Best Gyms in Houston, Texas. Houston is the 4th most populated city in America and the largest city of the southern United States. With so many cultures meeting in one place, Houston is known to have one of the best culinary scenes in the country, featuring foods from all over the world. But if you’re not careful, sampling all of those awesome Houston foods could leave you with a belly that’s hard to get rid of.
No matter if you’re just visiting or live in town, being a member of a great gym is the best way to stay thin why living up the Houston foodie scene. After trying out countless gyms and fitness centers around the city, we’ve compiled the best gyms Houston has to offer.
Best Health Club in Houston: Fit Athletic Club- Downtown
The best way to describe Fit Athletic Club is state of the art. When I visited this club, I was in awe of how modern it looked. Located in the heart of downtown Houston, Fit Athletic Club has the latest and greatest equipment, awesome classes, and energetic instructors with views of the Space City skyscrapers.
My cardio workout came with stunning views of the Houston skyline. It was as if I was running in the best part of the city without having to dodge traffic. I never had to wait for a treadmill to open up because there were plenty to choose from. I followed up my workout with some work in their massive free weight space.
I definitely want to come back here, especially to try out their kettlebell and battle rope classes they hold on the roof of the building. That’s right, an entire workout on the roof!
Front Desk’s Best Class Pick: Brandon’s Pick – Hard Body Boxing
Featured Amenities: Lockers, Towels/Shower service, steam room, sauna/steam room, cafe/juice bar, massage therapy, physical therapy practice, cycle studio, personal training
Monthly membership dues: $68
Day pass rate: $ 30/$15 (if accompanied by a member)
Best Mid Size Fitness Club in Houston: Dynamic Fitness- Pearland
Dynamic Fitness is a great choice for anyone looking to get on a solid general fitness program. When I went to the Pearland location, I was impressed with its selection of equipment and had a unique layout that made great use of the space in the building.
The cardio equipment is set up in a circular pattern with all equipment facing TVs in the middle. I hopped on an elliptical machine and had a solid warm-up without feeling too crowded.
I took advantage of the squat racks and deadlift platforms. Not only was I able to get my leg workout in, but I was able to do some olympic lifts my body had been missing lately. Needless to say, I’m very sore while writing this.
I was impressed with their gigantic fitness studio. They do a great job of keeping it clean and offer classes that will really help you break a good sweat. This gym is perfect for any schedule as it’s open 24 hours a day during the week.
Front Desk’s Best Class Pick: Jennifer- Body Combat
Featured Amenities: Open 24 hours, Kids Zone, Personal Training, Group Fitness Classes, Free WiFi
Monthly membership dues: $ 19.99 (Pearland Location Only)
Day pass rate: $20
Best Big-Box Club in Houston: LA Fitness- Medical Center
When I visited LA Fitness in Houston’s Medical Center district, I knew I’d be getting a quality gym experience and this gym didn’t disappoint. I went early in the morning around 6 AM and it was fairly active at that time, which makes sense given its proximity to various hospitals.
I decided to work on my jump shot and did a quick shoot around for my warm-up. There weren’t enough people playing at the time to start a game, but I was told weekend mornings and any weekday evening are good if you’re looking for a pickup game.
Having worked up a solid sweat, I decided to swim a few laps in their indoor pool. It was a bit busier than the basketball courts but not crowded by any means. Both the court and pool are well taken care of and the members seem to not put the equipment through heavy abuse.
I chose swimming over lifting weights, as it was busier in the weight room than the other areas I was in. It didn’t seem like there was any wait for any machines, but I liked having to option to change up my workout routine and LA Fitness provided that to me. I felt right at home in this club and got a good workout without breaking the bank.
Front Desk’s Best Class Pick: Jemele- Cycling
Featured Amenities: Basketball, Racquetball, Indoor Cycling, Kids Club, Whirlpool, Indoor Pool, Sauna, Group Fitness Classes
Monthly membership dues: $49.99
Day pass rate: $20
Best Bargain Gym in Houston: Youfit
I had a pleasant visit when I went to Youfit. It’s a great gym if you’re looking for basic fitness and just wanting to be active. It’s bright green and purple color scheme offer a cheery atmosphere that is welcoming to all.
They have a huge cardio section with tons of treadmills and ellipticals. I didn’t have as much time as usual for a workout but Youfit was there for me with an awesome solution- their circuit workout. It gave me a full body workout in just 30 minutes that worked up a solid sweat.
They have group fitness classes and it’s a gym that is very friendly to beginners and seniors. They even offer a class specifically designed for senior fitness so I know it’s a place I’d want to bring my dad along whenever we can workout together.
Youfit is a great choice if you’re looking for a clean gym that is friendly to any budget and has helpful staff. They even let me use the gym at no cost
Front Desk’s Best Class Pick: Brittany- BollyX
Featured Amenities: Express Circuit, Personal Training, Group Classes, Fitness Assessments, Senior Fitness
Monthly membership dues: $10/$21.99
Day pass rate: Free up to 3 days (membership required after 3 days)
Best Functional Fitness in Houston: Studio Fitness Heights
When I first went to Studio Fitness, I was expecting a CrossFit gym. You know, one of those where they have “WOD” and its repeated throughout the day. When I left, I definitely understood why they describe themselves as “exercise freedom”.
Not only do they offer CrossFit classes, they also have other classes such as kickboxing, yoga, and cycling to name a few. I decided to jump into the kickboxing class and wow! They worked out me out hard and left me sore in places I had no idea I could be sore in. Despite having to stop in between the exercises to catch my breath, the trainers and my classmates were all encouraging, which in turn helped me, push myself harder.
They have a 20,000 square foot building and make excellent use of it despite having multiple classes going on at the same time. It’s a clean, well-run facility with equipment that’s taken care of despite the abuse it goes through in a CrossFit workout. I loved the atmosphere here and definitely will be coming back here when I need a good kick in the butt.
Front Desk’s Best Class Pick: Michelle- High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Class
Featured Amenities: Group Classes, Personal Training, CrossFit, Free Weights
Monthly membership dues: $60 (excludes CrossFit), $180(includes unlimited CrossFit)
Day pass rate: $7 (members), $15 (non-members)
Honorable Mention: Life Time Athletic Clubs, Gold’s Gym, Planet Fitness