If you’re looking for the best gyms in Austin - I’ve got you covered. On the ground in Austin for 3+ years, this isn’t just another yelp listing.
We’ve been on the ground in these gyms and these are the best ones you're going to find. And before you ask, yes - we purposely left Golds, Equinox, 24 Hour Fitness and rest of the chains. If you're looking for one of those - you already know what you're looking for.
If you're looking for local gyms that are going to push you to your limit - look no further.
Here you go:
Area: South Austin
Address: 3907 Warehouse Row, Austin, TX 78704
Phone: (512) 522-5778
Demographic: Athletes from all backgrounds looking for a class based periodized programming.
Atomic may be the best damn gym in Austin. It's not easy. That's for sure, but the combination of a 15,000 sq. ft. facility combined with world class programming and a set class structure makes Atomic the best place for you if you're looking for programming. Even beyond the classes, your membership gets you access to the facility from 5am-11pm every day during open gym. Open gym athletes range from power lifters to special forces military to BJJ athletes.
Area: North Austin
Address: 9805 Beck Cir, Austin, TX 78758
Phone: (512) 522-4719
Demographic: Athletes looking for a challenge and no-nonsense gym access.
Based in North Austin, Atomic Outpost is the smaller brother to Atomic HQ. Outfitted with plenty of squat racks, and free weights, along with an outdoor turf station - you'll have no issue getting all the gear you need. With an open gym model, Outpost also offers classes on a set weekly schedule that you can sign up and get coached through - similar to HQ.
These other gyms are also worth checking out depending on what you’re looking for:
Area: Hyde Park
Address: 4125 Guadalupe St, Austin, TX 78751
Phone: (512) 524-0450
Demographic: No non-sense gym bros and olympic lifters.
Hyde Park gym is a very down to earth, no frills gym. You likely won't find music, but there are a ton of lifting platforms and gymnastic rings. You'll be right at home with a ton of olympic and natty lifters.
Area: East Side
Address: 701 Tillery St, Austin, TX 78702
Phone: (512) 547-9909
Membership: Visit gym to find out.
Demographic: Crunchy, original Austin gym
Squatch may be the most Austin gym in Austin. An indoor/outdoor space with a hot tub and sauna. You'll find people doing self directed workouts here as well group fitness classes and may even find some intention fire circles depending on the time of year. If you're looking to workout in an authentic Austin way on the east side. Check it out.
Area: South Congress
Address: 200 Academy Dr, Austin, TX 78704
Demographic: Pro athletes, instagram influencers, entrepreneurs
Kollective maybe the most gorgeous looking gym in Austin. Situated behind SoHo House Austin just off South Congress, you'll find a mix of pro athletes, weekend warriors and startup entrepreneurs that want to make their gym their second home. With a $399/month price tag - you better make sure you're putting it to use!
Area: North Austin
Address: 1921 Cedar Bend Dr A 130, Austin, TX 78758
Demographic: Bodybuilders. Strongmen. Very pro steroid crowd.
Big Tex is a gym's gym. Known for the loud music blaring, your testosterone levels will rise just walking into the parking lot. Equipped with a boxing area and a lot more, you could do an entire documentary on the makeup of this place. Definitely unique. Owners are great.
Area: South Austin
Address: 4401 Freidrich Ln #301, Austin, TX 78744
Phone: (512) 593-5437
Demographic: Conscious fitness, breath-work fans and pyschonauts. Joe Rogan fanatics.
If you are trying to complete your Austin ayahuasca experience - you need to swing by the Onnit Gym to complete the pilgrimage. You'll find a state of the art gym with like minded people ready to get after it throughout their class schedule. Has a recovery cafe and is next door to Kuya if you'd like to do a proper recovery after your workout.
Fun fact: The Onnit Gym is next to the rest of Onnit HQ so you can do the full Joe Rogan / Aubrey Marcus Austin pilgramage in one go.
Area: South Austin / Dripping Springs
Address: 9811 Vikki Terrace, Austin, TX 78736
Phone: (512) 436-8000
Demographic: No nonsense lifters. South Austin / Dripping Springs athletes
Los Campeones is one of the newest Austin facilities that opened up post-pandemic and it's awesome. Huge, spacious and no-frills -Los Campeones is where you go if you need a good workout minus all the fuss.
The main drawback (or perk) is that it's on the way to Dripping Springs - so it's a ways outside of downtown Austin. A huge minus if you're in the city and trying to get in and out of the gym in a hurry - but if you're located down south - this is a huge plus as you're getting another awesome gym closer your way. Congrats.
Area: South Austin
Address: 4401 Freidrich Ln Unit 300, Austin, TX 78744
Phone: (512) 535-6594
Fun fact: Kuya is the newest recovery center (and the largest one we’ve seen). In addition to vitamin IV drips, they are starting to offer ketamine infusions and word on the street is that they plan to offer MDMA therapy sometime soon.
Area: Cherrywood / University
Address: 3314 Harmon Ave, Austin, TX 78705
Phone: (512) 488-1710
If you’re north of the city, check out Ocean Lab. This recovery center is focused on sensory deprivation experiences, but also offers saunas and cold tubs.
The founder of Ocean Lab - Eric - is also prone to wild, ridiculous impossible challenges - like the 4x4x48 challenge and the longest night race.
Address: 800 W. Cesar Chavez St PP120, Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 614-2200
Demographic: Downtown dwellers looking for a place to rest.
Fun fact: Generator Athlete Lab was one of the first recovery places that popped up in Austin - but it’s popularity has sparked several others opening recently as well.
Kollective (mentioned above) also has solid recovery facilities (cold plunge, sauna, and physical therapists on staff).
There you go - the list of the best damn gyms in Austin. Check them out.
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