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

    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 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. 

     

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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