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I’m always up to Try something new. There’s so much beauty in novelty, and sometimes, the unknown can really surprise us. Plus, I’m often attracted to people who fall into one of two categories. First, they’re so dialed and passionate about something that they can offer up every fact on the subject. Or second, they have such a robust repertoire of things they’ve seen or experienced, that they always contribute unique and interesting insights. Both types fascinate and I tend to fall into the latter group. (Though, after watching a series of Hard Knocks with Miami DolphinsI’ve found my new way to dive deep into the NFL. But, I digress.

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The Best Group Fitness Classes in 2024

Back to new things. I’ve been feeling in a bit of an exercise rutI’m relying on my favourite trail walking to get me moving. I love it, yet wanted to challenge myself and move my body differently. I decided to give myself a week to try some new workouts. The goal was for me to have some fun, add variety and reconnect with myself in a new manner. Plus, I enjoy discovering new group fitness classes that I can revisit with friends.

This wasn’t about seeing results—after all, it was just one week. I was surprised at how quickly my mindset and confidence changed. It’s true that trying something new, no matter the outcome can help you feel all the more empowered to keep experimenting. Here’s what I tried during my week of new workouts.

Note: I’ve also reviewed some classes that I love, even though they aren’t new to me. This will help you find the perfect workout for your schedule and fitness goals. Isabelle, the Managing Editor of our magazine, was also happy to share two of her favorite fitness classes. Continue reading to get my honest reviews.

Y7 Yoga class.

Y7 Yoga

Sarah Larson Levey, the founder of Y7, has finally brought Y7 to Austin. Everyone is thrilled, including myself. I’ve long known about Y7 from my New York friends, and when Sarah moved to Austin, I had a feeling an opening was on the horizon.

This isn’t your traditional yoga class. All studios use infrared heat technology to heat the room to 80-90°F. And the music? Some of the best playlists I’ve ever heard. There’s something about doing yoga to Rhianna that makes the class even more enjoyable. The dark room was my favorite part of the class. I could go at my own pace and take a child’s pose if I needed without worrying what anyone else thought. The next day I was aching in the best of ways. Other heated studios do get a bit chilly. The same goes for the other way around.The heat pushed me to my limits and helped me improve my postures. They also offer Online classes if you’re not in a city with a studio.

  • Virtual and In Studio
  • Prices vary by studio // New client specials available
Evlo Fitness workout.

Evlo Fitness

My sister introduced me to Evlo Fitness about a year ago. Her physical therapist recommended that she try the online workouts because Shannon Ritchey is a Doctor of Physical Therapy.

Evlo is a great alternative to group bootcamp workouts. Evlo uses a scientific approach to training that helps you understand the impact of certain movements on your muscles. Evlo’s bootcamp left me feeling energized and strong.

Shannon has a podcast as well. Fit Body, Happy JointsThis provides an educational perspective on the fitness industry. The episodes dispel many fitness myths by bringing to light the true picture that marketing often leaves out. I love how she always takes a scientific and sound approach to health. For even more of Shannon’s insights, listen to her interview on The Skinny Confidential. Evlo is an online platform, but Shannon recently moved to Austin so I’m holding out hope for in-person training soon. 

  • Virtual Only
  • $55.99 monthly or $559 annually // Free Trial Available
Forward space workout.


If you enjoy dancing, this is the class for your. And even if you don’t love dance, you may be surprised by how much you connect with this class. I’m biased as I know the founder, Kristin Sudeikis, but this class injects a level of fun into my life that I didn’t know was missing.

Kristin uses her professional dance background to design her classes for every level. I had been looking forward to taking a class at the NYC studio in person, but had to cancel at the last minute. Forward Space has a downloadable PDF. 7-day virtual free trialYou can do the classes at your own pace. If I’m ever having a bad day, I’m just going to dance it off. With live and on-demand classes, there’s something for everyone. I felt like I had a great workout and really enjoyed myself. 

  • Virtual and In Studio
  • Class Packages are available at $38 per class.
Peloton Outdoor Class

Peloton Outdoor Class

Because I hit the trail almost every day, I thought I’d shake it up and try a guided class. Insert Peloton’s Outdoor Series. As a former Peloton bike owner, I already knew they’d have a plethora of options. And I was right—almost to the point where I was overwhelmed with the number of workouts. Think about walking meditations, power walking, recovery runs, HIIT and more.

I choose “Beginner Workout”Did you do a? 30 Minute Interval Run with Oliva A.. It’s been a good 6-7 months since I went for a run, and this was a perfect way to jump back in. I took it at my own pace, as encouraged by the instructor, but also pushed myself more than I would’ve had I set out to do this on my own. I love the ease of being able to do this from the road, even if I’m stuck inside a hotel gym vs. outdoors.

  • Virtual Only
  • Memberships starting at $12.99 per month // Free classes available
The Sculpt Society

The Sculpt Society

When my trip was cancelled to NYC and I lost all the classes I had planned, I needed to do something quick that I could complete at home. I was under a tight time constraint. I’ve been following Megan RoupI had been on social media for a while and was familiar with The Sculpt Society. Megan, a former New York Knicks dancer, incorporates both dance and sculpting into her workouts. I already knew dance from Forward Space so I took the Sculpt class. Megan sells props both online and in the gym near my house. This class was a real burner, even though we didn’t lift heavy weights. Megan is a great instructor and she has a lot to offer. I was sweating within minutes. Bonus points for a 7-day trial that allows you to try it out without risk.

