The Fitness Studios Where Celebrities Work Out
If you need a little extra motivation to get to the gym, this may be just the thing that pushes you to lace up your sneakers and grab your keys. What if you could break a sweat alongside stars like Nicole Kidman, Katie Holmes, Jimmy Fallon, and Carrie Underwood?
Pop in for a workout at their favorite fitness studio and you may just walk away with a celebrity as your new accountability buddy. Read on to learn which studios your favorite celebrities frequent, then get to a studio near you.
Group fitness classes can be a fun way to get a killer workout, learn from a trained instructor, and find friends for accountability. SoulCycle offers all of those benefits and more with a trendy spin on spin class (pun intended). Michelle Obama, Lea Michele, Hilary Duff, Katie Holmes, Lady Gaga, and Kelly Ripa have all been known to break a sweat in SoulCycle— but it’s not just for the ladies! Jake Gyllenhaal reportedly met his girlfriend in a SoulCycle studio in Manhattan.
Body By Simone
Even celebrities want to have fun while staying in shape. Maybe that’s why they’re flocking to Simone De La Rue’s fitness studios for classes that combine muscle strengthening with lively dance cardio. Stars like Reese Witherspoon, Sandra Bullock, and Anne Hathaway love the results they’re seeing from these quick but effective workouts.
Sweat like a celebrity before you pamper yourself like a celebrity at Equinox. This upscale fitness club has it all: weights, cardio machines, cycling studios, group fitness classes, full-service spas, and juice bars. It’s no wonder celebrities such as Gerard Butler, Nicole Kidman, Bradley Cooper, and Cameron Diaz are frequently spotted at these locations.
If you’re looking for the ultimate Victoria’s Secret workout, this is the place for you. Models Karlie Kloss, Martha Hunt, Irina Shayk, and more all turn to modelFIT for help sculpting those long, lean muscles that carry them down the runway. The classes combine Pilates, balance stability, functional training, and yoga for a full-body workout.
Mere mortals are always trying to find out how celebrities get back into shape so quickly after childbirth. For Kim Kardashian West, part of that secret lies in her hour-long workouts at Barry’s Bootcamp. These classes combine interval cardio on a treadmill with strength training, and the studio has been attracting celebrities like Carrie Underwood, David Beckham, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Jessica Biel since 1998.
Celebrities often try to avoid crowds and fly under the radar in public, but many of them are willing to break that rule to attend one of Vinnie Marino’s wildly popular classes at Yogaworks. Colin Farrell, Charlize Theron, Kate Hudson, Heather Graham, and many more have all said “Namaste” in one of the 40 Yogaworks studios across the country.
WundaBar Pilates Los Feliz
Here’s a workout you’ve probably never tried. WundaBar classes use a unique, patented piece of equipment that combines a jump board, ballet bar, traditional reformer, and WundaChair all in one. No more wandering slowly from one machine to the next— you’ll burn calories and build lean muscle the entire time you’re in class. The first class is free, so stop by for a killer workout. Don’t forget to look out for stars like Vanessa Hudgens!
High Line Park
If you want to spot celebrities without being confined to a studio, check out High Line Park in NYC. This mile-long park was recently built on a renovated, elevated railroad track. Go for a jog and keep an eye out for celebs like Beyonce and Owen Wilson. You may even spot some of the famous faces who helped fund the project, such as Martha Stewart, Hilary Clinton, and Kevin Bacon.
Imagine this— you start your morning by stretching and sweating alongside Kelly Rutherford in a class that combines barre technique, Vinyasa flow, mountain climbers, and weights. Then, you relax in the sauna with Star Jones. After getting healthy with your new celebrity friends, you stroll across the street to lounge on the beach. Does it all sound too good to be true? Try Exhale studio in Venice Beach, and you just may find yourself living the dream.
Do you want to run into stars like Reese Witherspoon, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Greene? If so, you’ll want to try some classes at CorePower Yoga in Los Angeles. Just know that you may be too sweaty to ask for a selfie when you see them— this studio specializes in humidity-controlled hot yoga classes.
Tracy Anderson Method
Tracy Anderson’s studios are as exclusive as they are effective. Even if you want to stream the workouts at home, you’ll pay around $400 for six months of access. If you’re willing to splurge a little, you’ll enjoy the same workouts as Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Jennifer Anniston, Nicole Richie, Cameron Diaz, and more. The classes, which rely on dance cardio and strength training, are wildly popular among celebrities.
