Get sweating with the best home workouts in Montréal

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

This article was updated on February 3, 2021.

If your home workout routine is starting to feel a little too routine, try mixing it up with some fun and challenging moves from Montréal exercise experts and pro athletes. These virtual classes, exercise routines and fitness tips – from dancers, hockey players, Olympians, yoga teachers and more experts – will help you get the most from your workout, have fun and support Montrealers too! 

Strength and grace

Acclaimed for their brilliant dancers and choreographers, Les Grands Ballets' STUDIOS classes will get you dancing too! No matter whether you're looking for a barre workout or a ballet class, you'll find online dance classes to suit your style. Also check out dance school Ballet Divertimento's online classes  

If you want to jazz it up a bit, dancer Ermanno Sbezzo from Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, has offered online dance classes throughout the year –  follow #BJMclass for upcoming class info. 

Learn to dance the salsa, bachata, kizomba and more with Latin Groove's and Mambo Fit Studio's online dance and strength-training classes. Meanwhile, learn to seductively shimmy while you sweat with Arabesque Burlesque's classes.  

And for a full-body workout designed to engage all 650 of your muscles, Essentrics is a Montréal-based studio founded by former ballerina Miranda Esmonde-White – check out their  workouts and resources online and keep up with new workouts on Facebook

Take it from the pros 

If you want to up your game, athletes from Montréal’s professional sports teams have workouts and tips to really get your heart pumping.

Workout like a hockey pro with the Montréal Canadiens: pick new exercises every day from among the team's illustrated activity breaks and follow the Habs on YouTube for more workout ideas from players in the At the gym with... series and from from Patrick Delisle-Houde, the team's physical conditioning coordinator, in the Workout Wednesday series, featuring these challenging ab and core exercises.

Follow Montréal kinesiologist and trainer Alex Doré for smart tips to keep you in shape while working from home. He suggests a variety of stretches and exercises for better posture, less discomfort and more energy. He also has a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout that uses your own body weight for resistance – no equipment needed! You can find him on Facebook, Instagram. He also has a series of exercises and stretches to do in your workspace


Montréal Impact midfielder Shamit Shome shares an intense quarantine workout on the MLS teams Facebook page, along with other players' training videos, all sure to get you sweating.

Montréal Alouettes long-snapper Martin Bedard offers a short but intense full-body strength-building home workout, while the football team's cheer squad gets heart rates up with their home workouts. A great way to feel energized and ready to take on your day!vvv


Put a smile in your workout 

If you’ve seen Montréal’s Power Bhangra videos, you know that these folks really know how to put a spring in your step and a smile on your face. Bhangra is a form of Indian dance originally performed by farmers to celebrate a good harvest. You can try these upbeat moves at home with their workouts, posted regularly on the Power Bhangra Facebook page and YouTube channel.



Stretch your mind and body

Exercise your body and calm your mind with amazing virtual yoga classes guided by some of the best yoga instructors in Montréal. Try live-streamed group and private yoga classes with with excellent teachers at Mysore Montréal, Ashtanga Yoga Montréal, Ensō Yoga and Yoga Vieux Montréal, among other great Montréal yoga studios. Mile End yoga mainstay Naada Yoga Montréal, Old Montréal's Luna Yoga and NDG's Happy Tree also offer live virtual classes, on-demand video series, online teacher training and more. Even with online classes, most studios offer a special introductory rate or a free first class!

Gold medal workout 

Work out with Montréal track and field gold medallist and Canadian Sports Hall of Famer Bruny Surin, whose has 7-minute workout gets you sweating at home with the family.

In the “don't try this at home category,” get inspired by Olympic gold medalist in men's big air snowboarding Sébastien Toutant, who created a quirky obstacle course at home to gamify his training, while Olympic triathlete Amélie Kretz built her own endless pool in her parent's garage.

Freestyle skier Mikaël Kingsbury takes the burpee to the next level. And Montréal skateboarder Annie Guglia got creative with her home workouts, practicing her big moves in a small space with the help of a treadmill.

Robyn Fadden

Robyn Fadden is a Montréal-based writer and editor who searches out city secrets, new bands, life-changing art and things to do with her perpetually active kid. Robyn has covered major events for HOUR, MUTEK, ARTINFO, CKUT 90.3FM and more.

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