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Best Gyms in
Charleston
2019

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 analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best gyms in Charleston, SC.

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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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Charleston FIT & MMA

Charleston FIT & MMA is located in North Charleston and provides fitness training and mixed martial arts. The gym is a USA Boxing accredited school and also offers Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Kickboxing and Muay Thai, Cardio Boxing, and Conditioning & Fitness. Children can come in from the age of four to improve discipline and learn the basics of self-defense. Instructors include a Marine Corps Martial Arts Program (MCMAP) Primary Developer and Metro-Miami SWAT teacher as well as a 3rd Degree Black Belt JiuJitsu champion with 15 years of coaching experience.

North Charleston, SC 29406 (843) 619-1975

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Charleston Kettlebell Club

Charleston Kettlebell Club is a Charleston area fitness center. Patrons use the facility for strength and conditioning with kettlebells, barbells, and bodyweight exercises. Kettlebell also advises clients on nutrition, improved mobility, and weight loss. People can choose from different membership packages or opt for a single class. Co-owner and founder Mike Fickling has ten years of experience in personal training and co-owner Brett Bracken, MS is certified as a CHEK Practitioner Level I, CHEK Golf Biomechanics, and ACSM-HFS.

Charleston, SC 29407 (843) 225-6622

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Charleston Krav Maga & MMA

Charleston Krav Maga & MMA is a 16,000 square foot exercise facility in Charleston with two large training areas, a 24-foot competition fight cage, and boxing ring. The center also features bag racks, cardio and strength training equipment, locker rooms and showers, and kids' play area. Classes include Krav Maga, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and Lowcountry Strength Training. Guests can purchase items from the on-site store at a discount, and the gym contributes to the community with School Safety and Anti-Bully School Programs.

Charleston, SC 29407 (843) 225-5425

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Checkmat Charleston

Checkmat Charleston is a Mount Pleasant fitness center offering beginner, Kids, and Adult Brazilian Jiu Jitsu classes. The center's teachers are owner Bill Dillard, a Jiu Jitsu Black Belt and former military and law enforcement professional, and Casey Collins, a 2nd Degree Black Belt. Police, fire, and military personnel receive discounts on classes, and people can visit Checkmat twice free of charge.

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 (530) 957-0483

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Chucktown Fitness

Chucktown Fitness is a gym facility serving residents throughout Charleston. Clients have access to 24-hour group classes and personal training, a cardio area, a custom exercise program, free weights and cable machines, Enhanced Ultimate Cycling class, and nutritional education. Owner Zach Conrad has almost 20 years of experience in fitness and owner Justin Fouse has been in the business for 15 years and has practiced on over 100 clubs throughout the U.S. People can receive a free initial training consultation

Charleston, SC 29407 (843) 764-9349

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Crescent Fitness

Crescent Fitness provides fitness training to Charleston residents. Clients visit the facility for Muay Thai Kickboxing, high-intensity short circuit training, Olympic weightlifting, and cardio and conditioning. Crescent's High Intensity Training uses compound movements, weightlifting, and throwing without the use of any machines. The Crescent Fitness Spartan Training helps patrons increase their strength as well as stamina. The gym also has nutritional coaching services.

Charleston, SC 29412 (843) 795-7119

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Foundation F.I.T.

Foundation F.I.T. (Focused Integrated Training) is a Mount Pleasant gym. People visit the center for CrossFit Wando, personal training, FFIT Nutrition, CrossFit Kids, and FFIT Athlete training. Families often join together, and the gym has designated areas specifically for children to ensure their safety. There is no other certified CrossFit Kids Program in Mt. Pleasant, and members must first pass the Fundamentals Program of personal training before joining group classes.

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 (843) 607-2249

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Frequency Fitness

Frequency Fitness is a Mount Pleasant gym. The center's team works with clients on nutrition, lifestyle, fitness, weight control, and strength building. Patrons can benefit from Boot Camp, Pulse, Circuit Training, CrossFit, and Barbell Club weightlifting. Members can choose from CrossFit Functional, CrossFit Performance, and CrossFit Sport. Head Coach Riley Phelps is a Master of Science: Health Exercise and Sport Science and a United States Weightlifting Level 1 Sport Performance Coach.

