Laurels
Best Gyms in
Boston
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 Boston, MA.

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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.

Action Athletics

Action Athletics is a Boston obstacle and personal training gym, known for training multiple competitors in American Ninja Warrior. The Newton gym has more than 25 obstacles that can be configured in endless obstacle course variations. Action Athletics offers open gym use, group classes, and private training for adults and kids. Some of the available obstacles are warped walls, double salmon ladders, cliffhangers, doorknob graspers, and cannonball alley.

Newton, MA(617) 916-9957

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BodyScapes Fitness

BodyScapes Fitness has a location in Brookline, Kendall Square, and Longwood Medical. Each facility includes equipment, clean locker rooms, and private studios. Memberships are flexible and are available for short or long terms. BodyScapes offers daily classes such as cycling, barre, pilates, yoga, and insanity. The gym offers a “One2One” personal training experience that begins with an assessment session to determine areas of strength and weakness. Boston Magazine named BodyScapes as part of its “Best of Boston” series.

Brookline, MA(617) 232-1010

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Boston Athletic Club

Boston Athletic Club is a gym in Downtown Boston with more than 60 group fitness classes each week. The gym opened in 1973 as a tennis club and has since grown to include a resistance training center with Nautilus machines, free weights, stair climbers, stationary bikes, treadmills, elliptical trainers, rowing machines, a pool and whirlpool, and a stretching and abdominal workout area.

Boston, MA(617) 269-4300

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Boston North Fitness Center

Boston North Fitness Center offers small group training, sport specific training, nutritional advice, and personal training in Danvers. The 45,000 square foot facility houses the largest private woman’s fitness area in the North Shore, a spin studio, over 60 different group classes, TRX, a basketball court, racquetball courts, a tanning bed, and locker rooms with steam and sauna. Prospective customers can try the gym for free for one week.

Danvers, MA(978) 777-3151

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Boston Rock Gym

Boston Rock Gym is the oldest rock climbing gym on the East Coast. Since 1989, BRG has offered indoor and outdoor rock climbing classes. The gym has a bouldering room, a unique lead roof, and more than 60 ropes with routes ranging from 5.4 to 5.13 in difficulty. The gym offers group and individual skills courses for all levels of climbers. Most of the gym’s instructors are certified, and members take group outings.

Woburn, MA(781) 935-7325

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BRICK CrossFit DTX

BRICK CrossFit DTX is a CrossFit gym in Downtown Boston’s Financial District. Services include parking, locker rooms, towel service, wifi, and a shake bar. The gym defines its CrossFit program as “constantly varied functional movements performed at relatively high intensity.” BRICK has programs for members who want to focus more on skills within CrossFit such as Olympic Weightlifting or endurance, as well as open gym availability during non-class hours.

Boston, MA(617) 426-0875

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CATZ Performance Center

CATZ Performance Center in Wilmington serves the Greater Boston area and North Shore with adult training classes for weight loss and fitness. The gym offers a free consultation and a results guarantee. If customers are not satisfied with the results of the first two months of CATZ training, they will get their money back. CATZ provides nutrition services, personal training, boot camp classes, physical therapy, massage, and chiropractic care. Testimonials on the company’s website show customers who lost significant amounts of weight.

Wilmington, MA(978) 658-4220

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Combat Sports Boston

Combat Sports Boston is a Combat Sports International training facility focused on building an environment of learning and friendship among students and trainers. The gym has a 22-foot octagon cage, a boxing ring, weighted jump ropes, punching bags, a 1,200 square foot matted grappling zone, cardio equipment, weights, resistance machines, and locker rooms. Trainers conduct classes in boxing, Filipino martial arts, Muay Thai, Judo, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and mixed martial arts.

Boston, MA(617) 720-2422

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Fisique Fitness

Fisique Fitness is a gym in Downtown Boston's Financial District. The facility focuses on a high-end experience with spacious locker rooms and showers, free group exercise classes, and a partnership with a company that offers physical therapy, nutritional counseling, acupuncture, massage, and chiropractic services. Prospective members can try the gym for free for one week. Members can receive personal training including special golf fitness training.

Boston, MA(617) 228-5131

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Fit Factory

Fit Factory is a gym and full service health club with facilities in Braintree and Kingston. The gym offers group classes such as cycling, butt/gut blaster, kickboxing, yoga, and Zumba. Members can take CrossFit classes and subscribe to personal trainers at each location. Gym amenities include a food and juice bar, tanning, babysitting, sauna, steam room, women’s only area, and racquetball. Prospective customers can try the gym with a free day pass.

