I was planning on trekking at altitude from Cusco to Machu Picchu Peru and I needed to train seriously. Through a stroke of serendipity it turned out that the solution was Altitude Athletic Training. A gym that allows you to train at Altitude in Toronto. The coaches – Josh and TJ – set me up with a program that worked perfectly. The front desk staff – Suraj and Nada are friendly, super helpful and welcoming. The management – Melanie is just the best. I went 5 days a week for 6 weeks, and it worked!! I had no problems with altitude, managed to trek over 20kms a day, and arrived home safe and blister-free. The facility is well-equipped, clean, and inspiring. It would benefit anyone wanting to improve their fitness, not just those planning on going trekking. I would recommend you go and check them out. 5 stars is really not adequate, this is the BEST gym in all of Toronto.
I joined Altitude Athletic in October of 2021 in preparation to achieve my life-long goal to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. My trip was scheduled for February – so I had to find a program that would really work for me in the time I had. I chose Altitude solely based on the name and premise of what they deliver – training in an altitude chamber to prep you for physical activity in similar conditions.
What I didn’t realize until after I joined, met the team and began my workouts is that this place is so much more. Like many other people, I’ve had bad experiences with gyms and personal training, and that brought more anxiety than just trying to achieve my goal of climbing. From the moment I walked through the door, I felt comfortable, I felt heard and I knew I was in the right place.
My training program was so well developed, taking into consideration my current physical fitness level (mid-level at best), my goal, the time I had to give and my abilities. Josh (my coach) was amazing – he listened to me, he encouraged me, he challenged me – and I never felt like I couldn’t achieve what he was asking (because he believed I could). The Altitude Team became part of my cheering section -encouraging me, supporting me and believing in me – sometimes more than I believed in myself. They became my family, and part of the journey to get me where I wanted to go. Josh was able to adapt my program so I could do workouts at home or the gym.
In February I headed off to Tanzania, and successfully summited Mt. Kilimanjaro. What a journey that was – and I was never in better shape my entire life. Every step I took towards the top, I thanked Josh and team for the sweat, for the squats, for the encouragement, and mostly for the confidence. I wouldn’t have changed a single thing about my journey, and am forever indebted to them for helping me achieve my dreams.
Take it from me – you won’t regret your time there – the facility, the team, the culture – it’s like no other gym I’ve ever seen. You will love it.
I signed up for a multi-day hike in the Yukon in July and started hiking but quickly realized I had no clue how to train for this sort of elevation in the GTA. I met with Altitude and felt confident they could not only help me get to the summit of King’s Throne on day 1 but also get down the mountain feeling good and ready for the rest of the week. Five days a week I go to Altitude to execute my detailed structured plan using state-of-the-art equipment with staff that is supportive, informed, and attend to my every need. I had an ah-ha moment recently while climbing a particularly steep long incline at Blue Mountain two months after starting my plan – I had reached the top and my heart wasn’t pounding and I wasn’t sucking air which would have been the case before. It was a total confidence booster. Some added perks are feeling stronger, and leaner, but most of all the people I’ve met – it’s an inspiring community of like-minded people. When I walk through the front door it’s like walking into Cheers! where everyone knows your name and greets you with a smile. Highly recommend you check it out if you want to achieve your goals with confidence.