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The Six: Craig McNamee

Craig McNamee

Ashbridges Bay Park in Toronto

Ashbridges Bay Park in Toronto

Craig McNamee is a celebrity chiropractor and personal trainer based in Toronto. As the owner of Catalyst Health, Craig’s expertise in the field of health and fitness has impacted beginners, fitness enthusiasts and celebs who are all looking to improve their lifestyle and performance.

Here are Craig’s picks for ways to get your sweat on outdoors in the Six this summer.

1. Motionball’s Marathon of Sport

(Downsview Hangar, 75 Carl Hall Rd.)

The 2017 motionball Marathon of Sport Toronto is a great way to kick off the best places to get your sweat on this summer. This event welcomes 72 teams of young professionals to Downsview Hangar for a fun-filled day of athletic competition in support of the Special Olympics Canada Foundation. The highlight of the event is sweating alongside local Special Olympics Ontario athletes in a variety of sports! Saturday, May 27, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

2. Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Centre

(283 Queens Quay W.)

I can’t think of a better way to spend a summer evening than getting a sweat on while gazing back at the city’s skyline. The Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre offers “social paddles,” where you can rent a paddleboard or kayak for a discounted price. You’ll paddle with a guide and small crew to Centre Island, which will help strengthen your core and shoulders and provide a gorgeous view of the city as the sun starts to set. As an extra perk, when you land back at the Harbourfront, a BBQ will be awaiting your arrival. Thursdays and Fridays from June to August at 6 p.m.

3. Lululemon Block Party

(Citipark, 148 Cumberland St.)

Also known as the “Rooftop Takeover,” this event has been a huge community sweat for the past 2 years and it’s preparing to build on that success in 2017. Get ready to join 250 peeps in a crushing body weight workout that will leave you dripping with sweat all while overlooking the streets of Yorkville.

4. Baldwin Steps

(486 Davenport Rd.)

Grab your Fitbit and head to the historical Baldwin Steps. The 134 concrete steps – which date back to the 19th century – are a great workout choice for any skill level. You can run or walk, while getting a sweat on in the Toronto summer sun. Bonus: You get an amazing view of Casa Loma once you reach the top.

5. Ashbridges Bay Park

(1561 Lake Shore Blvd E.)

One of my personal faves is to sweat it out while playing a sport and there is no better sport to play when the sun hits than beach volleyball. Ashbridges Bay Park is definitely the spot to sweat it out this summer. If you’re looking to sculpt those legs while working on your tan, head down with friends or join a league (co-ed 4’s or 6’s). Multiple nights from July to August.

6. Catalyst Games

(Jesse Ketchum Public School, 61 Davenport Road)

Getting involved in this killer outdoor workout will definitely make your friends jealous. Participants are placed into two teams who then battle head-to-head in a variety of competitive fitness and skill-based challenges. This is put on by Catalyst Health and all proceeds are donated to two amazing charities. June 4 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.