UPDATED JAN 9, 2020
You wouldn’t know it from the volume of breakfast tacos Austinites consume, but this city’s fitness scene is alive and thriving. From hardcore HIIT studios to dedicated rowing concepts, boxing gyms, and everything in between, these top Austin sweat spots have you covered.
This boutique fitness studio in South Austin makes the word 'boutique' a little less cutesy. Workouts are uniquely planned, interval-driven, and involve a combination of strength and endurance training. Each week, you can expect to experience three kinds of workouts: momentum, anaerobic, and durability (MAD). Not to worry, though, intensity is tailored to your needs and they welcome all levels of fitness.
Black Swan Yoga is easily one of the most beloved yoga studios in Austin, and it's not hard to understand why. Here, the instructors are encouraged to make their practice their own, so no two classes are the same, and everything down to the music playing in the lobby is specially curated. Even better, it's donation-based, meaning you pay what you can afford. Head to one of their four ATX studios to join the community. And keep an eye out — they host tons of fun events!
The Barre Code on South Lamar and in downtown is a key player in the Austin barre bubble and for good reason. This place is a one-stop shop for low-impact, cardio, strength training, and restoration-style sessions. Take the traditional TBC (total body conditioning) class, or mix it up with their energy-infused Brawl class, which integrates more cardio and kickboxing. Either way, we've got a feeling you'll catch The Barre Code bug.
A heavy-hitter in the Austin fitness scene, KNOCKOUT combines nightclub vibes with kickboxing circuits for an immersive, beats-based workout that can only be described as a rush. It may sound weird, but we can’t think of a better way to relieve stress and work up a sweat than by punching and kicking in the dark to the sounds of pulsating music. Convinced? Rock it out at the W. 6th St. studio and start refining that left hook.
If you're not familiar with DEFINE, you soon will be. Their South Lamar location is massive and hosts a combination of yoga, cycling, barre, and trampoline classes that are so fun, you'll (almost) forget you're working out. But if you think the idea of their bounce class sounds easy, just wait until you pair light weights and resistance bands with small jumps — it's harder than it looks. And if you're looking for a fusion class that'll make you feel stronger than ever, try their revolution+body workout that pairs 30 minutes of cycling with 30 minutes of cardio moves.
Low impact doesn’t always mean low intensity. At this dedicated rowing studio, you’ll engage your arms, legs, back, and abdominals with a single rowing stroke. That’s a lot of sore muscles! The best part? Their downtown location moves the rowing machines outside when the weather is nice, so you’ll feel just like you’re gliding down Lady Bird Lake while you work to reach your next distance benchmark. Rō also has a second location in Tarrytown, so you have even more opportunity to join the crew.
At Athletic Outcomes on E. Riverside Dr., they don't take themselves too seriously. Here it’s all about health, fitness, and fun. Their small group classes ensure you’re getting the most out of your workout, and you can count on their instructors to motivate you every step of the way. When you're down for a heart-pounding, muscle-burning sweat, their signature AO Fit class will get you there. It combines functional exercises with strength and conditioning moves that will push you to your edge. Just make sure you don’t skip out on the recovery lounge. A cold tub followed by 45 minutes in compression boots — yes, please.
There's only one way to describe a SoulCycle class — it's an unmatched, life-changing experience. What you're in for is a full-body workout featuring cardio-heavy choreography (yes, small hand weights are thrown into the mix), high-energy beats, and an inspiring instructor reminding you why you showed up and encouraging you to be your best. Not to mention it all takes place in a dim, candlelit room. Clip in at their studios in Downtown Austin and The Domain.
With studios peppered all throughout the city, Orangetheory Fitness makes it easy to carve out a little time to get your heart rate up. And that's exactly what you'll do in their adrenaline-fueled, interval-based classes. Over the course of your hour-long workout, you'll switch between the treadmill, bike, or rower and a series of strength-building floor exercises that integrate the TRX and free weights. All the while, you can track your performance using their custom technology and even get your stats emailed to you after class.
There's a reason Equinox is a household name in cities across the US. This luxury fitness club has built its reputation by offering intense, high-energy classes led by some of the most sought-after instructors out there. And when it comes to variety, they've got everyone beat. Indoor running? Got it. Pilates and barre? Yep. Cycling, strength training, and yoga. They have all three. We haven't even gotten to their on-site juice bar and spa-like amenities. Experience it for yourself at their South Congress location.
You might think you know what yoga is all about, but if you've never unrolled your mat in a CorePower Yoga class, you don't know the half of it. This boutique studio (with three locations in the Austin area) will push you to work harder and dig deep during their signature strength building sequences. Oh, and did we mention their classes are heated? Yea — this place isn't messing around. For an extra challenge, try out their Hot Power Fusion flow and get ready for some major sweat.
Don't let the low-impact nature of [solidcore]'s workouts fool you — their signature, Reformer-like machine, the [sweatlana], is going to put you to the test. Over the course of 50 minutes, you'll engage in slow, controlled moves coupled with added resistance for a muscle-shaking, full-body. It's not going to be easy, but once you made it to the end (and you will), you'll leave feeling like a total badass. Even better, Austin has locations both downtown and on N. Lamar.
Not for the faint of heart, TruFusion in South Austin mixes hardcore fitness classes with heated studio spaces for a mind-body experience you won't find anywhere else. As far as workouts go — they have it all. Lengthen and tone in a barre, Pilates, or TRX class. And if intervals are more your style, check out one of their bootcamp, kettlebells, or cycling sessions. They also have everything from fast-paced Vinyasa practices to slow Yin-based flows and aerial yoga. If that wasn't enough, this boutique studio is also backed by J.Lo's partner Alex Rodriguez, and that's gotta count for something, right?
This Australia-based chain has become an absolute powerhouse in the fitness world and we're lucky enough to have a handful of locations right here in Austin. True to its name, you'll get your adrenaline pumping during a 45-minute workout featuring functional fitness moves meant to build strength and endurance. And while there will definitely be times when you want to call it quits (we've been there), you'll have the backing of a tight-knit community and encouraging instructors with you through every burpee and box jump.
If you've been itching find out what the whole boxing trend is all about, there's no better place to go than TITLE Boxing Club in North Austin. Whether you opt for their boxing, kickboxing, or MMA class, their expert trainers will lead you through a HIIT-style workout where you'll alternate between punches on the heavy bag and bodyweight exercises on the floor. Sign up for a class and find out what you're really made of.
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