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The 9 Best OC Gyms and Studios to Help You Tone, Tighten and Get in Shape This Year

From Heavy Lifting to Low-Impact Barre, We Love These Orange County Workouts 

The new year is notorious for fitness fads that only last a few weeks (if even). The truth is, it’s always the time of year to take control of your health! Working out improves physical and mental well-being, but finding a workout that’s right for you can be challenging. Luckily, Orange County is home to elite fitness studios that take the work out of the workout. High-vibe instructors, party-like playlists and dynamic programming make fitness fun. Start the year off strong at Orange County’s best studios. 


Motion Fitness

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Looking to lift heavy? Motion Fitness has you covered. Exciting curated playlists create the vibe for heart-pumping strength workouts. Elite instructors guide participants through 50-minute, high-intensity workouts designed for high performance and functionality. Not to mention, the coaches aren’t just trainers—they’re entertrainers! Each weekday is dedicated to targeting a new muscle group for a well-rounded workout, and trainers accommodate all fitness levels in class. Now with two locations servicing central and south OC, find Motion just seven minutes off the 405 in Irvine or at The Hills, which recently opened off Moulton Pwky in Laguna Hills. Both spaces are modern and bright with state-of-the-art equipment and fully stocked locker rooms. It’s time to get that body in Motion!

Locations: Irvine, Laguna Hills


Pure Barre

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Set the bar high this new year with Pure Barre! Pure Barre synchronizes music and small movements for a total-body workout in Orange County, in an intimate and inviting studio. Barre classes are low-impact but by no means low-intensity–they will leave you shaking and quaking! After a few classes, you’ll learn to love the shake. When the music gets started, get ready to tuck, tuck, tuck to the beat. Foundation classes are great for beginners. Your first class is free, and be sure to bring grip socks.

Locations: Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Irvine, Tustin, Mission Viejo, Anaheim, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente


Be Fit Modern Pilates

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Be Fit Modern Pilates is for those who take it slow but seriously. Resistance workouts are 45 minutes of high-intensity exercise but low impact. Pilates slows down the workout pace to fire up muscle fibers, resulting in increased stamina and a high-fat burn. Be Fit Modern Pilates classes are designed to improve strength, flexibility and overall mobility—not to mention, your abs will love you! First classes start at $19, so put on your grip socks and step onto the X-perience reformer machine to earn that shake! 

Locations: Laguna Niguel, Costa Mesa, Irvine, Newport Beach 


Perspire Sauna Studio

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Infrared saunas and red light therapy are all the rage in the wellness world. Here’s why: heating the body from the inside out strengthens the immune system, cleanses cells and burns calories—all while leaving you with a refreshing glow. Ditch detox diets and restart in a whole new way at Perspire Sauna Studio. While in the sauna session, you can Netflix n’ Sweat, connect your favorite jams, stretch it out or simply meditate. Just be sure to hydrate before, during and after.

Locations: Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Newport Beach, Mission Viejo, Irvine, San Clemente, Huntington Beach, Laguna Niguel

Max Body Boot Camp

More than just a workout, Max Body Boot Camp is a complete program that is results-driven. New members start with a one-on-one consultation to get the most out of each total-body strength and conditioning workout in Orange County, which take place in small group settings for customizable programs. As part of the boot camp program, nutrition plans and biweekly check-ins are provided so members can feel their best and track results! With the first class free, there’s nothing to lose. 

Location: Huntington Beach


Grit Cycle

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Ride to the rhythm at Grit Cycle. This 45-minute party on a bike will be the best part of your day! Instructors guide you through choreography that boosts your confidence and makes a cardio-driven class a complete full-body workout. Expect to pick up speed, add on some resistance and tap back to the beat. There’s even an arm-focused song to build up those biceps and triceps. When the playlist drops in loud and the lights turn blue in the studio, it’s time to ride!

Local Insight: Follow instructors on social media and direct message them for complimentary guest bikes!

Locations: Dana Point, Costa Mesa


Radiant Hot Yoga

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Radiant Hot Yoga combines traditional hot yoga postures with vinyasa flows. Connect to your breath and body in Radiant 60, a class designed for all levels of flexibility and fitness. Yoga sculpt takes it up a level with light weights and cardio bursts, and both classes are set to 105 degrees—get ready to sweat! If you aren’t looking to leave drenched, Yin Yoga is the perfect option. This relaxing, self-paced flow takes place in an air-conditioned studio.

Location: Newport Beach


Newport Peach

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Everything comes back into style—step included! The original aerobics-based workout is back and better than ever at Newport Peach. Burn calories to the beat in Newport Peach’s signature step class, which incorporates Pilates, cardio and weight training. This is the perfect class to start with before moving on to strength classes like Peach n’ Abs, Peach Physique or Hip Hop Step. Newport Peach modernized the ‘80s classic workout, but the studio itself screams of electric nostalgia with pink walls, neon signage and a disco ball.

Location: Newport Beach


Club Studio


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If you’re looking for a little bit of everything, look no further than Club Studio. This all-inclusive luxury gym recently opened in Irvine! Members can create their own experience with an open fitness floor and studio-style classes. In the Row, find studios for spin, Pilates, yoga, strength, boxing and even trampoline classes. Instructors set the tone for class with hype playlists and dynamic lighting for a true club-like experience. After a sweat sesh, recover in the steam rooms or sauna and refuel at the superfood cafe. 

Location: Irvine

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Lover of the beach, food and fitness, Emily enjoys exploring all sunny Southern California has to offer! She has a passion for sharing about her favorite local gems and began writing for Locale in 2022. On the weekends, find her creating recipes for her food blog or out in Laguna!
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