UPDATED DEC 18, 2019
The beauty of big city living is variety. Anything you want to see, do, and eat is all within reach — and this goes for your workout too. Atlanta’s most fit and creative minds bring the region some of the most innovative gyms around. You have a lot of options, but there’s not a bad choice in the bunch.
It’s hard to talk about the best workouts without mentioning SoulCycle, arguably the catalyst for catapulting fitness culture into modern society. These boutique cycling studios are famed for their signature rides, well-trained and energetic instructors, and a vibe that’s quite contagious. Clip in at their studio in the Shops Around Lenox in Buckhead or at Ponce City Market to see what all the fuss is about.
An arena where science, strength, and determination meet, BLAST has become infamous in Buckhead and Midtown for their signature 60-minute interval workouts. Between the treadmill, the strength-based floor work, and the personal heart rate monitors to feed you metrics throughout, you’ll see, feel, and believe that you’re getting the results you desire. Add in the stocked locker rooms, high-tech metabolic profiling, and expert nutritional guidance and you’ve got a top-to-bottom wellness experience.
On the scene as of October 2018, international phenomenon Barry's Bootcamp has wasted no time in making its signature HIIT experience the talk on the town. The Buckhead outpost provides the same red-lit room, luxe amenities, treadmills, floor-based strength work, and quality instruction made famous by studios in Los Angeles, NYC, and London. With a different focus on the body each day (for example, Monday is Arms & Abs day), you'll definitely be coming back for more.
MADabolic is known for being pretty straightforward: you’re going to show up, you’re going to work hard, and you’re going to change your life. The expert trainers at this strength and conditioning gym have crafted a program you’ll soon know by heart. Using everything from kettlebells to barbells to ropes and truck tires, your progress will be built on Momentum (athleticism and endurance), Anaerobic capacity (power and speed), and Durability (stability and stamina) for complete and well-rounded training. MADabolic is making big waves in the Southeast and beyond — come experience their ATL space in Old Fourth Ward!
Every day at F45 is different. The team has developed 36 different high-intensity circuit workouts with thousands of exercises that’ll keep you moving and sweating. With two to three trainers per class and exercise demos on TV screens around the studio, it’s easy to follow along (or take cues from a workout buddy nearby). And with multiple locations in Atlanta (and more to come), there are plenty of opportunities to fit in a 45-minute class.
This luxury, boutique sweat spot in Buckhead and Sandy Springs was founded by former fitness model Katherine Mason. She sought out to combine the sculpting prowess of the Megaformer with treadmill cardio to create a 50-minute workout focused on trimming fat and building lean muscle. Fun fact: SculptHouse is also a favorite of Jennifer Aniston's when she’s in town.
Grab the crew and head to this Buckhead indoor rowing studio, featuring the super-trendy WaterRowers, a water-resistance machine using the mass/density of water to create resistance in your pull. It’s almost like you’re fighting the river flow, except here, you can combine your rowing workout in a circuit with kettlebells, slam balls, and other fun gizmos you won’t find floating down the Chattahoochee.
With locations in Lenox Square and Ponce City Market, this athletic club is best known for its hardcore cardio classes. In particular, their Fast Twitch Total Body workout is the showstopper. It's a 75-minute circuit class incorporating core, cardio, agility, and muscle building, and with a focus on weight training. Not intense enough for ya? Try the Cardio Agility class, a fast-paced, athletic session full of hurdle jumps, sled pulls, and sprints.
This rock climbing gym is truly a spectacle. It’s huge, with a variety of terrain and difficulty levels, testing the skills of beginners and experts alike. If you’re new to bouldering, they offer detailed classes on belaying and lead climbing — and they also offer fitness classes for abs and yoga. Find them in Northeast Atlanta, Kennesaw, and Midtown.
Can't decide between boxing, cycling, or yoga for your next fitness session? Don't. Show up to one of Burn Studios' outposts in Brookhaven, Buckhead, or their newest spot in Poncey. Here, you can hit up a music-driven 45-minute cycling class, a full-body kickboxing workout, a sculpting yoga class, or you can split the difference by taking their signature 30/30 class. After 30 minutes of cycling, you'll hop out of the saddle for another heart-pounding 30 of either kickboxing, yoga, or strength training. It's the ultimate class for the indecisive.
Breathe a sigh of relief because Highland Yoga is here to help you let go and unwind as you reach a bliss-like state in their heated power Vinyasa classes. Highland Yoga’s breath-to-movement emphasis will have you feeling stronger both on and off the mat. To get you through the work week, head to one of their studios in Buckhead, Virginia Highlands, or Grant Park.
Got an hour to spare? Make it count by heading to Fit9 for a fast-moving and intensive workout that ups the ante of our favorite calorie-burning HIIT moves with high-performance elements of MetCon (metabolic conditioning). The workout combos at Fit9 are endless — from running to boxing to weight training, prepare to work every muscle and power through a training routine that will have you performing to your peak every time. Diversify your workout and keep it interesting by attending a Full Body, Metabox, or Metafusion class at their studio in Buckhead.
It's all gold everything at TURN Studio, from the chandelier in the lobby to the backlights in the cycling amphitheater. The experience of this cycling and strength training studio is worthy of a medal, too. You get customized, state-of-the-art bikes, high-tech gadgets, and amped-up instruction in the cycling studio. And up the staircase you'll find the The MEZ, their venue for bootcamp, TRX, HIIT, cardio dance, and more! Find TURN's glittering studio in Sandy Springs.
Pepper Boxing offers a one-of-a-kind hook and jab experience as the only circular heavy bag training in the world. For all you boxer aficionados out there, this means you can keep your eyes on your instructor at all times. This layout delivers more than just punches to a bag — it lets you hone your technique faster while absorbing group camaraderie. Movements are matched with energizing music and dim lighting to keep your head in the game. Their 50-minute signature class combines shadowboxing (no contact) with teardrop bag combinations (for low impact), weighted bar exercises, and intensity training intervals to give you the immersive, full-body workout you’re after.
This premier fitness training facility understands how to balance intensity with relaxation — turn up the heat in their fun and fast-paced fitness classes and treat yo’self to a well-earned massage or chiropractic workup to ease those aches and pains. With private and group workouts to choose from and skilled personal trainers at your fingertips, The Loft Athletic Club is here to help you reach your fitness peak and not sweat the recovery process.
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