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The best gyms in Boston

Work up a sweat and get in shape with fitness classes and more at the best gyms in Boston

By Time Out Boston Staff

Put on a few pounds after the holidays? Looking to get in shape in the new year or take your fitness routine to the next level? Boston has a range of gyms to suit whatever fitness routine you seek. Whether you’re looking for personal training, cutting edge equipment, the latest workout trends, or mind-body fitness, the best gyms in Boston offer it all. When you’re done with a tough workout, unwind with a treatment at one of the best spas in Boston or reward all that hard work with a meal at one of the best restaurants in Boston.

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The best gyms in Boston

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1. Equinox

Sports and fitness Gyms and fitness centers Boston

Equinox gyms take the gym experience up a notch with innovative signature fitness classes (with motivational names like Firestarter, Anthem, and The Pursuit), highly-skilled personal trainers, luxurious spas, and on-site cafes and boutiques. Multiple locations throughout Boston include standard offerings plus additional features like an indoor pool and a running lab in Chestnut Hill, or a rooftop training area in Copley Square.

Exhale Battery Wharf
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2. Exhale Battery Wharf

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Exhale, with locations in Back Bay and Battery Wharf, combines fitness studio and spa in one location. In addition to top-of-the-line fitness equipment, there are classes such as barre, cardio, yoga, HIIT classes, and cycling. Once your workout is complete, enjoy services like massage, facial, mani/pedi, acupuncture, or unwind in the hammam, sauna, or zen lounge.

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Healthworks Fitness Centers for Women
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3. Healthworks Fitness Centers for Women

Sports and fitness Gyms and fitness centers Back Bay

For women who prefer working out in an all-female environment, Healthworks provides with several locations throughout the city. The gym has well-appointed facilities and offers personal training, nutrition coaching with a registered dietitian, and group fitness classes, from high intensity workouts to mind-body focused yoga classes. Daycare is offered as well for fitness-minded mommas.

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Republic Fitness
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4. Republic Fitness

Sports and fitness Gyms and fitness centers Downtown

For the design-minded fitness enthusiast, Republic Fitness offers sleek workout facilities and locker rooms that incorporate rustic and industrial touches. Equipment is state-of-the-art, and classes include boot camp, barre, TRX, yoga, cycling, and more. Locker rooms feature premium amenities to complete the experience.

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Beacon Hill Athletic Clubs
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5. Beacon Hill Athletic Clubs

Sports and fitness Gyms and fitness centers West End

This local chain of gyms prides itself on cultivating a friendly, neighborhood vibe where members are treated like regulars at a bar. A full range of group classes meet all fitness levels. Gyms feature state-of-the-art cardio equipment and weight machines. The original location, across the street from the TD Garden, includes Combat Sports Boston, a MMA academy where you can learn jiu-jitsu, grappling, striking, Muay Thai and judo.

Peter Welch’s Gym
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6. Peter Welch’s Gym

Sports and fitness Gyms and fitness centers South Boston

For a no-frills but highly-effective workout option, Peter Welch’s comes through with a old school approach to fitness. Friendly staff and a hands-on approach make this boxing gym welcoming for all ages and all fitness levels. From boxing instruction and conditioning classes to strength training and circuit workouts, this gym offers a no-nonsense path to building strength, stamina, agility, and more, all in a community-focused environment.

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