arms and shoulders for a true full-body workout. 

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  • A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Spin Classes in Toronto November 20, 2018

    To date, SPINCO - founded by Michelle August in 2014 when she was just 22 years old - boasts 10 locations across the country, three of which are located in Toronto, making it the largest spin establishment in Canada. The Kelowna-born company's 50-minute classes feature basic choreography (dips, pumps, tap-backs) to the beat of the music that your instructor will go over at the beginning of class, plus one track dedicated to weights and post-ride cool down. While the studio welcomes riders of all fitness levels, prepare to get your ass kicked: The climbs in some of the classes are to be taken seriously. Don't say we didn't warn you. 

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  • 15 Canadian Female CEOs and Entrepreneurs share their invaluable advice October 29, 2018

    At just 22, Kelowna-based Michelle August missed the team spirit of her varsity basketball days and had lost all interest in working out. She decided to open up a spin studio and used the space to create a community of men and women that would encourage and inspire one another. Michelle later moved east to expand the business and now has ten SPINCO locations, with more locations coming soon.

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  • Spinning Around Community | Michelle August Founder of SPINCO 10-Aug-18

    In 2014, Michelle August started a company with a goal of building a community. SPINCO grew from one spin studio to nine in just 4 short years and continues to grow its community of supportive and inclusive riders.

    SPINCO is a second home to the members of its community, staff and riders alike. Michelle’s aim is to provide a place where people feel like they belong. “SPINCO promotes a healthy, fun and well-rounded lifestyle.”

  • She’s the Boss: How Spinco’s Michelle August Launched Her Wildly Popular Spinning Studio February 22, 2018

    "Yes, you can" is Michelle August's favourite affirmation. When I sign up for a sweaty spin session at the new downtown Toronto location of SPINCO (129 Spadina Avenue) - the company she founded in 2014, when she was just 22 - she calls it out as her signatue pep talk to the super-stoked, sold-out crowd, in between instructors to move in sync to the music. As a mini disco ball makes the dark room sparkle, I attempt my awkward imitation of the choreo, while mesmerized by the riders doing their presses, dips and tap-backs with such dancer-like agility, they could be teaching the workout themselves. 

     

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  • Jamie Drops by SPINCO - CP24 February 7, 2018

    Jamie from CP24 dropped by SPINCO to experience a class.

     

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  • 14 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas That Spread The Local Love February 6, 2018

    Roses are red, violets are blue, Valentine's Day is coming up and #SorryNotSorry but there's nothing you can do. Let's face it: Valentine's Day is one of those 'hallmark holidays' that we either love or hate, mostly dpending on the current status of our love lives. We've always taken the day of love as an opportunity to treat ourselves, our boos, and our besties to a little gift that shows just how much we care. After all, if you're Valentine's Day can't guarantee a romantic date or getting lucky, at least you can take contorl of your own pleasurable playoff in the form of material goods, right? ... This year we've got you covered for gift ideas that not only encourage #SelfLove, but help spread that local love too.

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    Spinco's 5 Class Starter Pack

    Sure, a gift card to work out may not seem like the most romantic gesture, but, TBH working out is expensive AF these days so it'll likely be better received than you might think. Treat yourself or your besties to a class start pack at downtown Toronto's hottest new spin studio, Spinco, that recently opened up on Spadina. Trust us, it'll be the ride of a lifetime and a workout you'll never forget.

     

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  • Weekend Musts: DIY Turmeric Latte Recipe, Spin-It-Forward and More February 3, 2018

    The countdown to Valentine's Day 2018 is officially on, and, whether you love it or hate, this week's Weekend Musts highlights a number of treats for you, your boo, or your BFF. The best news? You don't even need to wait until the 14th to enjoy any of these top picks.

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    What To Do:

    Ever since SPINCO opened their new downtown location in Toronto, we've been totally obsessed. To celebrate Heart Health Month in February, SPINCO locations across Canada will be donating the proceeds from their Spin-it-Forward classes on Mondays at 6:30pm to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

     

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  • Valentine's Day Guide 2018 February 2, 2018

    Shop Gifts for Your BFF

     

    1. Petite Amie Signet Ring, pinky promises. 2. Boob Earrings, when somen support each other incredible things happen. 3. Spin Co Class, bond together. sweat it out together.

