For my second installment of the Best Fitness Studios in Atlanta by Neighborhood, I will be featuring Midtown and West Midtown. Being the first neighborhood I lived in Atlanta, West Midtown holds a very special place in my heart. Despite the fact that West Midtown was no where near as trendy when I lived there, many of the great studios in my list have been there for a while now. Midtown is where I’ve spent most of my time in Atlanta living, so I’ve had plenty of time to see what they have to offer.
If you are looking to shop around a bit before finding the perfect workout for you, many of the studios offer discounted first time trial classes! So make sure to click on the link to their websites and see what kind of offers they have available. Another great option is to sign up for Classpass. With a Classpass membership you’ll have access to hundreds of gyms in Atlanta. Take $40 of your first month by using the code here!
Want to know the best spots in Buckhead and Brookhaven? Check out my first article here!
Exhale (1065 Peachtree St NW). Located in the Loews Hotel, Exhale is a fitness studio and spa, and it really shows in the locker rooms. Herbal scented with ambient music playing, these rooms provide everything from steam showers to fluffy robes. As for the classes, there are lots of options from traditional barre to HIIT training.
FlyWheel (1180 W Peachtree St NW). This studio is very tricky to get to due to the parking situation but very worth it! Their instructors always have high energy and motivating playlists.
Stellar Bodies (44 12th St NE). Stellar’s classes practice the Lagree method, which uses a Megaformer machine to practice a pilates-inspired regime. Each class is a 50min full body resistance workout.
Kick Boxing/Martial Arts
Unit 2 (240 Ponce De Leon Ave). Unit 2 offers classes like kickboxing and CrossFit but also more specialized martial arts like Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. They even offer women’s only martial arts classes! You can try them for free for 1 week to see if this is the place for you!
Modo Fitness Bootcamp (Meets in the Park Tavern Parking Lot at 500 10th St NE). This is an outdoor bootcamp that runs through Piedmont Park every Monday-Friday at 6am and 630pm. It’s perfect for people who want to get outside and run but need a little motivation from an instructor. In addition to running through our beautiful Piedmont park, you will stop and do sets of burpees, pushups, sit ups, etc. for a fully body workout!
CorePower Yoga (860 Peachtree St. NE). CorePower’s classes are not your typical yoga class. For example, they offer a class called Yoga Sculpt where you use hand weights and do things like bicep curls and back flys while in yoga poses. They also offer a heated candlelight power flow: be warned as it is HOT (100-103 degrees), much hotter than a traditional hot yoga class.
Head over to Midtown for much better options!
Torq Cycle (935 Marietta St. NW). This is the best spin studio in Atlanta, hands down! The owner, Alex Martinez, has been voted as Classpass Atlanta’s best instructor for the past 3 years! He has this incredible ability to remember your name even if you only went to one class 7 months ago. Such a friendly environment with challenging classes!
The Daily (981 Joseph E Lowery Blvd NW). The Daily offers both traditional mat pilates classes and Reformer classes. If you’ve never tried a Reformer class before I highly recommend it! Reformer and Megaformer classes are the best way to sculpt lean muscles imo, as they are much more challenging than your traditional mat pilates classes.
Kick Boxing/Martial Arts
X3 Sports (1092 Huff Rd NW). X3 offers conditioning classes, like their “Fast-Track” class, as well as traditional martial arts classes, like Muay Thai.