With its active outdoor lifestyle, health-conscious residents and world-famous fitness trends, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to gyms in Santa Monica. Hiking, surfing, bike trails and the Original Muscle Beach are all right there on the doorstep year-round; while a fantastic range of state-of-the-art studios awaits when you feel like working out in the comfort of air-conditioning.

From revolutionary spinning classes to biometric training sessions, there are many gyms in Santa Monica to choose from. Here are just a few of the gyms and fitness studios that make Santa Monica one of the best places to work out in Los Angeles. (P.S. All are open to non-members.)

OUR LIST OF GYMS AND STUDIOS IN SANTA MONICA

Bhakti Yoga Shala

With its “pay what you can” honor-based system and devotion-infused classes, Bhakti Yoga Shala is no ordinary place to sweat and strengthen. This urban ashram has been a staple on the Santa Monica yoga scene for years, and its varied schedule and uplifting teaching makes it one of the most popular spots in town to roll out your mat. Check online for daily vinyasa flow classes, which range from 60-100 minutes; as well as special events, chanting and workshops.

 

 

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Blue Republic CrossFit

“Routine is the enemy” at Blue Republic, where the bespoke CrossFit program is designed to employ the 10 aspects of fitness (endurance, stamina, speed, power, strength, accuracy, balance, coordination, flexibility and agility) in constantly varying, high intensity ways. This program makes Blue Republic one of our favorite CrossFit gyms in LA. Get a taste of the CrossFit method (without the olympic barbell) at a Body Burn class, where you can lose fat, gain muscle and improve aerobic capacity in less than an hour! (Routines change daily.)

 

 

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Circuit Works

Make your way around a series of 10 different resistance stations, with two-minutes on the treadmill between each, at Circuit Works, known as one of the best gyms in Santa Monica for its highly effective, high intensity interval training. Its 60-minute sessions are equally weighted between aerobic (cardio) and anaerobic (resistance) exercises, making this a smart way to reach your specific goals. Plus, stations change daily, meaning no excuse not to return for more!

 

 

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CycleBar

Like your indoor cycling in an invigorating concert-like environment? Sign up for a class at CycleBar on 2nd Street, and experience the multi-sensory delights of its larger-than-life tiered cycle threatres. Let the awesome combination of cutting-edge audio, video and lighting tech ‘rock your ride’ as you race your way through a ‘competitive’ performance ride, ‘classic’ something for everyone session, or special ‘themed’ class, where the party never stops — and nor do you!

 

Orangetheory

Science, coaching and technology come together at Orangetheory Fitness, whose signature full-body program ensures you’ll maximize your 60 minutes. Expect a mix of cardio, lower body and weights in this daily-changing workout, as you make your way through five different heart zones. Each session is designed to put you in the Orange Zone (between 84 to 91% of your unique heart rate maximum) for at least 12 minutes; it’s the optimum place to effect lasting changes in your body.

 

 

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Revolution Fitness

From Spinning and Indo-Row, to Pilates Reformer and TRX Strength Training — you’ll find all the expertly-led workouts you need under one roof at Revolution Fitness; rocking Santa Monica’s boutique fitness scene since 1996. Whether you want to strengthen, stretch, row or ride, browse its varied timetable of 45-60 minute classes, and sign up for a little bit of everything. Plus, be sure to book into its Infrared or Compression rooms for a little R&R once you’re done. With its multitude of fitness programs, Revolution Fitness is one of the best gyms in LA to vary your workout.

 

 

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Santa Monica Power Yoga East

A staple on the Santa Monica yoga scene, Power Yoga East has operated a donation-based yoga studio concept for more than 20 years. Its large, bright studio — complete with old-style high ceilings and solid wooden floors — was once the practice space of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, meaning you’ll be walking in the steps of the stars as you roll out your mat and get ready to sweat serenely here. With morning, afternoon and evening classes to choose from, as well as a range of yoga styles for all levels, this is a great, budget-friendly way to stretch out your limbs after a long-haul flight.

 

 

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SoulCycle

If you could use a little more motivation than usual or simply want to try something completely different, look no further than SoulCycle. Complete with epic spaces, rocking music, choreographed bike moves and inspirational instructors, its 45-minute classes have reinvented indoor cycling — creating a full-body workout that uplifts the soul and burns off calories. Daily classes run from early morning through evening and can be bought individually or in packs of 3-30.

 

 

 

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Upgrade Labs

Take your work-out to a whole new level entirely with help from the experts at Upgrade Labs, a gym in Santa Monica that offers a virtual float tank, -250°F cryotherapy chamber and specially-designed REDcharger — which exposes your whole body to red (630 nm) and infrared (880 nm) LED light — their therapies promise to boost your immune system, muscle recovery, cognitive function and mitochondrial function—all after just a few minutes. Sounds good to us!

 

 

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