Here's Cleveland's favorite form of exercise — and best spots to sweat in style

Here's Cleveland's favorite form of exercise — and best spots to sweat in styleCrossFit Sixth City | Photo: Adam D./Yelp
Published on October 23, 2019

What does Cleveland have in common with New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Phoenix?

According to ClassPass' 2019 fitness trends, those cities share one most popular form of group exercise class: strength training.

Want to know where to go when it comes to Cleveland's most popular workout? To find the top strength-training gyms in the area, Hoodline analyzed data from Yelp, Facebook and ClassPass to identify which studios are the most popular. Read on for the results.

(Bonus: You can try them all out if you're a member of ClassPass, a monthly fitness membership that provides access to thousands of different studios, gyms and wellness offerings.)

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CrossFit Sixth City

2345 St. Clair Ave. NE, Goodrich-Kirkland Park

CrossFit Sixth City | Photo: adam d./Yelp

Open since 2014, CrossFit Sixth City is Cleveland's favorite strength training gym by the numbers, with five stars out of 635 reviews on ClassPass, five stars out of 18 reviews on Yelp and 1,712 fans on Facebook.

"The coaches of CrossFit Sixth City have helped hundreds of people achieve their fitness goals, develop healthy habits and accomplish feats they never thought possible," states the business' ClassPass profile. "Their programs combine CrossFit with core strength and conditioning methodologies that have been proven over time to increase cardiovascular capacity, strength and set you up to lead a healthier and more fulfilling life. CrossFit Sixth City offers a variety of classes, including their traditional CrossFit program, their endurance program and their non-barbell CityFit class."

Check out reviews of the different classes at CrossFit Sixth City on ClassPass here.

Rise Nation

1026 Euclid Ave., Downtown

Rise Nation | Photo: ClassPass

Also among Cleveland's favorites is Rise Nation, with 4.9 stars out of 7,512 reviews on ClassPass, five stars out of 13 reviews on Yelp and 3,450 fans on Facebook — those Facebook fans are shared across the business' multiple locations. It's the top strength training gym in the entire Cleveland metro area, according to ClassPass' rankings.

"Rise Nation offers a 30-minute, full-body workout on the VersaClimber which activates all the major muscle groups simultaneously," according to the business' ClassPass profile. "The VersaClimber utilizes the primal cross-crawl-climb movement progression that is innate to the human body. Reinforcing this fundamental biomechanical sequence helps promote proper spinal alignment, core strength and neuro-muscular coordination. This workout is self-regulating and zero-impact, affording all demographics, and those recovering from injury, the opportunity to climb."

Learn more about the selection of classes at Rise Nation on ClassPass here.


100 St. Clair Ave. NE, Floor 3, Downtown

Trilogy | Photo: ClassPass

With 4.7 stars out of 528 reviews on ClassPass, 3.5 stars out of nine reviews on Yelp and 130 fans on Facebook, Trilogy has garnered plenty of local fans.

This is a 25,000 square foot fitness, wellness and day spa facility that combines cutting-edge technology, state-of-the-art architecture, sustainability, and complementary and alternative service provider collaborations to create an unrivaled wellness experience, explains the business' ClassPass profile. "Our mission revolves around Ayurvedic philosophies and focuses on helping people attain optimum well-being by giving them the knowledge, motivation and inspiration to live a balanced and healthy life. When a person's heart, soul, body and mind are united, that person achieves a life of fitness."

Read reviews of the different classes at Trilogy on ClassPass here.

Junker Fitness

1200 W. 76th St., Detroit Shoreway

Junker Fitness | Photo: ClassPass

With 4.9 stars out of 33 reviews on ClassPass, five stars out of one review on Yelp and 904 fans on Facebook, Junker Fitness holds its own among the competition.

Want to know more about the gym's owner?

"Jackson Junker is a former All-American collegiate athlete with over 14 years of experience in the fitness industry," states the business' profile on ClassPass. "Through sports performance, coaching, effective personal training and developing successful personal trainers, Jackson Junker has impacted many in Northeast Ohio. Jackson inspires people to be the best version of themselves and knows how to motivate you."

See what people are saying about the offerings at Junker Fitness on ClassPass here.


1120 Chester Ave., Suite 106, Downtown

GrooveRyde | Photo: ClassPass

With 4.9 stars out of 3,411 reviews on ClassPass, five stars out of one review on Yelp and 3,846 fans on Facebook, GrooveRyde is another popular local pick. Please note, though, that the Facebook fans are spread across the business' multiple locations.

"The mission at GrooveRyde is to create transformational experiences that elevate the community through connection, relationships, mindfulness and a hell of a good time," explains the business' ClassPass profile. "It looks to blend fitness with personal development in order to supercharge the mind, body and the soul. On offer are indoor cycling, boot camp, boxing, Buti yoga, barre and more."

Learn more about the classes at GrooveRyde on ClassPass here.

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