Pilates class-goers share a laugh while working their cores. Courtney Perry Charlotte Observer file photo
Pilates class-goers share a laugh while working their cores. Courtney Perry Charlotte Observer file photo

Living Here Guide

Get fit: Your guide to working out in the Queen City

By Alicia Thomas

August 26, 2017 6:04 PM

In case you haven’t noticed, Charlotte is an active city. One with an affinity for food and breweries (and thus, for brewery fitness), but an active city nonetheless.

On any given day, you can find thousands of people walking, biking or running on the city’s greenways, gathering for outdoor yoga, and sweating their way through CrossFit or bootcamp-style classes. And it feels like new fitness studios are popping up around the city every week.

Whether you’re new in town and looking to get involved in Charlotte’s fitness scene, you’ve lived here forever and just want to try something new, or you’re a total beginner who isn’t sure where to begin, we’ve got you covered.

This guide is just a small sampling of the wide array of the fitness options you can explore in the city. Happy sweating!

Full-Body Workouts

Urban MVMNT

255 Clanton Road, Charlotte. www.facebook.com/urbanmvmnt. 704-497-2691.

One of the newest fitness facilities in South End, Urban MVMNT offers a variety of group fitness classes in a fun, friendly environment. Bonus: the gym’s facility is also home to spin studio called Ride or Die and a coffee shop called South End Grind.

Cost: Individual class $25. Monthly plans starting at $150.

CORE • OLOGY

2902 N. Davidson St., Charlotte; 20035 Jetton Road, Cornelius. coreology.co. 704-726-8299.

In its own words, this studio combines “the intensity of a CrossFit workout, the controlled movements of Yoga and Pilates with the cardio-strength from the Lagree Fitness™ Method to form the most innovative approach to full body conditioning.”

Core•ology offers full-body conditioning classes.
Charlotte Observer file photo

Cost: Individual class $25. Monthly plans starting at $85.

Hilliard Studio Method

516 Fenton Place, Charlotte. hilliardstudiomethod.com. 704-236-3377.

HSM has a huge following in Charlotte – and for good reason. This studio promises to “sculpt and tone your entire body in 60 minutes or less” for a total transformation of both mind and body.

Cost: Individual class $27. Monthly plan $300.

Hilliard Studio Method promises to “sculpt and tone your entire body in 60 minutes or less.”
Courtesy of Hillard Studio Method
CrossFit

Ultimate CrossFit

210 Rampart St. Unit F, Charlotte. www.ultimatecrossfit.com. 704-650-5956.

This CrossFit gym’s goal is “to provide you with the environment, instruction, and motivation to exceed your personal fitness goals.”

Cost: $165 per month.

CrossFit Mecklenburg

228 Peterson Drive, Charlotte. crossfitmecklenburg.com. 704-400-8892.

CrossFit Mecklenburg has a talented team of coaches ready to help you identify and meet your fitness goals. Bonus: It has a two-tap kegerator in the gym for you to enjoy after your workout of the day!

Cost: $155 per month.

Reebok CrossFit Charlotte Uptown

415-D Mint St., Charlotte. http://www.reebokcrossfitcharlotteuptown.com/. 980-643-1224.

Regardless of your current fitness level, Reebok CrossFit Charlotte Uptown wants to work with you to not just meet your fitness goals, but to exceed them. (And yes, this gym is sponsored by Reebok).

Cost: $195 per month.

Bootcamps

STAX

3722 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. www.staxcharlotte.com/bootcamp. 980-237-8158

STAX is best known for its free bootcamp, offered every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m., where more than 100 people meet to get fit together. But STAX also offers bootcamp classes throughout the rest of the week, along with CrossFit classes, cycling, yoga, and cryotherapy.

Cost: Free Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Individual sessions as low as $20. Monthly plans starting at $145.

Former NFL star Randy Moss, left, leaps over fellow participants at STAX.
Diedra Laird dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

Charlotte’s Best Bootcamp

255 Clanton Road, Charlotte. cltbootcamp.com. 704-497-2691.

If you’re in a fitness rut or a fitness-newbie unsure where to start, this six-week bootcamp program could be for you. This program is particularly ideal for those who work best in a group fitness setting.

Cost: $250 for the unlimited six-week bootcamp.

Body Upgrade Fitness (BUF) Bootcamp

4420 E. Independence Blvd.

With focuses on strength, conditioning, and nutrition, Body Upgrade Fitness (BUF) Bootcamp classes are created to help you achieve your unique health and fitness goals – whether that means weight loss, toning, or improved performance.

Cost: Monthly plans starting at $119

Cycling

CycleSouth

401 N. Tryon St. #108, Charlotte. http://www.cyclesouth.com/. 704-372-4700.

Offering 45-minute cycling classes that are both high-energy and therapeutic, CycleSouth’s goal is for you to leave each workout feeling emotionally and physically lighter and stronger. This Uptown studio focuses on pairing music with your ride to keep you focused on individual challenges from one song to the next.

