UPDATED OCT 14, 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 its 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 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, you’re going to change your life. The expert trainers at this HIIT 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!
You can literally get your sweat on at evolation because hot yoga reigns supreme here. Choose from classes as straightforward as an hour of Bikram to expert-level Warm Power Flow 75 — a dynamic Vinyasa flow focusing on endurance, flexibility, and strength-building. But don’t let these fabulous classes outshine their other yoga offerings. You can join room-temp sessions featuring restorative poses and restful breathing in the cool and soothing Moon Room. Find them smack-dab in the middle of Midtown.
Every day at F45 is different. The team has developed 27 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 Jennifer Aniston 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.
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, and a new spot coming to 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.
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.
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.
Here, you can finally fulfill your dream of being Ronda Rousey. X3 Sports’ MMA classes combine skills from kickboxing, Muay Thai, jiu-jitsu, boxing, and wrestling, plus all of the ferocity, sweat, and dedication you can muster. They emphasize training in a safe environment (without full sparring/striking), but if you’re not into knocking knuckles, opt for their intense cardio kickboxing class. Find them in North Marietta, Marietta, Inman Park, and West Midtown.