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Best Gyms in
Charleston
2020

Why These Gyms?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored Charleston 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. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 2. Qualifications

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 4. Experience

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

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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