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.
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. Hour Blast has five locations: Uptown, Downtown, Lakeview, Elmwood, and Metairie. Be sure to book your class in advance–and prepare to break a sweat.
If a natural setting is more your style for your daily workout, head to Audubon Park for a group exercise class with local fitness guru, Jon Sloan. Formerly known as Big Easy Bootcamp, Swoot by Jon Sloan Fitness offers both Sw!tch HIIT classes and bootcamp sessions for clients of all interests and experience levels. 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.
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 not 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.
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.
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 Nina Boasso leads classes every Saturday morning in Jackson Square, with classes sometimes offered in the Cabildo itself or in Presbytere on the other side of St. Louis Cathedral. Both buildings feature historic, Spanish-colonial architecture. Classes can be booked here.