     

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  • 2018 Wellness Trends Event: Recap and Photos February 2, 2018

    On January 26, Toronto's wellness and fitness entrepreneurs, influencers, thought leaders, experts, media, and more, gathereed at Barry's Bootcamp to celebrate the announcement of the 2018 Wellness Trends.

     

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  • SPINCO’s New Toronto Location is Finally Open (And We Tested It Out!) January 30, 2018

    It was only a matter of time before Spinco, Canada's biggest purveyor of spin, finally opened up a second Toronto location - and in the downtown core no less. The Kelowna, B.C.-born company landed in the city back in 2016, cementing their first studio uptown at Yonge and Eglinton. Needless to say, many are pleased regarding the proximity of the new space.

     

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  • Here Is What To Expect From A SPINCO Spinning Class January 27, 2018

    SPINCO just opened a new location in Toronto, and we were just spinning our wheels to check out the new space and the classes. 

     

    Ever go to a fitness class and think to yourself: "This is not what I thought it was going to be." Well, we hate that. So that is why the crew at Best Health created this 3D approach to reviewing a new gym or studio. That means we give three different view points of the new class. Your BH Tribe just hit up the new Spinco location at 129 Spadina Avenue in Toronto. Here is what we thought.

     

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  • Popular Gym Opening in Oakville January 25, 2018

    It  began in Kelowna, B.C. back in 2014. Then made its way to Toronto proper. And now it's coming to downtown Oakville.

     

    If you've been hoping for a new gym, you're in luck -- a brand new spin studio is slated to open locally in spring 2018.

     

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  • #FounderFiles: Meet Michelle August The Founder of SPINCO Canada January 22, 2018

    Spinning is experiencing a resurgance right now, but the new era of spinning ain't your average class; it's sweaty, it's intense, it pushes you to your limit and makes you wonder if you might puke or somersault over your handle bars. At least (even as someone who has been spinning since the age of 15) this has been my experience at many of today's most popular studios. Since the hottest, hardest workout of the moment is often the topic of conversation amongst my friends and peers, the name 'SPINCO' has come up in conversation multiple times, and everyone who has tried it praises the studio and classes for changing their body and lives. For real. 

     

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  • SPINCO Downtown: The New Studio Opens Its Doors January 22, 2018

    This weekend, SPINCO continued its quest for fitness world domination with the opening of their second Toronto studio (and seventh studio overall). The opening of SPINCO Downtown comes on the heels of the first Ottawa studio, and about a month before the launch of the third Toronto studio (in Summerhill). 

     

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  • SPINCO Opens Up It’s 2nd Location in Downtown Toronto January 22, 2018

    We checked out SPINCO's second Toronto location who officially opened their doors to the public on January 19th located @ 192 Spadina Ave. (Adelaide & Spadina). The sutdio focuses stricly on spin classes and their mission is simple: "To infuse the community with a positive, never-quit attitude".

     

    Here are some highlights of the space and for more information or to book a class, head on over to their website.

     

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  • Weekend Musts: A Feminist’s Boob Job, #YouBelongNow and More January 21, 2018

    What To Try:

     

    SPINCO has officialy opened their second Toronto location (and first in the downtown core) as of this weekend and it's definitely worth checking out to get your sweat on. This is now the 9th location for this originally BC-based company, and there seems to be no stopping their incredible nation-wide growth.

     

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  • Canada’s SPINCO Announces Expansion January 11, 2018

    When Michelle August opened her first SPINCO fitness studio in July 2014 in Kelowna, she had visions of eventually expanding to perhaps five locations.

     

    But the entrepreneur has already surpased her ambitions with nine locations to be in operation by the spring of this year. 

     

    "With my new partner here in Toronto, our goals have gotten a lot bigger..."

     

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  • Michelle August of SPINCO Talks Growing a Spin Empire January 10, 2018

    Their beats are high, their lights are low, and this is how they take over Toronto. SPINCO, Yonge & Eglinton’s uber popular spin studio, opened by powerhouse founder Michelle August, is about to open its seventh location (the second in Toronto), followed shortly by its eighth. We caught up with Michelle August to find out how the studio is managing the rapid growth, what we can expect from the new locations, and one of the main secrets to her success.

     

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  • Canada's Largest Spin Studio Announces Ambitious Expansion January 10, 2018

    When Michelle August opened her first SPINCO fitness studio in July 2014 in Kelowna, she had visions of eventually expanding to perhaps five locations.

