At the start of every year, there’s a surge of interest in joining the fitness world. And while it’s not easy to find a place that caters to all experience or ability levels, we think these gyms and fitness clubs in Vancouver do a pretty fantastic job. After all, fitness and wellness are for everyone – and it’s about more than just working out your body.

Exercise is a great way to relieve stress and gain mental clarity, as well as connect with friends old and new. So whether it’s the social, the physical, the mental or a combination of the three that motivate you, here are 13 gyms and fitness clubs to check out in Vancouver in the new year.

Barry’s Vancouver

With locations across the globe, Barry’s is renowned for its high-intensity “red room” workouts, with top instructors that motivate you to be your best. Classes at Barry’s are divided into “run, lift, and recover” segments that alternate muscle focus and maximize your workout. If you’re looking for a community of fitness-focused people to connect with, this is a great option. Oh, and don’t forget to recover with a smoothie from their Fuel Bar!

Where: 1035 West Pender Street

Rumble Boxing Studio 

With a ‘fight club meets nightclub vibe,’ Rumble specializes in boxing workouts and has studios set up across Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary. So if you’ve always wanted to try out a high-intensity boxing workout with your pals, this is the way to do it.

Where: 968 Expo Boulevard and 168 Kingsway

Anytime Fitness 

Anytime Fitness ensures that members are matched with their ideal plan and coach. One of the biggest names in the fitness game, Anytime Fitness promises a “community that fits your life,” with locations in False Creek, Chinatown, and West End. Members have access to all Vancouver, BC, and worldwide locations.

Note that pricing and membership options will depend on where you sign up. On average, members in Canada pay $53 a month.

Where: Multiple locations in Vancouver

DibFit Cycle 

If you’re a fan of cycling, you’ve no doubt heard of DibFit. From their classic 45-minute “cardio parties” to their 50-minute high-intensity strength and resistance classes, there are options for every rider. Best of all? There is no long-term commitment required, as DibFit does not currently offer monthly memberships. Instead, guests can buy as many or as few classes as they’d like.

Where: 806 Homer Street

Westside Kickboxing Gym 

Vancouver’s top kickboxing gym since 1999, Westside Kickboxing promises newcomers an ego-free, inclusive environment to learn an exciting new sport and connect with new friends in the process. The studio is conveniently located across the street from the Olympic Village Canada Line station.

Where: #108 – 550 West 6th Avenue

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Ride Cycle Club 

Another great cycling spot, Ride Cycle has locations in Vancouver, Toronto, and Calgary, and offers riders a full-body workout with every session. Get lost in the music while you shred those calories and sweat it out with your fellow riders. Classes can be booked individually at their Kitsilano and Yaletown locations.

Where: 2173 West 4th Avenue and 881 Hamilton Street

Hustle 

This yoga-focused fitness studio offers strength and conditioning courses for each muscle group, as well as endurance classes to increase cardiovascular strength. And for parents and expecting parents, there are both prenatal and postpartum courses you can take via The Lu Method.

Where: 229 Kingsway

Jaybird

If you’ve ever wanted to try hot yoga, check out a class or two at Jaybird. The studio offers a range of strengthening classes in a hot room for the ultimate sweat. If you’re looking for something challenging, consider The Burn or The Booty. If you’d rather take things a bit slower, there’s The Balance, which focuses on stretching, fascial release, spinal mobility, and more. You can check out their full class descriptions and book your spot at their Vancouver studio.

Where: 1232 Richards Street

The Bar Method

If you enjoy dancing as a form of movement and exercise, you’ll definitely want to check out The Bar Method. Their iconic hour-long total body workout classes are inspired by dance training, pilates, yoga, and other strength training workouts. The studio offers a variety of classes focusing on specific parts of the body (arms, abs, etc), so if you have a target area – this is a great pick.

Where: 111 Smithe Street

Spartacus Gym 

Branded as East Vancouver’s independent gym (and one of the most affordable gyms in the city) is Spartacus – which has been serving the community since 1974. With rates starting at $55 per month, you’re sure to get plenty of ‘bang for your buck’ here. There’s a comprehensive cardio area, fully equipped weight room, martial arts classes, yoga, pilates, and group fitness classes, and even an infrared sauna room.

Where: 1522 Commercial Drive

Dynasty Gym/CrossFit Palace 

If you’re looking for a mix of CrossFit, weightlifting, and personal training courses – look no further than Dynasty. With locations across Vancouver and Burnaby, you’re sure to find a location or two that you’ll want to return to again and again.

Where: Locations in Burnaby and Vancouver

Fitness World 

With memberships starting at $10 bi-weekly, Fitness World is a great option for those who want to spring to action with minimal impact on their wallet. They have plenty of personalized programs, state-of-the-art equipment, and add-on amenities like hydromassage, tanning, and childcare.

Where: Multiple locations in Vancouver

Equinox 

From personal training options to studio pilates and group fitness classes, Equinox is a luxury fitness club that does it all. They even have spas where you can unwind after each session. So if total wellness is the goal – it’s worth checking out in the new year.

Where: 1131 West Georgia

And that’s a wrap on some of the best fitness clubs and gyms around Vancouver. All that’s left to do is check them out for yourself!

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