UPDATED NOV 25, 2019
The Charm City fitness scene is full of top-notch options to get your blood pumpin’. Whether you prefer a high-intensity sweat or a slow yoga flow, we’ve rounded up some must-try gyms and studios around town. Trust us, fellow fitness fanatics — these are worth checking out.
If you’re looking for a true cycling challenge or BARREsweat, a spin on your classic barre routine, REV Cycle is waiting for you in McHenry Row and Brewers Hill. Along with these regularly scheduled 45-minute cycling or barre classes, the #REVtribe is all about taking full advantage of our beautiful city by partnering with gyms like Under Armour and CorePower to offer creative sessions (think aqua fitness and bootcamps). Get REVed up and reserve your spot in one of their classes today.
It’s safe to say that Merritt’s gyms rule the millennial gym scene in Baltimore — and have you checked out one of their six spaces in and around the city? As the social center of health and fitness in Baltimore, you’ll find everything from group classes like BODYPUMP to cycling and yoga. You’ll also get exclusive (and much envied) access to their outdoor pool bar (guests have to pay a whopping $25 to drop in) if you’re up for mixing gym biz with pleasure.
Needless to say, Under Armour’s FX Studios are home to some of the most badass workouts you can find in Baltimore. Operating out of three spaces, including locations on Light Street, in Hunt Valley, and at the global HQ in Locust Point, UA offers everything and then some. The Performance Centers (aka a super legit gym) are equipped with everything you need to train like a UA athlete. To join the UA FitFam, you’ll need to sign up on their membership waiting list — bummer. Now, for the good news: you can drop in on a group class sans membership. Just check their online schedule, come with a casual eight bucks, and get ready to sweat!
Peak’s interval training classes are a high-intensity mix of strength and cardio exercises that keep the sweat pouring, muscles building, and fat burnin’. Slap on one of their heart rate monitors to watch as you spike up and down — it’ll keep you pushing yourself and spark some healthy competition with the group. Expect dumbbells, kettlebells, and sandbags on the weights side of the gym and treadmills and row machines in the cardio space. Minimal equipment, yet creative full-body workouts that are different each time to keep you on your toes.
Looking for a fitness community that’ll cheer you on as you put in work? Brick Bodies' four area gyms offer a comfortable and supportive atmosphere in their group classes, team training, and aquatics sessions. Their results-oriented programs include the latest and greatest Pilates, yoga, sports-specific training, and diet and nutrition counseling. Plus, the Brick Bodies fam stays active around Baltimore by participating in community events and giving back through their associated charity, John W. Brick Mental Health Foundation. So you can feel good _and _do good.
CorePower pushes past typical yoga boundaries and dishes out a high-intensity spin on a traditional class. They’re all about modernizing their practice by focusing on strength and power. And in their heated studio rooms (where you'll find most classes), it’s sure to be the sweat session you need to melt your stresses away. With four locations spread around the city—Fed Hill, Brewers Hill, Rotunda, and Harbor Point—this a must try for anyone looking to gain a little extra power in their core.
Seeking the secret recipe to a lean, toned dancer physique? Then The Bar Method’s fine-tuned barre class is the workout for you. Choose from their hour-long or 45-minute express classes to pulse and squeeze all of your major muscle groups for a serious yet low-intensity burn. Trust us — those pliés will have your quads feeling the fire. While the flow of the class stays the same—arms, thighs, and ab-focused exercises—you’ll never experience the same class twice in this Locust Point studio.
Ready to feel M-powered? Opening their doors (and roof) in Canton’s Natty Boh Tower, M.Power Yoga is the go-to studio for Baltimore yogis. Practice on the rooftop overlooking Baltimore or in their beautiful indoor spaces. Clean, pristine, and trendy — you’ll get have a gentle breeze to help cool you off mid-practice. Plus, M.Power likes to shake up the city with regular open community nights and summer sessions in Canton Waterfront Park. Check out their schedule or Facebook page to be in the know on their latest events.
Smack in the middle of the Fed Hill scene, there's a good chance you’ve wandered by Charm City CrossFit’s doors and considered checking it out. With top-rated WODs (workout of the day), along with personal training and yoga classes, you won’t regret stopping in for a sweat session. Those sweat-inducing sessions will take you through a high-intensity, full-body, strength-based workout performed in a circuit. Fitt Tip: if it’s your first rodeo, make sure to work with their coaches to master the moves.
BeachFit broke onto the Baltimore fitness scene with its unique and challenging balance-focused workouts. And with it, they brought core shredding surfboard sets (no water involved with this stability surfboard) and high-intensity TRX, cycle, and bootcamp classes. At BeachFit, they’re all about adding the fun into each of their workouts — so bring your good vibes on over to their Fells Point studio.
Harbor Point's [solidcore] offers one hell of a workout. The nationwide chain aims to help you achieve your fitness dreams through a 50-minute, high-intensity, low-impact full-body workout that can probably be closest related to Pilates. You’ll be introduced to [sweatlana] — a one-of-a-kind spring-based resistance machine designed specifically for [solidcore] that will lengthen, tone, and challenge your body without the joint-jarring. Are your muscles shaking just thinking about it? It’s a workout for everyone, providing a personal training experience in a group class environment.
Get more out of your workout at Orangetheory Fitness. Expect to sweat like never before in a 60-minute, HIIT-style format where you alternate strength training and cardio segments on treadmills, rowers, and stationary bikes. You’ll wear heart rate monitors to help you reach your goal of staying in the “orange” and “red” zones, aka 84% to 91% of max heart rate, for at least 12 minutes. New to OTF? No need to worry — classes are great for both the beginner and OTF pro. And with four locations around the city, you'll find a spot that's convenient for you.
Train and be well at SEYA CrossFit and Wellness. This beautiful space in Highlandtown, near Patterson Park, aims to bring strength to the body and mind. Choose between CrossFit or Yoga for your daily dose of sweat, then book yourself a massage or grab yourself an acai bowl made by EarthShake (located in SEYA). This is a spot you'll definitely want to check out.
Normally, lifting, yoga, and strength are all parts of your fitness regimen. But do we really have to separate them? Lift Yoga + Strength is a tranquil spot and fitness mashup that is so much more than a yoga studio. Making their home in a former Baptist church in Mt. Vernon, Lift takes you through your workout in the presence of stained glass windows, high-vaulted ceilings, and chandeliers. They offer yoga and personal training, but what makes their Lift class a Baltimore favorite is the concept of combining yoga with lifting/conditioning. It’s genius.
There’s a reason boxing has been an exercise staple for so many years. Actually, according to TITLE Boxing Club, there are three: simply put, boxing is empowering, exhilarating, and addictive. And that doesn’t even cover the physical benefits. If you’re looking for a full-body workout that will make you feel like you can take on the world, grab your gloves (or if it’s your first time, borrow a pair for free) and head to one of their gyms in Columbia or Owings Mills — and we predict you'll probably be seeing a lot of them.