  • Virtual Only
  • $19.99 monthly or $179.99 annually // 7-Day Free trial Available
SoulCycle class.


SoulCycle was not new to me and I was excited when they opened their first Austin Studio eight years ago. This is perfect for the high intensity cardio that I don’t always get from my trail walks and certainly not in Pilates or yoga. If I’m feeling a little off cardio-wise, I’ll book a bike in the back of the dimly-lit room and let the loud music wake my body up. And when I’m feeling really adventurous and like I can stay on beat, you can usually find me in the front row. If any of you have tried a SoulCycle class, you know that arm section is not for the faint of heart—who knew that two-pound weights could burn so good? If you’re in Austin (or have a SoulCycle bike at home), take Chris Chandler’s classes. He brings incredible energy to each workout.

  • Virtual and In Studio
  • In-Studio : $20 for your first class // Virtual : $39.99 per month for unlimited classes
Barry's Bootcamp class

Barry’s Bootcamp

When I lived in LA 15 years ago, I lived right next door to Barry’s first location in West Hollywood. After a friend told me that they had thrown up in their first class, i resolved to never try it. (I never did check my source to see if they were hungover or if it was really that hard… ) However, the class format has shifted in the last 15 years, and can truly say, it IS a tough workout. But as with any class—go at your own pace.

I love a Barry’s as most places I travel for work have enough studios for me to choose from. Most traditional classes are a treadmill/weight-training hybrid. You can choose if you’d like to start with tread (running), floor (weights), or double floor (no tread, double the weight portion). I listen to my body to determine what I need, but my all-time favorite class is Barry’s Weights. Weight training only, no treadmill or running. I used to be super intimidated by lifting and even more intimidated to do a treadmill class, but I’m playing for the class—so I have no fear in taking what I need and leaving what I don’t.

  • Virtual and In Studio
  • In-Studio $43 for 3 classes (New clients only) // Online: 30-Day Trial, then $39.99 per month for Unlimited Classes
DOGPOUND workout


Disclaimer: I received a private group session for free to try it. It was a great experience. I’m sure you’ve heard this is where most of Victoria’s Secret angels work out, not to mention a host of celebrities who come for private training. While I didn’t walk out an angel, I had the most fun. DOGPOUND focuses on private personal training unless you book a session for a group. I did everything from flipping a wheel to ball slams, and box jumps. Our session was more functional, which I really appreciated as group fitness and gym classes can often become a little boring. It would be great to have private training in LA or NYC, but I don’t live there. There’s something about a program designed specifically for me that makes me feel more invested and attached to both the program and the process. 

  • In-Studio Training (Virtual training options available by contacting DOGPOUND directly)
  • Prices start at $50/class for group classes


If you’re at all interested in health and wellness on social media, you’ve likely come across FORM. (It’s not just the good marketing—everyone’s talking about the workout.) Co-founded by Sami Clarke, and Sami Bernstein SpalterFORM is about intuitive, effective movements that you can perform at home. Think of Pilates or strength-based routines, which can be done either with or without props. The movements are usually small but spicy. Sami C. is the motivating best friend you’ve always wanted to work out with and who will cheer you on even through the toughest postures. Weekly workout schedules have been curated to give you the exact balance you need between a healthy burn and intentional rest. I love that all I have to do is find that day’s workout and press play. (Oh—and their recipe library is gold!) — Isabelle

  • Virtual Only
  • $28 Monthly or $119.99 annually // 7-Day Trial Available
Barre3 workout


Let me introduce you to the workout that helped me *actually* fall in love with fitness. I’ve been doing barre3 both online and at my local Chicago studio for the past six years. Barre3 has more than 175 studios across the United States and Canada. The classes are challenging, but the movements are designed to feel good and juicier in your body. I’m a 6 a.m. regular, and I always say that it’s my favorite way to wake up. The name might make you think this is a classic bar, but the workout is much more. It combines mindfulness, cardio, and strength conditioning to give you an intense, dynamic workout. Each class is inspired by Pilates and yoga and helps to strengthen your body, preventing injury and building endurance. My favorite part is? All classes end with guided breathing, which helps regulate your nervous systems and wind down after an energy-boosting exercise. — Isabelle

  • Virtual and In Studio
  • Prices vary by Studio // $29.99 per month or $239.88 per year, 14-day Free Trial Available
Women doing yoga outside.

The Takeaway 

This month, I was able to enjoy and challenge myself by trying out the best group fitness class. Yes, I felt sore but I also craved movement. I thought I’d leave this experiment declaring a favorite workout, but instead found a few group fitness classes I can rely on for whatever I need. Whether that’s an extra push, a shift in mindset, or a gentle, grounding day.

Y7 will work well during my cycling. Forward Space is ideal before a presentation, (jamming helps me get my mind off of things) and Peloton when I need someone pushing me. Evlo is solid for helping me build strength safely and effectively—seriously, everyone should try it. Finally, The Sculpt Society is the perfect burner when I’m in a pinch. And with more options in the mix, I’m excited to switch things up week to week.

I had so much fun and encourage you to try new things as much as possible—fitness-related or not. 

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