5 Local Fitness Spots to Kick Start Your New Year’s Resolutions

With one of the top New Year’s Resolutions being to “exercise more”, we figured we’d put together a list of our favorite local fitness gyms that will not only get you to break a sweat, but ultimately, transform your life.

High intensity training, strength training, kick-boxing, barre class and more, there are so many options in the Hartford area to help kickstart your 2019 goals.

WIP Fitness

Locations: 55 Pratt Street, Hartford CT, 495 New Park Ave, West Hartford CT & 110 Albany Turnpike suite 907, Canton CT 

With three locations in the Hartford area, WIP Fitness has quickly grown into a local favorite workout spot, consisting of high intensity boot camp style classes.

Ranging from tabata Tuesdays, core focused classes, strength days and metabolic conditioning, you can expect each day of the week to be different here (goodbye boring treadmill cardio). Class sizes range from 5-20 people and the coaches at WIP Fitness are undoubtedly motivating, passionate people and truly care about your (work in) progress.

Crossfit Relentless

Location: 635 New Park Avenue, West Hartford CT

Looking to completely change your life? Try Crossfit. Crossfit works on building ten general physical skills, including, agility, endurance, flexibility, strength, power and speed through (fun!), constantly varied, workouts. You’ll learn everything from gymnastics and strongman movements, olympic weightlifting, rowing and more.

Hence, no two days at Crossfit are the same. One day you may be flipping tires up and down the parking lot, while another you may be running a faster mile than you could ever imagine.

Crossfit may seem intimidating, but we can promise you, it’s anything but… and the tight-knit community at Crossfit Relentless is hard to find anywhere else. Walk into this gym, and within weeks you’ll be making friends with both the members and coaches (and occasionally dogs).

Whether your goal is to lose weight, build muscle or just feel better overall – we highly recommend checking this place out and signing up for a (FREE!) No Sweat Intro.

BodyRoc FitLab

Locations: 641 New Park Ave, West Hartford, CT & 260 West Main Street, Avon CT

BodyRoc FitLab is FAR from your typical gym experience. Their intense circuit-style interval workouts combine weight training, running, and heavy bag boxing to completely transform your body’s composition.

And, what makes this gym even more unique is that each class has high-intensity playlists paired with live entertainment and lighting effects that make you feel like you’re in a dance club. You’ll feel motivated and focused throughout your whole training session – and walk out feeling better than ever. Plus, did we mention you can burn up to 1,000 calories in a 50 minutes session?

BodyRoc FitLab is currently running a FREE week promotion, and a 1 month unlimited group training pass for $99 which you can access on their website here.

Hartford Boxing Center

Location394 Ledyard St, Hartford, CT

Don’t let the name intimidate you. Walk into Hartford Boxing Center and you’ll quickly find that both the owners and the members here are filled with love and compassion.

Hartford Boxing Center offers a bootcamp style class concentrated on strength and conditioning for only $45 a month. They also offer basic training, where you can develop solid boxing fundamentals like footwork, mitt work, hitting the bags and more.

Plus, have we mentioned boxing is super badass and can burn more calories than any other sport?

Check out the incredible story behind this boxing center here.

Pure Barre

Location: 115 Memorial Rd, West Hartford, CT

Put pilates, dance, yoga and some motivating music into a blender and what do you get? Barre class! Many people think that in order to join a barre class, you have to have ballet experience. Luckily for you, barre class takes no prior dancing experience or fitness expertise. All you need to be able to do is hold onto a ballet barre. Easy enough.

Barre class is a great way to focus in and tone those areas that people have the most trouble with.. (arms, thighs, stomach and that tush) while creating long lean muscle. It’s also low impact so you don’t have to worry about sweat dripping down from every inch of your body. But don’t expect barre class to be easy – it is no joke!