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The 5 Best Fitness Studios in Hillcrest (#1 Is Our Favorite!)

Tone, Tighten and Break a Sweat at These 5 Fitness Studios in Hillcrest

Southern California has long been a mecca for health-conscious types, which makes finding a great fitness studio in San Diego a breeze—especially in the vibrant Hillcrest neighborhood. From functional boot camp-style classes to low-impact Pilates, these five buzzworthy workout spots will help shake up tired routines, tone bodies to perfection and maintain already enviable frames. Best Fitness Studios Hillcrest


BE Fit Modern Pilates

With already four SoCal locations (Costa Mesa, Laguna Niguel, Long Beach and Newport Beach), BE Fit Modern Pilates has now expanded to San Diego with a brand new Hillcrest studio. Their high-intensity but low-impact killer combo of Pilates, cardio and resistance-training moves guarantee each 45-minute class will leave you feeling and looking fantastic. You’ll be shaking throughout class, but the results will be so worth it. 

Local Insight: Leave a review to get your second class free! And new clients get a smoking eight-class deal for just $99.

Best Fitness Studios Hillcrest

Renegade Fit Camp


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With classes offered hourly from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., there are no excuses not to find a time that works with busy schedules at Renegade Fit Camp. Here, challenging 50-minute HIIT classes target different muscle groups each day (for example, Mondays are legs/back/biceps; Fridays target the entire body). Class packages run from $20 for a drop-in to $129 for unlimited monthly. Still not sure? Sign up for the three-day free trial and prepare to get hooked.


Studio Barre

Based on classic ballet movements (think pliés and relevés) that promise sculpted bodies without the bulk, barre classes have been a go-to for years. Offering virtual and in-person classes from morning to night seven days a week, nowhere gets you long and lean better than Studio Barre. Pulse, tone and lift to your best booty ever from $20 per session to $165 for one month of unlimited classes.


Best Fitness Studios Hillcrest


Easily San Diego’s buzziest spin studio, take your pick from an interval-packed, 30-minute Xpress ride to a 60-minute classic class that mixes strength and endurance challenges with hills and drills. The space is state of the art, the instructors are seriously passionate about what they do and the DJ-inspired playlists are handlebar tappingly club-worthy. Try your first ride for just $15; then jump on the new year’s special deal of $149 per month for unlimited classes.


Brainstorm Fitness

Brainstorm Fitness
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Whether you’re looking for one-on-one personal training, semi-private or small group classes, this veteran-owned studio is all about helping members build better minds and bodies through functional exercise. Find out what you’re made of with an InBody 570 Body Composition Analyzer session before jumping into one of their Cardio Countdown, Core and More or Mobility Monday classes. You can also work with a trainer on specifics like weight loss strategy, injury recovery and performance-enhancement goals.

Best Fitness Studios Hillcrest

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Keri Bridgwater is a freelance writer covering travel and lifestyle. Her work has been featured in Fodor’s Travel, Marie Claire, Matador Network and InsideHook, among other outlets and publications.




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