If you’re in Baltimore and you’re still doing the same ol’ workout every week, you are doing it WRONG! Just take a look around — the Charm City fitness scene is full of top-notch options to get your blood pumpin’.
So, whether you prefer a high-intensity sweat, graceful yoga flow, or anything in between, 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 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 options (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 Fed and Canton gyms rule the millennial gym scene in Baltimore — and have you checked out their new additions in Canton? As the social center of health and fitness in the city, you’ll find everything you need to lift. Group classes have the works — BODYPUMP, cycling, yoga, etc. 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 the one and only global HQ in Locust Point, on Light Street, and in Hunt Valley, UA offers not just your “Average Joe” gym, but Performance Centers (aka just a super-legit gym) 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. But if you make it in, that means no waiting forever for that one dude to finish his bicep curls in the squat rack rolls eyes. To 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, lean muscle building, and fat a-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 AF 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 comfortable and supportive atmosphere offers group classes, team training, and aquatics all in one. 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.
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 most classes are), 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 to get those washboard abs you’ve been dreaming of.
Looking for 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 some 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 get 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 that breezy Free People feel from their spot. Plus, M.Power shakes up the city with regular open community nights and sessions in Canton Waterfront Park, drawing a friendly crowd from all around. Check out their Facebook page to be in the know on their latest events.
Smack in the middle of the Fed Hill scene, you know 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 WODs 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.
Barre, Pilates, TRX, intervals — this place has the works, including BarreFIGHT, the awesome fusion of barre and kickboxing that you never even knew you wanted to try until now. Canton’s INLINE Fitness offers a plethora of innovative workouts (plus a sweet first-timer deal for a trial month).
BeachFit broke onto the Baltimore fitness scene with its unique and challenging balance-focused workouts. Meaning 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.
[solidcore], in Harbor Point, offers one hell of a workout. Its purpose: 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 sore just thinking about it? It’s a workout for everyone, providing a personal training experience without the dent in your wallet (yes, that’s possible).
Get more out of your workout at Orangetheory Fitness, new to the city scene in Harbor East. Here, 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 junkie.
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, cryotherapy session, or grab yourself an acai bowl made by EarthShake (located in SEYA). This is a spot you will 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 ceiling, 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.
On the hunt for a boxing gym? Well, you’re in luck. Introducing Sweet Science Boxing, the Fells Point waterfront boxing and fitness center. Enter the ring, kick or punch a few punching bags, sweat, and have fun while you train with the best.
**Updated by Charlotte Nagey, September 2018