Cost: Individual ride $23. Monthly plans starting at $69.

First Wind Cycling & Fitness

1930 Camden Road #120, Charlotte. firstwindcycling.com. 980-207-0885.

An indoor cycling studio first and foremost, First Wind offers a few different options. You can do “The Ride,” a straight 50-minute cycling class. You can also “Ride to the Barre” (half cycling, half barre) or “Ride to the Circuit” (half cycling, half circuit-training).

Cost: Individual ride $20. Monthly plans starting at $145.

First Wind Cycling & Fitness offers options that mix cycling with barre or circuit training.
Photo courtesy of First Wind Cycling & Fitness

JustCycle

428 E. 4th St., Charlotte. justcycleclt.com. 980-267-0998.

From “Morning Grind” to “Happy Hour” rides, Just Cycle offers a variety of 45-minute rides to start and end your day right. Expect to hear a wide variety of music, ranging from hip-hop to alternative to reggae and beyond.

Cost: Individual ride $20. Monthly plans starting at $90.

Boxing

RockBox Fitness

2130 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte; 19911-B North Cove Road, Cornelius; 9615 Sherrill Estates Road, Huntersville. www.rockboxfitness.com. 704-654-7811.

With locations in Charlotte, Cornelius and Huntersville, RockBox Fitness offers one-hour workouts that incorporate not just kicking and punching bags, but also functional training exercises to work every part of your body.

Cost: Individual class $22. Monthly plans starting at $69.

Dyme Boxing & Fitness

5033-A South Blvd., Charlotte. http://www.boxingsolveseverything.com/. 704-910-6852.

In its own words, the goal of Dyme Boxing & Fitness is “to provide members with the skills of a professional boxer, while focusing on the importance and benefits of fitness.” In addition to boxing with Dyme, members also have access to the full-service gym within their facility.

Cost: Individual session $20. Monthly plan $135.

CKO Kickboxing

5350 Docia Crossing Road, Charlotte. http://www.ckocharlotte.com/. 704-659-0605.

This fast-paced kickboxing gym wants to help you “take back your body” with one-hour fitness kickboxing classes that incorporate cardio, strength training, flexibility and agility for a true whole-body workout.

Cost: $49.99 initiation fee. Monthly plans starting at $69.

Yoga

Charlotte Yoga

1730 E. Woodlawn Road, Charlotte, 704-665-9003; 1430 Winnifred St. , Charlotte, 980-335-1136. charlotteyoga.com.

Charlotte Yoga has two locations (one in Park Towne, one in South End) that both offer yoga classes that follow the Hatha yoga tradition, placing emphasis on the breath, as well as a strong asana practice.

Cost: Individual class $20. Monthly plans starting at $119.

NoDa Yoga

3201 N. Davidson St. nodayoga.com. 704-560-6144.

As the name implies, you can find this small, cozy studio in the heart of NoDa, right above Cabo Fish Taco. Though they specialize in gentle, beginner and yin yoga flows, NoDa Yoga offers a variety of classes to choose from, including power yoga and traditional vinyasa flows.

Cost: Individual class $16. Monthly plans starting at $110.

Yoga One

2230 Park Road, Charlotte, 704-900-5089; 1318 Central Ave., Charlotte, 704-332-9911. www.y1now.com.

Yoga One classes are heated (95+ degrees, to be precise) and the studio focuses primarily on power flows to strengthen and tone your body. You can check out their studio in Dilworth or in Plaza Midwood for the same vigorous experience.

Cost: Individual class $18/Monthly plans starting at $110

Barre

The Bar Method

4810 Ashley Park Lane A. charlotte-southpark.barmethod.com. 980-474-1144.

This SouthPark studio provides one-hour, non-impact total body workouts that target your core and legs, working to tone and lengthen your body.

Cost: Individual class $25. Monthly plans $200.

Carolina Barre & Core

2901 Selwyn Ave. http://www.carolinabarre.com/. 980-207-1046.

This boutique fitness studio hosts barre fusion classes. Barre fusion is “a calorie burning, fat blasting workout designed to strengthen and tone muscles, sculpt arms, legs and abdominals as well as lift the butt.“

Cost: Individual class $23/Monthly plans $200

Xtend Barre Charlotte

1100 Metropolitan Ave. Suite 190, Charlotte. www.xtendbarre.com. 704-989-4777.

Xtend Barre’s signature classes incorporate dance, ballet and Pilates to create a dynamic full-body workout.

Cost: Individual class $25. Monthly plans starting at $139.

