Best Gyms in Austin
Castle Hill has everything you would want in a gym—150+ group fitness classes, steam rooms and saunas, pools, a large gym, Pilates reformer studios, spa treatment rooms, a clean locker room with showers, childcare, acupuncture, and more. They offer all of this while still being an approachable local neighborhood gym with a welcoming staff and a no-frills attitude. When we think of Austin gyms, Castle Hill is the one that combines the perfect amount of everything.
Locations: Downtown (12th and Lamar) and Westlake
Favorite Instructors: We love Amid for Bootcamp classes and Deborah for Pilates!
Cost: $89-199/month – with 10% discounts for students, educators, military, couples, and families
Parking: In parking lot or free on street
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Not only is Equinox a super nice gym, they are known for their classes. They take instructors from the best studios like SoulCycle, CorePower, Barre, etc. and bring them to Equinox. Complete with a eucalyptus steam room, cafe and juice bar, personal training, state-of-the-art equipment, and a perfectly central location—this is a place to be and be seen.
Location: South Congress (closer to Riverside)
Favorite Instructors: Miguel Romero (Bootcamp), Hans, Helen, and Eric (cycling), Rashana (heated barre), Jamie Rouso (Stacked & Whipped), Jess Clark (Precision Run)
Cost: $150-180/month (Depending on if you go with the Early Bird Special)
Parking: Free parking for two hours in the garage
Lifetime is like a spa—the South and North locations even have a pool and eucalyptus steam room! You can truly spend all day here; they have child care, basketball courts, tons of classes, etc. This place is a dream! They also have a ton of classes from yoga, spin, barre, weights, and personal training.
Locations: South (William Cannon and Mopac), Downtown (West 5th – where the old Pure used to be) , Arboretum (Quarry), and North (45 and 183)
Cost: $40/day pass
Downtown: $129/month for young adults under 29 years old, otherwise $149/month
Arboretum: $119/month for young adults under 26 years old, otherwise $129/month
Parking: Free parking in garage or lot
Golds is a great budget option with over 20 locations, decent facilities, and frequent discounts.
Cost: $40/month – option for paying $20/biweekly, frequent discounts that run and a lot of employer discounts here (be sure to ask!)
Parking: Depends on location but all are in parking lots or garages for free
*Classes and open gym time on ClassPass for 1-3 Credits.
This is more of a CrossFit style gym with fewer machines and more weights, kettlebells, ropes, bands, and more. The group fitness classes really challenge you in a full body HIIT type workout, building lean muscle. They also have a sports recovery area, which includes Cryotherapy machines and an infrared sauna. They offer nutritional guidance, and also have a nice cafe in the facility.
Location: South – 35 & 71 (St. Elmo & Friedrich Lane)
Favorite Instructors: Juan, great at improving your form and will always push you to the limit!
Parking: Free Parking in lot
*Classes on ClassPass for 5-8 Credits.
Another budget friendly option with multiple locations in Austin, and membership discounts for lower-income members.
Locations: Townlake, Southwest, East, North, Northwest, Cedar Park, Buda (Hayes), Dripping Springs, and Bastrop
Parking: Free parking in lot
Tons of classes! Over 65 class types and over 240 classes a week featuring Yoga, Barre, Pilates, Bootcamp, Cycle, Kettlebell, Battle Ropes, Boxing, and TRX.
Location: South Lamar near Target
Favorite Instructors: Megan and Kay (Hot Pilates), Miguel Romero (Kettle Booty)
Cost: $30 for First 30 Days (Unlimited), $50-150/month depending on how many classes you want to take per month
Parking: Free parking in lot
*Classes and on ClassPass for 5-7 Credits.
This place is more than just rock climbing—they have Yoga, Circuit/Bootcamp workouts, and multiple climbing classes.
Locations: South Austin – South Congress by Cosmic Coffee; and Central Austin/Highland – Opening Mid-2020
Cost: $17/day pass or $70/month
*Classes on ClassPass for 4 Credits.
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