Nearly a year ago when Rhode Island experienced lockdown in March, fitness studios of all kinds were among the first types of small businesses to swiftly pivot to offer new options: a true testament to their flexibility, nimbleness, and strength. Today with pauses and restarts, studios continue to monitor mandates and implement protocols, and keep livestream, on-demand, and other options on their menus. Many spots still include in-person classes made safe with modifications like plexiglass, six-foot floor marks, and capacity limits. Virtual classes are also becoming a big hit due to the convenience they offer – you can participate right from the comfort of home – so stuff those excuses in your duffle bag! If you are heading out, be sure to register first, mask up, and check with your PCP before starting a new routine. Provided below are just 21 of the great many places around the state to help you keep that resolution.
What it is: A full-service facility with 120+ pieces of equipment by brands like Life Fitness, Cybex, and Iron Grip. Classes include spinning, Pilates, yoga, muscle sculpt, Zumba, core training, Ab Attack, and more.
Good to know: You can take an online tour via their website.
Westerly and Wakefield
What is it: Newly renovated expansive gym with a host of cardiovascular and strength training equipment, currently offering appointment-only personal training and small group workouts.
Good to know: Raw Bob’s Organic Juicery is available onsite.
What is it: Embrace your inner Rocky at this 2,400-square-foot facility with a boxing room complete with ring and bags. There’s also a fitness room with free weights, kettlebells, rowing machines, squat racks, weighted balls, fitness bands, yoga mats, and many other conditioning tools.
Good to know: Open at press time but always good to check online first.
What it is: A unique combo of ballet conditioning, interval cardio, Pilates, yoga, and meditation. Choose from 80+ offerings from their Livestream Experiences menu.
Good to know: The website offers ideas for prop and weight substitutes for working out from home.
What is it: Along with barre, class options include boxing, yoga, and TRX – the equipment-based suspension training developed by a former US Navy SEAL.
Good to know: Love to shop? There’s a boutique onsite filled with workout wear.
What is it: A boutique studio offering in-person, live-stream, and on-demand options.
Good to know: The studio is open with restrictions, including no walk-ins at this time, so be sure to register.
What is it: Along with indoor, outdoor, and virtual classes, there’s private training and custom meal plans.
Good to know: Safety policies and regulations are in place, such as maintaining six feet of distance from others. Classes are by reservation only.
What is it: Rondeau has been the name in kickboxing in Rhode Island for years for good reason. Find a wide range of programs from this acclaimed instructor.
Good to know: Children getting punchy? Check out classes for kids.
What is it: As the name implies, find cycling, strength/cardio, and Lagree (a workout patented by Sebastien Lagree that incorporates strength, endurance, cardio, balance, core, and flexibility in every move). Options from private to group.
Good to know: Class spots are currently limited so make sure to pre-register.
What is it: Cycling classes are held both indoors and out, featuring their signature 45-minute WAVE ride. COVID measures include HEPA filters, eight-foot plexiglass walls, UV air purifiers, and hospital grade sanitizer.
Good to know: Book a bike using the WAVE Cycle iOS app or via their website.
What is it: Indoor cycling made possible with a long list of safety protocols, or cycle along remotely via Vimeo.
Good to know: Book bikes using their own app on iPhone, Android, or via their website.
What is it: Experience classic Pilates using every piece of Pilates apparatus in this studio nestled off Blackstone Blvd. Spin and barre are also offered.
Good to know: Schedules for small in-studio and online classes are posted online; book in advance.
What is it: Explore a range of equipment and techniques at this studio, including Redcord, a suspension system commonly used in Norway for physical therapy and training for elite athletes.
Good to know: Currently offering small classes in the studio.
What is it: The only STOTT PILATES® (musculo-skeletal program that focuses on strength and stability) training and certification in the area.
Good to know: The center offers options like personal training and TRX. Find both live and on-demand sessions on the MBO app.
What is it: Family-run studio that will appeal to those seeking a manageable balance of being fit and enjoying the occasional cookie. Offering group classes, personal training, nutrition, and more.
Good to know: Weekly challenges with prizes and a private FB group help to
What it is: Recently celebrating 10 years in the biz, this unique spot has group classes, private training, competitor coaching, and nutrition services.
Good to know: Download the Body Rock app to sign up for classes and receive reminders for them, too.
What is it: A “Strength Through Movement” center offering personal or semi-private training and group sessions both in-person or virtual.
Good to know: Currently offering three virtual classes which include circuit training. Sign up on the Mindbody app.
Set up a comfy spot to learn a variety of yoga styles including Ashtanga, Hatha, and Shakti to practice at home via livestream classes.
Good to know: The studio is currently closed, but classes live-stream daily. Also peruse their website for a library of pre-recorded classes.
What is it: Three besties founded this yoga studio. Currently all virtual with new classes daily along with a library of 80+ workouts.
Good to know: Prides itself on no terms, no cancellation fees, and “amazing playlists!”
What it is: Find $5 virtual lunchtime sessions and a menu of classes held both virtually or in their sunny studio.
Good to know: Safety protocols include reduced class sizes and studio floors marked to keep mats 10 feet apart.
What is it: A Zumba online experience where you can enjoy classes at home every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10am on Facebook Live.
Good to know: Register for your class by sending Lauren a DM of your email address or request to join her FB group.