You may know New Orleans best for its culinary indulgences, but there’s a lesser-known trend that you won’t want to miss, and that’s fitness. Over the past decade, a health and wellness resurgence has swept through the city, giving rise to dozens of studios offering yoga, barre, Pilates, cycling, and more.
One of the best places to sample this selection is on Magazine Street, a six-mile historic thoroughfare that runs from the Central Business District to Uptown. Situated amidst art galleries, restaurants, and boutiques, these fitness studios are an essential stopover for the health-conscious traveler who also wants to explore all that the city has to offer. Most studios offer weekly passes specifically for travelers, so make sure to inquire at the desk or call ahead.
725 Magazine St.
Located in the heart of the Central Business District and within walking distance of the French Quarter, Reyn Studios is a true yoga oasis. With heated Vinyasa and Power Yoga classes set in a large, impeccably renovated historic building, this is the perfect destination to unwind after a lively weekend in the city. Insider’s Tip: Explore the studio’s first-floor yoga boutique to snag a few healthy gifts to bring home.
5422 Magazine St.
For lovers of Sanskrit and Bhakti, this is the studio for you. Swan River’s cozy second-floor studio offers signature Swan Flow classes, a mixture of flow, alignment, storytelling, and chanting. Insider’s Tip: For expecting mothers, check out their prenatal classes.
4609 Magazine St.
This friendly studio offers heated Baptiste Power Yoga classes that will stretch and strengthen your body and mind. Their all-levels classes range from 45 minutes to an hour and fifteen minutes, and are packed with powerful poses that will leave you drenched with sweat and feeling refreshed. Insider’s Tip: Enjoy the soothing aroma of cold lavender-soaked towels during Savasna.
3528 Magazine St.
This intimate Vinyasa Yoga studio is housed in a historic Victorian cottage, making it the perfect place to experience traditional New Orleans architecture while finding a vigorous flow. Insider’s Tip: Craving a private session? Shanti Yoga Shala also offers private yoga classes taught at their studio or any location of your choice.
2042 Magazine St.
Mingle with yoga-loving locals at this community-minded studio. The class selection is diverse, with Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and restorative classes, and the second-floor loft space also features a beautiful balcony overlooking Magazine Street. Insider’s Tip: Swing by Tuesday evening for ‘Vinyasa & Vino,’ a weekly yoga class and potluck that takes place on their gorgeous outdoor balcony, weather permitting.
Gyms, Cycling, Pilates, Barre & More
5619 Magazine St.
This luxurious, multi-story fitness hub has it all: Pilates, Ride, Megaformer, Barre, and boxing. Don’t fret about getting sweaty: Romney’s spacious shower amenities have everything you need to clean up and hit the town after. Insider’s Tip: Keep an eye on the schedule for creative classes, such as Ride set to live music.
3823 Magazine St.
These high-energy indoor cycle classes are set to rocking music that integrate strength, endurance, hills, drills, and choreography. Their ‘Concert Rides’ are a blast, with vigorous workouts set to themed playlists. Insider’s Tip: Check out the the CycleBar App to sign up for classes and choose your bike.
2917 Magazine St.
Located in the heart of Magazine Street, Salvation offers a wide menu of heart-pumping workouts such as Cycle, Bodybump, and TRX. Insider’s Tip: Want a solo-gym session? They also offer day passes to use their gym facilities.
5235 Magazine St.
Set on a sunny corner, this studio offers graceful barre classes inspired by dance, yoga and Pilates. Insider’s Tip: Traveling with children? Barre3 has an on-site play lounge for kids during specific class times. Check out their schedule to find out when.
2116 Magazine St.
This gorgeous athletic club combines modern amenities with classic architecture and has fitness options for every taste: yoga, Pilates, free weights, cardio machines, and more. Insider’s Tip: For the frequent fitness buff, Franco’s offers passes by the day, week, and month.
5924 Magazine St.
Take a ride on the wild side with yoga, barre, and boot camp classes set on gyrating surfboards. The board cultivates impeccable strength and stability, and it’s fun! Insider’s Tip: Traveling with friends? Schedule a private group session complete with post-workout mimosas in City Surf’s big backyard.