Finding new and invigorating workouts in the area can be intimidating, not to mention overwhelming. We never thought having to choose a workout would spark our anxiety! Don’t get us wrong — we love how fit our city is, but among barre, CrossFit, yoga, and bootcamps, that’s a whole lot of second guessing, especially if you didn’t do your homework on them.
But don’t sweat it — we have your back. We have the rundown on each studio by workout, so you can try the best that our city has to offer without sweatin’ it.
Cleveland seems to be filled with CrossFit boxes, and while there are a lot of great studios out there, not many are like CTOWN. With two huge locations on the East Bank and West 220th St., members will find a tight-knit community of movers and shakers who are just trying to push their bodies to its best self. The coaches are passionate, the programs are for every kind of fitness level (55 & over, self-defense training, general fitness, etc.), and, most importantly, you’re gonna have a good time working out — chalky high-fives for everyone!
Black Flag Athletics
Avon’s Black Flag Athletics is all about that confidence (though, they won’t flex on you). Their team of coaches understands how busy (and stressful) life can get, which is why they’ll do what it takes to make your one-hour workout the highlight of your day. Instead of losing momentum and confidence mid-workout, the Black Flag Athletics family will push you to not only finish but to finish with flare (don’t you dare miss that box jump!). Start off with an On-Ramp class to learn the movements safely before diving into a full class that’ll definitely put your body to the test.
Yoga Strong has made a name for themselves down on Prospect Ave. They believe that yoga can be done by anyone—any size, any age—because yoga is great for the body, but even better for the mind. Their schedule includes a variety of classes like Breathless Yoga, which flows to the beat of the bumpin’ music (leaving you breathless) and Candlelight Yin yoga, which is meant to go at a slower pace and surrounded by candles. With a group of peppy and passionate teachers, each class is meant to be fulfilling… and it is.
Tremont’s Studio 11 has more than 11 reasons why their Pilates classes rule, but their studio also features acupuncture, yoga, and Thai yoga massage. Back to the Pilates, though… While their classes infuse hard work with mindfulness and breathing techniques, they also answer for why Pilates is so popular in the first place: working your body out at a slower pace while strengthening and lengthening your muscles is damn effective.
GrooveRyde is taking over Cleveland with studios downtown on Chester Ave., in Woodmere, and soon to be in Shaker Heights, there are even more classes and opportunities to try everything GrooveRyde has to offer. Their signature GrooveCycle class is 50 minutes in length and is an uplifting combination of endurance, cardio, and strength. And while they’re known for their epic cycling classes, they also have bootcamps, buti yoga, and boxing. So, while you’re there, you might as well try it all, right?
Harness Cycle started out in Hingetown and Cleveland loved them so much, they opened a second studio downtown. Each class rides to the beat of the music and incorporates weights for a full body workout. So, for anyone who thinks indoor cycling is just a lower body workout, think again. We promise you’ll feel sore in all the right places the following day.
Westlake’s Psycle is all about inspiring riders to feel and be their best. Bikes are set up in a cozy, dark studio with the instructor in front as your guide. There are no judgements and no fuss — just you, the bike, and the beat. But that’s not the best part about Psycle; it’s their variety of classes that set them apart. From a sunrise ride to TRX training to a Psycle and Stretch, there’s never a dull workout at Psycle.
The Movement Factory
With a name like The Movement Factory, expect to move and groove above all else. This modern and warm studio has everything you need to sweat, burn calories, gain muscle — really, whatever you’re looking for, it can be done here. From different Pilates classes to yoga to barre to bootcamp to a cardio jam session called Pound, there’s never a boring class at this Lakewood studio.
TITLE Boxing Club
We’ve all heard of TITLE Boxing Club by now. With studios in Westlake, Mentor, Highland Heights, and now Ohio City, it’s hard to drive by without wanting to drop by for a class. All hour-long classes are taught by trained professionals and have a ton of heavy-bag stations, free weights, and speed bags to up your cardiovascular game to the next level. Intimidated? Don’t be — these supportive classes are all about beating that bag (major stress reliever), gaining muscle, and getting that heart pumpin’.
All you need is 30 minutes for a kickass kickboxing class at 9Round Rocky River. These kickboxing-themed classes incorporate cardio, functional training, and circuits. But don’t be nervous around these intimidating bags — a certified trainer will wrap your hands for you and show you each exercise properly before you go to town on that bag. After nine stations, your thrilling 30-minute workout will be complete. Fitt Tip: get your first workout free!
Tremont Athletic Club
The TAC is a big deal in Tremont. They’re so popular that they had to expand their gym and have a second studio in University Circle! But regardless of the locale, a TAC membership includes a plethora of class (bootcamps and HIIT classes galore), personal training, and some amazing amenities that make you thankful you don’t work out anywhere else.
Orangetheory Fitness is rapidly expanding in the area, so you might as well take full advantage of their free class for newbies and see what it’s all about. In just one hour, exercisers can have it all with interval training, rowing, free weights, and a personal trainer to guide and encourage you. Each person also gets to try Orangetheory’s heart rate monitor system to ensure the prime calorie burning zone (the “orange zone”). Try a class in Downtown Cleveland, Uptown, Rocky River, and more!
Legacy Village’s barre3 and its killer yet low-impact classes are just calling your name. No matter what fitness level you are, these barre classes are safe and effective for everyone. All you have to bring to this studio is yourself (and maybe a pair of those grippy socks) — they have everything else you’ll need to feel the burn in class.
Club Pilates is growing and expanding — and not just in the US but especially in the Cleveland area. With studies in Orange, Broadview, Solon, and beyond, this California-born Pilates studio is making a name for itself in Northeast Ohio. Depending on familiarity with Pilates, members can choose their level (level one being the introductory class and level 2.5 being for fanatics) and even have their first class free.
Crooked River CrossFit
The Cuyahoga River literally translates to “Crooked River” to local Native American tribes. Imbued with deep meaning to the Cleveland area, Crooked River CrossFit respects the past and looks to etch some history of their own. The Mayfield box’s main goal is to create a challenging workout space in a fun atmosphere to boot. And with their box opening up to the outdoors, there’s plenty of room for spontaneous WODs and outdoor workouts. Note: check out their Friday Night Lights lifts, held outside with spotlights lighting the action.
Harmony Yoga Studios
With a goal to create a warm and inviting space to get better in their practice, Harmony studios opened its doors in Downtown Willoughby. It’s a studio where yogis can come for a deep stretch in their Yin Yoga class or for a sweat-tastic workout with their Yoga HIIT Express. Either way, yogis will be in a caring environment where they can grow and succeed through yoga.
With five studios around Cleveland, Cleveland Yoga is accessible from around the city. From Little Italy to Westlake, yogis can get their power yoga on or take it down a notch with their slow flow class. But no matter the studio or the class, you’re bound to have a good workout and find a deeper sense of self in each class.
**Updated by Layne Adams, September 2018