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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 » Critics
VESTA Movement

Best Gym BOA Award Winner

Year » 2019
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
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)

Best Workout for Masochists BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Activcore Physical Therapy & Performance
Move over, yoga and Pilates. A long-ignored form of Russian strength training is making a comeback, and disciples swear that two months of the exercise does more to lift the derriere (and improve balance and agility) than a year’s worth of sun salutations. KETTLEBELL TRAINING AT STUDIO LOTUSmore...
Move over, yoga and Pilates. A long-ignored form of Russian strength training is making a comeback, and disciples swear that two months of the exercise does more to lift the derriere (and improve balance and agility) than a year’s worth of sun salutations. KETTLEBELL TRAINING AT STUDIO LOTUS offers a departure from the mat classes and private instruction that are typically offered at the Morningside Pilates studio. Attendees of any of the seven weekly Kettlebell classes ($185 for a once-a-week, eight-week series) will be greeted with a cast-iron, bell-shaped weight with a handle on top, which is swung using both arms in various arcs and loops. In less than an hour, the low-impact exercise burns fat, sculpts muscles and offers a rigorous cardio workout. Expect to be sore — to the point of not being able to sit. less...

Best Excuse to Get Rid of Your Gut BOA Award Winner

Year » 2007
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Urban Body Fitness
Located right off Ponce in Va-Hi in a two-level loft, URBAN BODY FITNESS is out to give you a more personal fitness experience than you’ll find hanging around those muscle-bound meatheads and White Goodman wannabes at your local Gold’s. And if you doubt it, just ask any one of the fiercelymore...
Located right off Ponce in Va-Hi in a two-level loft, URBAN BODY FITNESS is out to give you a more personal fitness experience than you’ll find hanging around those muscle-bound meatheads and White Goodman wannabes at your local Gold’s. And if you doubt it, just ask any one of the fiercely loyal members. The gym has the newest machines for cardio and strength training; an extensive schedule of yoga, Pilates and spinning classes taught by some of the best and most experienced instructors in the city; fresh-brewed gourmet coffee and tea; and even an in-house chiropractor for all your cracking needs. Its “try before you buy” approach (an introductory two-week membership that won’t cost you a dime) extends to its two-dozen personal trainers, whose full bios you can check out online beforehand to find your best match. They (bravely) even post their own phone numbers. less...

Best Workout for Masochists BOA Award Winner

Kettlebell Training At Studio Lotus
Move over, yoga and Pilates. A long-ignored form of Russian strength training is making a comeback, and disciples swear that two months of the exercise does more to lift the derriere (and improve balance and agility) than a year's worth of sun salutations. KETTLEBELL TRAINING AT STUDIO LOTUS offers amore...
Move over, yoga and Pilates. A long-ignored form of Russian strength training is making a comeback, and disciples swear that two months of the exercise does more to lift the derriere (and improve balance and agility) than a year's worth of sun salutations. KETTLEBELL TRAINING AT STUDIO LOTUS offers a departure from the mat classes and private instruction that are typically offered at the Morningside Pilates studio. Attendees of any of the seven weekly Kettlebell classes ($185 for a once-a-week, eight-week series) will be greeted with a cast-iron, bell-shaped weight with a handle on top, which is swung using both arms in various arcs and loops. In less than an hour, the low-impact exercise burns fat, sculpts muscles and offers a rigorous cardio workout. Expect to be sore - to the point of not being able to sit. less...

Best Excuse to Get Rid of Your Gut BOA Award Winner

Urban Body Fitness
Located right off Ponce in Va-Hi in a two-level loft, URBAN BODY FITNESS is out to give you a more personal fitness experience than you'll find hanging around those muscle-bound meatheads and White Goodman wannabes at your local Gold's. And if you doubt it, just ask any one of the fiercely loyal members.more...
Located right off Ponce in Va-Hi in a two-level loft, URBAN BODY FITNESS is out to give you a more personal fitness experience than you'll find hanging around those muscle-bound meatheads and White Goodman wannabes at your local Gold's. And if you doubt it, just ask any one of the fiercely loyal members. The gym has the newest machines for cardio and strength training; an extensive schedule of yoga, Pilates and spinning classes taught by some of the best and most experienced instructors in the city; fresh-brewed gourmet coffee and tea; and even an in-house chiropractor for all your cracking needs. Its "try before you buy" less...

Best Health Club BOA Award Winner

Colony Square Athletic Club

Best Health Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2006
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Colony Square Athletic Club (Permanently Closed)

Best Gym BOA Award Winner

Year » 2005
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
LA Fitness Ansley Mall (Featured)
3232 Peachtree Road, Suite A 404-233-8311; and other locations www.lafitness.com

Best Gym BOA Award Winner

L.A. Fitness

Best gym BOA Award Winner

Year » 2004
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
LA Fitness

Best Gym BOA Award Winner

Year » 2003
Type of Award » Cityscape
Picked By » Readers
L.A. Fitness

Best Health Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Critics
Athletic Club Northeast
The ATHLETIC CLUB NORTHEAST stands above the local pack of gyms for two reasons: space and amenities. The sheer size and layout of this cavernous club means patrons have room to move - the whole point of a workout, "n'est pas"? We like to use workout machines "without" feeling the sweaty spray of nearbymore...
The ATHLETIC CLUB NORTHEAST stands above the local pack of gyms for two reasons: space and amenities. The sheer size and layout of this cavernous club means patrons have room to move - the whole point of a workout, "n'est pas"? We like to use workout machines "without" feeling the sweaty spray of nearby strangers (we prefer that sensation at nightclubs, thanks). The amenities are lush and plentiful: basketball, indoor and outdoor swimming, tennis, racquetball, sauna, whirlpool ... Yes, it's a tony gym. Yes, it's worth it. "1515 Sheridan Road. 404-325-2700. www.acnortheast.com." less...

