Where to Take Indoor Running Classes in Boston
From Barry's Bootcamp to Orangetheory Fitness, these indoor running classes will keep you on track.
Boston is often heralded as one of the best running cities in the country. After all, we do play host to one of the most prestigious marathons out there. But where do all those local runners go when the weather turns bad and popular spots like the Esplanade and the Common seem less enticing? We’ve put together a list of the best indoor running classes in the city to get your run on all year long—and stay warm while you’re at it.
If you’re a frequent runner in Boston, then you’ve probably heard of MyStryde, the city’s first dedicated running studio. The classes at MyStryde’s boutique North End location are similar to most spin programs, with music and mood lighting to keep you focused throughout a series of running intervals. Classes are open to students of all levels and new runners can get their first three classes for only $39.
456 Hanover St., Boston, mystryde.com.
With several locations around the city, Healthworks offers an array of group fitness classes in a positive setting. Runners should pay special attention to the new Ignite class, which emphasizes high-intensity cardio intervals supplemented with a few muscle-strengthening exercises. New students can enjoy a free pass to classes when they first sign up.
Various locations, healthworksfitness.com.
Barry’s Bootcamp is your one-stop destination for a comprehensive exercise program that doesn’t sacrifice intensity for full-body training. Barry’s Original Class combines 25 minutes of cardio on the treadmill with 25 minutes of strength training to produce an efficient, effective workout for all experience levels. Barry’s classes are also constantly changing, so you’ll never get tired of the routine.
Various locations, barrysbootcamp.com.
Treadmill Training at Lynx Fitness Club
For runners seeking a more luxurious fitness experience, head to Best of Boston winner Lynx Fitness Club for a Treadmill Training class offered Monday-Thursday. The class emphasizes proper technique while running by focusing on improving gait and training for distance. It lasts for an hour and is designed to be suitable for runners of all fitness levels. Every Lynx instructor is also trained to provide a personalized experience so all of your fitness goals are addressed, even in a big class setting.
64 Arlington St., Boston, lynxfitnessclub.com.
Heartbreak Hill Running Company
Heartbreak Hill Running Company is a running studio by Bostonians and for Bostonians. Boston College track and field co-captains Dan Fitzgerald and Justin Burdon founded the company in 2009 as South End Athletic Company, and it has since evolved into the training studio we know today. The boutique Heartbreak Studio in Cambridge offers a wide variety of classes, from the 45-minute, all-treadmill Deerfoot Dash to the longer running-based strength training of Power 60.
Various locations, heartbreakhillrunningcompany.com.
Precision Running Lab
Equinox’s innovative Precision Running Lab is entirely dedicated to running that combines a method-based treadmill workout with an immersive environment of light and sound. The Precision Running Lab also uses an O2 Vaporizer to enrich the air in the studio and replicate an outdoor running experience.
200 Boylston St., Chestnut Hill, MA, equinox.com.
Orangetheory’s popularity is no fluke; the national fitness franchise consistently provides one of the most heart-pounding workouts on the market. The Orangetheory program focuses on reaching the coveted Orange Zone, in which your heart rate is between 84 and 91 percent of its unique maximum potential. This workout is specially designed to supercharge your metabolism with a combination of cardio and strength training where bouts of treadmill work are interspersed with time on the rower, using TRX straps, and using the free-weight floor.
Various locations, orangetheoryfitness.com.