Best Fitness Centers in Boston

By Elizabeth Hannigan , last updated December 30, 2011

If you are in the market for a new fitness center in Boston, you certainly have a ton of places from which to choose. Thanks to its extremely diverse population, Boston has every type of gym imaginable, ranging from locals only boxing camps where families have been training for generations all the way to super luxurious, top of the line, exclusive sports clubs. Of course, not every person will feel at home in every fitness center. Schedule appointments to tour a few of these popular gyms before you sign any long term contracts, and soon you'll be lifting weights, running on treadmills, and whacking squash balls to your heart's content.

If you are looking for a regular gym that has all of the standard cardio and weightlifting equipment, classes like yoga and aerobics, and a few televisions to watch while you jog, you should check out the GymIt. GymIt is a local, no frills gym that is clean and has nice, new machines. GymIt is extremely popular because it only costs $19 per month to join, plus you don't have to talk to sales people or sign any long term contract. You just get everything you need from a gym without the inconveniences of other affordable places.
Boston University Fitness Center
Despite what you may have always believed, you don't actually need to be a Boston University Undergrad to work out here. Boston University has an extremely luxurious fitness center, including tons of equipment, classes, an indoor track, and a pool financed primarily by BU's undergrad tuition. You can pay to take classes here, but if you're willing to take one of BU's continuing education courses, you can get a BU alumni membership to the fitness center for just $50 per month. Be warned, though, this gym gets extremely packed with students during the week.
Healthworks for Women
If you happen to be a woman, there's a lot to be said for gyms that don't welcome men. You don't have to deal with sweaty guys leering at you, there aren't a gang of regulars hogging the free weights, and you don't have to watch ESPN on the shared televisions while you're riding the recumbent bikes. Boston has several women only gyms, and Healthworks is the most popular chain. These gyms aren't cheap, but they do have the newest, nicest equipment and over 500 classes per week. Healthworks locations even have on site beauty spas, so once you shower off you can get a massage and a facial.
Cambridge Athletic Club
If you're in the market for a gym that describes itself as a lifestyle center, you probably want to look at the Cambridge Athletic Club. The Cambridge Athletic Club has been around since the early '80s and boasts the most sophisticated equipment and luxurious locker rooms in Boston. You can expect top of the line cardio and weightlifting equipment here, plus squash and racquetball courts, a basketball court, a personal training studio, group exercise and spinning studios, and a Nautilus room. Plus, the Cambridge Athletic Club offers things like complimentary towel service, a sauna, and a jacuzzi.
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