When our time-to-workout alarm goes off at 6 am, it’s dark and cold outside and so darn cozy inside. We will come up with pretty much any excuse to hit that snooze button. But if you want to keep those exercise-more resolutions, you’re going to need some motivation. That’s why we’ve rounded up the most visually inspiring gyms around the world. These are the places that you’ll actually want to work out in this year.
Equinox (multiple locations)
We don’t know about you, but we’d be pretty darned happy to move into this gym and stay forever. A celeb-fave, Equinox’s gyms feel more like design hotels than workout dens. Think resort-style pools, swank restaurant-like juice bars and spa products courtesy of Kiehls.
Soho House Barcelona, Spain
The new Soho House Barcelona sits in an 18th-century building in the city’s Gothic Quarter, and even the gym has the high design treatment. State of the art equipment sits amid exposed brick and glazed terracotta tiles with midcentury fitness posters. We dig the barrel ceilings and tasseled light fixtures, too.
Kalorias Club Montijo, Portugal
The hypermodern Kalorias Club in Portugal feels at once playful and oh-so-chic. From the cheeky wall mural in the spin studio to the color blocked kid’s space and locker rooms, this bright, whimsical gym is both playful and motivating.
David Barton Gym (multiple locations)
Walking into a David Barton Gym feels more like walking into a rowdy nightclub. Low, moody lighting, thumping EDM and edgy design (think disco golds and wild wall murals) inspire you to get a bod worthy of all those strategically placed mirrors.
1Rebel Gym, London
One part steampunk bunker, one part nightclub, 1Rebel adds some Bladerunner edge to the usual gym experience. Think polished concrete floors, sculptural copper lockers and exposed pipes repurposed as benches.
The Standard, Los Angeles
Leave it to the always-quirky Standard to add a serious dose of personality to the hotel gym experience. The Standard in downtown LA takes a page from the 70s with your-mom’s-basement wood paneling and posters of badass beefcakes like The Hulk.
Pilates equipment can look (and feel) like medieval torture devices. But Speir Pilates lets the sunshine in with their minimalist space in Santa Monica. We love the graphic look of black and white against the blonde wood machines.
The hip health craze of the moment? Boxing. And you don’t have to go to a sweaty old gym to do it these days. Shadowbox NYC has created two airy studios with rings made of reclaimed wood, lit by industrial pendants.
Gone are the days of tired tapestries and lumpy pillows reeking of patchouli. Meditation has got a whole new look. At DEN Meditation, the welcome room sets a chilled out mood thanks to a buttery leather sofa and antique kilim poufs. In the meditation room, an eclectic array of pillows sit among glowing lanterns.
The Springs is a one stop, super-hip wellness spot in LA. The 13,500 square foot warehouse space houses a gluten-free, dairy-free and refined-sugar free seasonal restaurant and juice bar, a yoga studio, a sauna, and a spa, alongside a bunch of pretty places to relax. This urban oasis is filled with lush greenery that softens the cinderblock and concrete structure. We’re especially digging the brightly colored Acapulco chairs and funky street art.