Getting a good sweat is just one part of the experience at these visual, music-driven, workout hot spots
Do It for the 'Gram
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There's nothing like a fresh pair of sneakers or a cute yoga tank to get you motivated to work out, but, lately, clothes haven't been the only eye-catchers psyching us up. In the age of Instagram, studios are outfitting their spaces with must-'gram decor like neon-lit mantras, graffiti walls, and personalized equipment. It sets their space apart, and send our motivation through the roof. Not only will we get a good sweat, but we'll get to do it in a place that looks as good as we'll feel. Scope the nation's top must-see, must-sweat places for a picture-perfect #humblebrag. (And while you're at it, these are The Most Popular Fitness Hashtags On Instagram.)
305 Fitness, New York, NY
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Air, Los Angeles, CA
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The bright-turquoise hammocks never fail to make you feel cool and poised, even if you don't look it while practicing aerial yoga. Air LA's studio is hard to beat for a group pic where everyone is pretty much guaranteed to look acrobatically talented—and have equal face time in front of the camera.
EverybodyFights, Boston, MA
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As the name implies, any fitness level is welcome at EverybodyFights, but that doesn’t mean you won’t feel like a world-champion boxer during your workout. The dark atmosphere and cube-shaped lighting exudes the ultimate all-star experience.
The Grinning Yogi, Seattle, WA
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Pure Austin, Austin, TX
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Most cycling classes only offer a visual of the instructor—or yourself, in the mirror. We consider this view overlooking Austin just a little better. And with the weather being nice nine months out of the year, there's never a bad time to take a photo at Pure Austin.
Ultimate Healthy Living Experience, Chicago, IL
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If the Fresh Prince designed a fitness studio, this would be it. With '90s era graffiti, turf, and no-frills equipment, UHLE is a classic place to get a good sweat—and pay homage to the days of Dunkaroos and Skip-Its.
Endorphin, Denver, CO
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From the lobby to the studio, there isn’t an inch of Endorphin untouched by graffiti. And with a larger-than-life booty in the cycling room, it’s hard not to be motivated to turn up the resistance.
Rise Nation, Los Angeles, CA
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The neon-lit ceiling at Rise makes for a good picture, but its ability to flash and change colors to the rhythm of whatever song is playing makes for an even better experience—and boomerang video. (Spin Smarter with 9 Ways to Maximize Your Ride.)
BurnCycle, Portland, OR
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Tough Lotus, Gilbert, AZ
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The checkered-floor is totally doing it for us. Like an old school soda fountain that you can do yoga above, Tough Lotus is hodge-podge in the best way.
Overthrow Boxing Club, New York, NY
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Although the grittiest of the bunch, Overthrow is anything but plain. All the details make you feel like you stepped back in time, from the old-school Budweisers on display to the videos of Mohammed Ali and Sylvester Stallone playing on repeat in VCRs. The whole place is a time capsule of sweat, so choose your pic wisely. (No joke, boxing is The Best Workout for a Knockout Body.)
Avant Barre, San Francisco, CA
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The natural light in Avant Barre makes the studio picture-perfect any time of day, but the golden hour (between 4 and 6 p.m.) makes the space feel ethereal.
Y7, New York, NY
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Rap-yoga puns abound on the stairs and walls—we dare you to not snap a picture. Just refrain from shooting inside the room where the class is held because it's nearly pitch-black, which is great for mood, not for flash.
Liberation Yoga, Los Angeles, CA
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There is an actual garden in the studio. Between that and the paint-chipped walls, practicing here is like practicing in a far-off oasis where at least our heads can escape from the buzz of the city.
Nu Fitness, Kailua, HI
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