     

    But the entrepreneur has already surpassed her ambitions with nine locations to be in operation by the spring of this year.

     

    “When I started this three years ago I wanted to have maybe five locations. I thought that would be the most amazing thing ever. So my goals have already really been exceeded,” says August, the founder of the company.

     

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  • Top 5 Exercise Classes Roundup January 5, 2018

    A little while ago, we asked some our customers what their favourite exercise classes were. Now that 2018 is here and we’re all about New Year’s Resolutions, let’s take a look at the most popular picks – maybe this will inspire all of you to try something new! (We have also included some studio picks for the Toronto community – and some that are nationwide!)

     

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  • How Star Blogger Kale & Krunches Finds her Zen 24-May-17

    In our Zen Things I Hate About You series, we’re exploring all the wellness trends and practices that some of us are maybe a little skeptical about, and offering a peek behind the curtain. See previous editions here and here. Marlie Cohen is the badass blogger behind the beloved moniker Kale & Krunches. When she’s not leading high-energy sweat sessions at SPINCO or building swoon-worthy dishes on her Insta-stories, Marlie finds her zen by ditching her digital habit, rolling on essential oils, and taking time to prioritize her wellness.

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  • The top 30 rainy day activities in Toronto 21-May-17

    Rainy days in Toronto can sap your desire to leave the house. While we don't suffer the same number of wet days as cities like Vancouver or Halifax, we see our fair share of showers here in Toronto, so it's useful to find some inspiration for some rainy-day fun.

    Here are some things to do on a rainy day in Toronto.

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  • 3 Fitness Enthusiasts Swear by These Workouts 11-May-17

    If you’re looking for a new strength training workout, but don’t know where to start, search no further. Here, we break down three tried-and-true workouts that aren’t trendy, but they promise amazing results.

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  • Spin City 7-May-17

    With its combination of high-intensity cycling and dance music, spinning is back - a new-and-improved version that's winning over Torontonians, one pedalhead at a time. 

    Michelle August opened this classy spinning destination at Yonge and Eglinton last fall. The Scandinavian-inspired space, designed by August herself, is as chic as any spa, with white marble and pale barnboard accents. Instructors are peppy: the motto is, "One team, one bike," and everyone is encouraged to pedal in sync. 

     

    Who goes there: Yummy mummies, trust-funded high-schoolers.

     

    Music: Top 40 past and present, from Eminem to Katy Perry.

     

    Cost: $25 for 50 minutes.

     

    Intensity: 4 stars. 

     

    Sourced from Toronto Life

  • Spin for Sunnybrook 6-May-17

    GET READY TO GET SWEATY because Sunnybrook Next Generation is hosting their first ever charity spinning event and it is happening Saturday, May 6th at SPINCO!! There will be two 50-minute spin classes at 1:30pm & 2:30pm with a registration fee of $50 going to St. John’s Rehab Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. Even if spinning is not your thing, there will be lots of amazing prizes and freebies that you don’t want to miss out on! There are limited spots available so hurry and sign up and share with all of your friends, family and coworkers – let’s get the word out and sell out!

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  • We Tried It: SPINCO 1-May-17

     

    The Workout: 

    A 50-minute Spinning class that feels kind of like being at a club. You're in a dark room, there's a disco ball and the music is a carefully curated playlist with high-energy hits.

     

    Best For:

    Indoor-cycling lovers, music junkies and anyone looking for a good cardio boost. 

     

    The Final Word:

    It's a fun and inclusive way to try Spinning. Instructor's motivate but aren't pushy, so you can work out at your own pace. 

     

    Check out SPINCO's studios in Toronto, Victoria and Kelowna, B.C. 

     

    Sourced from CanadianLiving.com

  • How To Check Off Your Fitness Bucket List: “I Hiked Everest Base Camp.” 30-April-2017

    A goal like Mount Everest isn't for everyone, but Spinco founder Michelle August shows how it is a very attainable goal – as long as you train properly.

     

    Have you ever wanted to hike Base Camp Everest. So did 26-year-old Michelle August, and climb the bucket list mountain she did. As the founder of Canadian cycling studio chain Spinco, you know that she’s a driven woman. “In March of [2017], my brother and I took a spontaneous trip to Base Camp of Everest,” says August. “Every day had a new challenge. There were many obstacles we had to overcome mentally and physically during our 14-day trek.” Here she chats with us about those ups and downs and how she achieved this #BHmoment.