Pilates

Iron Butterfly Pilates

2108 South Blvd., Charlotte. ironbutterflypilates.com. 704-287-3930.

This certified Pilates studio in South End offers group classes as well as private instruction. Located in a 3,000 square-foot, multi level studio in Atherton Lofts, the facility is beautiful, featuring exposed brick, high ceilings, natural light and original hardwood floors.

Cost: Individual class $18. Monthly plans starting at $80.

IM=X® Pilates & Fitness

8035 Providence Road Ste. 330, Charlotte. imxpilates.com. 704-575-5366.

This unique fitness studio offers “pilates reinvented, re-choreographed, and reconstructed to include other physical disciplines” personalized to meet the needs of anyone from fitness newbies to seasoned pilates athletes.

Cost: Individual class $15. Monthly plans starting at $195.

ABsolute Pilates

6817 Fairview Road, Charlotte. http://www.absolute-pilates.com/. 704-442-8600.

As the name implies, this pilates studio will definitely work your core. ABsolute Pilates has provided premier pilates, gyrotonic and core barre classes in the South Park community for more than 15 years.

Cost: Individual class $36. Monthly plans starting at $600.

Dance

Move Studio

1111 Hawthorne Lane Ste. 101, Charlotte. http://www.movestudiocharlotte.com/. 980-329-6683.

This aptly named Plaza Midwood studio’s goal is simply to get you moving. Move Studio offers adult dance classes ranging from ballet to jazz to hip-hop and beyond – in addition to pilates, core barre, yoga and more.

Cost: Individual class $15. Monthly plan $65.

Open Door Studios

1318-D Central Ave., Charlotte. http://www.opendoorstudios.com/. 704-817-9281.

This studio wants to help you rediscover your love of dance with a variety of dance and fitness classes for beginners and professionals alike. Classes are taught in a non-intimidating environment and include ballet, contemporary, hip hop, jazz and modern dance.

Cost: Individual class $16. Monthly plan $120.

Carolina Dance Capital

12210 Copper Way. www.carolinadancecapital.com. 704-542-4998.

With locations throughout North Carolina, Carolina Dance Capital’s goal is to “inspire, motivate, and enrich” their students through the art of dance. This studio is welcoming of all skill levels and offers ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, and belly dance classes.

Cost: Individual class $15. Monthly plan $150.

Alternative Workouts

AIR Aerial Fitness

1043-C Providence Road, Charlotte, 704-249-6757; 532 Governor Morrison Road, Charlotte, 704-232-4640. www.airfitnow.com.

Aerial silks aren’t just for performances. AIR Charlotte offers a variety of aerial fitness classes that fuse elements of conditioning, Pilates, ballet and HIIT (high intensity interval training) on aerial hammocks. If you’re looking for a new, unique fitness challenge, you can check out their South Park or Myers Park locations.

Cost: Individual class $30. Monthly plans starting at $160.

AerialCLT

801 N. Tryon St., Charlotte; 311 S. Polk St., Pineville. www.aerialclt.com. 980-292-1593.

Want to learn a new artform while getting a workout? AerialCLT can fill all your aerialist needs. Choose from silks, trapeze or hoop – or all three. No experience needed. Start with the $120 eight-week intro course or drop into a fundamentals class to try it out.

Cost: $25 for a drop-in class. $150 for unlimited monthly pass.

Aerial CLT offers classes with silks, trapeze and hoops.
Photo courtesy of AerialCLT

Inner Peaks Climbing

2220 S. Tryon St., Charlotte, 980-242-3244; 9535 Monroe Road Ste. 170, Charlotte, 704-844-6677. http://www.innerpeaks.com/.

Inner Peaks has two state-of-the-art climbing gyms in Charlotte (one in South End, one in Crown Point) where you can get in a full climbing workout, on your own or in a group. Both gyms also offer once-a-week yoga classes to members to supplement your climbing workouts.

Cost: Individual day pass $18. Monthly plan $69.

Brewery Fitness

Did you know that there are more than 85 fitness activities happening at breweries and other beer-serving locations around Charlotte every single week? It’s true. You can find yoga classes, run clubs, bike rides, bootcamps, and dance classes going on at your favorite local breweries any given day of the week, and the workouts are usually extremely inexpensive to attend.

If this sounds like something you want to try out, be sure to check out WorkForYourBeer.com. We created a master calendar of all of these “beer fitness” classes so you can find them by day of the week, a map so you can look them by neighborhood in Charlotte, and individual pages for each workout so you can look them up by type of activity.

– Alicia Thomas, co-founder of Work For Your Beer

A beer-yoga class The Old Mecklenburg Brewery. Mark Hames mhames@charlotteobserver.com
STAX fitness boot camp is a collaboration between former NFL Star Randy Moss and head trainer Emily "Breeze" Ross. John D. Simmons jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com
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