Level up your fitness game at one of these popular neighborhood gyms.
From bootcamps to barre, discover the top spots to get your sweat on in South End.
No matter what your fitness level, any of these South End studios specializing in high intensity interval training (HIIT) will get your heart pumping.
Push your limits with a HIIT workout perfectly balanced with strength, cardio and recovery. Spots like the Red Room at Barry’s Bootcamp, MADabolic and Orangetheory Fitness are specially designed to burn fat, build strength and endurance, and improve metabolism.
F45 Training, Sweat Method, Iron Tribe and Volofit are more focused on functional HIIT, which incorporates everyday movements that help build total body muscle, increase mobility and improve overall health.
SPENGA offers a different kind of HIIT workout, focused on what they define as the three pillars of fitness: every workout session includes a combination of spin, strength and yoga. And Fit Atelier, a local fitness clothing boutique, provides a variety or aerobic exercise classes, like Bosubod (using the bosu ball), Bounce’d (using the mini rebounder trampoline), Toned (a fast-moving toning class) and The Beat (HIIT dance cardio).
Boxing-based workouts can provide a nice blend of cardio, strength training and fun to your fitness regimen. Add some punch to your workouts at RockBox Fitness or Rumble Boxing, which offer fun, fast-paced workouts that incorporate the skills of boxing, resistance training and functional fitness.
Yoga & Pilates
Improve your strength, flexibility, balance and mind-body connection while building and toning muscle at a yoga or pilates class. Arrichion Hot Yoga is the go-to studio for yoga in South End, but they offer more than just that. You’ll find everything from deep stretch, flow yoga, and hot yoga or pilates to circuit training classes—or a combination of both.
BK Pilates and Core704 offer intense, resistance-based group workouts utilizing custom reformer pilates workout machines. Iron Butterfly Pilates is for one-on-one or small group private sessions that push people to the next level physically and mentally through the practice of pilates.
While [solidcore] isn’t specifically yoga or pilates, it’s similar in that it utilizes a signature workout machine to build and strengthen your core, mental resilience and full-body strength. It’s great for a primary workout or as a supplement to your training routine.
Kika Stretch Studio also offers assisted deep stretch sessions that will help you prepare for a workout or recover from a tough one.
If you prefer to do your own workouts on your own schedule, you’re not far from an approachable and affordable gym that’s perfect for that.
The Dowd YMCA, located where Dilworth and South End intersect, offers income-based memberships, group classes, cardio equipment, weight lifting centers, an indoor pool, basketball gym, racquetball courts, and even a rooftop track and exercise area with a skyline view.
Personal & Small Group Training
For a more personalized fitness program, South End is home to several personal and semi-private training studios where you can build a customized program based on your health and fitness goals.
Walk, run, play or create your own workout circuits to do at a local neighborhood park in South End.
The Rail Trail is a 3.5-mile linear urban park next to the LYNX Blue Line light rail track that’s perfect for walking, running, cycling and more.
The 5-acre Sedgefield Park features trails, a tennis court, a half-size basketball court and a playground. Southside Park is 20 acres with two multipurpose fields, two full-size basketball courts and a playground. Newest to the neighborhood, Wilmore Centennial Park is a 1.4-acre green space featuring a natural play area and an event lawn. It’s also the starting and ending point for the South End Run Club.
Participate in one of South End’s free run clubs or rent a pedal-assist electric bike from Charlotte Joy Rides from one of the South End stations to get your sweat on while exploring the neighborhood.
Reach new heights at Inner Peaks, an indoor rock climbing facility perfect for both beginners and pros.
What’s your favorite workout spot in South End? Share your sweaty selfies with us on social media by tagging @SouthEndCLT and using the hashtag #SouthEndCLT. And don't forget to check the South End Calendar for a full list of neighborhood happenings, including community workouts!