     

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  • How to Embrace the Power of Positive Thinking in 3 Steps 11-Apr-17

    Our editors share their best health tips. Mind over matter Author and international speaker Gabrielle Bernstein is a big believer in the power of positive thinking. "We can have up to 60,000 thoughts a day," she says—which is why it's important to stamp out unhappy ones. Researchers say there really is something to positive thinking: A 2016 study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston found that optimistic women live longer, healthier lives, while 2014 research by Johns Hopkins Medicine in Baltimore discovered a connection between having a positive outlook and better heart health. But that doesn't mean ignoring life's challenges or pretending negative emotions such as depression and anxiety don't exist. Instead, Bernstein offers tips (below) for changing your mind in a healthy way.

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  • The 6ix Index 11-Apr-17

    CITY VIEWS

    Citizen Jane: Battle for the Cityopens on April 21 at the Tiff Bell Lightbox, and the evening kicks off with a Jane’s Walk along King, natch. The documentary follows Jane Jacobs, the urban activist, icon and writer who affected the urban planning of both Toronto and New York. Jacobs’ 1961 book The Death and Life of Great American Citiescompletely changed the discussion surrounding architecture and urban planning in major cities. Believe it or not, she will probably give you more views on the 6ix than Drake. 350 King St. W., tiff.net.

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  • I Went To Spin Class And It Was Basically A Rave On Wheels 7-Apr-17

    I tend to do many things at the same time because, let’s face it, women are especially good at multi-tasking. For instance, I will help my kids with their homework while making dinner and paying the bills online. I will workout with friends so we can catch up while squeezing in some cardio. Recently a friend wanted to meet for coffee, but instead, I suggested she join me for a spin class.

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  • Healthy is the New Skinny 5-Apr-17

    Morning loves! I’m REALLY excited to share this blog post with you today for a couple of reasons … I get to give you an update on my “Mom Bod” and explain my “AH-HA” moment with you and secondly, I get to share my review of lululemon’s new Nulux fabric gear with you!! Eeeeeppp!! Ok, let’s get started!

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  • The 6ix Index 4-Apr-17

    FLOWERS FOR SPRING: GROUNDBREAKING
    Spring is finally here, which can only mean one thing: flowers everywhere. To get your fill of florals at home, check out Flùr Florists on Bathurst Street. The store creates Ontario-grown bouquets, grab-and-go bunches and sells indoor potted plants, with delivery available in the GTA. It also sells home, garden and stationery items from Europe and will soon have online ordering through its website, so you won’t have to step foot outside to make your home look like a beautiful spring paradise. 1087 Bathurst St., flur.ca.

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  • 50 things to do this spring in Toronto 30-Mar-17

    Spring events and activities in Toronto clearly show the city's excitement for warmer weather. There are so many great festivals, parties, food and drink events and reasons to get back outside and see people, the city and the nature around us again.

    Here are 50 things to do this spring in Toronto.

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  • 15 Skills You Need To Master Before Calling Yourself A True Torontonian 28-Mar-17

    We've all been guilty of it before. When you're away for school/work or on vacation and someone asks you where you're from... you answer, "Toronto." Do you really know what you've signed yourself up for by calling yourself a Torontonian? With that title comes responsibilities and the ability to know the trends of your city back and forth.

    If you live in surrounding areas around Toronto and claim you're a Torontonian, you may have bitten off more than you can chew.

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  • Toronto fitness studios facing huge influx of US competition 11-Mar-17

    Torontonians are in the best shape of their lives! Or at least that is what the sudden influx of gyms and spinning studios would have us believe.

    US fitness chains like Equinox, Orange Theory, Pop Physique and SoulCycle now call Toronto home. They're competing against homegrown outfits like Torq, The Rosedale Club and MOVE Fitness, not to mention established players like Goodlife.

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  • 11 Innovative Toronto Startup Founders You Need To Know 9-Mar-17

    Startup culture in Toronto seems to have exploded, with the city quickly becoming a hub for new and unique business ideas. With so many new companies popping up regularly, it can be hard for founders and entrepreneurs to make an impact in a field with so much competition.

    Those that succeed do so because they offer a truly innovative service or product. Each of the people on this list are proof that if you work hard and don't give up, you can achieve your dreams. Here are 11 Toronto startup founders who are making their mark on the city.

