Unique Workouts in NOLA

There are days that even thinking about going to the gym makes me cringe. Ugh. I DO NOT want to get on another treadmill. Spin, barre, crossfit… you can find those on every corner. Gimme something that excites me and makes me want to go workout!

These are the best two spots in New Orleans to mix up that old, boring workout routine!


City Surf

Photo credit: Erika Haven Photography


City Surf originated in Dallas by Mitchell Brown. If these boards they work out on look familiar to you, it’s because they were on Shark Tank. They started with 6 classes in 2013.

Fast forward to today and City Surf can be found in 4 states! City Surf NOLA opened up in the Audubon neighborhood in 2015. They offer 9 classes in a 2000 square foot space on Magazine Street with a huge backyard to boot.

Owner, Becky Hardin, is a Florida native with a background in surfing. So when she took that first class in Dallas, she knew she was bringing this back to the Big Easy. They have some kick ass trainers and a very loyal following.

City Surf offers the following types of classes: 2 yoga based, one HIIT, 2 cardio intensive, one barre style, a strength building, bootcamp, abs, and even a recovery class to work on sore muscles!

Becky & crew encourage clients to try and take all of the classes, as they all work together to give you a well-rounded fitness program.  Clients can expect to see their bodies change within the first few weeks, and a great improvement in their overall strength, stamina, and balance over a few months of regular classes.


New Orleans Boulder Lounge

Photo Credit: NO Boulder Lounge


New Orleans Boulder Lounge opened in July of 2015, but a few years of planning went into this. Post-Katrina there were no climbing gyms in the city. The 4 founders got together to find a suitable building for a community bouldering gym. They now have 2 locations in the city – one in the Bywater & the other in the LGD. 

Beyond climbing as a physical sport, NOBL really strives to increase inclusivity and maintain a safe, supportive space.

They offer a weekly free intro to bouldering classes (free with day pass purchase), youth programs, and are starting a new set of classes for each difficulty level. The great thing about climbing is that each route is done very differently from person to person, even the ‘super fit people’ approach the same route in a matter of ways. This is definitely a workout that all fitness levels can enjoy. 

Bonus! They offer a free Ladies Night once a month. NOBL also has a bouldering league for the always competitive folks. There is a summer camp for kids. The first Friday of every month is 100% free. Plus, the Boulder Lounge offers a Queer & Trans night. With all of these things happening, you have no excuse to not drop in at least once!


Grab a dairy free dessert after you sweat.