According to a 2020 Planet Fitness survey conducted, 91% of Americans made fitness-related New Year’s resolutions. In preparation for 2023, you may be thinking of doing the same. Since the pandemic, gyms have opened across the U.S., many of which are contributing to the Austin fitness community. Luckily, we’ve compiled five of the best new Austin-based gyms that opened in 2022 that can help you reach your goals year-round.
Although they opened on April 1, what Factory Gym has to offer is no joke. This premier bodybuilding, powerlifting and strongman training facility stands out for its 50 top-of-the-line strength training machines, which include several specialty pieces not found in other gyms in the greater South Austin area. Factory Gym also boasts a fully equipped cardio area, 5-star locker rooms, and high-quality line lighting and sound systems. They are currently in the process of expanding into another building that will open after the New Year.
When Tim Mantel moved from New York to Southwest Austin, he realized something was missing in the fitness community — a space where strength and community coexist. In March, he opened Los Campeones Gym in Southeast Austin to provide a space for bodybuilders, powerlifters and the average person. Praised for having a well-lit, clean environment filled with some of the best equipment, Los Campeones appeals to the entire community. They also offer personal training, free Wi-Fi, lockers, towel service, showers and a posing room across a 14,000-square-foot facility. If you’re looking for a place “where strength meets community” that’s open 365 days a year, check out Los Campeones Gym.
Looking for a local, female-owned and operated gym experience that encourages you to find joy in challenging yourself? Garland Parsley’s Grit ATX opened in June and is located in East Austin. They offer spin and mat classes, which are about 45 minutes long and alternate between strength and cardio training. Parsley’s training focuses on her mantra “feel it before you see it.” For new clients, Grit ATX offers two classes for the price of one, which is $24.
“We love a good sweat, but more importantly we love to feel the change in our body — physically, mentally and emotionally,” Parsely says. “Whether it’s just showing up or taking on a new challenge in class, our goal is for everyone to enjoy the change inside before they can see the change on the outside.”
Rumble Boxing offers a boxing-inspired group workout experience, and the franchise is bringing seven new studios to Austin! Originally founded in New York City in 2017, Rumble’s recent opening in Cedar Park is the brand’s debut in the greater Austin area. Rumble Boxing offers 45-minute, 10-round strength and conditioning group workouts centered on high-intensity strength training circuits using teardrop-style boxing bags. Their group classes give members an experience that promotes cardiovascular health, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), metabolic conditioning and overall catharsis by building physical and mental strength.
With the tagline “Fitness, Wellness, Recovery,” Leander Athletic Club (LAC) provides multiple fitness and wellness amenities under one roof and strives to make prioritizing individual health a convenient and enjoyable experience. Phase one of the facility – a 4,000-square-foot main gym – opened in May with a mission to bring something new and unique to the Leander area. The main gym includes strength and conditioning and kettlebell classes, as well as personal training and nutrition consultations.
Phase two includes an additional 11,000-square-foot facility projected to open in early 2023. This area will include LAC’s yoga and Pilates studio, cycle studio, kids’ club, smoothie bar, locker rooms and infrared sauna lounges. It will also house the awaited Wellness and Recovery Center, which offers IV drip therapy, a red-light therapy bed, a full-body cryotherapy chamber, electric plunge tubs, compression therapy and hyperbaric oxygen therapy.
“We wanted to create a place where our members look forward to coming, with a supportive community (who) pushes you to give it your best, then provides everything you need to unwind and recover quicker,” says gym personnel Starlena Vaugn.