Laurels
Best Gyms in
Houston
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 Houston, TX.

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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.

Baby Bull Gym

Baby Bull Gym is an East Downtown Houston boxing facility that provides private training, open gym access, Boxing Boot Camp, and Boxing Academies. Youth and adult programs for amateur and professional athletes are available, along with nutritional support. Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz, former unified WBA, WBO, IBF, and IBO Lightweight World Champion, supports Houston schools, encouraging students to commit to discipline, respect, and education.

Houston, TX(713) 858-0014

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Costa’s Gym

Costa’s Gym opened in Northwest Houston in the 1980s and has members who have been involved for more than 30 years. The management at Costa’s Gym emphasizes affordable personal training and a fun, non-intimidating environment. Members and personal training clients have access to traditional gym equipment, nutrition plans, and a variety of exercise programs. Discounts are available for short-term visitors, students, and seniors.

Houston, TX(281) 890-7378

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Dynamic Fitness

Dynamic Fitness has four gym locations in the Houston area. The gym’s management prioritizes affordable membership with add-on services such as personal training and tanning. Each membership includes a tailored nutritional plan to complement a range of group classes from Zumba and cycling to kickboxing and stretching. Dynamic Fitness facilities also feature 24-hour gym access, kids fitness programs, and executive-style locker rooms. Several employees began as members and have achieved AFAA, NASM, and ISSA certifications.

Houston, TX(281) 888-9008

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F3 Cross Training

The founder of F3 Cross Training, a Houston gym with The Heights and East End locations, is also a co-founder of the Houston Parkour Chapter. F3, which stands for Fully Functional Fitness, gears programs toward getting in shape, training for events such as Tough Mudders, or conditioning for fitness competitions. Staff coaches and trainers include a former Houston police officer, physician’s assistant, professional sports trainer, ultra-marathoner, and national martial arts champion.

Houston, TX(713) 425-6664

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Gym Bowie

Gym Bowie in midtown Houston features outdoor turf, a smoothie bar, an organic community garden, and clean, modern facilities such as marble showers. Begun as a CrossFit affiliate in 2011, the gym also provides yoga, fundamentals classes, and open gym hours, accessible to members after consistent group class participation. Gym Bowie clients begin with a consultation about their fitness experiences, then join CrossFit sessions for general training or competition preparation.

Houston, TX(281) 846-3899

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Houston Gym

Houston Gym is a 15,000 square foot fitness facility providing personal training, group exercise, massage, and tanning for more than 20 years. The gym has Cybex weight training and Precore and Lifefitness cardio equipment. Personal trainers maintain NASM, ASFA, TRX, ISSA, USAW, CrossFit, and NCCPT certifications. Their diverse specializations include Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu blue and second-degree brown belts, women’s fitness, MMA, TaeBo, yoga, HGX, bodybuilding, and fitness nutrition.

Houston, TX(713) 880-9191

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inSPIRE Rock

Located in Spring, inSPIRE Rock is a climbing gym that has been serving the Houston area for close to 20 years. The facility has a traditional fitness room with cardio and weightlifting equipment, yoga classes, a pro shop and cafe, and 17,000 square feet of climbing space. Climbers can access up to 43-foot lead arches, double-decker boulders, an IFSC-standard speed wall, auto-belay units, and a separate kids climbing area. Nonprofit Group rates are available.

Spring, TX(281) 288-7625

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Iron Sports

Members of Iron Sports, a Houston gym that features Ninja Warrior and obstacle training, can work out individually, in a group, or with professional trainers. More than 50 Iron Sports-trained ninjas have been on American Ninja Warrior and qualified for national finals. The trainers’ experiences include sports medicine, self-defense, CrossFit, bodybuilding, yoga, and nursing. Iron Sports’ owner escaped from Cambodia as a child in the 1970s and volunteers with Houston North Gymnastics.

Houston, TX(281) 580-4642

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Memorial Athletic Club and Aquatic Center

Memorial Athletic Club and Aquatic Center (MAC) is a West Houston gym featuring programs such as Training for Warriors, Parisi Speed Control School, and TriMAC triathlon training. More than 150 classes a week include Zumba, P90X, and Spinning. Certified Personal Trainers specialize in performance enhancement, weight loss, pregnancy exercise, teen fitness, and bodybuilding. The gym opened in 1979 and has been named Best in Houston for three years in a row by Memorial Examiner readers.

Houston, TX(281) 497-7570

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Power House Gym Houston

Power House Gym Houston provides weight loss and fitness programs, personalized training, and low membership fees. Teens and service agents such as police, fire, and military may be eligible for discounts. The Southeast Houston gym promotes hardcore fitness in a family-friendly environment. Available equipment includes farmer logs, atlas stones, squat racks, and barbells, for bodybuilding and weight loss programs.

