While our city might be better known for bars rather than barbells, fitness centers and group exercises all over town provide health-conscious LGBTQ+ travelers with many opportunities for staying active while on the go. Before you bop around on Bourbon or funk down on Frenchmen, you can get your sweat on in a number of innovative, fun, challenging, and even spiritual ways with these local fitness classes. Best of all, they all offer drop-in rates and single-class passes for visitors who are only in New Orleans for a couple of days. Afterwards, enjoy some rest and relaxation via our guide specific to LGBTQ travelers.

Rebecca Todd, New Orleans Tourism

Pretty accurate name here: one hour, and it’s a blast. This HIIT class alternates between two zones to provide a well-rounded workout. Cardio exercises on the treadmill wake up your muscles and increase your heart rate, while a TRX zone on the floor focuses on building strength, stability, coordination, and flexibility. Be sure to book your class in advance–and prepare to break a sweat.

Jeff Schiffman

Formerly known as Big Easy Bootcamp, Swoot by Jon Sloan Fitness offers seven different types of workouts for clients of all interests and experience levels in a sleek space located on Magazine Street in the Garden District. Classes are different every day of the week and provide a fun and challenging way to get your sweat on with a group of like-minded individuals, many of whom are LGBTQ+ or allies.

Image Courtesy of Romney Studios

From Pilates and yoga to Megaformer classes and cycling, Romney Studios is a one-stop-shop for a challenging one-hour workout. The Megaformer classes utilize the Lagree Method to strengthen and tone through high intensity, low-impact exercises, and the studio’s latest offering, BOUNCE, is a trampoline-based workout that builds muscle and promotes healthy digestive and lymphatic systems. Simply pick the class that’s best suited for your body and schedule at one of two Magazine Street locations: Uptown or Lower Garden District.

Meg Becker, Cyclebar

For proof that Cyclebar is a workout wonderland for LGBTQ+ travelers, look no further than its daily schedule, which is packed with pop-diva themed classes to get your energy and heart rate up. Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Lil Nas X, and Lizzo are just a few of the artists featured in these hour-long, indoor sessions. Classes are led by experienced instructors who aim to motivate and empower, all while you enjoy a rotation of energetic tunes and music videos in a supportive and encouraging community. 

Rebecca Todd

This is the class to join if you’re looking for an experience that tailors to the mind, body, and spirit in a setting that features dazzling New Orleans architecture. Yoga practitioner and instructor Adrienne Byrd leads classes every Saturday morning in Jackson Square, with classes offered in a light-filled gallery. Classes can be booked here.

For even more LGBTQ+ friendly fitness in New Orleans, visit our page here to see what businesses have taken the “Everyone’s Welcome Here” pledge.