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As per the directive from the Government of Ontario for the reintroduction of Stage 2 restrictions, as of Saturday, October 10th all facilities, programs and classes at the Columbus Centre Athletic Club will be suspended until Friday, November 6, 2020.

The following information highlights the protocols that have been implemented to ensure that we either meet or exceed the recommendations as determined by the public health authorities.

Please note that the protocols and amenities outlined below are subject to change.


Click here to view a step-by-step process of our Health & Safety Measures and Protocols

• The use of masks and face coverings is mandatory, as required under City of Toronto bylaw no, 541-2020. Mask or face covering may be temporarily removed while actively engaging in an athletic or fitness activity.

• We are utilizing a workout booking model for scheduling your daily 55-minute workouts. At the end of your 55 minutes (if the gym is not at full capacity), you have the option of booking for another 55 minutes. 

• Members have access to the General Workout Area including elevated track, Group Fitness Studio, Spinning, Personal Training Sessions and Aquatic Programs, with strict guidelines in place, and subject to change.

• We have introduced a one-step hospital grade disinfectant and contact sanitizer that can be used for frequent touch-point cleaning throughout our facilities.

• Our staff have been trained in cleaning protocols and have adopted a “continuous cleaning” mentality, ensuring high-touch surfaces are given high attention.

• We require members to wipe down their equipment BEFORE and AFTER each use. For your convenience, spray bottles and paper towel can be found on all fitness machines.

• Additional hand sanitizer stations have been installed throughout the facility.

• Each piece of equipment has a photograph of all high-touch areas that should be cleaned before and after each use.

• Protective barriers have been installed in locations where staff and members congregate. This includes the front desk, presentation tables, and exit and entrance points where possible.

• The Columbus Centre Athletic Club staff are required to wear masks, including personal trainers.

• All drinking fountains have been closed and/or replace with water bottles dispensers. Please bring a water bottle with you.

• Group Fitness Classes have been restructured to promote physical distancing and provide necessary time between classes for members to enter and exit the club safely along with providing time to properly clean between classes. A maximum of 10 participants will be allowed in the Group Fitness Classes. For contact tracing, members must register online, in person or by phone for these classes. Members must bring their own mats and or towels. 

• Towel services and showers are suspended for the protection of staff and members. Changerooms are open with frequent sanitization and limited locker availability.

We have developed a “safe flow of traffic” plan throughout the facility.

• Foam rollers, bands and mats and other handheld gym equipment are secured by the Columbus Centre Athletic Club and therefore not available for use. Members may bring their own each time they visit and will be instructed not to share with other members.

• A one-touch “Red/Green” system is set in place to identify weights and other equipment that require cleaning prior to another member being able to use them.

• Garbage Containers: Garbage Containers are available for disposal of paper towels. Lids have been removed as an additional safety measure. We ask that garbage dispensers are used only for disposal of paper towels and for members to bring home their empty water bottles or other disposable items.

• Fans, including floor fans, mounted fans and ceiling fans will remain OFF to prevent any unnecessary movement of air and spreading of particles in the air.

We understand how important safety, exceptional client experience and facility availability is to our members.

We have taken an extra step to protect our most vulnerable members by designating times for “at risk” populations for those with an increased risk associated with COVID-19: Specific blocks of time will be open to our members 60 years of age or older (times to be posted).

One of the key ways we can achieve the balance between safety and member experience is by implementing a “pre-book your workouts” structure through Antaris Online Booking through your iOS, Android mobile device via our Member Portal to guarantee a workout. If you are not comfortable with online booking, our Membership Office staff will be happy to book those times for you. Simply email us at fitness@villacharities.com or call the Membership Office at (416) 789-7011 ext. 231.

Fitness Class Check-In Process

• Members must wait outside of the facility at the check-in point at the beginning of their 1-hour timeslot and enter the facility at the same time as the other participants in the class. Your instructor will be present to take attendance.

