I don't know of many places where you can grab a coffee, read a magazine, pull a pint, flip a tractor tire, swing a sledgehammer, and finish off with an organic wheatgrass and kale smoothie, but then I don't know many other places like the Academy. There are no Cowardly Lions here—this place is billed as a hybrid CrossFit/functional lifestyle outfitter, and every employee I met could kick my ass. This is an atmospheric place in the heart of Hipsterville, well worth a visit if you're wandering one of Toronto's coolest neighborhoods and in need of a quick fitness fix—and a great cup of Joe—before hitting your next destination.
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Sweat in Style
The Academy of Lions on Ossington is one of Toronto’s premiere cross-fit oriented gyms, and features an excellent juice bar, a great café, and a few cozy places to sit and unwind after you’ve wound up your muscles.