The Best Gyms Down the Shore

From LBI to Cape May (and every town in between), we’ve rounded up the best spots to score a sweat session in every seaside town

Lyceum II
Take a break from the sun and breeze into Lyceum for everything from yoga and Pilates to Tae Bo and cardio-dance. They also offer babysitting, spray-on tanning, and ellipticals and treadmills tailored specifically for a woman’s stride.

[sidebar]$10-15/drop-in, $29-50/month, special rates offered seasonally; 685 Mill Creek Road, Manahawkin, 609-494-4393,

Yoga Nine
From advanced Vinyasa to classes customized for beginners and mommies-to-be, Yoga Nine offers something for everyone looking to improve their summer wellness. Group yoga classes are offered seven days a week and private sessions, massage bodywork, Pilates, and tai chi classes are also available.

$18/drop-in; $80/five classes; $150/month; $400/season pass; 2512 S. Long Beach Blvd., Ship Bottom, 609-494-9299,


Island Gym
If you need a break from the boards, work up a sweat at Island Gym’s power kickboxing or warm up your dance moves in hip-hop or Zumba class before heading out to the clubs. And because it’s open 24/7, you’ll never have to figure out how to fit in a sweat session around the tables, laying out, or all that super-active eating and drinking.

$12/drop-in; $40/week; $59/month; $147/three months; 5010 Wellington Ave., Ventnor City, 609-823-3400,


Milton and Betty Katz Jewish Community Center
More than just your average gym, this community center offers tons of activities, including indoor and outdoor swimming, basketball, and volleyball. There are also more than 50 group classes, so there’s something for everyone from the hard-core kettlebell fan to the yogini.

$15/drop-in adult; $40/drop-in family; $122/month; $265/four months; $200/20-pass card; 501 North Jerome Ave., Margate, 609-822-1167,

Elite Fitness
When the high temps make an outdoor run or bike ride unbearable, pop into one of Elite’s summer-themed classes like Caribbean Dance Fitness, which uses beats of the Bahamas and the merengue for an intense ab and oblique workout, or p90x Beach Body Blast, an advanced total-body muscle program promised to whip you into beach-body shape.

$15/drop-in; $35/week; $100/10 pack; $135/15 pack; $59/month; $159/three months; 7805 Atlantic Ave., Margate, 609-822-8348,

NJ Yoga Zone
With more than 30 classes a week in everything from Pilates and yoga (they’ve got Bikram and Vinyasa) to cardio kettlebells, there’s no way you won’t get in shape this summer. The studio also provides personal training, yoga workshops, and wellness events.

$15/drop-in; $70/5 sessions; $150/month; $325/3 months; 7809 Ventnor Ave., Margate, 609-822-5800,


Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center
Whether you’re working on your uppercut or bettering your breaststroke, Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center has everything you could want at a gym away from home. In addition to treadmills, ellipticals, and weights, you’ll find an indoor pool and group classes including step, Pilates, kickboxing, and tai chi.

$12/drop in; $30/week; $49/month; $111/3 months; 1735 Simpson Ave., Ocean City, 609-398-6900,

CK Pilates Studio
You might be away from your regular studio, but now’s not the time to let your tummy lose its tone, so drop in for a class before slipping on your flops and hitting the sand. The instructors here will work you on everything from mats to equipment, in group sessions or private.

$16/group mat session; $30/group apparatus session; $55/private session; $45/semi-private session; 533 Route 9 South, Marmora, 609-457-3041,


Beach View Fitness
Located right on the water, this gym means you won’t have to miss a single second of ocean just to log a workout. With a view of the ocean, some lucky treadmillers have been known to see dolphins while they sweat. And if you’re a family that sweats together, ask about their punch cards. You can buy 10, 20, or 30 visits that your entire family can use throughout the season.

$10/drop-ins, $30/week, $60/month, $160/seasonal. 9 42nd St., Sea Isle City, 609-263-0222,

Hardbodies Gym and Fitness
Located a half block from the beach, Hardbodies is the oldest and largest gym in the area.You won’t find any aerobic or Pilates classes here. Open only during the summertime, they help shore-goers score the perfect beach body with an emphasis on circuit training.

$11/drop-in; $35/week; $50/month; $100/Punch card of 10; $180/Punch card of 20; $210/Punch card of 30; 4411 Landis Avenue, Sea Isle City, 609-263-6500,

Surfside Fitness
If too many hours at the office have left you more flabby than fit, sign up for a few personal training sessions at Surfside Fitness. If you’d rather burn off the calories in a group class or are interested in nutrition counseling, you can stroll down a few blocks to their sister facility, Surfside Loft Pilates & Yoga Studio on 4202 Landis Ave., to bend and stretch yourself into a better-looking you.

$10/Day, $30/Week, $60/Month, $150/Seasonal. 3814 Landis Ave., Sea Isle City, 609-263-9023


Mindbody Pilates
If you want to lengthen your limbs and tighten your core before slipping on your bikini, head to MindBody Pilates. Beginners and pros alike will find everything from mat classes on the beach to hard-core sessions on the Reformer.

$75/private session; $50/duo session; $40/trio session; $20-$30/group class;
2101 Ocean Drive, Avalon, 609-368-8700,

Island Aerobics
With names like Double Trouble, Buddha Camp, Zumba Enerjam, and Stepaholics, you’re bound to have fun in one of Island Aerobics’ group fitness classes. Just be forewarned: This is where the lifeguards workout, so if you’re looking for a summer fling, leave that coffee-stained tee at home!

$15/drop-in; $65/five days; $80/week; $428/season pass; 3206 Dune Drive, Avalon, 609-368-0880,


The Gym at 10th Street
Scoring a killer beach body and a glowing tan doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive at this full-service heath club. There are two levels of exercise equipment available, as well as spinning, yoga, and cardio kickboxing group fitness classes. After your workout, you can hit the tanning beds to get a head start on your summer bronze. Make sure to relax in the steam room and grab a shake at the juice bar before you go.

$12/day, $55/month, $160/season; 10th and New Jersey Ave., North Wildwood, 609-729-2286,


Balance Pilates & Yoga Studio
Not only can you schedule a Thai yoga massage, but this studio also offers private and small-group instruction in unique classes like Pilates Chair and Pilatesstick. And just in time for summer, they’re offering a Weekend Warrior Special: An unlimited class pass from Memorial Day to Labor Day for just $347.

$17/drop-in; $60/week; $225/month; 600 Park Blvd., West Cape May, 609-884-3001,

Cape Fitness
Cape May’s only gym for over 10 years, Cape Fitness is only blocks from the beach— which means you won’t have to trek across town to get in your workout. There’s also teens and kids classes, body fat analysis and sports specific conditioning for jocks who don’t want to lose their stamina down the Shore.

$13/drop-in; $49/week, $59/month, $149/3 months; 600 Park Blvd., Cape May, 609-898-1515,

North Beach Health Club

You’ll find cardio and strength-training equipment, as well as a roster of great group classes, babysitting, and tanning beds at this gym. And for only $29, you can score four personal training sessions that’ll help you fine-tune your technique to maximize results.

$7/drop-in; $25/week; 3-month summer specials available; 3860 Bayshore Drive, North Cape May, 609-886-4842,


Dragonfly Wellness Studio
Whether you want to stretch out, slim down, or get into summer-relaxation mode, this is the place to do it. In addition to yoga, the studio also offers massage, acupuncture, and nutrition consultations.

$15/1 class; $65/5 class; $125/10 classes; $75/1 private class; 106 North Main St., Cape May Court House, 609-465-4200,

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