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Who We Are

CrossFit Toronto is a family-run gym
created by Machiko Emoto & John Vivian.


Toronto’s Premier CrossFit Gym

Established in 2005, CrossFit Toronto is Toronto’s original CrossFit gym and the 2nd CrossFit gym in Canada.

We specialise in sustainable health & fitness habits for busy professionals, parents, and seasoned adults.

We believe in being serious about health & fitness while keeping a light-hearted attitude.

Machiko’s Story

My sports history is playing basketball as a student and being good at running. But that all stopped after school.

I didn’t do much until I started CrossFit. That’s when things changed.

Since opening the gym in 2005 our vision has been the same: make functional fitness available to everyone & live a life with dignity.

If I hadn’t started training back then, I’d be a weak-ass, toothpick-looking, fragile woman who couldn’t pick up her own 8 year old daughter.

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That’s when I realised that fitness isn’t just about now. It’s about being independent for life.

Now, imagine yourself at 80 years old.

Do you want to walk, take a shower, go to the washroom by yourself?

Good, I want you to have that, too.

What we provide is fitness for life.

We may not fully understand what high level athletes go through but we get everyday people’s struggles because that’s who we are.

We understand that getting out of the house for work can be hard enough, never mind making time to work out.

We get that you know you shouldn’t eat the last slice of pizza but your hand has its own mind and oh, wait, where did that pizza go?

I completely understand that you lose “motivation” for working out. Trust me, I’ve struggled with it for 10+ years.

I still have what I call “buddha belly” from my 2 kids and it seems like I found muffin top overnight.

But I keep at it because I’ve learned that health & fitness is both a state and a goal.

Don’t get your guard up because we are a CrossFit gym, though.

And please, don’t ever say to yourself “I have to get fit before I start CrossFit.”

All of us work hard in the gym but we know that we are not athletes and we don’t pretend to be.

We may be serious about our training but we don’t take ourselves too seriously.

Our members enjoy chatting with other members as much as the workouts.

You wanna get better at your life? Then start now, not later.

John’S Story

In 2003 I was an IT guy who drove a desk 8-10 hours a day.

Then I went home and either drove a desk for a few more hours or lounged on the couch. With a beer. Or 5.

And ordered in. Of course.

Lunch was BK or McD’s, and a couple of times a week I’d splurge on a gourmet burger plus a couple of beers.

I was over 215lbs and climbing, wearing 40″ pants, and couldn’t hit a flight of stairs without sweating buckets.

Because I was out of shape.

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Horrifically out of shape.

I hit a defining moment and started running in the mornings.

My first day out I made it nearly 2 telephone posts before I thought I was going to die.

I kept at it every weekday and even some weekend days.

In a short while I hit my 3rd post; then a newspaper box; then another post, and another. In a few weeks I’d made it around the block.

Yeah, seriously. I was that out of shape and that’s what the process can look like.

But I kept at it.

Within a year I was running for an hour or so in the morning and lifting weight in my apartment for an hour and half after work.

I’d dropped 50lbs, lost 8″ around my waist, and could wear Hugo Boss off the rack.

Yeah, I was a happy camper.

Then a friend turned me on to CrossFit.

My first workout felt like I was just starting again. I got my ass whooped. Bad.

I was in love.

And like all people in love, I needed to shout it from the rooftops.

Fast forward to November 2, 2005 and CrossFit Toronto officially opened.

Since then, Machiko and I have dedicated ourselves to helping as many people as we can to improve their fitness and life quality.

The Space

Enjoy a clean, tidy, and well-stocked facility complete with

  • Lockers
  • Shower
  • Complimentary Towel Service
  • Tape & Chalk

And with nearly a decade and a half in the business, we know what equipment you need to get fit. And we have all of it.

Here’s just a short list of what you get:

  • Barbells & Bumpers
  • Kettlebells & Dumbbells
  • Air Bikes & Rowing Machines
  • Pull-up Rig & Gymnastics Rings
  • Medicine Balls & Plyo Boxes
  • Mobility Tools
CrossFit Toronto Gear
CrossFit Toronto Gear

Our Programs


Small class sizes and over 40 times to choose from each week.

Better You Challenge

A customised 12-week program to jump start your fitness and build lasting habits.

Personal Training

Get personalised coaching & programming designed to maximise your results.

Real People.

Real Results.