• Classes will be scheduled to begin no later than 5 minutes after a workout timeslot has begun and late participants will not be allowed in class past the 5-minute scheduled start time. Classes are to end no later than the scheduled end time of the class. This is to ensure all participants can safely exit the building at the end of their booking timeslot. When exiting, the back row will leave the studio first, followed by the rest of the participants in an orderly fashion.

• Attendance lists will be provided to the instructors in advance to confirm attendance through our online booking application.

• At the end of your 55 minutes (if the gym is not at full capacity), you have the option of booking for another 55 minutes.

What advantage will there be in implementing a “Pre-book your workout” structure?

• By pre-booking your workout, you will not face the uncertainty of when you can access the gym facilities.

• You will be asked to arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. You will be asked to line up 2 metres apart from other members and will be let into the Athletic Club when your workout timeslot is scheduled to begin.

• Booking workouts allows us to maintain a required facility capacity, which in turn helps promote physical distancing and reduces the potential spread of COVID-19.

• Walk-ins will not be permitted.

Members will be permitted to book an appointment to access the following areas of the Athletic Club:

• General Workout Area including elevated track

• Group Fitness Studios

• Spinning

• Personal Training Sessions

Personal Training sessions will be required to book a workout themselves to enter the Athletic Club for their session.

If a Personal Training client is entering the Athletic Club for an individual workout or Group Fitness Class, and not for a P/T session, they will be required to book a spot using the Antaris Booking facility.

Personal Training clients may not book in a training session and an individual workout in the same day. Daily booking restriction apply. (One hour a day / per person)

Book your workout in 4 simple steps:

1. Login to Antaris Member Portal (link to be provided)

2. Click “Book” on the main menu

3. Select whether you want to book a class or a workout

4. Select your class or time slot

You will receive a confirmation of your booked time slot. (Please ensure all contact information Is up to date so we may communicate with you) (See “How Can I Update My Profile & Information Section” for more info)

Only members with Active Status will be able to book workout time slots

All members with Freeze and Other Member Account Issues will be required to resolve their account status prior to being able to book their time slot. (See “How Can I update My Profile & Information Section” for more info)

• The Columbus Centre Athletic Club has now reopened.

All memberships will remain frozen until January 10, 2021 unless you choose to reactivate. No fee will be applied.

• If your email address has changed recently, or you are unsure if we have this information on file, please email us at fitness@villacharities.com

Once we reopen the Columbus Centre Athletic Club, strict capacity requirements will be set to ensure we are meeting or exceeding the recommendations set by public health authorities.

We will also be temporarily reducing services and amenities where physical distancing is not possible or where other risk factors may be present.

Gym Area and Running Track

The Columbus Centre has implemented several measures including directional arrows, signage and placement, to ensure physical distancing can be maintained. To facilitate where possible, appropriate equipment, benches and other equipment may be disabled, relocated or removed. We have removed several pieces of equipment to allow for additional physical distancing space.  Remaining equipment has been spaced out in an 8ft by 8ft area.

Reduced Amenities & Equipment

The amenities outlined below will be available but with reduced capacities:

• Group Fitness Studio

• Spinning Classes

• Swimming Pool and all Aquatics Programs

• Front Desk: Two Associates will be in the Athletics office at a time and will only be able to assist members by appointment only (Please see Office Club and Hours section).

• Gym Floor: One manager and one associate will be on the gym floor to guide and monitor the flow and ensure the safety of the members.

• Running Track: Only 5 members will be allowed on the track at one time.

• Washrooms: Both Male and Female washrooms will be available in designated General change rooms for use (social distancing protocols apply). Signage will be posted.

• Tennis Courts: Summer Tennis Memberships are available with restricted player participation. Information may be found online or by contacting fitness@villacharities.com

Changerooms & Lockers

• In order to ensure physical distancing and cleanliness, locker capacity has been reduced, with select lockers secured so they cannot be used. Day lockers and rentals will be available at this time.

• If you were renting a locker prior to the closure and you have activated your membership, please contact the office to inform us whether or not you wish to continue paying for the locker. You can contact us at fitness@villacharities.com or fill out the locker activation request online. You will have up until September 12, 2020 to do so.

• Locker rooms will be frequently sanitized throughout the day to ensure our members safety.

