Laurels
Best Gyms in
New Orleans
2017

Why These Gyms?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored gyms on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best gyms in New Orleans, LA.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

504 Fitness

Members of 504 Fitness, a locally owned, mid-New Orleans gym, have access to personal training, cardio and Nautilus circuit equipment, free weights, group classes, and a friendly atmosphere. The owner of 504 Fitness, which opened in 2012, is a champion powerlifter and has been a Certified Personal Trainer since 1994. Customers of all fitness levels go to 504, for weight loss, strength training, or toning and conditioning in preparation for bodybuilding or powerlifting competitions.

New Orleans, LA(504) 373-6611

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Captain Perks Fitness and Training Center

Weight loss is a prime focus of Captain Perks Fitness and Training Center. The New Orleans gym is owned by Captain Perkins, who was moved to make a change in his health and lifestyle after his mother died of Type 2 diabetes. Perkins eventually lost 150 pounds and opened a gym to provide the space, tools, training, and support for Greater New Orleans members to work out and maintain their health. Workouts focus on with muscle tone and core strength. The fitness center has 24-hour gym access, personal training, and nutritional coaching. Senior citizen and corporate membership discounts are available.

New Orleans, LA(504) 233-4965

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Cypress Fitness Center

Cypress Fitness Center is an independent New Orleans gym that has been providing group and personal training, fitness classes, and open gym access since 2012. High-intensity fitness classes incorporate a thorough warm-up, core and cardio strengthening, metabolic conditioning, stretching, all in a fun, joke-filled environment led by professional trainers. Certified personal trainers at Cypress Fitness Center participate in continuing education and maintain credentials from ACE, NASM, AFAA, and IKFF, specializing in activities such as TRX, kettlebells, and aerobics.

New Orleans, LA(504) 484-9422

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Elmwood Fitness Center

The five New Orleans locations of Elmwood Fitness Center include two with 24-hour access. Elmwood Fitness Center provides exercise classes for seniors and kids, nutrition coaching, massage, and personal training sessions. The family gym hosts an outdoor pool and virtual fitness classes. While Elmwood is a service of the non-profit healthcare provider, Ochsner Health System, anyone in the community can join the gym, and members do not need to be associated with an Ochsner physician. Elmwood Fitness Center maintains memberships in the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association, Medical Fitness Association, and Louisiana Racquetball Association.

Harahan, LA(504) 733-1600

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Exercise Science, LLC

Exercise Science, LLC, is a New Orleans personal training fitness center that partners with research institutions to study and adapt fitness techniques based on scientific data. The Uptown New Orleans studio uses MedX exercise equipment and Core Spinal Fitness System weight training equipment. Personal trainers have advanced education in exercise and muscle physiology, biomechanics, cellular and molecular biology, and genetics. They work with clients to improve performance and increase resistance to injury.

New Orleans, LA(504) 669-0918

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JCC New Orleans Fitness Centers

Jewish Community Center New Orleans has fitness centers in two locations. The gyms host sports leagues, specialty classes, and onsite babysitting services. In addition to general fitness equipment, racquetball courts, swimming pools, and a spa are available. Certified Personal Trainers and fitness instructors at JCC specialize in a variety of activities, including TRX, cycling, boot camp, Pilates, Zumba, SilverSneakers, and martial arts for all ages. Their credentials include international bodybuilding certification and Master’s degrees in Exercise Physiology and Mental Health Counseling.

New Orleans, LA(504) 897-0143

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Le Boxeur

Heavyweight professional boxer “Big Fred” Kassi owns and operates Le Boxeur, a private gym in Treme, New Orleans. All Le Boxeur training services are personalized, including programs catering to fighters and non-fighters. Big Fred’s goal is to maintain a fun and safe environment for adults and kids to keep in shape and develop boxing skills. Every training session includes low to medium impact cardio such as jump roping, lunges, sprints, biking, weight balls work, and speed ladders. The second and third training stages are mitts and abs work. Members also participate in run-in-the-park sessions, at which dogs are welcome.

