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The 323 Portage Ave. address belonged to a nightclub, big-screen sports bar and was once destined to welcome the very first brewpub downtown.

But the multi-level space, most notable for its floor-to-ceiling windows, now offers bright vantage points for downtown’s newest fitness tribe at Snap Fitness’ largest location in Canada.

“Everything is brand new,” describes the manager of the location and fitness instructor, James Perrini. “It’s very bright – it’s not like you go (work out) inside a cave.”

The bright and expansive two-storey space on Portage Avenue allows Snap to offer regular fitness classes – a first for the club in the city – due to newfound studio space. Classes run primarily through the lunch hour to accommodate downtown office workers, and include proven hits like hot yoga, TRX and Zumba classes, as well as a variety of strength and aerobic training.

Not least of the benefits of the roomier location are the steam rooms in both genders’ locker rooms, and even the option to squeeze in a tan pre- or post-workout.

There’s also the spa-like towel service component to ensure fitting in a work out is as convenient as possible during a busy workday, and won’t drag down your polished 9-to-5 look.

Though loaded with upgrades, Snap’s premier downtown club doesn’t completely shake things up from its original formula.

As with all Snaps, the downtown location is open to members 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, with some staffed daytime and evening hours Monday to Saturday.

The cost of being a member at Snap’s downtown location has only a small premium above the usual Snap memberships, and includes access to classes and to any other Snap location around the world.

While there are other established fitness clubs in the area, Snap is most certainly the most visible, with a storefront facing MTS Centre. (Members will be hard-pressed to forget about leg day if passing Snap is part of their everyday commute.)

“The quality in terms of the space and quality of equipment is the best,” says Perrini, referring to its popular S-drive and water rowers for cardio fiends, plus its punching bags and boxing gear that cater to a Rocky Balboa-type training regime.

Plus, Snap downtown has the added value of fitness trainers’ professional input. “Our instructors are very well prepared to help people with the different goals that they have,” says Perrini.

Snap Fitness at 323 Portage Ave. is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year to members. Staffed hours are Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., and by appointment Sunday.