A Major Life Changing Event

Based on the title, I bet you’re thinking this is gonna be some crazy news.

Maybe… I got engaged?

Or perhaps… I’m pregnant?!

Or I’m quitting my job and moving to Bali permanently!!

NO GUYS, IT’S NONE OF THOSE THINGS.

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have noticed my Major-Life-Changing-Event in some of my latest videos.

Alright, well I guess I’ve built this up as much as I could. Here we go:

I got a new gym membership!

**Crickets**

Well I didn’t say it was life changing for YOU, I said it was life changing for ME. Dictionary.com defines life-changing as: “altering a person’s life or circumstances in a substantial way,” and guys, my new gym membership has done just that.

Before I get started, I must say this post is not sponsored in anyway. I am just that in love with my new gym. Adam can vouch for that. I won’t shut up about it.

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credit: yelp.com

credit: yelp.com

credit: yelp.com

My new gym is called Totum and is based in downtown Toronto. Prior to signing up here, I was with Good Life for a year. And I really did not enjoy it. If you are a Toronto reader/native, you’ll know what i’m talking about when I say GL is uninspiring, busy, surrounded by men in tight white tank tops, and overall not a great fit for a person who wants to train properly.

It seriously took me ages to actually decide if I wanted to switch gyms. Changing gyms may not seem like a big deal, but when you think about it as being one of the top three places you visit daily (home & work being the other two) – it’s a BIG A$$ DEAL. It is SO easy to get into the habit of doing the same thing week in and week out, that actually getting up and trying something new takes courage and an open mind. Especially when such a big time and monetary commitment is in place!

credit: yelp.com

credit: yelp.com

I believe if you take the chance on something new, it will always work out for the better. In my case, it definitely did. Here are the things I love about my new gym:

  1. It’s SO quiet. I mean – SO. SO. QUIET. When I get there around 4:45, it is literally myself, two other people, and maybe two trainers with clients. I have full gym access to myself.
  2. It’s got everything a Crossfit gym has, without having to do Crossfit classes. TWO FOR TWO.
  3. It’s got an entire area dedicated for massage therapists, physiotherapists, etc. A one-stop boutique gym shop.
  4. Two Words: PUNCHING BAGS. (And lots of em)
  5. Lastly – they hold classes, but it’s not a ‘class only membership’ type of gym. AND they have yoga. Which I have been meaning to do more of.

I paid a good chunk of money up front in January, but it gives me a 13 month membership (so i’ll be sticking around 😉 ). Prices range from $90+tax to $120+ tax a month.

ALSO, since it’s so quiet and there is tons of free space to do workouts, I will be able to film more workout videos! Can’t wait to keep em comin for you guys!

A video posted by Beverley Cheng (@sweatyandfit) on

How about you?

  • Any big changes to your fitness/exercise regime?
  • What is the gym you workout at like?
  • How do you feel about change?

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  1. Girl I feel ya on the LIFE CHANGING event that is changing gyms. When I had to leave my gym at college (that was FINALLY redone and renovated right before I left) I was so sad! You get in this groove… good and bad I suppose.
    I’m not entirely a huge fan of the way my gym is setup. But it’s a small family gym with classes that are included in the membership, and all of the members are really friendly, so I can’t complain too much!
    Love your workout vids, as always. Xo

    • beverleyc

      17 February

      omggg agreed. I had the most beautiful varsity gym to use at my University. I still think about it at night!
      Glad that everyone is friendly. That’s hard to come by in Toronto sometimes!

  2. Susie @ SuzLyfe

    16 February

    Your new digs sound amazing. Having a place to workout that has everything you need and encourages a good workout rather than interfering is a beautiful and rare thing indeed. Especially when you know what you are doing. Otherwise, an empty gym can be intimidating!

    • beverleyc

      17 February

      Yes that is true!! I think most members at this gym are pretty knowledgeable and experienced so it’s great to see people doing different exercises too

  3. sarah

    16 February

    That gym looks awesome, and I would definitely consider a new gym a life changing event 😉

  4. GiGi Eats

    16 February

    BA HA HA HA! You’re in a new relationship 🙁

    • beverleyc

      17 February

      hahaha RIGHT?!

  5. Bahahaha I was totally thinking the married/prego card. A new gym sounds better though 😉 You crack me up. That gym looks hella nice. Way better than my living room (aka gym)

    • beverleyc

      17 February

      ahaha i know i’m the worst. I’m so impressed you workout in your living room! must keep you on your toes creativity wise

  6. I definitely hear you with Goodlife – I was not impressed with them either. This new gym looks like a much better choice!

    • beverleyc

      17 February

      yeaa! thank you! i’m much happier 🙂

  7. You’re hilarious! A good headline is everything, right? 😉

    Your new gym looks amazing! I would have so much fun relieving some stress with those punching bags. 🙂

    • beverleyc

      17 February

      oh man did i ever!! such a good workout 🙂

  8. You just spoke my language! I’ve never thought of a gym that way…that, if you’re visiting it often enough, it truly is the place you spend the third most of your time at. Very compelling! Especially when people don’t want to make that jump. Beautiful space!

    • beverleyc

      17 February

      Thanks Lauren! Yea and i definitely know i’d rather spend more time at the gym than at work! =P

  9. Gretchen

    17 February

    That gym is BEAUTIFUL! Can’t wait to see what sort of content you come out with thanks to this life changing place 🙂 I definitely agree that making a decision on a gym is a HUGE deal. I’m house hunting now and one thing I’m taking into consideration are the gyms around and what they offer!

    • beverleyc

      18 February

      aww thanks Gretchen!! And I COMPLETELY agree, I felt the same when we were looking into condos. Can’t wait to see some updates on house hunting!

  10. Your gym sounds and looks amazing! I have had a serious lack in motivation getting to the gym lately, I think the cold has something to do with it. Maybe I’m in need of a change 🙂

    • beverleyc

      18 February

      Haha the cold is everyones enemy when it comes to working out!

  11. Cailee

    17 February

    Ahhh!! haha, I love it! Props to you on finding this amazing gym! Sounds perfect! I SERIOUSLY need to up my workout game. This chilly wether and busy class/ work schedules got me sitting a lot more than being active :/ yikes. Your gym love is super motivating though!!
    Xoxo Cailee!

    • beverleyc

      18 February

      Thank you Cailee! I find that when I sit around a lot I try to make up for it by walking EVERYWHERE i’m going. Makes me feel a tiny bit better 🙂

  12. That looks like an awesome gym! I love it when you pretty much have the place to yourself!

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