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  • 48 Hours in Victoria 7-Mar-17

    In need of a little island vacation? Make Victoria, BC your next holiday destination!

    Located just 30 minutes by seaplane from Vancouver, this wonderful city has so much to offer. From the little coffee shops, to cute boutiques, to the great nature landscapes and outdoor adventures, you can’t go wrong with an escapade in this buzzing town.

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  • SPINCO – Beats High, Lights Low, Energy On Fire 1-Mar-17

    “Canadians Spin Better.”

    That bold statement (made in partnership with The Peace Collective) is just one of many that SPINCO, an ultra-chic studio near Yonge & Eglinton, makes – and backs up.

    Before you enter SPINCO, you’ll know two facts about the class from the signage: “Beats High. Lights Low.” Enter the studio, walk past a display of apparel including the aforementioned capsule collection, and you’ll find another SPINCO credo in white neon lights on the white brick wall: “Work, Sweat, Achieve.”

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  • Marathon Monday: No Spring Race For Me 27-Feb-17

    Hello and happy Monday! I haven’t checked in on here in a while. A lot of things have been happening, I went on an amazing trip to Alberta (shared a bunch of photos on Instagram) and I’ve just been thinking/re-thinking a lot of things lately. I know that sounds so vague but I will probably bore you if I go into details. Most has to do with work (and maybe doing something other than teaching) and blogging (rebranding). See? Boring.

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  • Marathon Monday: Week 6 (No Days Off!) 15-Feb-17

    So I went from talking about how running took a backseat in my last post and then all of a sudden, I blazed through a week with no days off from exercise. It wasn’t planned and I’m not quite sure how that happened but hey, I’ll take good weeks when they come and embrace the off weeks too! I didn’t really follow my “plan” (didn’t get my long run in) mostly because we had a huge snowstorm on Sunday and I could only manage 6.5 miles before I called it quits.

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  • A Toronto Fitness Break Itinerary 31-Jan-17

    Toronto has been my home for nearly two decades and I’ve seen it grow so much. It’s such a vibrant city with lots to explore, especially when it comes to staying fit. When in T.O, and looking for fun ways to get active, there are almost too many fun workouts to choose from but tasked with making an itinerary for one day, I chose three workouts that’ll provide a nice mix (cross-training is key!) and in different areas of the city. Toronto is very much a city of neighbourhoods, and it’s good to get out of the downtown core so you can experience the city much like a local does.

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  • 9 Influential Millennials In Toronto To Watch In 2017 25-Jan-17

    Whoever said millennials were lazy definitely hasn't paid a visit to Toronto. Across various fields and professions, Toronto is home to a ton of young people achieving some pretty incredible things.

    Though Toronto has thousands of awesome young people, we've narrowed it down to 9 Toronto millennials who are making a mark on the city in their own ways. From musicians to entrepreneurs to artists, we can't wait to see what they'll accomplish this year.

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  • Spin For the Win 23-Jan-17

    We are a month into 2017 (basically), and I've noticed there's a new fitness trend on the rise (spinners will get the pun). The typical "hit the gym" new year's reso was done a little differently by many this year.

    Spinning has become the new go-to fitness regime, and its increasingly becoming noticeable with new studios opening up all around the city.

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  • How much would you pay to work out at an Instagram-worthy gym? 23-Jan-17

    It has been three years since her first ride, but Casey Graham still remembers the dark candlelit room, the ardent leader at the front, and the thumping beats.

    For Graham, that first SoulCycle spin class was a celestial thing.

    “It was life-changing,” says the 24-year-old who lives in Leaside. She’d never done a spin class before, but heard New York City’s SoulCycle, the boutique indoor-cycling brand dubbed a “party on a bike,” was different from the other fluorescent-lit, ACDC-soundtracked offerings.

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  • My Top Toronto Fitness Studios 2-Jan-17

    As the cooler months fade and the flowers begin to bloom, this is a time where many begin to countdown the months/days until bikini season. This is a perfect time to re-visit your personal health and wellness goals for 2017! I am someone who loves working out at various boutique lifestyle/fitness studios to keep myself motivated and to keep my body/muscles guessing. If you are someone like me, you are going to LOVE my top three studios which are all located in mid-town Toronto [I promise, you wont be disappointed]!

