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Fit Made Fun: Fitness Classes in New Orleans

Yoga on the bayou, spinning near City Park — it’s easy (and fun) to get fit with these accessible and affordable fitness classes in New Orleans.

NOLA Paddleboards hosts a SUP yoga class on Bayou St. John. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

“Fitness” and “New Orleans” might sound mutually exclusive amidst our inclination toward indulgences of all kinds. But part of the city’s appeal is its wide array of fitness options, from efficient, heart-pumping classes with built-in socializing to an acclaimed bike culture. Should you seek a class between cocktailsculture, or whatever else is on your itinerary, here are a few accessible and affordable fitness classes:

Fitness Classes in New Orleans

Each SUP yoga class begins with a tranquil warm-up paddle. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

Board Yoga or Pilates at NOLA Paddleboards Picturesque Bayou St. John is your studio during these challenging yet tranquil classes. Each session begins with a calming warm-up paddle followed by guided poses once your boards are anchored. Classes are $35, reservations required. Call (504) 717-8847 for more information.

City Surf Fitness A core-torching classic makes waves in New Orleans. Dotted throughout oceanless cities like Dallas, Austin, and now New Orleans, this boutique studio (from a chic outpost on Magazine Street) features mechanical surfboards that simulate the feeling of riding real waves. Instructors offer guidance through interval training that focuses on balance, core strength, and cardio. Each class lasts 50 minutes with a drop-in rate of $22 — just be sure to bring your own surf socks with a grip bottom.

The colorful climbing wall at NOBL. (Photo via New Orleans Boulder Lounge on Facebook)

New Orleans Boulder Lounge (NOBL) – Our geography doesn’t lend itself to climbing, but this Lower Garden District spot on Tchoupitoulas brings the mountains to you. Members get early access from 7 a.m. until 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday with a colorful climbing wall available for all thereafter. Nightly yoga classes are $8 (free for members), and perks like “Ladies Night” and youth climbing contribute to the inclusive atmosphere. NOBL also features a “Day Pass by Donation” program once a month wherein visitors can donate whatever feels right to a local charity — a NOBL cause indeed.

Tour Cycle Studio Farther down Tchoupitoulas in the Warehouse District sits Tour Cycle Studio, a boutique spin studio with a stadium-style classroom and chic ambiance that almost makes you forget just how hard you’re working. The classes, or “tours,” are based on the type of workout you’ll experience: try the ThemeTOUR for full-on ’90s hip-hop (wigs are welcome) or the TabataTOUR, an interval-training workout with high-intensity drills. Our pick? The candlelit BlissTOUR, which focuses on uplifting your inner spirit through inspirational coaching… and sweat. One’s first class at Tour costs $10; standard classes last about 50 minutes.

Participants of The Sweat Social make the most of a 30-minute workout. (Photo: Rebecca Ratliff)

The Sweat Social All about efficiency, these 30-minute classes are designed to burn calories and keep your head high with a light at the end of the tunnel: built-in perks like a post-class happy hour (featuring healthy cocktails) or workout gear giveaways. Customized classes are available for groups of 5 or larger. Classes are $20.

Orangetheory Monitored training at this Mid-City location of the popular fitness program keeps the heart rate within a target zone to boost metabolism and energy levels. Orangetheory says that it’s unique style of fitness means your body could continue burning calories for up to 36 hours following a workout. Drop-in rates are $28 for a class with monthly options available (call for more details). With studios across the country, a membership is valid at any location, so if you’re already a member, head to N. Carrollton Avenue for a class (and maybe some post-workout nourishment). 

The cycling studio at Higher Power. (Photo via Higher Power NOLA on Facebook)

Higher Power Combining cycling and yoga into a single workout with its Bicycling Buddha class, Higher Power is pretty much guaranteed to work your body to its limit (in a good way). From their location in City Park, choose one exercise or the other in dedicated classes like Cycling for Newbies or Power Yoga, plus fusion classes like Yogalates or Cycle HIIT/Core. Drop-in classes are $20 for cycling and $16 for yoga with larger packages available online