Best Gym in Boston


Peter Welch’s Gym

South Boston

If you prefer a gym that’s a glorified spa, look elsewhere. But if you want to train like a pro, then go where actual professionals work out. In the case…Read More

2012 Best Gym, Boutique

Recycle Studio


Lycra-clad fitness freaks flock to Recycle Studio, the South End’s trendy spin-only gym, for its upbeat vibe and killer playlists. And they stay for the tough instructors, who take disciples…Read More

2009 Best Gym



Too busy, too tired, too pale, too preoccupied hunting down errant sneakers…there are ample excuses to skip the gym. The trainers at Equinox dont want to hear it. Theyre toned,…Read More

2006 Best Gym, Neighborhood, Back Bay



Sorry, fellas: This is a women-only gym, with a long list of classes and a bright, clean locker room…Read More

2006 Best Gym, Neighborhood, South End

Boston Sports Clubs


Brand-new digs on Harrison include a sparkling 4-lane, 75-foot-long pool…Read More

2006 Best Gym, Neighborhood, Jamaica Plain

Mike’s Fitness

Jamaica Plain

The fully stocked 10,000-square-foot center has great classes, and is less scary than the Y…Read More

2006 Best Gym, Neighborhood, Harvard Square

Wellbridge Athletic Club


Brainy Cantabrigians tone their bodies with Wellbridge’s two floors of workout gear…Read More

2005 Best Gym

Fitcorp, Prudential Center


Tired of sweating on prehistoric equipment in dimly lit subterranean weight rooms? Head to Fitcorp at the Prudential Center, where floor-to-ceiling windows lend natural light to rows of treadmills, bikes,…Read More

2004 Best Gym



Let’s be clear: Gyms are not health clubs. They are not about watercooler antics and needless amenities; they are about sweating. Period. And with its slew of state-of-the-art equipment (strength-training…Read More

2003 Best Gym

Fitcorp, Prudential Center location


Somewhere between the grunting at Mike’s Gym II and the primping at Sports Club/LA falls Fitcorp’s new Prudential Center location, which strikes just the right balance of sweating and socializing….Read More

2002 Best Gym

Mike’s Gym II


There are gyms, and then there are sports clubs. Mike’s Gym II is unmistakably in the former club. And it’s for neither the soft-hearted nor the soft-bodied; with seven rooms…Read More

2001 Best Gym

Mike’s Gym II


These days, “gym” is such a bandied-about catchword, people barely know what it means anymore. Well, we do. It means a no-frills establishment where people come to sweat, not be…Read More

2001 Best Gym, South

Weymouth Club


Membership at this gym is coveted for the pool and tennis facilities, and extensive fitness classes ranging from yoga to Pilates. The club is especially popular with South Shore parents…Read More

2000 Best Gym, Alternative

Synergistics Personal Training Studio


Just when you thought fitness fads had reached their zenith, Helena and Brian Collins turned the notion of working out on its head. Forget long lines for treadmills, aerobic Amazons,…Read More

2000 Best Gym, Women



Can you imagine actually looking forward to working out? We couldn’t either, until Healthworks came along. This minichain of made-for-women gyms has a solid philosophy. The gym shave state-of-the-art equipment,…Read More

2000 Best Gym

Boston Body


Boston Body is a gym for gym people. Nowhere else in town can compete with its variety of classes, the most popular of which is “Butts and Guts.” But the…Read More

1999 Best Gym

Mike’s Gym II


The true test of a great gym is the leg equipment, and Mike’s has it all—plus amenities including sauna, Jacuzzi, and tanning beds. From 5 to 8 on weeknights, Adonises…Read More

1997 Best Gym, Climbing

Boston Rock Gym


A huge industrial loft in Woburn, the Boston Rock Gym is carpeted with 20 tons of chopped-up car tires, the walls are studded with tiny gargoyles, dinosaurs, and rocklike footholds,…Read More

1996 Best Gym, Hotel

Rowes Wharf Health Club and Spa


With a fabulous pool, Cybex equipment we haven’t seen anywhere but California, and first-rate spa services—from seaweed treatments to massage—the amenities at the Harbor Hotel’s fitness center and spa are…Read More

1995 Best Gym, Bargain

YMCA of Greater Boston Central Branch


Maybe it’s not as posh as some of the higher-priced clubs, but the Y has, yet again, first-rate offerings: squash, pool, yoga, tai chi, and a cafe, at about half…Read More

1994 Best Gym, Serious

Gold’s Gym


No frivolity at this warehouse-like gym, across the street from Fenway Park. Just acres of free weights, Cybex and cardiovascular equipment, and serious members form every walk of life—all determined…Read More

1994 Best Gym, Funky

Metropolitan Health Club


Metropolitan’s underground decor includes exposed stone walls, purple neon lights, big plants, and great shower curtains in the women’s locker rooms. The mainly gay clientele is in better shape than…Read More

1994 Best Gym, Women-Only



Tons of equipment, two aerobics studios in Cambridge and three studios in Brookline, each offering more than 100 classes per week, early and late hours, tight security, and a friendly,…Read More

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