Braintree, MA(781) 428-4538

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Florian Martial Arts Center

Florian Martial Arts Center is a mixed martial arts gym in Brookline. The gym is co-owned by former UFC star Kenny Florian and his brother Keith. Classes serve every skill level from beginner to professional fighters. Students train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Thai Boxing, kickboxing, and traditional boxing. There are special instructors for women and children. Prospective students receive a one-week pass for free.

Brookline, MA(617) 232-3228

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GymIt

GymIt is a Boston gym that offers clean locker rooms and no salespeople. Trainers at the gym hold four types of classes. CoreIt focuses on midsection toning and improved flexibility. RowIt is a low-impact rowing class. TreadIt is a full-body treadmill workout for runners. GymIt is a mix of strength training, bodyweight exercises, and functional movements. The gym features over 100 pieces of cardio equipment and three strength training areas for about $25 per month.

Brookline, MA(617) 208-4555

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Lifted Fitness

Lifted Fitness focuses on full-body, high-intensity workouts using free weights, kettlebells, ropes, medicine balls, suspension trainers, drive sleds and more. The gym does not require a long-term contract or enrollment fee. All of the trainers at Lifted Fitness hold a bachelor’s degree in an exercise related field. Located in South Boston, Lifted Fitness offers strength and conditioning classes as well as small group and private training.

Boston, MA(857) 496-1022

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Mike’s Fitness

Mike’s Fitness is an independent gym in Jamaica Plain with a focus on group classes and personal training. Members participate in more than 80 group fitness classes including yoga, cycling, Zumba, boxing, high-intensity interval training, and insanity. Membership includes classes and equipment use, and one-on-one training is available for an additional fee.

Jamaica Plain, MA(617) 524-6357

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MK Boxing Gym

MK Boxing Gym in Woburn provides beginner to expert classes in kickboxing, boxing, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, mixed martial arts, and cross conditioning. The facility has speedbags, conditioning mats, a professional boxing ring, cardio equipment, resistance training equipment, and more than 30 boxing bags that professional instructors use for classes seven days per week. The first class at the gym is free and memberships start at $59 per month plus an enrollment fee.

Woburn, MA(781) 376-4269

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Peter Welch’s Gym

Peter Welch’s Gym in South Boston focuses on training members like boxers. The gym offers a 30-day all access trial membership for $70 that allows prospective members to experience fighter conditioning and strength training, boxing technique training, and weight room access with one private training session. The gym has an app for members to stay informed of class times. Beginners can try a free introductory class.

Boston, MA(617) 269-4641

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Spa Intercontinental

Spa Intercontinental is a spa and fitness club in the InterContinental Hotel Boston. The fitness club is open seven days per week and has outdoor views, cardio equipment, strength training equipment, men’s and women’s locker rooms, steam rooms, and an indoor, heated pool. The club offers group fitness classes, some of which are held outdoors when the weather permits. An in-house trainer is also available to create and lead individual workout programs.

Boston, MA(617) 217-5090

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The Clubs at Charles River Park

The Clubs at Charles River Park in Boston is a gym and wellness center focused on fat loss and strength training. The club’s daily schedule includes classes such as Tabata, yoga, strength training, foam rolling, swimming, cycling, and Zumba. Members can participate in PurMotion group training sessions with individualized attention from personal trainers during 30 or 60-minute programs. The club’s website features videos and blog posts about health and fitness topics.

Boston, MA(617) 726-2900

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Total Performance Sports

Total Performance Sports started in Boston in 1999 and grew to earn the title of “One of America’s Twenty Best Gyms” from Men’s Health Magazine two times. The gym focuses on strength, with a weight room of strongman, weightlifting, and powerlifting equipment. The gym holds semi-private group training classes and has private coaches. Basic membership is $49 per month, and nutrition counseling is available.

Malden, MA(781) 912-2025

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Women’s Fitness of Boston

Women’s Fitness of Boston is a female-only gym with group classes, modern equipment, and personalized programs. Some of the classes held at the gym are Zumba, Pilates, Tae boxing, strength training, and spinning. The gym offers a one-week free trial membership and an online training and nutrition program. Women’s Fitness also offers an app so users can connect with other members, find a workout buddy, and track progress. Personal training services include fitness assessments, weight loss programs, and circuit training.

Boston, MA(617) 227-1221

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