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By now, you probably have a pretty strong idea of just how active Boston is. From yoga, Pilates, and barre to boxing, running, and strength training—plus so much more—we have it all. No matter how you like to work out, there’s sure to be a place for you.
Ready to try something new? We’ve broken down all the best places to get your sweat on in Boston.
Come for the high-intensity workout, stay for the results. At Barry’s (in Downtown Crossing, Back Bay, and Chestnut Hill), there’s no slacking. You’ll get all your cardio and strength work done in one 50-minute heart-pounding class. It all goes down in the red room, where you’ll be surrounded by a community of fitness-lovers and feed on the motivation of a top-notch instructor. Barry’s isn’t deemed “The Best Workout in The World” for no reason.
At Orangetheory Fitness, no muscle group is left behind. At any of their MANY Boston area studios, you’ll work every part of your body in an adrenaline-filled interval-style class. You’ll wear a heart rate monitor to determine which metabolic zone your body is in at all times. But don’t let this intimidate you — the instructors are skilled at progressing or regressing each movement, so every level of fitness can participate.
This Boston favorite has a little bit of everything. Boxing in the ring, boxing to the beat of music, circuit training, cardio, and yoga. While you’re learning how to punch, jab, cross, and hook, you’ll be coached by educated instructors who’ll give you technique cues, and the inspiration to keep fighting on. And if you want to train like a boxer, you can opt into the Train Camp to track your progress. You’ll truly discover why you fight at their FiDi or Seaport gyms.
Up the intensity of your yoga routine with a little extra strength and power. CorePower Yoga believes in working every muscle and every emotion in their classes. And they have plenty of options for you to find your niche. Take your pick of CorePower Yoga 1, CorePower Yoga 1.5, Yoga Sculpt, CoreCardio Circuit, HotPower Fusion, and more. And get this: your first week is free at any of their nine Boston-area locations!
With locations all around the city (and country), this yoga studio is a must-try. We love the Hip Hop Yoga for a little extra spice with our flow, but you won’t go wrong with their Vinyasa, Strength & Structure, Slow Flow, or Core Flow practices. You’ll also never be stuck with limited choices here since classes are offered all throughout the entire day. Try your first week free; we know you’re gonna get hooked.
Slow movements, fast results. That’s the mantra at btone, and it’s exactly what you can expect from their classes. Each exercise is done with precision and focus so you’ll get the most out of your workout. And once you feel those slow-twitch muscle fibers fire up—aka shaky legs—you’ll know you’re doing it right. Choose from several Boston studios to get your sweat on.
Strengthen, Lengthen, and Tone—or SLT for short—does just that. This beloved NYC studio has finally opened a location on Newbury St., and we couldn’t be happier to finally have a Lagree studio in Boston! Here’s why: it’s the ultimate core workout as you fight to stabilize yourself on the Megaformer for 50 minutes. And while your core is constantly working, you’ll also hit legs and arms for a full-body sweat, all set to the beat of amazing jams. Grab your grippy socks and get ready to shake.
From the creators of Somerville's Brooklyn Boulders comes BKBX, a first-of-its-kind adventure training center in Allston. What does an adventure training center entail? Well, aside from the setting looking straight out of the movie Tron: Legacy, the programming is legit. You get tons of bouldering and climbing space, a bevvy of 50-minute group-based training classes (with metrics tracked in real time), a social area used to plan real-life adventures, and a recovery center with 3D body assessments, cryotherapy, infrared sauna, compression boots, foam rollers, massage — the works. An experience here is an adventure in itself.
Let the beat of the music drive your workout — that’s how they roll at B/SPOKE. Every class at this studio is synced perfectly with the playlist, and the instructors deliver a seamless experience that you can’t help but participate in. Not only do they have tons of cycling classes to choose from—HOT R/DE, HIP-HOP R/DE, and #THROWBACK R/DE to name a few—but they also offer TRAIN. This new format gets you off the bike to tone and build up strength. You know when you go to B/SPOKE in Wellesley, Downtown Boston, or Cape House (summer only) you’re getting the best of the best.
This local Boston startup has found immense success since its launch in 2013. With now four studios around the city and some of the top instructors, it’s no wonder people keep coming back for more. The energy in the room is contagious, too. Choose from their classic 45-minute ride, or go big with a 60-minute class — either will give you the sweat you’re looking for.
Treat your body, mind, and soul to a cycling class unparalleled. Instructors not only coach riders through a fast-paced and sweaty journey, they also cultivate a sense of empowerment and unity that cannot be found anywhere else. The ride becomes about more than just a workout; it’s time carved out for you to focus on self-care — inside and out. And their five Boston-area SoulCycle studios offer above-and-beyond amenities, which makes the price tag of class a little more justifiable.
At MYSTRYDE, you’re faster than you think. And they’ll prove it to you. With top-notch treads and running instructors, you’re bound to crush whatever goals you have in mind. And as all good runners know, it’s essential to cross-train. Check out the Stryde Plus Core, Power Stryde, and Power X. Though, Power X actually has no running and instead, you'll find a strength-building class with resistance bands, kettlebells, and bodyweight movements. Or, you can stick to running, working on your endurance, hill running, intervals — the list continues. Fitt Tip: when the weather warms up, this North End studio takes their runners outdoors to sweat in the fresh air. Come join!
With two Boston locations (Back Bay and Battery Wharf), Exhale is an urban oasis for residents looking to take their workout (and self-care) to the next level. Aside from relaxing zen spa rooms where you can treat yourself to a pre- or post-workout massage, they also have a fitness and yoga studio which features a full schedule of yoga, barre, cardio, and HIIT classes. And after you’ve fully fatigued your muscles, you can take advantage of their relaxation room and fully-stocked locker room, a steam room, and showers.
Yes, Back Bay's Lynx Fitness Club is a little over-the-top, but they're not hiding that. This is luxury fitness through and through. From their capped membership to keep the gym from getting crowded to the high-end strength and cardio machines to the instruction for group classes and personal training, the spared no expensive to give you a quality workout. Plus, the gym hosts a Topgolf SwingSuite attended by a PGA-certified instructor — as if this place didn't already have country club vibes.
With locations in Belmont and Seaport, Burnin’ By Ray, the so-called “Un-Gym” has designed a low-impact, high-intensity fitness concept using motorless cardio machines that will get every muscle in your body burnin’. The innovative equipment (Jacobs Ladder, Airbike, VersaClimber, AirRunner) allows you to self-power the machines in between strength training sets. And with the lights turned down low and bumpin’ beats, you may think you walked into a nightclub.
BRICK is well-known as a CrossFit institution in NYC, LA, Chicago, and more, but Boston's beloved BRICK is top-notch. While many CrossFit gyms can't even boast A/C, BRICK has luxury amenities like a fully-stocked locker room, WiFi, a small cafe for protein shakes and coffee, and towel service. Their programming follows suit, with competitive and inclusive WODs, bootcamp-style group fitness classes, and a popular barbell club. Find this elevated experience in Financial District.
**Updated May 2019.