• Showers will NOT be available

• Members are asked to wear a mask inside the changeroom and maintain a 2-metre distance from others.

• Please respect the physical distance markers on the ground while changing.

• It is strongly advised that members disinfect the lockers before and after use as an extra safety precaution. 

• Disinfectant spray bottles will be available throughout the changerooms

• To ensure social distancing please limit your time in the change areas to accommodate the next group of patrons

• If your email address is not on file, please email us at fitness@villacharities.com for more information.

Pool Changerooms

• We ask that you wait for your time slot before entering the change rooms. The change rooms will be frequently sanitized throughout the day to ensure our members safety.

• Please respect the physical distance markers on the ground while changing.

• Showers will NOT be available

• To ensure social distancing please limit your time in the change areas to accommodate the next group of patrons

• Members are asked to wear a mask inside the changeroom and maintain a 2-metre distance from others

• Disinfectant spray bottles will be available throughout the change rooms

Restricted Amenities & Equipment

To reduce the number of potential touchpoints, the following services and amenities will remain temporarily CLOSED until further notice:

• Showers
• Towel Service
• Men’s and Women’s Health Clubs (No Access)
• Hot Tub, Sauna and Steam Room
• Team Training
• OMEGA Training Classes
• OMEGA Equipment (with the exception of the Tank, sled, and ropes)
• Yoga and Meditation
• Racquet Ball and Squash
• Tai Chi and Boxing

• Benches and chairs

To reduce the potential for contact around the facility we have implemented the following measures that must be adhered to at all times:

• Personal Trainers will always be required to wear gloves and a mask when training with clients.

• No physical contact will be permitted in Personal Training sessions. Contact must not occur unless needed to prevent injury.

• Clients are expected and must be prepared to handle their own weights and equipment.

• Workouts must be modified so as not to require spotting.

• Assisted stretching will not be allowed. Assisted alternative equipment such as bands must be in place to replace assisted stretching.

• Personal Training can only take place on the general workout floor. Hallways, Stairs, Group Fitness Studios and other areas are not permitted to be used.

• All equipment and accessories used must be cleaned before and after use.

• All Personal Training consultations will take place at locations equipped with protective barriers.

All Group Fitness Booking will be conducted online through our Antaris Booking App. Classes will be reduced to meet the facility’s overall capacity and the requirements based on size.

Equipment can and will be limited as deemed appropriate by the Columbus Centre Athletic Club and government standards.

Class Booking, Set-Up and Clean-Up

• Our Group Fitness Instructors will set-up the studio in advance for members to adhere to physical distancing and equipment requirements. A one-touch system will be used where participants will be pre-set up at their stations including disinfectant and paper towels at each designated station.

• Members will be directed to wipe down the equipment they have used and to leave their equipment at their stations. Staff will ensure the equipment is cleaned and prepared for the next class and directed to the exit door. Participants MUST leave the facility immediately after their class.

Columbus Centre Athletic Club Hours:
Monday – Thursday, 6:00am – 10:00pm
Friday, 6:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday, 7:00am – 7:00pm

Gym booking times:
Monday – Thursday,  1st block – 6:00am / Last block – 9:00pm.
Friday,  1st block – 6:00am / Last block- 7:00pm.
Saturday & Sunday, 1st block – 7:00am / Last block – 6:00pm.

Membership Office Hours:
Monday to Thursday, 9:00am – 9:00pm.
Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Saturdays, Open by appointment only – No walk ins.
Sundays, Closed

Current Gym Entry / Exit Locations

Effective September 1, 2020 the entrance to the gym will be back to the original location prior to the closure. Remember to scan your parking fob before you enter the gym facilities as the parking company is now issuing tickets on site.

Office and Staff Availability and Appointment Bookings

There will be at least 1 office staff available during operating times. Appointments MUST be made to meet with office staff as distancing protocols will be in effect within our offices.

We encourage members to use our online membership portal for their membership updates, changes and payments. Otherwise, we ask you to call in to the Membership Office for assistance prior to showing up as you will not be allowed into the facility without an appointment.