Houston, TX(832) 343-6544

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River Oaks Gym

Founded in 2006, River Oaks Gym in Houston caps its membership to provide a quiet, clean environment for personal and group exercise. The training staff includes NSCA and NASM Certified Personal Trainers, a sports safety training specialist, and a military veteran. River Oaks Gym features luxurious locker rooms, private showers, and Quantum Strength equipment. Company-wide physical fitness evaluations and programs are available.

Houston, TX(713) 528-4600

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Stone’s Gym

Stone’s Gym has been serving Houston and the Bay area since 1976. The fitness facility has a boxing studio, basketball half-court, nursery, indoor track, cardio theater, women-only room, dry sauna, heated whirlpool, private luxury locker rooms, and personal and group fitness trainers. Group workout sessions include spinning, kickboxing, yoga, step, toning, Triple C, Boot Camp, Zumba, and Pilates.

Houston, TX(281) 480-2255

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Studio Fitness

Located in the Heights, Studio Fitness is a Houston gym with more than a dozen instructors and trainers providing fitness options from yoga to Boot Camp. Staff members specialize in reducing the risk of injury, Zumba, bodybuilding, marathon conditioning, and senior fitness. Several dealt with weight issues before becoming fitness professionals. The facility has childcare, open gym, and group exercise services. Studio Fitness has been voted a Top Ten Gym in Houston by the Chronicle, Houston A-List, and ABC13.

Houston, TX(713) 863-8414

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Texas Rock Gym

Texas Rock Gym has 14,000 square feet of indoor climbable surfaces. The Houston climbing gym and fitness facility, open since 1996, hosts yoga, primal fitness, Tai-chi, and Kung Fu classes as well as areas set up for top roping, lead climbing, auto-belaying, and bouldering. Climbers of all ages are welcome at the low-impact Houston gym, for private lessons, youth climbing teams, and custom group events.

Houston, TX(713) 973-7625

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The Core

A locally owned and operated Houston gym, The Core has 27,000 square feet of space for cardio and weight training equipment as well as rooms that independent personal trainers and wellness professionals rent to serve their clients. The fitness center features a salon, daycare, cafe, pro shop, executive locker rooms, and designated parking for members. Trainer and wellness professional specialties include acupuncture, weight loss management, TRX, rehab, boxing, senior fitness, prenatal exercise, and bilingual coaching.

Houston, TX(713) 528-4200

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The Train Station

The Train Station is a distraction- and intimidation-free Houston gym that specializes in personal training for women. Trainers hold certifications from most major national and international fitness associations, including ISSA and NSCA, as well as degrees in physiology and kinesiology and specialization in TRX, Pilates, weight training, nutrition, aquatics, and stretching. The Train Station is among the Best Gyms of Houston as ranked by the Chronicle, Houston Health and Fitness Magazine, and several local TV stations.

Houston, TX(713) 523-9092

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TITLE Boxing Club

TITLE Boxing Club is the Houston Westchase franchise of a nationwide group of hit-free boxing gyms. Participants in boxing classes at TITLE can lose up to 1,000 calories a session. The gym also offers kickboxing, MMA, and cardio workouts. Men, women, and children make up the gym’s motivating community. Staff trainers include a multiple-time national pro boxing champion, a certified RSB-Parkinson’s disease fitness and boxing coach, and a champion professional Muay Thai kickboxing fighter.

Houston, TX(713) 637-4246

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Washington Gym

Workout sessions at Washington Gym in Houston build strength through progressive cycles, using tools such as bodyweight movements, sleds, and barbells. The owner-coaches are Poliquin Biosignature Practitioners, with additional certifications including Bio-Reflex Analysis and NASM corrective exercise specialization. Other Washington Gym trainers have experience in competitive volleyball, kids and teen certified training, powerlifting, and gymnastics. Members receive nutritional guidance, photobooth tracking of body fat goals, and referrals for vetted massage therapists and chiropractors.

Houston, TX(713) 391-7353

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Woodlands Strength and Conditioning

Woodlands Strength and Conditioning (WSC) is a North Houston-area gym that opened in 2014 to serve clients ranging from beginners to established athletes. The staff includes National Academy of Strength and Power-certified powerlifting coaches, CrossFit L1 and L2 trainers, NASM personal trainers, kettlebell specialists, and yoga instructors. WSC athletes have competed in CrossFit and at the IPL Worlds. Burn Boot Camp, Olympic Lifting, an open gym, and kids programs are available.

Spring, TX(281) 881-6538

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