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THE BEST GYMS & STUDIOS IN CHARLOTTE RIGHT NOW

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UPDATED DEC 13, 2019

For as much as Charlotteans love drinking local brews, we also love getting outside and staying fit. Whether you’re in a workout rut or looking to try something new, these local fitness studios are sure to keep you motivated and moving all year long.

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HAYLEY LYONS

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At Iron Tribe Fitness in Dilworth and Cotswold, there are three focuses: push, power, and perform. Whether your goal is increasing your strength or getting to the next level in your sport, Iron Tribe Fitness has you covered. And here, they take a personalized approach to group classes, which include 45 minutes of cardio, body weight, and weightlifting movements, so they’ll be with you every step (or rep) of the way.

The team over at Kādi Fit in Cornelius has a unique way of thinking about exercise, and they won’t just tell you about it — they’ll help you live it. As a studio that preaches “Intention. Acceleration. Reflection.”, you should know that you’re going to be working both your body and your mind. Between their cardio/hip-hop/strength fusion Kardio Karve sessions, their functional- and mobility-focused Primal classes, and their athletic and oh-so-sweaty Yoga Flow, you’ll be unstoppable.

Stop in for a one-hour workout at one of the six RockBox studios in the Queen City, and you’ll be thrown into a rockin’, beats-driven atmosphere. Once you’re in the mitts, the trainers will guide you through combos and kicks with no danger of any punches landing on your chin — it’s all in the name of getting fit, not hit. But if you think you’re done after some shadowboxing, wait until you hit the truck tires, weight sleds, medicine balls, and tons of other tools of the trade to finish off your extra-sweaty workout.

Head to NoDa or South End for some high-intensity, low-impact training at CORE 704. This studio combines everything you love about fitness classes into one intense program. You might have heard of them thanks to their _core _piece of equipment, appropriately called The CoreFormer. Expect this machine to give you an all-over workout that will transform your body.

Weightlifting, boxing, and bootcamps, oh my! Functional Fit literally has it all. Bringing personalized fitness together with studio-style classes in South End, you can try something different every day. Plus, their focus is on keeping you active and injury-free, so you can get fit the healthy way.

Hey, wannabe yogis, this one’s for you. Attending your first yoga class can be scary. There are so many words you don’t know and positions you can’t hold (yet). But the teachers at Be Yoga totally get that and embrace yogis of all levels. They even offer a program exclusively for newbies to help them learn the practice while also keeping things light and fun. Come roll out a mat in Dilworth and feel right at h(om)e.

You might’ve seen MADabolic studios in Elizabeth and South End and wondered what they’re all about. Allow us to break it down for you: MAD is an acronym that stands for momentum, anaerobic, and durability, and the classes are all about making you feel like a powerful, primal athlete. Cool, right? Whether you’re a runner, yogi, or just a fitness enthusiast, MADabolic creates workout routines to fit your goals. Try it once, and you’re sure to be as mad about it as we are.

Here’s a bar that has nothing to do with alcohol and everything to do with getting fit. And it doesn’t matter if you’re a dancer or just looking to try something new, classes at the boutique studios SouthPark and Waverly go beyond stretching and twirling — they use props like free weights, mats, and a ball to give you a killer workout. But what makes this concept truly unique is that it was developed under the watchful eye of physical therapists who ensure that not only is it safe, but it works.

Formerly CrossFit South End, Urban MVMNT aims to bring you the best hour of your day — and we have no doubt they’re nailing it. A far cry from your traditional gym, this is a headphones-free zone where the focus is simple: get fit without getting bored. And if you’re early for class, grab a pre-workout coffee from the gym’s caffeinated neighbor, South End Grind.

Quiet your mind, heal your heart, and feel alive in a Charlotte Yoga Hatha yoga class. Whether you’re looking for a challenging flow or a light stretch, Charlotte Yoga on Woodlawn Rd. in Park Towne hosts classes all day long, so you can make sure your body gets what it needs. Namaste, y’all.

CycleBar is one of the strongest contenders in Charlotte’s cycling studio game with five Charlotte-area locations in Midtown, SouthPark, Waverly, Matthews, Fort Mill, and Lake Norman. Join a class and pedal fast to pumped up beats before checking your stats at the end of class to see how you did compared to last time.

Love yoga? How about getting sweaty? Arrichion puts the power in power yoga with hot yoga and circuit-training classes that are sure to make you feel the burn. Stop by their spot in South End for a sweat sesh that’s all about finding your balance, improving your flexibility, and becoming a better overall athlete.

You’ve probably heard about 9Round — there are more than 700 studios around the world. When you’re ready to give one of their hard-hitting workouts a try, stop by one of the eight Charlotte locations. Here’s how it works: every three minutes, you move to a new station, and after station nine, you’re done! You won’t waste any time (you’ll be in and out in 30 minutes), and you can workout on your own schedule. Really, you can’t beat that.

If you prefer a personalized boutique workout experience, check out Jamie Scott Fitness in South End. This studio offers cycling, yoga, HIIT classes, and circuit-style workouts that’ll get your butt in gear. And no matter which class you take, you will definitely sweat… a lot. Plus, you’ll be inspired by their super-specialized coaches (or “motivators” as they call them) to push yourself to your edge. The uplifting and supporting community doesn’t hurt, either.

Dubbed “The Best Workout in the World”, Barry’s Bootcamp classes are a one-hour sweatfest complete with strength training and cardio intervals. With hill climbs, sprints, and dynamic mode (self-propelled treadmill), running on a treadmill has never been so tough. The floor work focuses on a different muscle group each day, allowing you to develop a well-rounded physique — or at least, avoid leg day (Tuesday). Pop in for a full-body Sunday Funday workout. Afterward, round the corner and grab a bite to refuel at ROOTS Cafe, Living Kitchen, or CAVA.

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