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 (843) 849-8000

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Grit Box Fitness

Grit Box Fitness is a Charleston gym focused on High Intensity Kickboxing and Gritfit Bootcamp classes. Grit Box also offers personal training and fitness programs to those with degenerative diseases, especially Parkinson's Disorder. Owner Cody Cooper is training to become South Carolina's first certified affiliate of "Rock Steady Boxing" used to fight PD. The center offers a free class or personal training consultation to newcomers.

Charleston, SC 29414 (843) 789-0385

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Hurricane Boxing

Hurricane Boxing is a Charleston gym featuring a 7,000 square foot facility for boxing training and exercise. Classes are available seven days a week and include Boxing Basics, Women's Fitness Boxing, Youth Boxing, and Boxing for Parkinson's. Classes are one hour long, and patrons can get free childcare when attending many of the classes. Class attendees get a warm-up, cardio conditioning, form and technique training, and time on the bags and focus mitts. Nobody has to fight another person unless they want to.

Charleston, SC 29412 (843) 300-9344

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In-N-Out FITNESS

In-N-Out FITNESS is a Summerville gym. Clients visit the center for personal training, HIIT and Strength Training, Cardio, and Boot Camp. Clients have access to small groups, Ketopia nutrition and other products, and a heart monitor while they work out. Owner Steven Dorner has eight years of experience in health and fitness and is a NESTA Certified Boot Camp instructor, a fitness trainer, precision nutritionist, and licensed massage therapist. Mr. Dorner specializes in weight loss and body transformations.

Summerville, SC 29483 (843) 225-0739

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Longevity Fitness Charleston, Inc

Longevity Fitness Charleston, Inc is a gym located in The Penthouse and with 360-degree views of Charleston's peninsula. Patrons can use the Pilates Room, ballet barre, and Balanced Body equipment as well as have personal training sessions. Group classes include TRX, Cardio and Dance Fitness, Sweat Therapy, and Yoga. Clients also visit Longevity Fitness for massage therapy, physical therapy, stretch therapy, acupuncture, nutritional counseling, and life coaching.

Charleston, SC 29403 (843) 720-2700

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Shaping Concepts, LLC

Shaping Concepts, LLC is a Mt. Pleasant fitness center with over 1500 clients. The gym features personalized exercise programs, metabolism testing, salivary hormone panel screenings, diet and nutrition, food journal monitoring, and lifestyle/habit changes. Owner Shane Doll is an NSCA Certified Personal Trainer and Strength & Conditioning Specialist. Shaping Concepts has been featured on News 2 and Livestrong.com and is the only Charleston gym which uses salivary hormone panel screenings.

Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 (843) 971-8665

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St. Andrew’s Parish Parks and Playground

St. Andrew’s Parish Parks and Playground serves the St. Andrew’s Public Service District and Charleston area. The commission seeks to improve health and wellness for all community members via Youth Sports, Programs For Kids, Adult Activities, and Special Events. Adults can play Pickleball and attend Japanese Taiko Drumming, and play golf and tennis. Kids can attend Dance Team Master Classes, After School Program, Youth Karate, and Dance Classes.

Charleston, SC 29407 (843) 763-4360

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Steele Structured Fitness

Steele Structured Fitness is located on James Island and serves clients from all over Charleston. The facility offers individualized fitness programs, functional mobility, sports specific training, and nutrition and lifestyle programs. Clients can attend Personal Training, Crossfit Wappoo, Yoga for Athletes, and High Intensity Classes. Other services include New Mom Fitness, Bootcamp, Rowing Classes, Strength Training, and Sport Specific Training.

Charleston, SC 29412 (843) 225-0484

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This Time Fitness

This Time Fitness is located in Goose Creek and specializes in Bodyweight Training, Kettlebell Training, Training Only Women, and Online Training. People use the studio to learn proper movement, maximize flexibility and mobility, increase joint strength, and burn fat. This Time Fitness has close to 110 workouts online so clients can exercise on their own time anywhere, and clients can access their trainer 24/7. Kindal Boyle is a certified NASM, a CPT, and an NASM Weight Loss Specialist.

Goose Creek, SC 29445 (843) 437-6700

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