Higher Ground Fitness Training Area


Higher Ground’s mission is to Re-invent and Re-imagine Health Care in Canada. At Higher Ground- MOVEMENT IS MEDICINE. Higher Ground represents the idea that health care is not something for hospitals and the sick- Health care is something we all do to make ourselves better. It’s about taking care of ourselves. It’s about the process of becoming better, whether that be to recover from an injury or illness or to achieve a personal best, or maybe it’s just to simply create a day with a little more peace.

We believe that our Space is a better place- a Higher Ground, and its purpose is to help you get better. We are here to help you find your OWN HIGHER GROUND.

Origin Story: 

Higher Ground was an overnight success 22 years in the making.

Born out of an MBA course in the year 2000, “Higher Ground” is what Ranil Kumara and Steve Lachelt called the business plan they wrote as a class assignment. The idea was simple but bold: to smash the imaginary boundary between fitness and health and create Canada’s first “Health Club”. This Club would welcome all to a better place to be healthy and active. It would be a healthy place for people with injuries to recover and become better, and it would introduce medicine and rehab to those interested in fitness and performance. Essentially, Higher Ground would be the marriage of a sports medicine clinic and a fitness centre, but the result of this marriage would be a different and better way for people to think about their health care and their physical and mental potential.

At the conclusion of the course, Steve said to Ranil that he wanted to make this vision a reality. Little did either of them know it would take 22 years to come alive!

Following the course, Steve went hunting for a venue and someone who could lead the Sports Medicine part of Higher Ground.  In 2001, he met Dr Tim Rindlisbacher, who shared his vision of better health care through movement. Soon, Tim introduced Steve and Ranil to Marcel De Rous and Mark Cho, and the founding pillars of Higher Ground had formed. Since then, others have joined and shared the vision of Movement as Medicine. More than anything else, it is the people that have always made Higher Ground special.

After 22 years of waiting Higher Ground was officially born on May 1st 2022 on the 4th floor of the Aura Tower at College Park. Good things come to those who wait!


Monthly Pre-Paid Memberships

Our best value. Includes unlimited full access memberships without any monthly fee. One payment. Unlimited access to all facilities and classes. Excludes courses.

Choose your membership and then pick one of our 4 great locations around downtown Toronto. Each has its own special vibe to work hard in. If you like bootcamps, personal training, other great classes or just get out there and run on our treadmills… its all here for you!

Come by and meet some great people that want you to be your best!










Monthly Payment Membership

The Standard All Inclusive Membership

This is the Membership for those who want to really use all of what our membership can do for them. It’s not glamorous but it’s what we think you’ll need to be the healthiest you can be.

Unlimited visits
Freezes 1-3 months at a time (you can stop paying!)
All Club and Location Access
All classes including Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Fit4Fight, Hitfit, Spin, and more
Bike storage *where applicable
A Complimentary Start-up Training session/Assessment with a Fitness Specialist
A Complimentary Consult with a Clinician for a Health Screening.

With Classes

12 Month Plan


Month to Month


Our Team

  • Melanie Chambers Spin Instructor

    When not teaching spin, and travelling, she teachers writing at Western University in London, Ontario.

  • Marcia Plummer Fitness Specialist

    Marcia Plummer is a Certified Instructor, Professional Dancer, Amateur Bodybuilder and a program coordinator.

  • Chuck Rosenberg Spin Instructor

    “As an instructor, I’m in a position to lead a class and motivate each rider to achieve their own objectives, no matter what their level of fitness. My focus is building a ride to awesome music, pushing my spin students limits and, most important, having f-u-n!”

  • Shannon Williams Traditional Chinese Medicine

    Inspired by her father, a successful hypnotherapist and Reiki Master, Shannon has been practicing many forms of holistic and natural medicines for over 15 years.


382 Yonge St
4th floor above IKEA

416-913-9123 x2
[email protected]

145 King Street

145 King Street
Concourse Level

416-913-9123 x1
[email protected]

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College & University

700 University
SW corner of College & University

416-913-9123 x4
[email protected]

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Spin Classes

Spin Classes

Each of our certified, talented and motivating instructors brings his or her own brand of spin into the studio and we encourage our clients to try all of them! Expect a variety, often eclectic mix of music: hip hop, indie, Latina, reggae, classic rock, even a splash of disco! Each song within the playlists are carefully designed to challenge our clients.



HIIT Fit (or High Intensity Interval Training) is HigherGround’s answer to burning the most calories you are capable of burning in 30-45 minutes. Bursts of activity will be met with impossibly short rests to bring heart rate to where it’s racing (85-99% HRmax). The goal: Burn tonnes of Calories, get strong, and have fun.

Move Strong

Move Strong

A restorative approach to exercise that brings awareness to the parts of our body that see a lot of use in our day to do day lives. Combining mobility and functional movements, come along and practice some new movement patterns with a fun group. All fitness levels are welcome.

TRX Body Blast

TRX, which stands for Total Body Resistance Exercise, is a revolutionary workout method that uses your body weight and gravity as resistance to build strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, core and joint stability. Designed for all fitness levels, together you will perform the movements to music, to get your heart rate going and challenge your strength and stability.

Rope Wall Yoga

Rope Wall Yoga

Rope Wall Yoga is a form of suspension yoga. Slings are hung from a wall with anchors that support the yoga ropes, creating a suspension system. Much like TRX, the straps can be used to support the weight of the body from the wall. Rope Wall Yoga is a way to practice yoga poses with the use of the wall and the rope as helpers for resistance and support.

Mat Pilates

Mat Pilates

Mat Pilates is a strengthening and lengthening form of exercise that focuses on the foundational principles of Joseph Pilates, where you will be guided through the basics of breath work, core strength and postural alignment. Pilates benefits include improved posture, better coordination and balance, increased lung capacity, improved concentration and focus, increased body awareness, stress management, and injury prevention. This class is good for all levels so newcomers are always welcome.