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Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Durham Gyms on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.

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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.

Empower Personalized Fitness

Empower Personalized Fitness is a gym in Durham, NC that specializes in personal training, group fitness classes, and nutritional consultation. Amenities include filtered water, towel services, showers, and changing facilities. The facility consists of two dedicated group fitness studios, two training areas, specialized AstroTurf and Boflex flooring, custom TRX system, a strength training area with bumper plates, heavy bags, squat racks, and other equipment, and tools for functional training, rehabilitation exercises, and plyometric training. The experienced trainers and staff offer assistance in multiple training areas including lifestyle wellness, sports and recreation, pre and post rehabilitation, and health coaching. The gym is also available for celebrations, educational events, and team events. Gym partners include Omega Sports, Relay Foods, Girls on the Run, Patty Shoaf, Chiropractic Partners, Fleet Feet Sport, and many more.

Fitness World

Fitness World is a gym in Durham, NC that specializes in personal training, group fitness, and nutrition services. The 20,000 square foot facility is locally owned and operated, has certified personal trainers, nationally certified instructors, and state-of-the-art equipment. Amenities include a basketball court, smoothie bar, sauna and steam rooms, and child care.The gym offers student and senior membership discounts, and accepts the Silver & Fit Program and supplemental medical coverage for seniors through BCBSNC, CIGNA, and other insurance carriers.

Powered by Shaw

Powered by Shaw is a gym in Raleigh. NC that specializes in personal fitness, group fitness, and teen fitness. The gym focuses on workouts that help members build strength, burn fat, and lose weight. Classes include boot camp, strength training, cardio, core workouts, kettlebells, TRX, mud run training, and HIIT. The gym also offers online training which includes customized meal plans, customized workouts, 1-on-1 support, weekly check ins, and recommendations for supplements. Gym owners Lamar Eugene Shaw and Candace Clardy have both had a passion for fitness since a young age. Shaw played high school football and was an amateur boxer and fitness instructor at age 17; Clardy began playing tennis and doing gymnastics at age 14. Both Shaw and Clardy are certified trainers with experience in areas such as meal planning, high intensity workout routines, running, boot camp, and more. The gym offers a one-week free trial membership, and a 24-day Challenge supplement and nutrition program for weight management, energy, body composition, and overall wellness.

Rapid Results Fitness

Rapid Results Fitness is a gym located in Durham, NC that specializes in group fitness classes and personal training. The gym utilizes the Functional Movement Screen which is an exercise philosophy that documents and scores body movements to target physical problems and limitations so a customized workout plan can be developed for each person. Trainers at the gym specialize in kettlebell fitness, and includes a team of StrongFirst certified instructors who are national champions and coaches, military operators, first responders, law enforcement officers, elite martial artists, performing strongmen, team doctors, and strength professionals. Th gym won a 2016 Best of the Triangle award from the Indy Weekly and a 2009 Best of Citysearch award.

Durham, NC 27707


The Hall of Fitness

The Hall of Fitness is a health club in Durham, NC that specializes in personal training and group fitness classes. The 15,000 square foot facility has a smoothie bar, a 40-piece circuit training area, free weight facility, cardio equipment, WiFi, and more. Owner Scott D. Siegel has an extensive background as a powerlifter, bodybuilder, certified trainer, and nutritionist. Siegel specializes in fitness and nutrition programs for people with metabolic disorders such as diabetes. Siegel has won numerous fitness competitions including the NPC USA Bodybuilding Championship, Jan Tana Bodybuilding Championship, World Powerlifting Championship, the Pan American Games, and others. The club has been operating for over 24 years, and was voted one of the Triangle area’s best health clubs by the viewers of NBC-17.

The Method Personal Training Studio

The Method Personal Training Studio is a private gym located in Durham, NC that specializes in individualized personal training using weight resistance exercises for weight loss, strength building, increased flexibility, body sculpting, functional movement, and improved overall health. At The Method trainers work exclusively with each member during their training session facilitating the use of controlled movements to achieve maximum results. The Method approach to training was developed by bodybuilder and personal trainer Maitland Nance who had to use controlled movements to prevent pain while exercising after he experienced nerve damage. Nance used this method to train his body and won multiple national titles as a result. Nance’s method has been used for over 40 years, and is the foundation of training at The Method. The gym won a 2016 Best of Durham award from Durham Magazine.

Velocity Fitness

Velocity Fitness is a gym located in Durham, NC that specializes in group fitness classes and personal training. Amenities include free childcare, wireless internet lounge, Life Fitness cardio equipment, cross training center, circuit training equipment, group fitness equipment and accessories, free weight room, showers, and smoothie bar. The gym is managed by Kymb Taylor who is a certified personal trainer and licensed Zumba instructor. Taylor also teaches group fitness classes including Zumba and Fit & Tone.

Durham, NC 27712


Warriors Playground

Warriors Playground is a gym in Durham, NC that specializes in intense non-traditional group fitness that combines extreme boot camp with cardio. Classes include warrior classes, warrior boxing, and extreme indoor fitness which are all designed to challenge mind and body. Multiple levels of monthly membership are available as well as walk-in rates for each class. The gym is dedicated to assisting members of all fitness levels to lose weight, gain strength and endurance, and achieve improved health. Members enjoy the freedom of not having to wait for machines and feeling like they are getting the intensity of one-on-one training in a group setting.

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