Feb 5th, 2020, 10:14 PM

Your Guide to the Best Workout Studios in Paris

By Sofia Quintero
Spin class. Image Credit: Flickr/Nottingham Trent University
Spin class. Image Credit: Flickr/Nottingham Trent University
Here to help you stay in shape, no matter how you prefer to exercise.

Choosing the right gym to join can be a tedious task. From distance to space and size, there are several factors to consider before deciding on what gym best suits your needs. In the last decade, it has become common for Parisians to attend classes at workout studios, instead of permanently joining a traditional gym. The beauty of these workout studios lies primarily in the fact that you can schedule as few or as many classes as you like; it is as simple as creating an account online and choosing the class that works best for you. With that said, here is a list of studios you have to try out! 

Dynamo Cycling

With five studios spread out across the city, Dynamo is known for their incredibly energetic sessions. Specializing in cycling, they make each class a fun experience by creating a workout that truly exercises the entire body. It is definitely more than just a cycling studio — the space is equipped with locker rooms, shower facilities and even their own sportswear. You can sign up for classes online with the instructor of your choice at the hour that works best for you.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Studios:

  • Studio Oberkampf: 21 Rue des Trois Bornes, 75011
  • Studio Lafayette: 24 Rue Chauchat, 75007
  • Studio Opera: 14 Rue Saint Augustin, 75002
  • Studio Boétie: 79 Rue de la Boétie, 75008
  • Studio Villiera:  52 Rue de Levis, 75017

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Midtown Studio 

Midtown first opened its doors in 2015, introducing Paris to a one-of-a-kind indoor boot camp workout experience. They have built tailored sessions focusing on high-intensity interval exercises to target every section of the body. Their "The Original – Full Body" class focuses 50 percent on cardio and 50 percent on weight training, creating the perfect balance to keep you in shape. They give you the option to choose a specific focus of your body; whether it is your chest, back, arms or legs, the trainers at Midtown will adapt to your goals. Their "The Game" class also allows participants hands-on interaction with instructors in the form of eight endurance-building challenges. 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Studios:

  • Studio Louvre: 21 Rue Hérold, 75001
  • Studio Champs Elysées:  21 Rue de Bassano, 75016

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Barry's Bootcamp

If you are looking for an intense workout that runs on intervals, Barry's Bootcamp is definitely the studio for you. Each class offers a different area of focus depending on the day of the week. For instance, Monday classes concentrate on arms and abs, whereas Wednesdays are all about chest and back exercises. For each session, you have the option of mixing treadmill running in with standard floor exercises, depending on your resilience. Classes involve all kinds of equipment, from weights to leg bands. Undoubtedly, after leaving Barry's Bootcamp, your body will ache in the best possible way for a couple of days. 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Studio:   84 Rue Réaumur, 75002 

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Reformation Pilates 

Within a three minute walk from Place de la République is a big turquoise door which happens to be the entrance to one of the most peaceful and zen spots in Paris. Reformation may be a small pilates studio, but it is full of a diverse range of equipment including tower and reformer machines. The studio's classes offer a variety of different focuses, two of the most popular being Barre & Stretch and Flow. What's more, some of their classes are conducted in English, a huge plus for any of the non-French speakers out there. 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Studio:   175 Rue du Temple, 75003

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Barre Shape

A barre workout combines different techniques and is perfect for exercising the whole body, especially the core and legs. Barre fitness combines ballet movements with elements of pilates, dance, yoga and strength training. At Barre Shape, you can browse both English and French classes to select the workout class you want to try out. They offer sessions with different intensities and body focuses. For your first barre class, it is important to take socks with you and try to attend a second class within 48 hours! 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Studios:

  • Studio Beaubourg: 86 Rue Quincampoix, 75003
  • Studio Opera: 10 Rue Volney, 75002
  • Studio Trocadero: 111 Rue de Longchamp, 75016

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Yuj Yoga Studio

With five studios in Paris, Yuj Yoga was one of the first yoga-only studios to open in the city. Since 2017, their mission has been to give their customers a unique and fulfilling experience. Besides offering hot yoga classes, they have equipped their studios in a way that will help you detox for the entirety of the session. Daylight and artificial light are removed, leaving only a couple of candles for complete relaxation. The instructors also accompany their classes with music that will best help to "reconnect the body with the mind." Yuj offers flow, cleanse and fire classes in beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Studios: 

  • Paris 1er: 68 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 
  • Paris 7e: 11 Rue Edmond Valentin, 75007 
  • Paris 9e: 68 Rue des Martyrs, 75009 
  • Paris 16e: 8 Avenue Raymond Poincaré, 75116 
  • Paris 17e: 2 Rue Gounod, 75017