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Creative Loafing has been presenting Atlanta's Best People, Places and Events since 1972. These are some of the past winners for this category:

Best Health Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
HOTWORX Atlanta-Decatur (Featured)

Best Gym BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
VESTA Movement

Best Gym BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
VESTA Movement

Best Health Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Village Fitness (Featured)

Best Gym BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
vesta movement

Best Gym BOA Award Winner

Year » 2018
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
CrossFit College Park (Featured)

Best gym BOA Award Winner

Year » 2017
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
The Rack Athletic Performance Center (Featured)

Best aerobic dance class BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Dance 411 Studios
Our dreams of feeling like we’re in a Step Up movie come true at DANCE 411 STUDIOS. The Adult Hip-Hop class playlist will make even the shiest dancer start moving, especially when the first notes of Missy Elliot’s “Get Ur Freak On” start playing. The studio offers an alternative to your run-of-the-millmore...
Our dreams of feeling like we’re in a Step Up movie come true at DANCE 411 STUDIOS. The Adult Hip-Hop class playlist will make even the shiest dancer start moving, especially when the first notes of Missy Elliot’s “Get Ur Freak On” start playing. The studio offers an alternative to your run-of-the-mill gym workout with classes like pole dancing, twerking 101, interpretative hip-hop, ballet, and more — all with beginner level options for the easily intimidated. The hour-long classes are energetic, fun, and will have you sweating in no time. Cool down after class while catching a glimpse of real choreographers rehearsing their routines.  less...

Best place to get lifted BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
East Atlanta Barbell Club (Permanently Closed)
Strong is sexy, y’all, which is why you need to be toning it up at the new EAST ATLANTA BARBELL CLUB, which recently opened up shop in the former Brother Moto boutique space in EAV. Founders Lis Saunders (a record-holding powerlifter and former CrossFit gym owner) and Jim Chambers (co-owner of themore...
Strong is sexy, y’all, which is why you need to be toning it up at the new EAST ATLANTA BARBELL CLUB, which recently opened up shop in the former Brother Moto boutique space in EAV. Founders Lis Saunders (a record-holding powerlifter and former CrossFit gym owner) and Jim Chambers (co-owner of the Henry & June boutique and former gym manager) opened this gym as a resource for all levels of lifting enthusiasts who didn’t feel like traveling toward the Perimeter to work out. Barbell Club offers several levels of memberships, so pros can simply walk in and use whatever weights and equipment they like, while newbies on the block can opt for personalized training sessions, coaching programs, and nutrition consulting. This gym aims to be inclusive, safe, and affordable (individual plans are based on income, and monthly memberships start at $60) — so lifters from all walks of life are welcome to join. 530 Flat Shoals Ave. S.E. 470-242-1328. www.eavbarbell.com. less...

Best gym BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Vesta Movement

Best powerlifting gym BOA Award Winner

Year » 2016
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Atlanta Strength & Conditioning

Best boutique fitness experience BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Balanced Fit Life Training Studio (Permanently Closed)

Best gym BOA Award Winner

Year » 2015
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
LA Fitness Ansley Mall (Featured)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best place to prep for swole season BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
CrossFit Terminus

Best gym BOA Award Winner

Year » 2014
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
LA Fitness Ansley Mall (Featured)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best gym BOA Award Winner

Year » 2013
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
LA Fitness Ansley Mall (Featured)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best fitness-related peer pressure BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
The Body Firm Atlanta
If your friend jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you jump, too? What a dumb question our parents used to ask us. Of course we wouldn't. We don't live in New York. BUT, if your friend (or, say, 20 of them - and a big, strong trainer dude) did a gazillion lunges in a public park on a hot afternoon,more...
If your friend jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge, would you jump, too? What a dumb question our parents used to ask us. Of course we wouldn't. We don't live in New York. BUT, if your friend (or, say, 20 of them - and a big, strong trainer dude) did a gazillion lunges in a public park on a hot afternoon, would you lunge, too? The answer is yes, at least if you invested in a four-week boot camp in Piedmont Park led by the Body Firm Atlanta. Lead trainer Dez White, a former wide receiver for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, the Chicago Bears, and our own Atlanta Falcons, says his plan is to push people to reach their personal fitness goals by figuring out where they're starting - whether they're fitness beginners or advanced exercisers. His rates are reasonable, too: $75 for four weeks of training. (There are other locations, mostly OTP, and programs that vary in price.) "Peer pressure" has a negative connotation, but when you feel like giving up, it sure is helpful to have people beside you urging you on. Not as painful as jumping off the Brooklyn Bridge, but you'll feel the burn. www.thebodyfirmatl.com. less...

Best gym BOA Award Winner

Year » 2012
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
LA Fitness Ansley Mall (Featured)
And other metro Atlanta locations.

Best gym deal BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Retro Fitness
There are some people in this world (lots of them, actually) who really like to exercise. The rest of us need incentive to get our fat asses off the couch beyond the possibility that we'll no longer have such fat asses. Retro Fitness, a chain that's heavily represented in the Northeast, but only hasmore...
There are some people in this world (lots of them, actually) who really like to exercise. The rest of us need incentive to get our fat asses off the couch beyond the possibility that we'll no longer have such fat asses. Retro Fitness, a chain that's heavily represented in the Northeast, but only has a few locations in the South, opened its 15,000-square-foot Buckhead location less than a year ago, and it's awesome. All of the equipment is brand-spankin' new, there's a cardio room/theater where you can watch a movie on the big screen while you sweat, and the rest of the cardio equipment has individual TVs to take your mind off the agony. Probably the best thing about Retro Fitness: It's cheap. There's no sign-up fee, monthly membership dues are only $19.99, and for $5 extra you can either get unlimited tanning or massages in its nifty, computerized massage bed. 3050 Peachtree Road. 404-549-7126. buckheadga.retrofitness.net. less...

Best gym BOA Award Winner

Year » 2011
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
LA Fitness Ansley Mall (Featured)
And other metro Atlanta locations

Best health club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
LA Fitness Ansley Mall (Featured)

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up: BTB CrossFit


3209-R Maple Drive, 404-688-0100, and other metro Atlanta locations. www.btbfitness.com.

Best gym deal BOA Award Winner

Year » 2010
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
LA Fitness Ansley Mall (Featured)

Best health club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2009
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
LA Fitness Ansley Mall (Featured)

And other metro Atlanta locations.


Runner-up
Urban Body
742 Ponce de Leon Place, 404-201-7994, www.urbanbodyfitness.com

Best Health Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2008
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
LA Fitness Ansley Mall (Featured)
And multiple metro Atlanta locations.

Best Health Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Colony Square Athletic Club (Permanently Closed)
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