When we first decided to rent an apartment in Charlotte 10-years ago, there was only one answer to the question “Where do you work out?” The YMCA. With well-equipped branches throughout the region, the YMCA seemed to have a monopoly on the local fitness market. Slowly, other national gyms like Planet Fitness and Golds Gym crept into the Queen City offering similar amenities as the YMCA minus the swimming pool. Thus, the YMCA continued to reign supreme. That is until recently.
As boutique gyms have started to sprout up throughout the country, Charlotte has seen an explosion of fitness clubs offering a more personalized and niche workout. Whether you seek a yoga, barre, or boxing club, Charlotte has a gym for you! Here are some of our favorite boutique gyms in Charlotte for when you’re ready to take your workout beyond the YMCA.
Let’s start with what seems to be the most popular style of boutique gym out there —yoga. While there’s a yoga gym in nearly every Charlotte neighborhood —some even have multiple— Y2 Yoga is the grand-Buddha of them all with three studios and 97 classes offered a week. In addition to teaching a wide array of yoga-styles, Y2 also offers yoga workshops and an annual retreat to somewhere tropical. Non-yoga amenities include a restaurant (sushi, salads, and smoothies) and a massage facility for a true indulgence.
TITLE Boxing Club
Think yoga is the only workout that helps reduce your stress level? Think again. Nothing lets out your stress more than taking your anger out on a heavy bag. TITLE Boxing Club offers structured boxing and kickboxing workouts that start with 15-minutes of warm-up, followed by 30-minutes of bag and mitt workouts, and concludes with 15-minutes of core. Not only will you leave TITLE Boxing Club an estimated 1,000 calories lighter, you’ll also have a smile on your face.
Flywheel and Flybarre Charlotte
What makes Flywheel Charlotte standout against the many other spin-centered gyms or the spin class at your YMCA? The customization and tracking. Each bike comes with an on-bike tech pack that lets riders adjust their efforts and share their performance with those around them via the TorqBoard. There’s nothing like a little friendly competition to spark motivation. Flybarre is the brand’s full-body muscle sculpting method. Together, the fitness studio offers the ultimate strength and cardio workout.
Reebok CrossFit Charlotte Uptown
Love it or hate it, CrossFit has taken the fitness world by storm with gyms popping up in the most micro of locations (there was even one located in a brewery here in Charlotte for a while). The granddaddy of them all though is Reebok CrossFit Charlotte Uptown. With over 6k square feet of space, Reebok CrossFit Charlotte Uptown has more than enough space and equipment to handle a full-scale CrossFit workout. In addition to Work Out of the Days, the gym also offers individualized coaching and nutritional coaching. Stock up on healthy meals with Custom Fit Meals.
Although MADabolic facilities are starting to pop up throughout the country, the original MADabolic gym started right here in Charlotte. In a way, MADabolic is a lot like all of the above workouts rolled into one. While the workout changes each day, they all are designed to focus on five styles of movement – primal moves, power moves, strength and stability, rotational force (boxing), and anaerobic output.
Yoga, CrossFit, spin, or boot camp? Perhaps you don’t want to settle for one type of boutique workout. If that’s the case, then Stax is the gym for you, offering everything from spin classes to yoga to CrossFit. They even have a whole body cryotherapy chamber as well as massive boot camps often led by celebrity athletes like Randy Moss. It’s your one stop shop for boutique fitness workouts. Stax was also voted by the Charlotte Agenda as the best place to meet people in town.
Maybe you prefer to work out in the confines of your own apartment. We’ve got you covered with this guide to working out in your apartment.