The Columbus Centre Athletic Club offers General Fitness Memberships and Executive Membership services at affordable prices.

Our fitness facility provides an extensive array of personal training options and athletic classes including spinning, aerobics, body tone, boot camp, ZUMBA® and Circuit 55+. We also provide yoga classes, squash lessons, boxing and aquatic classes. With our indoor swimming pool, we cater to preschool-aged children just learning how to swim, to seniors who enjoy aquafitness.

With varied, high-intensity functional movements, our new OMEGA High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) at the Columbus Centre Athletic Club coaches people of all shapes and sizes to improve their strength, physical well-being and cardiovascular fitness in an encouraging environment. Using various training equipment including kettle bells, resistance bands, battle ropes and sledgehammers, OMEGA is designed to improve your endurance, stamina, strength, mobility, power, speed, agility, balance and coordination

Please be advised that parking enforcement has resumed. Please tap your fob at the parking meter located outside the front of the building (main entrance) and a ticket will be printed for you to place on your dashboard.

Membership Packages

About Us

The vibrant good health and sense of physical well-being that comes with getting fit is offered here at the Columbus Centre Athletic Club.

Our attentive personal trainers are equipped with cutting-edge techniques to help you achieve your goals. From cardiovascular workouts to strength training, our progressive equipment and services are geared to meet every unique need.

Sweat it out in one of our multi-level fitness classes, or jog on our indoor running track. Plunge into one of our Aquafit Specialty Classes, or swim at your leisure. Massage therapy is also available.

We are open seven days a week, so drop in for a tour or, even better, take advantage of our free guest pass and find out how we can help you meet your fitness goals!

Customer service excellence, communication, collaboration with partners, and outreach to the community are paramount to the Columbus Centre Athletic Club.

Our vision is one that demands and fosters inclusiveness, a culture of integrity and respect, caring, honesty and accountability, grounded in the tradition upon which the Columbus Centre was first established in 1980.

Columbus Centre Athletic Club staff take pride in providing professional, all-encompassing fitness programs and cultural activities to members of all ages and diverse backgrounds, reflective of the rich multicultural community in which the Columbus Centre is located.

Providing exceptional customer service is the hallmark of the Columbus Centre Athletic Club management and staff, who strive continuously to respond in a timely way to client needs.

Our goal is excellence in the provision of one of the core services of the Columbus Centre: health and fitness. The Columbus Centre Athletic Club develops and provides high quality, broad-based and financially sustainable programs to promote the health and well being of its culturally diverse clients of all ages, and aims to enrich the health and fitness of the community as a whole.

Club Rules and Regulations

Read our full Columbus Centre Rules and Regulations 

Live Virtual Group Fitness Classes Now Available

In light of the recent closure of fitness facilities by the Ontario government, the Columbus Centre Athletic Club is happy to announce the start of Live Virtual Group Fitness Classes. We will be offering these complimentary classes to our members and non-members while the Athletic Club is closed. Each class will be instructed by one of our certified instructors.

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Explore Everything We Have to Offer in our Fall & Winter 2020/2021 Program Guide

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Welcome Back – We’ve Opened our Doors

Read our “New Protocols and Procedures” digital guide, for a summary of the new safety measures implemented for our on-site programs and services.

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Columbus Centre Athletic Club Hours:
Monday – Thursday, 6:00am – 10:00pm
Friday, 6:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday, 7:00am – 7:00pm

Gym booking times:
Monday – Thursday,  1st block – 6:00am / Last block – 9:00pm.
Friday,  1st block – 6:00am / Last block- 7:00pm.
Saturday & Sunday, 1st block – 7:00am / Last block – 6:00pm.

Membership Office Hours:
Monday to Thursday, 9:00am – 9:00pm.
Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm.
Saturdays, Open by appointment only – No walk ins.
Sundays, Closed

Columbus Centre

901 Lawrence Avenue West
(at Dufferin Street)
Toronto, ON
M6A 1C3

Tel: 416-789-7011 ext. 213
Email: fitness@villacharities.com

FREE tours available daily.
Open seven days a week.