We’ve got nothing against traditional gyms. Heck, we’ve certainly put in our time on the elliptical. But sometimes we need a change of pace. That’s when we jump in on a session that’ll let us try something new, leave us “good sore”, and maybe even make us smile while doing it.
With so many workouts to choose from, it can be tough to know which one is going to get you moving. Well, guess what. No matter what you’re looking for, Boston has a fitness studio for you. So we’ve rounded up 13 spots that will make you actually want to get your sweat on.
rock climbing gym. But BKBS, as it’s known around here, is way more than just an awesome place to learn to top rope or boulder. The gym also has fitness and Parkour classes, personal training, and cardio machines. Plus, you can set up your laptop in the co-working space or attend one of their super fun events.Right next door to AirCraft Aerial Arts, you’ll find Brooklyn Boulders Somerville, New England’s largest
If efficiency is the name of your workout game, you’re going to love btone Fitness. The studio combines strength, endurance, cardio, balance, and flexibility in each of its classes, so you can get super fit in as little as 45 minutes. And with studios in Back Bay and the North End, plus some of the ‘burbs, getting to a btone class is a cinch. Fitt tip: Try the studio’s signature TONE class for an all-around workout that can’t be beat.
There’s a good reason Boston Magazine named BURN Fitness Studio the Best Boutique Gym in the city. It’s because BURN is very different from other gyms. The South End studio (with Back Bay location coming soon) offers small group and personal training classes in a beautiful setting with instructors that focus on YOU. And with sweat sessions as diverse as TABATA BURN, the gym’s signature conditioning class, and Glow Yoga, a class that combines beats and black lights, you’ll never get bored.
Channel your inner Beyoncé when you hit up Healthworks, a Boston-area, women-only gym. Healthworks offers a huge range of classes – there are over 100 offered each week at its four locations – and plenty of individual equipment if you prefer to workout solo. After you sweat it out, relax in the hot tub or even get a massage on-site.
Ever wanted to run away with the circus as a kid? Well, now’s your chance when you take a class at AirCraft Aerial Arts in Somerville. The unique studio teaches aerial arts and circus fitness (think Cirque du Soleil) to students in the area. You don’t need to have any experience to get started, just a willingness to try something new and have some fun doing it.
The founders of Lifted Fitness spent years working in the fitness industry before deciding to strike out on their own…and to do things completely differently. Workouts at Lifted are designed around free weights, kettlebells, medicine balls, and even drive sleds. No more dreadmill at this South Boston studio. Sign up for one of their classes, small group, or personal training sessions to see what Lifted is all about.
spin classes, Recycle Studio stands out. For starters, it was Boston’s first indoor cycling gym. And because it’s locally owned, you get a truly boutique experience at its two locations on Boston Common and in the South End. Recycle offers more than 60 rides a week and is open every day of the year, except the Fourth of July, so there’s no excuse to skip your workout (except America).In a world full of places to take
Whether you never miss a WOD or you have no clue what that means (it’s the Workout of the Day), you’ll be welcome at Reebok CrossFit Back Bay. If you’re looking for a box that has it all, from traditional CrossFit sessions to yoga, gymnastics, and even a nutrition program, you can’t beat Boston’s Reebok CrossFit. There’s also a second location in the South End, so you can take advantage of whichever one of 180 classes(!) offered every week sounds fun to you.
amazing yoga studios, so it was tough to pick just one to highlight here. We went with the super-boutique Some.Yoga.Studio in Somerville because it’s just so different what you’ll find in most other places. We love the classes offered at Some.Yoga., but we really love that you don’t have to schlep a mat or any props to class. That’s right – everything you need is waiting for you when you get to the studio, so relax! It’ll help you keep that yoga glow all day long.Boston is full of
Looking to get lean like a ballerina without all that tulle (it’s what a tutu is made of)? Try a class at The Bar Method’s two Boston locations in Back Bay or downtown. No tutu required. At The Bar Method you’ll get a killer workout that’ll leave you leaner and stronger after each session. And it all takes place in a spa-like atmosphere, so you’ll feel pampered despite all the shaking and sweating you’ll be doing.
The son of former heavyweight champion George Foreman (George Foreman III, not to be confused with George Foreman VI) has opened three Boston-area locations of his signature boxing gym. And they’re unlike any other fitness studio in town. Everybody Fights, you’ll get whipped into shape through traditional training methods that you can practice in group classes or personal training sessions. Despite the focus on fighting, locals absolutely love the supportive community at this spot (it’s not brutal like Fight Club).
The local indoor cycling scene got a whole lot more unique when Turnstyle opened its Boston and Cambridge studios. That’s because the gym offers boot camp sessions too. And these are not your traditional group classes. For starters, the indoor cycling classes have bumping music. We’re talking Beyoncé, Bieber, and Biggie, on blast. And the boot camps are designed to focus on specific parts of the body, like your core or legs, so they’re sure to leave you crawling by the end.
Exercising alone can be a total drag. ZONE5 Fitness knows that, so all of its workouts take place in group classes. That way you get the support you need to really push through…and you get to cheer on your teammates as they challenge themselves. High-fives all around! And everyone doing a ZONE5 workout wears a top-notch heart rate monitor, so you can see exactly how you’re doing every step of the way.
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