Best of Boston


2013 BEST Gym, Specialized

Peter Welch’s Gym

South Boston

If you prefer a gym that’s a glorified spa, look elsewhere. But if you want to train like a pro, then go where actual professionals work out. In the case of boxing, that’s Peter Welch’s Gym. Hidden in a warehouse… read more»

2012 BEST Gym, Boutique

Recycle Studio


Lycra-clad fitness freaks flock to Recycle Studio, the South End’s trendy spin-only gym, for its upbeat vibe and killer playlists. And they stay for the tough instructors, who take disciples through a total-body workout with weights that leaves quadriceps and… read more»

2009 BEST Gym



Too busy, too tired, too pale, too preoccupied hunting down errant sneakers…there are ample excuses to skip the gym. The trainers at Equinox dont want to hear it. Theyre toned, tough, and, when not in one-on-one sessions, inclined to roam… read more»

2006 BEST Gym, Neighborhood, Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill Athletic Clubs


With 4,500 square feet of equipment and studios, the BHAC could hold its own anywhere. read more»

2006 BEST Gym, Neighborhood, Back Bay



Sorry, fellas: This is a women-only gym, with a long list of classes and a bright, clean locker room. read more»

2006 BEST Gym, Neighborhood, South End

Boston Sports Clubs


Brand-new digs on Harrison include a sparkling 4-lane, 75-foot-long pool. read more»

2006 BEST Gym, Neighborhood, Jamaica Plain

Mike’s Fitness

Jamaica Plain

The fully stocked 10,000-square-foot center has great classes, and is less scary than the Y. read more»

2006 BEST Gym, Neighborhood, Harvard Square

Wellbridge Athletic Club


Brainy Cantabrigians tone their bodies with Wellbridge’s two floors of workout gear. read more»

2006 BEST Gym, Neighborhood, Brookline

Beacon Hill Athletic Clubs


This BHAC has the latest in fitness machines as well as 3,000 pounds of free weights. read more»

2005 BEST Gym

Fitcorp, Prudential Center


Tired of sweating on prehistoric equipment in dimly lit subterranean weight rooms? Head to Fitcorp at the Prudential Center, where floor-to-ceiling windows lend natural light to rows of treadmills, bikes, elliptical machines, and free weights. Convenient schedules—and affordable parking—make it… read more»