Downtown Boston Gyms: Where to get in shape for summer?

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Posted April 28, 2014 by Lindsey Daniels in Downtown Boston
Sports Club/LA

The weather broke 50 and the Sox season has begun, which means that summer is almost here! Who cares if the Sox are dead last in the AL East? You do, I know, but you can drown those sorrows in a pool of your own sweat by getting your body ready for the summer. Try these downtown gyms if you’re looking to get beach-ready.

Equinox, 225 Franklin St. – If you’re looking for a state of the art fitness center where you can get your sweat on through boxing or MMA-style fitness classes, receive personalized attention from a trainer, unwind in the eucalyptus steam room, and schedule all your spa needs, Equinox fits the bill. The one downside here is weekend availability: It’s fairly limited, because it’s designed to serve the needs of business people who work downtown and live elsewhere. That said, you can always go for a run or play tennis on the courts at the Common on the weekend, to still get in a workout! If you want to try Equinox out, you may be able to get a guest pass from a friend who belongs.

The Sports Club/LA, 4 Avery St. – Conveniently located downtown (and open every day), The Sports Club/LA offers a state-of-the-art fitness center with small group classes, an onsite spa, personal training, nutrition services, a sports injury clinic onsite, and many other perks. Grab a post-workout smoothie from blu restaurant, or drop off dry cleaning before your workout…it’s all located here. Sports Club/LA has four squash courts, a 25-yard swimming pool with dedicated lap lanes, and athletic coaching in a wide range of sports. Swimming lessons can get you pool ready for the summer beach and pool season. Your Sports Club/LA membership comes with two personal training sessions; you can purchase more if you choose. Classes include yoga, bootcamp, kickboxing, dance, tabata conditioning, total barre and more.

University Club of Boston, 426 Stuart St. – The University Club offers year-round and summer memberships. The latter are for folks aged 18-30, and intended primarily for students who do not live in Boston year round. To be accepted as a member, you must have a college degree, provide a reference, and be sponsored by a present member. The club offers squash courts, a private 4-lane pool, a weight room, cardiovascular equipment, and workout classes. One perk you may get here: An invite to another member’s tony beach house.

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Boston Sports Club located at 10 Franklin Street in Downtown Crossing. Photo courtesy of Boston Sports Club.

Boston Sports Club, 10 Franklin St. – Unless you’re a total newbie, you know the Boston Sports Club and you probably think it’s an overcrowded gym where you can never find a treadmill. But we like the Downtown Crossing location, because it’s convenient for many folks working downtown. The equipment is clean, it’s usually in good working order, they’ve got a pool (and a sauna), and the staff are helpful and long on enthusiasm. Try out the BSC with a special 30-day membership. That may not be enough time to get your figure swimsuit ready, but it can teach you whether or not you like the BSC’s facilities. Then purchase a dedicated club membership or pay a little extra to be able to access any BSC, PSC (Philly) and WSC (D.C.). To get in shape for summer, try a 6-week UXF (Ultimate Fitness Experience) personal training and nutrition program.


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