There's a ton of studios in Dallas and while there's certainly more to check out, we narrowed down this list by only including those that are locally owned, are easy to access and have a distinctive Dallas flair.
Vital Fitness Studio
If you're staying at The Joule, a visit to Vital is a must. Located in an underground space adjacent to the sleek hotel, the studio wins with their outstanding amenities alone – grab a cold towel outside of your class before heading into the locker room to use their rainfall showers. The studio offers a bit of everything with cycling, HIIT, TRX, boxing and yoga all on the schedule and you don't have to be a hotel guest to sign up. Your first class is just $10.
Terlingo stands out as the only fitness studio on the busy Cedar Springs Road in the Oak Lawn neighborhood. Owned by long time trainer John Terlingo, the cycling studio offers everything you'd expect in a cycling class: intense beats, a dark room and a sweaty 45-minute workout. As of press time, the studio is still offering $5 classes in celebration of its five-year anniversary.
Uptown and Preston Center
Class made its mark with a millennial-friendly aesthetic and instructors that moonlight as Dallas celebrities in training, and then raised the ante with a second location in late 2019, introducing two new concepts to its lineup. Take your pick from their offerings of strength training, cycling, sculpt and sprint classes. Pro tip: The Uptown location is right off the McKinney Avenue Trolley route, so if you're staying in a Downtown Dallas hotel, it's a car-free ride away. Your first class is $14.
Versaclimber classes are popping up more and more, and Dallas is lucky enough to have two studios dedicated to the trend (the other is California-based chain Rise Nation.) District Climb makes our list for being the first Versaclimber studio in Dallas and if you're a fan of cycling, you'll be a fan of this too. It's 30 minutes of low-impact work but don't be fooled – you'll be sweating by the second song. It's located in West Village, so a ride back to your hotel on the McKinney Avenue Trolley is also a possibility here. Drop in classes are $25.
Gym of Social Mechanics
Classes are offered in waves throughout the day and focus on functional training – think jumping, squatting and kettle bell swings. The space is inviting and airy, and they often prop up the garage doors to give you a glimpse at all the action along Greenville Avenue. You're going to work up an appetite and lucky for you – HG Sply Co. is right next door. Your first two classes are free!
East Side Athletic Club
If you need a true gym experience, a visit to East Side Athletic Club should be on your itinerary. Besides the traditional gym equipment you'd expect, the club (set in a warehouse) also offers group fitness training. Each days' class offerings has a focus (lower body on Mondays and Thursdays, upper body on Tuesdays and Fridays, etc.) with a substantial selection of class times on weekdays. Drop in classes are $25.
This no-fuss gym is focused on results and its class line up, made up of offerings like 45-minute lower body sessions and HIIT classes, make it clear. The owners are a sibling duo that also own a Title Boxing franchise location in Uptown. Its location on the southern end of Greenville Avenue make it easy to reach from Downtown. Single classes are offered for $20.
Uptown, Lovers Lane and East Dallas
Laying on a bed has never been so much work. The 50-minute pilates classes at Session are filled with muscle moves that get your heart going, all with the reassurance of a nearby instructor who will have you convinced you can do anything. The Allegro 2 reformer is the star of the show; if you're unfamiliar, show up to class early to get a quick tutorial. Your first class is $30.
If you seek variety, Grit Fitness is for you. There are 16 different classes offered at the studio, with the overall focus being on either cardio, strength or restoration. Those in the mood for sweating should check out Turbo Kick, a 45-minute class that focuses on fast-paced kickboxing choreography. A single class is $25.
Caulfield's Dance Fitness
There's a former Dallas Mavericks dancer at the helm of this new addition to the Dallas fitness studio scene and if that's isn't inspiration enough, the studio takes the cake for being the only one dedicated to dance cardio in the area. A crew of inspiring instructors – including owner Cristin Caulfield herself – lead in a variety of class options, including one for kids and families.
Fit Social Club
The classes at Fit Social Club are just as tough as they sound. The 50-minute cycling class takes a refreshing approach to a crowd favorite with tough choreography and a well-lit room. Intensity classes are taught in a basement-level studio that's equipped with strength training favorites like squat racks, kettle bells and pull up bars. Everyone gets their own station to put in the work and follow along with the instructor. Your first class is $15.