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  • Liz Logan

Looking to Get Fit this New Year? Give these Area Gyms a Try

It’s the New Year and many of us are just waking from the holiday haze, ready to get our lives back in order, even better than before. Whether you’re one to set resolutions or not, now is as good a time as any to dust off the old running shoes and vow to get back in shape or simply switch up your routine.

Choosing a workout can be overwhelming and, like most things, finding the perfect fit can feel a bit daunting. No matter your corner of the county, there is something for you. We are breaking this down by style, giving a bit of insight to various workout styles available in the area. Here are some ideas to help guide you to your perfect workout.

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Full Body Workouts

When we say “full body” we are talking head-to-toe workouts with varying options. Lots of gyms have group fitness options because, as they say, misery loves company.


2609 S. New Hope Road, Gastonia

Need a quick but steady work out? 9Round offers half-hour kickbox workout, complete with varying stations and trainers to guide you through.


101 Center Street, Cramerton

M2M was started by dancer with a degree in exercise and sports science. M2M owner Megan A. Moose focuses on a method of Pilates called “Contrology”. With classes daily, M2M is sure to get your full body moving.

Riverside Athletic Club

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1500 River Dr, Suite 101-A Belmont

A group exercise setting with childcare and no membership fees, Riverside Athletic Club serves a diverse demographic with dynamic group fitness classes for various fitness levels.

Various Workouts

Not looking to get group exclusive? Many gyms have amenities for the lone workout as well as opportunities to connect to group exercise classes.

Goins Strong Fitness

171 Dallas Towne Plaza, Dallas

Run by personal trainers, this gym offers functional training, cardio equipment and group training classes. Perfect for the hybrid gym-goer.

Loray Athletic Club

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300 S. Firestone Street, #100G, Gastonia

Offering individualized personal training, group exercise and fitness equipment, the Loray Athletic Club located in historic Loray Mill is a great way to get your fitness goals off the ground alongside great trainers and gym-goers.


Warlick YMCA Courtesy YMCA of Gaston County

A staple of the community, the various YMCAs in Gaston County offer group fitness, fitness equipment and nutritional support Yoga, cardio, high intensity interval training (HIIT) and water classes are among the YMCAs weekly class schedule. For the parents out there, the YMCA offers quality childcare for up to two hours while parents exercise and take some down time.

Stowe Family YMCA, 196 YMCA Drive, Belmont

Cherryville Family YMCA, 119 E. Main Street, Cherryville

Warlick Family YMCA, 2221 Robinwood Road, Gastonia

Kings Mountain Family YMCA, Cleveland Avenue, Kings Mountain

Pharr Family YMCA, 208 Main Street, McAdenville

Planet Fitness

Known for their inclusivity and positive environment, Planet Fitness is a great place for a great workout. Planet Fitness offers individual workouts, group training sessions and certified trainers.

602 Park Street, Belmont

202 S. New Hope Road, Gastonia

1751 Neal Hawkins Road, Gastonia


Despite the cold weather, it is possible to have a good workout outside. Staying warm and getting some fresh air all while moving your body can fight off those winter time blues and give you a reason to get outside.

Camp Gladiator

With over 3,500 locations nationwide, Camp Gladiator is a trainer-based workout in a team setting. Groups meet outdoors in parking lots (or indoors when weather does not permit outdoor workouts) and do different workouts daily. From early morning hours to after work, Camp Gladiator works to fit schedules while helping team members get fit.

120 Park Street, Belmont

140 N. Main Street, Mount Holly

226 S. Main Street, Mount Holly


Courtesy Crossfit Gastonia

If you haven’t seen your friends posting their CrossFit progress are you even on social media? From the acronyms to the #goals, CrossFit provides functional training in a group setting. Workouts of the Day (or WODs) are shared and timed, providing opportunities for cardio and strength training, all based on individual goals and abilities. CrossFit can be found across Gaston County, serving a variety of communities.

CrossFit Belmont, 81 McAdenville Road, Belmont

CrossFit Gastonia, 602 E.2nd Avenue, Gastonia

CrossFit Kings Mountain, 703-2 E. Kings Street, Kings Mountain


Yoga offers an opportunity to mesh mind, body and spirit in intentional movements designed to open up and strengthen. These studios offer a variety of styles to get your heart rate up or to simply sit in child’s pose.

On Track Yoga

121 S. Main Street, Mount Holly

On Track Yoga offers yoga of varying styles, from the challenging ashtanga to a restorative flow. Beyond yoga, On Track offers a twice-weekly walking club to get members out and moving collectively.


Courtesy Simply. yoga + wellness + massage

6425 Wilkinson Boulevard, Belmont

With a variety of styles, Simply. yoga + wellness + massage offers restorative yoga, flow and empower yoga. Most styles can be adapted to individual yoga levels and offer support by trained instructors.

The Yoga Room

3810 S. New Hope Road, Gastonia

With a mission that “yoga is for everyone”, The Yoga Room offers a community of yogis practicing flow yoga, slow flow and even paddleboard yoga.

Martial Arts and Combat Training

Bored with traditional fitness routes? Martial arts teaches many elements of both mental and physical strength. Try any of these studios for a change or to better your skills.

Bodyshot Combat Club and Personal Training

793 W. Charlotte Avenue, Mt. Holly

Whether you are looking to compete or simply stay in shape, Bodyshot offers a community of like-minded individuals to spur you on to your athletic and fitness goals.

FTF Fitness and Self Defense

1122 E. Hudson Boulevard, Gastonia

From self-defense classes to kick boxing, FTF offers classes for beginners and beyond. FTF is good for the whole family. Be it Brazilian Jiu Jitsu or kids’ martial arts—it’s all in their realm.

NC Budo

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124 N. Main Street, Belmont

With classic Okinawan Kempo karate at the foundation, NC Budo offers a variety of classes, from novice to competition.

The STAFF of Stanley

100 S. Main Street, Stanley

Standing for Self-Defense Training and Family Fitness, STAFF offers a variety of classes for the whole family. Classes are offered from age 4 up.

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