The Best Gyms Down the Shore

Plus: tons of super-summer, money-saving specials

Just because you’re away from home and surrounded by sun and sand doesn’t mean you have to forgo those yoga or Pilates classes or get (completely) out of the habit of hitting the gym. From LBI to Cape May, here are the best Shore spots to sweat.


Yoga Nine
2512 South Long Beach Boulevard, Ship Bottom, 609-494-9299; 45 South New York Road (Smithville Town Center), Smithville, 609-404-0999
Just because you’re down the shore doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all of those downward-facing dogs. For $425, you can score a summer pass, valid from Memorial Day to Labor Day, to Yoga Nine. You’ll find group yoga classes seven days a week, as well as Pilates, meditation, YBR Body Rolling, yoga flow, and inversion immersion. Regular price: $18/drop-in; $80/five classes; $150/month


Island Gym
5010 Wellington Avenue, Ventnor City, 609-823-3400
For only $29 a month if you join this summer, you can work up a sweat at Island Gym’s classes before going out for the night in sin city. With more than 400 pieces of cardio and fitness equipment and award-winning group fitness programs, such as group total body, group stability ball, group cardio kickbox, zumba, group cardio sculpt, group ab attack, and group power, you are sure to get a good work out in. Stop in 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Regular price: $12/drop-in; $40/week; $59/month; $147/three months

(Ventnor, Margate, & Longport)

Elite Fitness
7805 Atlantic Avenue, Margate, 609-822-8348
A one-time payment of $169 will buy you three months access to Elite’s brand-new state-of-the-art cardio and weight-training equipment, individual flat-screen monitors on iPod-ready cardio equipment, high-speed wireless Internet access and lots of great classes, including the new p90x Beach Body Blast class. Regular price: $15/drop-in; $45/week; $100/10 pack; $135/15 pack; $200/25 pack (no enrollment fee)


Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center
1735 Simpson Avenue, Ocean City, 609-398-6900
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 even tai chi. Regular price: $12/drop in ($7/guests); $30/week; $49/month; Summer savings: $99 will buy you a three-month, quarterly membership (continues all year round)

CK Pilates Studio
533 Route 9 South, Marmora, 609-457-3041

You might be away from your regular studio, but don’t forget about all the hard work you’ve been putting in. Drop in for an always-affordable class—there’s everything from Pilates to Spinning, or combinations such as spinlates—before slipping on your flops and hitting the sand. Regular price: $16/group mat session; $30/group apparatus session; $65/private session; $45/semi-private session; Summer savings: An unlimited package that includes all mat classes and any variation of spin classes for $120 per month; 5 Spin classes for $50 (no expiration); 4 reformer Pilates classes/$100 (no expiration); 5 mat Pilates classes/$75 (no expiration)


Beach View Fitness
9 42nd Street, Sea Isle City, 609-263-0222
Located right on the water, Beach View was deemed Best Gym on the Jersey Shore by MyFoxPhilly last year, and for $160 you can become a three-month member (May 22 to September 5). With a view of the ocean, lucky treadmill-ers often 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. Regular price: $10/drop in; $30/week; $60/month (purchase of $5 keycard, will be returned after); Summer Savings: 10 visits for $90, 20 for $160, 30 for $210.

Hardbodies Gym and Fitness
4411 Landis Avenue, Sea Isle City, 609-263-6500
Located only a half-block from the beach, Hardbodies is the oldest and largest gym in the area, and $99 will buy you a season’s pass (from June 1st to September 11th). You won’t find any aerobic or Pilates classes here, but you will find top-notch weight equipment that will keep that body bathing-suit ready. Regular price: $10/drop-in; $35/week; $40/month; $120/Punch card of 15


Mindbody Pilates
2101 Ocean Drive, Avalon, 609-368-8700
If you want to lengthen your limbs and tighten your core before slipping on that bikini, head to MindBody Pilates. With Cape May County’s legally certified Pilates teachers, beginners and pros alike will find private, semi-private, and intimate small group mat and equipment classes. From May through September, you’ll also find Pilates and yoga on the beach for just $10 per class. Regular price: $75/private session; $50/duo session; $40/trio session; $20-$30/group class; Summer savings: Private Sessions purchased during restaurant week (June 7-12) will receive a $20 discount, Semi-private will receive $15 off and any class will receive a $10 discount. Any monthly package purchased prior to June 12 will receive two extra Open Gym Circuit workouts for free.

Island Aerobics
3206 Dune Drive, Avalon, 609-368-0880
Starting June 25th, $428 will buy you unlimited access to Island Aerobics’ intense roster of group classes. With Total Body Conditioning, Yoga, Spin, Spin-N-Stretch, Cardio Step, Body Sculpt, Iron Woman/Man, and Zumba Plus, you’ll never get bored here. Oh, and this is where the lifeguards workout—so there’s some decent eye candy, too. Regular price: $15/drop-in; $65/five days; $80/week


Shape Wellness Studios
9407 2nd Avenue, Stone Harbor, 609-368-6900

There are no membership rates at this studio because it is not your average gym. Instead, they do one-on-one personal training and offer yoga, Pilates, bootcamp, and zumba classes. They also offer massage by Sunstone Massage. Summer savings: $249 discount introductory training package, includes six, 1-hour sessions and $75 gift check toward future training packages upon completion of program.


The Gym at 10th Street
10th and New Jersey Avenue, North Wildwood, 609-729-2286
For $158.36, you’ll receive three months access to this two-level exercise facility. You’ll find yoga, Spinning, and cardio-kickboxing group fitness classes, as well as a steam room and juice bar for relaxing post-sweat session. Regular price: $12/day, $55/month, $160/season


Balance Pilates & Yoga Studio
600 Park Boulevard, West Cape May, 609-884-3001
Not only can you schedule a Thai yoga massage here, 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 an unlimited class pass from Memorial Day to Labor Day for just $355. Regular price: $17/drop-in for yoga, mat, zumba; $25/drop-in pilates equipment class; $75/week; $225/month

North Beach Health Club
3860 Bayshore Drive, North Cape May, 609-886-4842
This summer, you can score a three-month pass for $65 or a four-month pass for $89 at this club, where you’ll find cardio and strength-training equipment, as well as a roster of great group classes. (Moms: there’s also baby-sitting available.) And for only $29, you can score four personal training sessions that’ll help you fine-tune your technique to maximize results. Regular price: $7/drop-in; $25/week, all classes included (Boot camp is a separate charge)

Dragonfly Wellness Studio
106 North Main Street, Cape May Court House, 609-465-4200
Whether you want to stretch out, slim down, or get into summer-relaxation mode, this is the place to do it. In addition to offering massage, yoga, zumba, and Pilates, you’ll also find holistic health and nutrition lifestyle counseling. Regular price: $15/1 class; $65/5 class; $125/10 classes; Summer specials: $330 includes unlimited classes and two therapeutic massages during the 2-month period from 7/1-8/31; add another month for $100