Best Health Club in Boston

2013 Best Health Club



This was a winner in our 2013 Best of Boston Readers’ Poll. See all the 2013 winners…Read More

2012 Best Health Club

Total Performance Sports


Pro athletes, cops, Harvard professors, and grandmas join this hard-core Everett gym to get stronger, faster, and better. With three levels filled with Olympic weight-lifting platforms, boxing bags, and kettlebells,…Read More

2011 Best Health Club

Sports Club/LA


It’s the kind of gym we hate to love: full of people who put on makeup and hair gel before they work out, and packed with fluffy extras like a…Read More

2011 Best Health Club, West

Bosse Sports


Founded by South African tennis pro D. J. Bosse, this club dominates the local high-end fitness circuit. The 160,000-square-foot complex offers all the usual equipment, plus classes, tennis courts, a…Read More

2008 Best Health Club

Equinox Fitness


In the year since the high-end New York chain opened a location in the Back Bay, Bostonians have been flocking to this ideal spa-gym hybrid. The sleek, inviting space holds…Read More

2007 Best Health Club

Sports Club/LA


For gym rats who take their sweating seriously, the Sports Club/LA is as type A as its notably toned clientele. Some 114,000 square feet of equipment, including more than 150…Read More

2006 Best Health Club

Sports Club/LA


The Sports Club/LA isn’t a gym—it’s an experience. One that features 50 personal trainers, an Olympic-size swimming pool, four squash courts, an indoor basketball court, and 16,000 square feet of…Read More

2005 Best Health Club

The Sports Club/LA


When is a workout more than just a workout? When it comes complete with a steam bath, sauna, swimming pool, nutritionist, and plush towels in an even plusher locker room….Read More

2004 Best Health Club

The Sports Club/LA


Still the poshest place in town to break a sweat, the Sports Club/LA is much more than a meeting place for the wealthy and healthy. Every gym has rows of…Read More

2003 Best Health Club

The Sports Club/LA


The Sports Club/LA has staked its claim as the city’s most exclusive urban country club. Members have full use of the seemingly countless treadmills, free weights, basketball and squash courts,…Read More

2001 Best Health Club, West



What makes HealthPoint the in this crowded category? Three stories of windows overlooking an evergreen thicket, plenty of trainers on the floor at any given moment, an astonishingly clean pool,…Read More

1999 Best Health Club

Boston Athletic Club


By far the most complete facility in the Hub. A South Station shuttle totes the club’s downtown professional clientele to its palatial Summer Street facility; a kiddie gym takes care…Read More

1995 Best Health Club

Boston Athletic Club


Boston doesn’t yet have that one great health club, but in the meantime, BAC is the best thing in town. There are basketball, tennis, racquetball, and squash courts galore, not…Read More

1994 Best Health Club, Glamorous Clientele

Le Pli


Picture a health club—a spa, rather—whose members have the time and leisure to follow up their step class with highlighting and a pedicure. The G-string leotards look great; the fur…Read More

1994 Best Health Club, Place to Bring Kids

Longfellow Sports Club


At Longfellow, childcare does not mean dumping your toddler in a playpen. The club offers day caps (ages 5 to 12) where elementary-age children can play ball games, run, or…Read More

1994 Best Health Club, Membership Deal

YMCA of Greater Boston, Central Branch


Yes, we know it’s the Y. But you can’t beat a nonprofit organization for inexpensive dues, and the Huntington Avenue YMCA has more amenities—and a more interesting clientele—than most gyms…Read More

1994 Best Health Club, Pickup Scene

Cambridge Racquet and Fintess Club


Play high-speed racquetball or share the Gravitron with your crush, who is probably competitively athletic and making good money at Lotus or one of the other high-tech companies in the…Read More

1989 Best Health Club

The Mount Auburn


They’ve got everything—tennis, swimming, and aerobics—to make less of you…Read More

1988 Best Health Club, Upscale

Le Pli


A pool, an aerobics program, a gym, and personal trainers for Cantabridgians who want to stay trim in style…Read More

1984 Best Health Club

Boston Health & Swim Club


There is a personalized Nautilus program, introductory fitness testing—even physical therapists on hand to coordinate individual exercise programs. These folks really careRead More

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