Best Health Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2002
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Picked By » Readers
Planet Fitness

Best Health Club BOA Award Winner

Decatur/DeKalb YMCA
1100 Clairemont Ave., Decatur 404-377-0241 http://www.ymcaatlanta.org The Decatur-DeKalb Y remains the healthiest health club in town for a number of reasons. Naturally, it's healthy to go to the place, which has a full range of athletic facilities, including a pool, a sauna, basketball courts,more...
1100 Clairemont Ave., Decatur 404-377-0241 http://www.ymcaatlanta.org The Decatur-DeKalb Y remains the healthiest health club in town for a number of reasons. Naturally, it's healthy to go to the place, which has a full range of athletic facilities, including a pool, a sauna, basketball courts, aerobic equipment and circuit training. Relatively speaking, it's healthy on your wallet: $46 a month for individuals and $68 for families is very reasonable for a full-service club (that's true of all Ys, which simply are a bit better of a buy than the for-profit clubs). But the really special thing about the Decatur-DeKalb Y is that it's healthy for you socially: While it's clean and luxurious enough for most yuppies, there's a nice cross-section of folks there, with very little of the "I'm-a-better-jock-than-you attitude that can permeate health clubs. less...

Ray Hom's Favorite Health Club BOA Award Winner

P.E. Midtown
742 Ponce de Leon Place 404-885-1499 http://www.pe-midtown.com "Immediately upon entering the club, you feel great about yourself because you're surrounded by a cool, hip crowd. It offers cutting-edge classes and state-of-the-art equipment housed in a two-story loft-style environment. I mean, wheremore...
742 Ponce de Leon Place 404-885-1499 http://www.pe-midtown.com "Immediately upon entering the club, you feel great about yourself because you're surrounded by a cool, hip crowd. It offers cutting-edge classes and state-of-the-art equipment housed in a two-story loft-style environment. I mean, where else can you work out, get your hair cut, tan (not me, though) and grab a smoothie, all while your car is being detailed? Now, that's service! P.E. Midtown is a fresh blend of fitness and service all in one for any fast-paced lifestyle, especially mine! less...

Best Health Club BOA Award Winner

Planet Fitness

Best Health Club BOA Award Winner

Planet Fitness
3293 Buford Highway 404-325-3351 and other locations http://www.fitplanet.com "I'm an actress and it's a great place to meet people in the business. Now I've got muscles and I'm in better cardiovascular shape, so I'm getting more work. They also have little rooms where you can work out by yourself ifmore...
3293 Buford Highway 404-325-3351 and other locations http://www.fitplanet.com "I'm an actress and it's a great place to meet people in the business. Now I've got muscles and I'm in better cardiovascular shape, so I'm getting more work. They also have little rooms where you can work out by yourself if you don't want to be around people. less...

Best Health Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Picked By » Readers
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Atlanta Crunch
With such class names as "Dueling Divas," "Phenomenal Abs" and "Rear Attitude," the six Atlanta Crunch Fitness locations have furthered the trendy national chain's credo of fitness with an attitude. If you prefer not to exercise in a herd, you can hit their boxing ring for a few rounds or use the Hypoxicmore...
With such class names as "Dueling Divas," "Phenomenal Abs" and "Rear Attitude," the six Atlanta Crunch Fitness locations have furthered the trendy national chain's credo of fitness with an attitude. If you prefer not to exercise in a herd, you can hit their boxing ring for a few rounds or use the Hypoxic Chamber, a high-altitude training simulator. The Crunch website asserts that, "We don't care if you're 18 or 80 ... fat or thin ... short or tall ... muscular or mushy ...," but you can rest assured that the blonde in front of you with the tight ass sure as hell does. less...

Best Health Club BOA Award Winner

Year » 2000
Picked By » Critics
Type of Award » Consumer Culture
Main Event Fitness (Permanently Closed)
Dozens of celebs, from Hulk Hogan to Steve Smith to Andruw Jones to even the Rock have smelled what Chris Scully is cooking at Main Event Fitness. Since 1989, the 33,000-square-foot gym has provided iron-heads a place to pump up without having to worry about silly aerobics classes or yoga lessons gettingmore...
Dozens of celebs, from Hulk Hogan to Steve Smith to Andruw Jones to even the Rock have smelled what Chris Scully is cooking at Main Event Fitness. Since 1989, the 33,000-square-foot gym has provided iron-heads a place to pump up without having to worry about silly aerobics classes or yoga lessons getting in the way. And be sure to check out the special headphones provided at Main Event that allow you to listen to the TV, no matter where in the club you're throwing weight. less...

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