COLUMBUS (WCMH) — It’s a new year, which means a lot of people are trying to be healthier and get in shape.
Whether you want to fit into a favorite old pair of jeans, run a half marathon or just look and feel your best, the Columbus area has a wide selection of amazing gyms and fitness studios for you to choose from. I asked NBC4 viewers and cross-referenced internet reviews to find the 10 best gyms and fitness studios in the Columbus area so you can take charge of your exercise goals this year.
Don’t want to commit to one workout location? Need the reassurance that you can get your sweat on wherever you are? LA Fitness is the place for you. With nine locations throughout the Columbus metro area alone, you’re never far from your next workout. Plus, you can take advantage of state-of-the-art equipment, online tools to plan your fitness goals, work with a personal trainer and take a variety of group classes.
Love cycling but don’t want to have to fight for a bike? Check out Cycle614. They make indoor cycling classes easy for your schedule and you can book your bike ahead of time. With classes like Rise and Ride, Empower Hour!, FriYAY Happy Hour and Sunday Funday, you’ll be sure to find a class that fits your hectic schedule and your fitness level.
Always wanted to see what CrossFit was all about? CrossFit Clintonville is the place to find out. They have everything from CrossFit 101 to group classes to a high-energy competitive class. You can even drop into the workout of the day for a free chance to see what CrossFit is all about.
Want a holistic approach to fitness and use state-of-the-art facilities? Check out the Fitness Loft! With classes ranging from cycling to Zumba, Body Pump to yoga and Insanity, you might not even make it to the equipment, which integrates seamlessly with health apps like Fitbit, MyFitnessPal and more, making your fitness goals easier than ever to track.
If you’re looking for a gym that gets the entire family involved, you’ll want to check out The Spot. The Spot was founded by a champion powerlifter and performance coach and requires all coaches to complete an intensive internship process and all staff to compete in a strength sport. There’s a program for everyone, ranging from adults to athletes to young children, so whether you want to get in shape for a sport or get in shape for life, The Spot Athletics can make it happen.
If you’re into group fitness classes and a personalized success program at a facility with top-of-the-line equipment and tons of amenities, check out the Arena District Athletic Club. ADAC offers members free, unlimited group fitness classes, complimentary parking, free nutrition consultations and much more.
If you like group fitness classes but wish class sizes were smaller, check out 614Fitness. They base their classes on the Small Group Training model, which provides the benefits of personal training in a small group setting. They offer everything from old school-style weight lifting, HIIT, yoga and more.
If you’re serious about your fitness goals and hate crowds at the gym, Chiseled is the place for you. Complete with top-of-the-line equipment, training and support, this fitness studio can only accommodate four people at one time, making it the perfect opportunity to get the one-on-one direction you may need. This place is also perfect for beginners — you get the individualized attention from the trainers without the gym-timidation of larger facilities. Your fitness evaluation is free and they offer personal training sessions, training for two (perfect for you and your workout partner), and new one-hour group classes.
Cardio? Check. Stress reliever? Check. Makes you feel like you can take on anything? Check. If you’ve never tried kickboxing before, don’t worry. They have classes for all ages and skill levels. They combine no-hit kickboxing moves with cardio and toning exercises, so you’ll see results and never get bored.
Maybe you’d like something a little more soothing. Yoga on High is one of the premier yoga studios in Ohio and offers something for everyone. Whether you want to increase flexibility, build strength or challenge yourself to an Ashtanga sequence, there are tons of classes for you to choose from.