It’s no secret that exercising offers myriad benefits, from increasing your energy levels to reducing your risk of chronic diseases.
Exercise makes you happier, too. A 2018 study of 1.2 million people in the United States found that those who exercise reported having 1.5 fewer days of poor mental health a month compared to those who don’t exercise.
Still, if you find yourself in a workout rut, finding an exercise regimen that’ll both hold your interest and help you reach your health goals can feel overwhelming. In the end, working out isn’t a one-size-fits-all experience. You need to find what works best for you.
If you’re looking to get back into the fitness game or just need to switch up your current routine, the following gyms offer a variety of workout styles that are sure to suit just about anyone.
- Best for: boosting your energy levels and burning serious calories
- Price: monthly membership packages range in price and include anywhere from four to unlimited sessions per month
At Orangetheory Fitness, personal trainers deliver high-intensity workouts that last one hour. While you’ll burn some serious calories during your session, this gym claims their type of exercise also keeps the calorie burn going for up to 36 hours after.
You might also see a spike in your energy and visible toning. It’s all because these interval drills are designed to keep your heart rate in a target zone that stimulates your metabolism and invigorates you.
Moreover, anybody at any level can try it. With the encouragement of a coach, you’ll go from treadmill to rowing machine to cycle to free weights. The heart-pumping music is simply the icing on the cake.
- Best for: being a “judgment-free” zone
- Price: $10 and up per month
Everyone is greeted with warmth at Planet Fitness. The staff members are big into rewarding achievements — even if you’ve done just one extra minute on the elliptical — and are known to give out high-fives. It all fosters an environment of empowerment which, for the fitness newbie, is a big first step.
With locations in every state, the gym features group fitness classes and a good selection of circuit-training equipment that make for a well-rounded workout.
- Best for: building muscle while you “om”
- Price: one-week trials are free; talk with your local studio for pricing
This nationwide yoga studio delivers on the promise to unlock your most powerful self. One of the ways CorePower Yoga achieves this is via its Yoga Sculpt classes.
These sessions integrate weight work into vinyasa poses, a combination that challenges you to build lean muscle mass while you flow. In all Core Power classes, you’ll work on breathing and stretching. These can be restorative in their own right. Everything plays out with mood music.
Most classes take place in rooms heated up to 98°F (37°C), which allows for deeper, more elongated poses. One thing to keep in mind is that prior yoga experience is recommended for hot sessions.
- Best for: increasing your heart health in a party-like setting
- Price: first 30-minute ride is free; talk with your local studio for pricing
CycleBar is an indoor cycling class and celebration all wrapped into one. Every session has blasting music — think party songs you’d hear poolside — a light show, music videos, and an instructor who’s also your DJ.
A typical class will feature hills and drills while challenging your strength and endurance. You can also choose to up your game with group challenges and rider competitions.
While you’re working out, your cycle will keep track of your performance — everything from calorie burn and mileage to heart rate. Your results are then emailed to you after every session. Or you can access them via the company’s website.
- Best for: building lean muscle and strengthening your core
- Price: varies by studio
While Pure Barre isn’t technically ballet, you’ll utilize the ballet barre during these 45- to 50-minute total-body workouts. An instructor pushes you through a series of low-impact isometric movements like tabletops, kneeling rotations, and leg extensions. Occasionally, you’ll pick up weights to take the strength and toning even further.
Pure Barre states you could see results in approximately 8 to 10 classes, though they suggest classes should be taken at least three to four times a week for “optimal” results. That said, results will vary and depend on how often you attend.
Title Boxing Club
- Best for: sculpting your body and clearing your mind
- Price: monthly and annual memberships are available; talk to your local studio for details
This is a true boxer’s workout, with a proper heavy bag and all.
At Title Boxing Club, you’ll strengthen and tone your arms, legs, back, and core while you’re led through a series of jabs, hooks, uppercuts, and kicks. You’ll even improve your hand-eye coordination.
Perhaps the biggest takeaway, though, is the way your mood lifts and mind clears after a few whacks.
Kelly Aiglon is a lifestyle journalist and brand strategist with a special focus on health, beauty, and wellness. When she’s not crafting a story, she can usually be found at the dance studio teaching Les Mills BODYJAM or SH’BAM. She and her family live outside of Chicago and you can find her on Instagram.