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

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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.

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Athletic Lab

Athletic Lab is a sports research and athletic development facility in Cary, NC that specializes in personal training, sports performance, performance fitness, and sport science and analysis for athletes, and crossfit training for adults. The 16,000 square foot facility has locker rooms, a 45m sprint track, 3,5000 square feet of turf, four weight rooms, research-grade testing equipment, dumbbells, kettlebells, bumper plates, and strongman and metabolic conditioning equipment. Founder and owner Dr. Mike Young is a coach, sport scientist, educator, and author. Dr. Young is globally recognized for coaching the Olympic lifts and creating specialized strength, speed, and conditioning programs. Dr. Young has trained athletes of all ages including professional athletes from the MLS, NFL, MLB, and PGA. The highly experienced staff at Athletic Lab have also trained the U.S., Chinese, and South African Olympic teams.

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Body by Design

Body by Design is a gym with two locations in Raleigh, NC that specializes in personal training, nutrition consultation, and group fitness classes. The gym features state-of-the-art machines including Life Fitness, Maxicam, and Cybex, free weights, cardio machines, locker rooms, free wireless internet, satellite radio, refreshments, and a pro shop. Programs offered include personal training for teens and adults, senior health and fitness, buff brides packages for individuals or groups, athletic training and triathlon preparation, beauty pageant and special event preparation, competitive bodybuilding and fitness competition, diet counseling, and more. The gym was founded in 1996 by fitness expert Joe Augustine. Augustine is a master personal trainer who has trained world champion body builder Olympia Dexter Jackson, musician Lauren Fincham, and model and fitness champion Sylvia Shannon. Augustine also holds certifications as a certified personal trainer with the American Fitness Professional Association.

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Capital Strength & Conditioning

Capital Strength & Conditioning is a private gym in Raleigh, NC that specializes in personal training. Each member receives a personalized training and nutrition program in which every session is designed to achieve a specific goal. Training is available in 1-on-1, semi-private, and sports performance sessions. The 4,200 square foot facility has a 40-yard turf runway, barbell racks, specialty bars, Olympic platforms and bumper plates, cable and functioning training equipment, bands, chains, rope climbs, and more. Owner Matt McLaughlin is a transformation coach who has worked in the fitness industry since 2009, and held a variety of certifications. McLaughlin specializes in strength training, mobility, and athletic conditioning.

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CORE Fitness Studio

CORE Fitness Studio is a gym in Raleigh, NC that specializes in customized private training, group fitness classes, corporate wellness programs, and nutrition consultation. Training at the studio focuses on interval fitness with customized workouts designed to improve strength and burn calories. Owner JoJo Polk is a former professional arena football player and a Lululemon ambassador. Polk holds a degree in health and human performance, and is certified in TRX and Vipr. Polk is also certified in IFTA Personal Training and group fitness training. Private training is available either 1-on-1 or a small group of two to six people. Members speak of knowledgeable and supportive trainers, and a welcoming and fun environment.

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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.

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Enso Movement

Enso Movement is a gym in Raleigh, NC that specializes in parkour, freerunning, and martial arts tricking. The gym is an indoor training ground for athletes to learn how to move and build strength and skills. The gym offers classes for youth, teens, and adults, day camps, birthday parties, open gym times, private coaching, etc. Co-owner Alan Tran is the head parkour coach, and has been practicing parkour since 2006. Tran has organized and taught at a variety of conferences across the nation within the parkour community. To keep track of progression of technique the gym uses a wristband level system much like the belt system. Wristbands are earned in sequential order, and are required for class.

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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.

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G.I. Gym Bootcamp Fitness

G.I. Gym Bootcamp Fitness is a gym in Raleigh, NC that specializes in group fitness and personal training. Classes offered include bootcamp, boxing, kickboxing, weight training, tabata, and kettlebell workouts. The gym also offers cross training and Olympic lifting, plyometrics, and martial arts classes. The trainers at G.I.Gym hold multiple certifications including personal trainer, group trainer, TRX, CPR, FIrst Aid, and AED. The gym offers membership with no commitment, and drop in rates per class are available.

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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.

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Resistance Studio

Resistance Studio is a low volume private gym and training facility in Raleigh, NC that limits membership to no more than 65 members at a time in order to provide members with personal attention. The gym is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and offers a variety of services. Memberships are month-to-month, and may be canceled at any time. President and founder Joseph Alexander has over 25 years of experience as a professional personal trainer. Alexander holds certifications as a Resistance Training Specialist, Wharton Performance - Flexibility Technician, and an Urban Spider Transition Trainer. Co-founder Mirna Alexander is also a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise, and a Wharton Performance Active Isolated Flexibility Technician. The gym also offers a variety of programs and workshops which do not require membership to attend.

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Tapout Fitness

Tapout Fitness is an exercise facility that serves residents in the Raleigh, North Carolina, area. It offers state-of-the-art cardio and weight training equipment that's available to members 24 hours a day. The facility offers a variety of classes, as well, which feature instruction from master coaches, some of whom have black belts in martial arts or are professional MMA fighters. Classes include Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, fighter training and HIIT boxing.

900 E Six Forks Rd
Raleigh, NC 27604


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