When your go-to exercise is jogging, location doesn’t matter. Just throw on your sneakers and hit the ground running. But when your workout of choice is more structured (think Pilates or spin), a trip out of town can cripple your routine. But there's nothing to worry about here in Boston—it's easy to grab that ballet barre or sweat through a 100-degree yoga pose. These Boston specialty fitness centers let you drop in for a class, so you don’t have to drop exercise off your schedule.
Boston Body Pilates
The dynamic Boston Body Pilates studio is a refreshing respite from traditional gyms, with a sunlit mat room and spacious Reformer studio overlooking Newbury Street. As the country’s largest Pilates Certification Training Center, their instructors keep choreography fresh and inspiring. Choose floor work or bring your Reformer experience to an Equipment class (they also use Balanced Body equipment, the gold standard). These workouts will lift your butt as much as they lift your spirits.
Single class: Mat $30, Equipment $50
On your playlist: "Beautiful Pain," Eminem featuring Sia
14 Newbury St., 617.262.3333
If your in-room yoga session leaves you cold, sweat it out at Bikram, Boston’s only studio certified by Bikram's Yoga College of India. Held at 100 degrees in modern loft-like spaces, these 90-minute classes work every muscle, tendon, joint, ligament, internal organ, and gland while also moving fresh, oxygenated blood to 100 percent of your body. The result? You’re 26 postures away from a new you.
Single class: $12-$22 (includes two towels), mat $3
On your playlist: "Clair De Lune," Claude Debussy
561 Boylston St., 617.585.6565
The Z Spot
Shake your hips to familiar salsa, merengue, cumbia and reggaeton rhythms, along with hiphop and oldies, at The Z Spot, Boston’s first and only Zumba-dedicated fitness studio. With four dance studios and classes every day, you won’t have trouble finding a time to get your groove on. When the summer sun shines, the dance party moves outside to places like Faneuil Hall for free classes in conjunction with the Mayor’s Office and the Boston Public Health Commission.
Single class: $15
On your playlist: "Uptown Fun," Mark Ronson/Bruno Mars
181 Massachusetts Ave., 617.338.7768
The Handle Bar
If music is your muse, The Handle Bar indoor cycling studio gets you moving with high intensity, exhilarating cardio fueled by great music and intense choreography. Put on a pair of Pearl Izumi bike shoes (included in the price) and clip into a Schwinn AC Sport bike for classes that revolve around hot mixes crafted by a live in-studio DJ. The Fenway location even has music-syncopated lighting effects for theme rides like Glo-Cycle.
Single class: $24
On your playlist: "Set the World on Fire," EC Twins
141 Dorchester Ave.
1336 Boylston St.
The Bar Method
This is Boston’s site for the nationally known 20-year-old Bar Method. The program creates lean bodies through dance conditioning, isometric interval training and free weights. Read: you can channel your inner prima ballerina (minus the tutu) to tone trouble spots. During your one-hour performance, you’ll work through pushups, intense leg and butt work at the ballet bar, and ab work on the mats.
Single class: $26
On your playlist: "Lips Are Movin," Meghan Trainor
234 Clarendon St., 617.236.4455