New Orleans, LA(504) 704-9753

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Mushin New Orleans Training Center

The coaching staff at Mushin New Orleans Training Center includes several UFC veterans. Located in Harahan, the gym specializes in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing, MMA, and general fitness programs. Available classes include cross-training, women’s striking, self-defense, and several kids martial arts systems. Mushin Instructors bring diverse experiences, such as roles as Louisiana’s senior MMA referee, a metro New Orleans and UN police officer and powerlifting and NAGA Pan American champions. The staff also includes a movie stuntwoman and holistic medicine apprentice, and one veteran martial artist with black belts in Judo, Aikido, Karate-do, Shorinji Kempo, and Hapkido.

Harahan, LA(504) 731-8700

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New Orleans Athletic Club

The New Orleans Athletic Club (NOAC) opened in 1872. Following a complete post-Katrina renovation, the fitness facility today features a pub, day spa, steam sauna, 20-yard-long heated pool, and gym. Staff Personal Trainers and Group Instructors maintain a variety of certifications, including in weight loss, rehabilitation, boxing, Pilates, Olympic lifting, holistic training, and balance. One NOAC trainer has received a Top 3 Trainer ranking from Gambit Magazine for close to ten years.

New Orleans, LA(504) 525-2375

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New Orleans Boulder Lounge

New Orleans Boulder Lounge (NOBL) opened in 2015 and is the first climbing gym to serve the area in more than ten years. NOBL, located in the historic Cotton Press building from the late 19th century, is an indoor bouldering gym, fitness center, and community space prioritizing equal access, healthy lifestyles, and personal and communal growth. Clients with all levels of climbing experience, including children, can participate in private training, leagues, and individual or group use of 2500 square feet of climbing surface. Yoga sessions are also available.

New Orleans, LA(504) 510-2990

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Premier Fitness

Premier Fitness has two Metairie locations, with access to a gym, spa, private trainers, group fitness classes, and a nutrition store for New Orleans area members. Premier Fitness classes include boot camps, Zumba, and boxing, cardio, and abs workouts. A gymnasium with volleyball and basketball courts, steam rooms, hot tubs, a boxing ring, Pilates, yoga, and spinning studios, and childcare are also available.

Metairie, LA(504) 304-4200

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Prime Fitness RX

The president of the New Orleans Visitors Bureau has called Prime Fitness RX (PFRX) the friendliest, most professional small, boutique fitness facility. PFRX is a 24 hour New Orleans gym with open fitness equipment and rooms, a dry sauna, massage services, personal training, group training, nutrition counseling, and Prime Technique fitness classes. The Prime Technique combines body weight resistance, suspension, cardio, and core training. Personal or small group training sessions cater specifically to each member’s current fitness level and steps toward fitness goals. Prime Fitness RX has won a Men’s Fitness Magazine vote for best gym in Louisiana.

New Orleans, LA(504) 402-1996

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Revolution Fitness NOLA

Revolution Fitness NOLA, in Metairie, specializes in Thrive Functional Training. An Olympic and professional sports trainer developed the system, which Revolution members of all fitness levels use. The New Orleans area gym provides adult and youth training programs with hands-on coaching, emphasizing coordination, body weight strength, flexibility, injury prevention, self-confidence, weight loss, confidence, and, for athletes, advanced technique and physical preparedness. Supervised weight training is available in youth classes.

Metairie, LA(504) 321-7670

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St. Charles Avenue Athletic Club

The staff at St. Charles Avenue Athletic Club (SCAC) emphasizes the New Orleans gym’s affordability, with low-cost memberships including free classes, parking, and towel service. SCAC group training incorporates primal movements such as running, jumping, throwing, and lifting. Classes include yoga, spinning, cardio kickboxing, self-defense, abs-zone, and Zumba. Teacher, military, police, firefighter, couples, and group discounts are available, and SCAC provides complimentary access to guests at some nearby local hotels.

New Orleans, LA(504) 523-2582

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Triumph Krav Maga

Instructors at Triumph Krav Maga in New Orleans have a range of martial arts backgrounds as well as credentials to teach the specialized self-defense and fitness system. The training team’s certification and rankings are also diverse, from status as Louisiana’s top-ranked female in Krav Maga to MBG Certificates of Natural Training and TRX certification as well as experience in dance, rugby, and marathons. The facility also hosts group fitness programs to complement Krav Maga, such as yoga, Monkey Bar Gym training, Parkour and cross training for youth and adults. Krav Maga training is also available for kids.

New Orleans, LA(504) 324-5705

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