Thank you John and Machiko for helping me get strong and confident. I walked 320 km and it only took 10 days to complete Camino Primitivo.
Vita Gushina
Vita Gushina
15:59 17 May 19
John and his family run a tight ship. Highly recomend
Terry Prabuki
Terry Prabuki
15:42 05 Apr 19
Everything,the environment,the coaches very professionals and the owners are reasonable friendly people,clases are awesome I found 5:am clases are very convenient for people with busy... schedules.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️++read more
Marce Goulart
Marce Goulart
05:21 14 Nov 18
I've been going to CrossfitTO for seven months now and one of my main goals was to still be participating in one year. That goal seems easily achievable now due to the friendly atmosphere of CrossfitTO and the guidance and motivation I’ve received. ... I’m looking past that goal to year two already. Give CrossfitTO a try and reach out to the other member you meet there!read more
Phillip Boyd
Phillip Boyd
23:52 03 Nov 18
John and Machiko, the owners of CrossFit Toronto, make you feel like part of their extended family, all while getting you in the best shape of your life, no matter your age or ability. I love CrossFit Toronto!
Adrian Dougherty
Adrian Dougherty
20:10 26 Oct 18
Awesome support and encouragement
Phil Kelsey
Phil Kelsey
02:36 26 Oct 18
Thanks for whooping my butt into shape! Love these guys
Scott Binkley
Scott Binkley
11:01 08 Sep 18
I joined CrossFit Toronto last fall, not fully realizing what I was getting into. I've enjoyed pretty much every minute. The instructors are wonderful - great motivators - and the members are supportive and very kind!
Janice Ivory-Smith
Janice Ivory-Smith
22:26 27 Apr 18
3 months in, and have loved every class. Well, not at the time, of course, but I don't think you're supposed to! Great coaches that actually take the time to help you improve and correct issues. Excellent variance in the routines and lifts, and a... very nice facility.read more
Jeremy Barker
Jeremy Barker
19:37 18 Apr 18
Excellent training facility and programs. You receive a personal training experience in a group environment. Machiko the owner and head coach delivers an excellent experience.
Omar Nassrat
Omar Nassrat
04:47 14 Feb 18
I love this place! The space, the coaches, the people! A very easygoing, fun and nonjudgmental environment where you can be yourself while feeling support from coaches and patrons. It gets addictive ��
My husband and I were in Toronto celebrating a family member's birthday. We dropped in to CrossFit Toronto and were happily greeted by 2 of the coaches....
Erinn L.
Erinn L.
09:04 28 Jul 16
I have been going to Crossfit Toronto for several years now and haven't looked back. The trainers at CFTO are pretty awesome and are always willing to help and coach where needed. It is more expensive than my gym was but I go more regularly, have... a designed program, constant coaching, and am more consistent at going than I ever was at the gym. Highly recommend checking it out.read more
Evan Donohue
Evan Donohue
15:50 06 Oct 15
Awesome gym. Great, supportive community of members. I definitely see the difference in my personal fitness, appearance and energy levels over the past eight months of training here.
Ashkan Asgari
Ashkan Asgari
19:29 13 Jun 15
I dropped in, and CrossFit Toronto let me follow my program from my home box. The coaches and members that I met were all very nice and helpful. The equipment was nice and well kept. I suggest dropping in to anyone that is in Toronto.
Christina Gipson
Christina Gipson
00:52 11 Jun 15
Crossfit Toronto has become like a second home to us. We have been members there since 2009!!! We absolutely love the big huge space and have enjoyed many fun workouts with other members. The trainers are knowledgable, encouraging and support... 'smart' programming. If you are in Toronto...I would highly recommend checking out this facility.read more
Cindy Sexton
Cindy Sexton
21:51 28 Nov 14
Hi I'm from Bermuda I visit Toronto a few months ago and I enjoyed my training and visit! Next time I'll do more drop in classes during my visit! Thanks to the staff and fellow crossfit friends!! Thanks for the warm wellcome!!!!
Victor Richards
Victor Richards
23:54 15 Sep 14
I will stay only 10 days in Toronto... May I get enroll only those days?
Erika Peña Hand
Erika Peña Hand
21:58 08 Jun 14
Came down to watch the regionals and stopped in for a workout. Great Sunday morning, great staff, and fun workout. Thank you Tracy! Come see us at Crossfit Lasalle when you're in Montreal.
Steven Michael Forlini
Steven Michael Forlini
21:39 18 May 14
Awesome staff ! they know what they are doing, great place to experience Crossfit, I had fun working out with You guys ! See You in January !
Jarek Pietka
Jarek Pietka
18:50 18 Oct 13
Been going for 3 months and will never join any other gym again! love their classes.
Chris T.
Chris T.
11:33 29 Mar 13
I am blown away each time in terms of the quality of workout and instruction from all the coaches at Crossfit Toronto! Being the FIRST Crossfit gym in...
Will L.
Will L.
14:01 10 Oct 12
I have read about crossfit on the internet and always wanted to try it. I believe there are several crossfit gyms in Toronto, but CrossFit Toronto was the...
Keith B.
Keith B.
15:42 20 Oct 09


Do I need previous experience?

Not at all.

All newcomers to CrossFit and fitness in general are welcome!

What Can I Expect In A Class?

Classes are 60 minutes, usually have between 3 and 6 people, and are led by one of our coaches.

We warm-up, perform some strength and/or skill work, then follow that up with a conditioning workout.

Who are your members?

You'll hear 80’s, 90’s music in class for a reason: our members are professionals, business owners, and busy parents.

Just like you.

Here you’ll find kind, helpful people who encourage and motivate each other.

Is this is a competitive environment?

Simply put, no.

Sure, you may see some friendly competition going on.

But our focus is on getting better day by day; your true competition is you from yesterday.

We're serious about our training but we don’t take ourselves too seriously.

How much does training cost?

Our memberships range between 23 and 53 per week. The most popular plan is our Silver option at 47 per week.


How long are your contracts?

We don’t have contracts.

All of our plans are billed monthly. You are free to stay or leave as you please.

What is the youngest / oldest you work with?

Generally our minimum age is 10. We can and do make exceptions, so, please speak with us if you have someone under 10.

We have no maxmium age provided your doctor has cleared you for exercise.

Do You Have Child Minding?

Children are always welcome, although we don't have official child minding services.

You may need to see to them if they need attention but there's often other children or parents around to help out.

Plus we've got WiFi if you'd like My Little Pony or Paw Patrol to help keep them occupied.