Whenever I visit a new city, I search for the best workouts and fitness studios to try when I’m there. And usually I have no luck! I always just have to google search and see what I can find nearby, or I put a search out on social media to see if anyone has recommendations.
So today I am sharing a list of my favorite workouts in St. Louis. Maybe locals will read and try something new, and I certainly hope some visitors will give these spots a try. There are plenty more I have never tried, and I’ll add them as I can. Or add your favs in the comments if you’d like!
The Best Workouts in St. Louis
My yoga home. St. Louis’ only Baptiste Yoga studio. The place where your yoga class will give you a body AND mind workout. Julie, the owner, is one of the most phenomenal teachers I’ve ever had. She is constantly thinking of new ways to cue alignment and gives insanely good assists. It’s a small, welcoming studio where everyone knows each other. Baptiste Yoga was life changing for me, and I want everyone to experience it! Maybe you’ll catch me subbing a class!
Rebekah teaches at a variety of studios, and her slow restorative classes are pure juicy goodness. Bek has the most soothing voice and a knack for getting me so relaxed I nearly fall asleep. Treat yourself to one of her classes, please!
I never feel more totally drained than after a Shred415 workout! The environment is intense and invigorating, and the music and teachers motivate me to push myself as hard as I can. Each class is a mixture of treadmill intervals and floor circuits. There are hill sprints and burpees and weights and everything you could possibly imaging fitting into an hour class to leave you totally wiped. This is where I go when I need to get in a killer workout.
If you’d like your abs to burn for days, try PLNK. It’s St. Louis’ Lagree Fitness studio and it is so challenging that I have yet to actually complete an entire class without needing breaks. There are so many creative ways to use the Megaformer, that torture device-looking thing, and I end up hitting muscles I didn’t even know I had. Each class is different, the instructors are all SO nice, and I just loooove the deep soreness I feel for the rest of the week.
Title Boxing is a chain and Heath, the owner at Rock Hill, is one of the nicest, coolest guys I’ve ever met. He’s a fitness and nutrition guru and he owns what I think is the best boxing gym in St. Louis. You’ll probably be exhausted after just the warm up, but taking out your stress on the bag is the fun part! The coaches will teach you proper form, lead you through drills on the bag, and work you hard with bodyweight circuits in between rounds. And just wait for the core finisher…it’ll get ya! It feels pretty badass to have your hands all wrapped up, so try it out – your first class is free!
This is a teeny little studio run by Kerri, a woman I’ve taken a variety of fitness classes from over the years (she used to teach spinning at my old gym!) FITstl is her own studio where she teaches small group training sessions that. are. killer. She creates great workouts with a mixture of body weight, TRX, weights, bands, and more. I randomly tried a class through Classpass, and was so impressed. I did some combo exercises I’ve never done before and was so sore!
If you’re looking for something a little different, try Fitness Formula. It’s a similar style to Shred415, but a little less “boutique-y” and with the addition of the VersaClimber. You’ll do a combination of treadmill intervals, rowing, weight circuits and climbing away on the Versa. The workout for the day will be written on the board when you get in, but it’s always good. Go to try the Versa and get in a full body workout while supporting a local business! You can even an use a heart rate monitor to
compete track your progress on the TV monitors if you want!
For unique flows in a pristine studio. There is no one specific style here, but every teacher has been well-trained and inspiring in their own way. The beauty and the challenge is that you never know what’s in store, but I always leave feeling wonderful and refreshed. There are a variety of class styles, from hot vinyasa to power to bootcamp and more. It’s one of the trendier yoga studios in the city, and I’m all for whatever it takes to get more people practicing.
STL finally got a boutique cycling studio! The playlists rock, the studio is dark which lets you get in the zone, and I love the little bit of competition at the end with the sprint races! The addition of the upper body workout with the weighted bars rounds out the workout nicely. You’ll get a free water bottle AND they provide you with clip-in shoes in your size. It’s a pretty awesome place!
In all fairness, St. Louis’ Burn Bootcamp hasn’t opened yet so I haven’t gotten to the local location. But I’ve tried Burn in Louisville and was SO impressed. Burn creates a new set of workouts each week designed to hit every muscle group mixed with functional cardio and HIIT. It’s open to all levels, a super encouraging environment, and the trainers I’ve met are all energetic and nice as they come. Also they have childcare so that’s pretty amazing for you moms and dads out there.
- Any additions to the list?
- Let me know what you try!