Fitness Resource Guide

By Casey Lyons | Boston Magazine |

Casual to Hardcore: Gyms

Where: 50 Congress St., Boston,
Type: Circuit-style gym; modern, shiny, and wired.
Average gym-goer: Downtown professionals looking to use their lunch break to maintain health.
Members: 350
Percent that actually go: 70
Percent male/female: 57/43
Most popular class: Boot camp.
Bonus: Endless towels; free high-end toiletries; laundry service. “This is the Financial District,” says trainer Herman Ocasio. “This gym exists because of convenience.”

Where: Locations in the Back Bay, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, Coolidge Corner, and Salem,
Type: Health club.
Average gym-goer: Ladies only, twenties to sixties.
Members: 3,000 (at the Back Bay location)
Percent that actually go: 75
Percent male/female: 100 female.
Most popular class: Bar sculpt.
Bonus: A eucalyptus steam room; on-site childcare.

Commonwealth Sports Club
Where: 1079 Commonwealth Ave., Boston,
Type: Come one, come all.
Average gym-goer: Half of the members are between 22 and 40, but there are some 90-year-olds.
Members: 2,000
Percent that actually go: 68
Percent male/female: 40/60
Most popular class: Spinning.
Bonus: Indoor saltwater pool; roof-deck pool with lounge area; free parking.

Total Performance Sports
Where:  68 Vine St., Everett,
Type: Three levels filled with highly specialized equipment and Olympic weightlifting platforms.
Average gym-goer: Anyone who wants to get really strong.
Members: 1,000   
Percent that actually go: 100 (per owner)
Percent male/female: 57/43
Most popular class: Gutts and Butts.
Bonus: The Shed, an outbuilding filled with strongman gear.