Best Local or Regional Gyms
1. Sweat Performance
About: Since 2009, Sweat Performance has trained thousands of people and engineered the Greater Baltimore area’s top professional, collegiate, and school-aged athletes. With no hidden feeds, plain-english agreements, and flexible memberships, this a gym that works with your needs.
Feedback: “If you are looking for a place full of abundant positive energy, encouragement & motivation, look no further. The trainers at Sweat are committed to their clients growth and progress, conveyed by their genuine desire to challenge you beyond the imaginable. The sessions vary and cycle to strengthen/tone the entire body and the variation makes it something to look fwd to each day!! I cannot say enough great things about Sweat and highly recommend this place for those looking to achieve personal fitness goals, alongside a team of dedicated trainers providing support that is both pure and invaluable. Their dedication to their clients success is rare and undeniably evident once you start training! Thank you Sweat Performance!!!”
2. Fit! Gym
About: Fit! is a large, Baltimore area gym, with over 24,000 square feet of space for exercise equipment. The club features equipment from PRECOR, Cybex, LifeFitness, Live Strong cycling, and Stairmaster. Additionally, the gym offers a female-only fitness area, twenty-five 50” TVs, infrared saunas, and an outdoor beach volleyball area. Other amenities for members include vertical tanning beds, group fitness classes, child care, a smoothie bar, and a coffee bar.
Feedback: “Great gym with everything I need and more. It’s very spacious, clean and well-equipped. I never have to wait for any machines or weights. There are plenty of TV screens in front of every cardio machine. In addition, there is a smaller lady’s only gym space with cardio and weight training machines which I think is very thoughtful. I also attended a couple of the group exercise classes, enjoyed them as well. Lastly, the change room is big and clean with more than enough lockers and 3 shower stalls.”
3. Knockout Fitness
About: Knockout Fitness, founded in 2012 in Baltimore, offers a focus on boxing through group classes and individualized training. Starting with their basic level courses, members receive boxing training while getting a full-body workout. Advanced classes are also available for those that want to reach a higher experience level.
Feedback: “Super awesome staff who are passionate about what they do and helping people reach their goals. It’s not a stuck-up place where only in-shape, athletic people go; it’s literally for everybody. Workouts are total body and accessible to all levels. Would recommend this place to anyone looking for a gym to get fit and have fun at, especially if you’re over the giant corporate gyms. Buying local also means supporting places like this, where they actually care about you and not numbers/sales. Keep doing what you’re doing KO!”
4. Colosseum Gym
About: The Colosseum Gym in Baltimore is a full service weight lifting and cardio gym for all residents of the area. In business since 1993, the 10,000 square foot training area includes a powerlifting area that is officially USAPL Powerlifter friendly. Amenities include towel service, Sirius XM radio, centrally controlled air conditioning, showers, and locker rooms.
Feedback: “The Colosseum is awesome. Everyone who trains here is pretty hardcore. All the personal trainers are very qualified and very accomplished in their respective completions/fields (Caesar is especially great, get if you want to get jacked!!!). Also, because everyone is so serious here and are focused on their personal goals, as a female this is the only gym in my experience where I haven’t felt harassed or bothered–so it’s for sure a great environment for anyone of any gender or age to train at. The equipment is great, the service is great, the facilities are great–all around this is an excellent gym!”
5. RockWell Fitness
About: RockWell Fitness offers the people of Baltimore a complete fitness center. The 15,000 square foot facility includes a smoothie bar, locker rooms with showers, group exercise studio with over 40 classes, a dance studio with over 15 classes, and childcare for members. Equipment options available such as cardio machines, free weights, TRX, and ballet bars.
Feedback: “Great local gym with friendly and knowledgeable staff. The monthly membership fees are low for all they offer and they seem to be constantly getting new equipment and making the place as nice as possible for us. Lots of classes and training options with certified experienced professionals. Love it!”
6. Merritt Clubs
About: Offers nine locations in the greater Baltimore area, all open 24 hours. Each has their own unique style and flavor to meet the needs of their various communities. Each location includes a cardio zone, group fitness, yoga, martial arts, personal training, and more! Many locations include childcare, pool access, and a juice bar.
Feedback: “I recommend this gym to anyone who is serious about fitness and who loves the camaraderie of great, friendly staff/trainers who are able to get to know the people at the gym individually. It is an experience I have never felt elsewhere, and I have had years of fitness memberships at other gyms. Merritt Canton is incomparable. I am happy I found it. I hope the reader of this review gives Merritt Canton a try and likes it as much as I do.”
7. Brick Bodies
About: This chain of Baltimore health clubs was founded in 1985. They offer everything you would expect from a privately owned, world-class club including the newest cardio and strength equipment, group classes, pools, childcare services, diet and nutritional counseling, saunas, spa services, pilates, yoga, and sport specific training.
Feedback: “After moving from Towson to Lutherville Timonium, I didn’t want to take the highway to exercise. I loved my previous place which was a small one. When I saw how big Brick Bodies is I was a little concerned. Decided to give it a try and I’m so glad I did! I am loving it!! I’m not kind of a person who likes the huge places, but with Brick Bodies you don’t feel lost. So many different classes to try! Cycling has a huge projection screen which makes a big difference!”
8. Charm City Fitness
About: Charm City Fitness is a personal fitness studio located in Baltimore. At Charm City Fitness, a highly qualified personal trainer custom designs exercise regimens for every client. In addition to one-on-one sessions, small group, and corporate training sessions are available as well as GroupX group fitness classes regularly being offered throughout the week.
Feedback:”I love this place! I’m in the ‘getting back into shape’ part of my fitness journey and am having so much fun at CCF. I’ve been going here for 6 weeks for the Small Group Personal Training as well as the Group X classes and I recommend both. The instructors and other clients are very inclusive and supportive. There’s a lot of functional training so expect to sweat and get stronger 🙂 Highly recommend!”
9. Five x3
About: Five x 3 is a performance training facility for Baltimore residents that is an official Starting Strength gym. The gym specializes in giving their clients individualized programming, coaching, and nutrition tips for a holistic training experience. Five x 3 also offers personalized group training sessions that focus on basic training for beginners and strength training for more advanced members, and also allows trainers to work hands-on with a small group of members for a nominal fee.
Feedback: “If you want to get stronger, Fivex3 is the only place to go in Baltimore. Emily, Diego, and the other coaches are incredibly knowledgeable and true experts in their field. You will see truly amazing results if you accept their coaching and follow the program. Leave everything you think you know about fitness and the door, listen to them and come in 3 times a week and it will change your life.”
10. MV Fitness
About: MV Fitness, voted Baltimore’s best gym by Baltimore Magazine, offers residents a full service gym complete with group fitness classes, personal trainers, and a selection of amenities. Group fitness options include HIIT training, Spin classes, Barre classes, Zumba, Yoga, and Cardio Boxing. MV Fit’s trainers are certified in their respective areas and allow members and non-members alike an opportunity to receive one-on-one training.
Feedback: “I started using this gym back in the Spring after recovering from surgery and simply love it. The staff is very friendly and the members are chill professionals and respectful of one another. I never have to wait to use equipment and have never exercised somewhere so beautiful. I appreciate the gender neutral restrooms and the private shower rooms. I haven’t taken any classes yet, but they look like fun and the instructors walking around are enthusiastic and seem knowledgeable. Great neighborhood feel and so happy to find a LGBTQ friendly environment so close to home.”