Best of Boston

2003 Best Gym

Fitcorp, Prudential Center location

Somewhere between the grunting at Mike’s Gym II and the primping at Sports Club/LA falls Fitcorp’s new Prudential Center location, which strikes just the right balance of sweating and socializing. At 31,000 square feet, it’s Fitcorp’s largest health club, and it’s become the gym for those who’d rather not pay for the more upscale fitness-cum-spa experiences around town. With this gym’s more than 100 machines (from treadmills to stair-climbers to recumbent bikes), yoga and aerobics classes, big-screen TVs scattered all over, and 10 p.m. weeknight closing, any excuse not to join sounds like just that—an excuse.

Prudential Center, Boston, 617-262-2050,