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  • Shape shifting: Spice up your fitness routine with these 5 new workouts 7-Dec-16

    Feel like you're in a bit of a fitness rut? It happens. Thankfully, there's always a new studio or workout to try, and any new cross-training that you add to your routine will do your body good. While many of us tend to gravitate towards one type of workout—like cardio junkies who put in daily km's or zen-seekers who can't live without their sun salutations—switching up the ways you workout will ensure all of your muscle groups get some action and that you experience overall conditioning, strength, flexibility, endurance and healthy-heart benefits.

    Here are five new workouts that may not be on your radar yet, but should be!

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  • Michelle August: Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur 6-Dec-16

    Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur is Michelle August, the founder of indoor cycling studio SPINCO. She started the spin studio business in 2014 when she was only 22. With successful locations in Kelowna and Victoria, she decided to bring SPINCO to Toronto this year. I’m a huge fan of millennials dedicating themselves to the health and wellness space because let’s be honest, the world needs more of it. And, when a young professional is so dedicated to taking a shot at making something notable happen on their own terms – that they’re willing to even move out of their hometown to do it – I truly do salute them. That’s why I take my hat off to what Michelle August has created and given up to get to where she is at today.

    We caught up with Michelle to find out what inspires her and what advice she would share with other young professionals…

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  • SPINCO Toronto 24-Nov-16

    SPINCO is where to go in Toronto to spin in a dark room to curated playlists. Ever wanted to spin really hard and fast to Eminem's Lose Yourself ? You can do that here, and it's easier and more fun than you might think.

    Michelle August opened SPINCO in Kelowna before branching out to this Yonge and Eglinton spot. Her goal is to build a space where people of all ages and fitness levels come to sweat. That mission is evident at the studio, which seems like a gem most people have discovered.

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  • SPINCO 'spin-it-forward' 18-Nov-16

    SPINCO hosts a by-donation, 'spin-it-forward' class every Monday at 6:30PM for non-members and members alike, with 100% of proceeds being donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada.

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  • 5 Goals For November 2016 2-Nov-16

    I need to start making monthly goals again. I feel like whenever I have a big race, my focus shifts to just running the miles I need to run without getting injured. Don’t get me wrong – this is a great goal to have, but a lot goes out the window because I don’t have the time or motivation to do anything else. With that being said, I want to get back into a well-balanced routine once I’m back from NYC (after a few days of rest, of course).

    Here are 5 goals that I have for this month:

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  • Spinning for good 2-Nov-16

    Get a heart-pumping, fun workout while helping out a great cause at the new SPINCO. Every Monday, at the new SPINCO in uptown Toronto (the Spin studio hails from Kelowna), make a donation to take part in their Spin-It-Forward class and 100 per cent of the proceeds is donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. But you’ll get so hooked on the high-energy vibe, the fun soundtrack and the entire squad of Spinners moving as one unit in the dark room—with disco lights adding to the party atmosphere every now and then—that chances are you’ll be Spinning your heart out more than just once a week.

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  • From Now Until November 6th [& Spinco Toronto] 13-Oct-16

    Well, hello. Anyone kind of feel lost after a big race? I usually get the post-race blues but don’t quite feel that way this time around. I’ve got New York in just over three weeks so maybe that’s why? I do feel a bit tired and I’m not following a training plan for the next few weeks so my running has been kind of minimal/all over the place. I don’t think I’ve gone out for more than 6 miles since Golden. I do want to get just one double digit run in this weekend, mostly just to remind my legs what it feel like to run long. I’m not going to NYC to “race”… I’ve been waiting five years to get into this marathon so my plan is to enjoy every single moment and take in the experience.

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  • SPINCO 10-Oct-16

    People in Toronto LOVE their spin studios. Spinning has become the latest trend to hit the 6ix. Though a little behind American cities like Los Angeles and New York, the spin craze has hit the city hard since the beginning of 2016. The latest and greatest studio to open up on the city is SPINCO, located at Yonge and Eglington.

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  • The 6ix Index 27-Sep-16

    SPIN CYCLE
    Remember when exercise and summer bods were a thing? Us neither. But you can work it out at Spinco, a rhythm-based spinning studio with a heart of gold. Check out the by-donation “spin-it-forward” class on Mondays benefitting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. Keep the good vibes going and pick up Spinco’s exclusive gym-wear designed with Peace Collective, also benefitting BGCC. Look good, feel good starting September 30. 2577 Yonge St., spinco.ca.

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