Ballerinas have long been envied for their strength, grace, and beauty. Not even glamorous celebrities are immune to the allure. Ballet Beautiful, founded by former New York City Ballet dancer Mary Helen Bowers, allows NYC patrons and virtual attendees to dance and stretch their way to health and beauty. Gigi Hadid, Miranda Kerr, and Natalie Portman are just a few examples of the many celebrities who love this studio.
Cycle House is so wildly popular that it has its own reality TV show, Hollywood Cycle. The celebrity instructors you see on the show really do lead these hip-hop-infused spin classes. For $29 per class, you can hop on a bike and sweat alongside some of your favorite stars in Hollywood.
Cardio Barre Beverly Hills
Cardio Barre is a popular workout that combines fat-burning cardio with ballet-inspired exercise to build long, lean muscle. Visit the Beverly Hills studio and you just may spot a celebrity like Dakota Fanning. Too far from Beverly Hills? Look for a studio in your own city to feel the burn like your favorite actresses— but maybe without the thrill of a celebrity sighting.
Hot 8 Yoga
Here’s a studio that’s good for the body, mind, and planet. These eco-friendly studios offer heat-controlled classes to detoxify your body and strengthen your mind. You’ll feel great afterwards, especially if you spot Jessica Alba or Russell Simmons on your way out the door.
Celebrities are incredibly busy people, so the 30-minute full-body workouts at Rise Nation are perfect for their schedules. Clients such as John Krasinski, Justin Timberlake, and Matt Damon hop on a climber machine and sweat it out in a dark room with color-changing lights and bumping music that make the studio feel more like a nightclub than a gym. Hilary Duff and Ashley Greene are also regulars at this studio, so don’t let the incredible atmosphere distract you from a celebrity sighting!
This L.A. studio offers 60-minute classes that combine barre, Pilates, and the Lotte Berk method to help clients achieve lean, long muscles and strong, sexy cores. The original studio has a unique hipster feel, while the Westside location has beachside classes. You’ll see quick results— and celebrities like Trina Turk and Diane Kruger.
Rob Piela, the creator of Gotham Gym, has led celebrities such as Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne, and Bradley Cooper through his wildly popular boxing workouts, which all end with ballet-inspired floor exercises. Don’t live close enough to stalk your favorite stars at one of his studios? Follow the gym on Instagram for regular celebrity sightings instead. Just remember that scrolling through Instagram will burn significantly fewer calories.
If SoulCycle isn’t competitive enough for you, check out FlyWheel. These spin classes feature a leaderboard at the front of the room, so you can keep tabs on who’s killing it and who’s just barely pedaling. Give it a try and you may just run into celebrities like Jillian Michaels, Jimmy Fallon, and Sofia Vergara.
Ok, ok, this one’s a personal trainer and not a fitness studio, but anyone who follows Khloe Kardashian on Instagram knows how big this name is in the celebrity fitness world. Gunnar Peterson leads Khloe through workouts several days a week. You can also find him training big names like Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis, in addition to several professional athletes.
YAS Downtown L.A.
If you have a hard time choosing between yoga and spin class, why not do both? The 60-minute classes at YAS Downtown L.A. are split between the two, and new clients can try one out for just $13. If you decide to drop by, keep an eye out for your favorite celebrities— Kate Hudson and Renée Zellweger frequent this studio.
AIR Aerial Fitness
You’ve seen those nail-biting yet remarkably beautiful photos of aerial yoga on Instagram. Stop by AIR Aerial Fitness and you may step up your own gym-bathroom-mirror-selfie game. Clients are suspended from the air by hanging silks while they perform boot camp moves, challenging stretches, and Instagram-worthy tricks. Celebrities like Sarah Hyland and Jamie Chung have found the courage to spin in the air. Will you?
Runyon Canyon Park
Runyon Canyon Park isn’t a fitness studio, but it’s just too great of an opportunity for us to leave out. Where else can you take your dog on a run, spot stars like Ryan Gosling or Lea Michele, and not spend a single dime? These Los Angeles hiking trails lead to incredible mountaintop views of all of L.A., so even if you aren’t one of the lucky ones to spot Scarlett Johansson or Fergie, you’ll still walk away with a photo worth sharing on Instagram and the endorphin rush that follows any great workout.