New Year’s resolutions be damned: When the temperatures dip into the 20s, the last thing you want to do is head out of the house for a workout. But you don’t need sunshine to break a serious sweat. Whether you’re a yogi, a CrossFit addict, a Zumba devotee, or are completely new to the workout scene, you can find an indoor exercise routine to suit your goals and get you in shape by the time you need to swap your winter wear for springtime style.
Pure Barre’s 55-minute classes are low-impact but high-intensity. You’ll work your butt, thighs, hips, abs, and arms using a ballet barre to perform isometric movements to energetic music.
350 Newbury Street
The Bar Method
Combining physical therapy techniques with dance conditioning, The Bar Method alternates between intensely targeted muscle toning moves and stretches. The movements seem minimal, but the focused exercises will leave you feeling sore for days.
234 Clarendon Street
Established in 2005, CrossFit Boston is renowned for bringing the popular workout to the New England area. The ultra-challenging sessions have developed a cult-like following around the world and are rooted in varied functional movements performed at a high intensity that utilize bodyweight, gymnastics, weightlifting, and cardio.
114 Western Avenue
SoulCycles devotees swear by the 45-minute total-body workouts that integrate hand weights and choreography for intense cardio and conditioning.
200 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill
The Handle Bar
Your workout will fly by in no time—thumping beats and low lights create a party vibe at The Handle Bar’s two locations in South Boston and Fenway.
141 Dorchester Avenue
1336 Boylston Street, Newton
“Precision Run Class” at Equinox
If you’re looking for cardio motivation, look no further than Equinox’s group treadmill class. Beginners and experienced runners alike can challenge themselves through the Balanced Interval Training Experience (BITE), which focuses on speed, incline, duration, and recovery.
131 Dartmouth Street
225 Franklin Street
200 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill
Each Orangetheory Fitness class uses a technique called Heart-Rate Treadmill Interval Training, indoor rowing, and weight training to keep your heart pumping and your energy revved up.
375 Market Street
Burn Fitness Studios
Burn Fitness Studios is best known for its signature High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) rowing workouts that alternate short, intense aerobic bursts with recovery periods to boost your metabolism and athletic performance. But the studio also offers classes like UrbanKick Burn, a total body kickboxing workout, and Broga® Yoga, a “stigma-smashing,” “man-friendly” take on vinyasa flow.
547 Columbus Avenue
The Clubs at Charles River Park
Whether you’re new to the pool or a freestyle event vet, The Clubs at Charles River Park’s pools have something to offer. There are lessons for children and adults of all levels and abilities, as well as HIIT classes that integrate strength and resistance drills for water-based, fat burning workouts.
10 Whittier Place
Boston University Fitness/Recreation Center
From scuba to diving to aqua aerobics, BU’s Aquatics Center has classes and programs for all levels. The indoor Competition Pool is a state-of-the-art 10-lane-by-16-lane pool set between 79 and 80 degrees and perfect for water polo, synchronized swimming, and diving. The Recreation Pool is where you’ll swim laps, learn the basics, or work out.
100 Ashford Street
Commonwealth Sports Club
Both the Commonwealth Sports Club’s pools are open year-round for a variety of water workouts and swimming lessons. The five lane, 60-foot indoor salt-filtration lap pool hosts a variety of aquatics classes that strengthen muscles, alleviate joint pain, and improve balance and flexibility.
1079 Commonwealth Ave
Mixed Martial Arts
Redline Fight Sports gets dedicated athletes into fighting shape through Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai, kung fu, and a variety of other hardcore MMA styles.
614 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
Back Bay Yoga
Traditional yogis will find standard vinyasa flow classes to suit their needs, while more experimental practitioners can dabble in nighttime “Black Light” Hip Hop Yoga or “Salt-N-Pepa, TLC & En Vogue” classes.
364 Boylston Street
Sweat & Soul Yoga/Cycling
In addition to heated vinyasa and “Pink vs. Gwen Stefani” flow sessions, Sweat & Soul offers indoor cycling classes that incorporate core work and deep stretching.
1032 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston’s first studio dedicated exclusively to the wildly popular Zumba Fitness dance craze offers traditional classes as well as variations on the basics, like Zumba Toning and Zumba Sentao, which combines strength and resistance training, along with a chair for partner dancing.
181 Massachusetts Avenue