Your Resource Guide For Where To Exercise In Charleston...Find The Best Fitness Facility Near You That Provides What You're Looking For!

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Hi, this is Shane Doll, owner of Shaping Concepts. I created this guide to help local Charleston residents or those new to town find a fitness facility that best meets their wants and needs.

As an owner of a Charleston gym myself of course I’d love for you to check out my facility if you’re close to Mt. Pleasant, but I certainly understand it may not be the best fit for everyone for any number of reasons.

Having said that, my primary objective is to earn your respect as a trusted advisor and be someone you’ll naturally think of when it comes to getting expert fitness and weight loss advice in town. Since my business is primarily built on referrals I’m always looking to help in any way I can knowing full well people refer to those individuals they like and trust.

Charleston fitness training

Moving to a new area can be pretty stressful, but finding a good place to workout shouldn’t be part of that stress. It’s just tough knowing exactly where to go when you don’t have the inside scoop. As someone who’s been in the Charleston fitness scene for the past ten years I can help steer you in the right direction.

What you’ll find on this page is a basic listing of the different types of exercise and fitness facilities around Charleston broken down by location and category. You’ll also find contact information, websites, and phone numbers to assist you in locating facilities to tour.

While it obviously wouldn’t be appropriate to provide my personal reviews of all the local facilities on this page I’d be happy to give you my recommendations in person. If I can help you with finding a place to exercise in Charleston please don’t hesitate to fill out the web-form at the top of this page for my FREE consultation.

Charleston Health Clubs

There are several large health clubs around Charleston to choose from within close driving distance from just about every part of the Lowcountry. While you won’t find the mega-health clubs like Urban Active Fitness, Lifestyle Fitness, etc, you can definitely find the typical health club with plenty of cardio and resistance machines.

Charleston health clubs

Just so you know there are only a few facilities that provide amenities like swimming pools, racquetball courts, basketball courts, etc, if that’s something you’ll be interested in. Here are a few facilites that do provide them:

MUSC Wellness Center: swimming pool, racquetball courts, basketball courts
ESAC - Johnnie Dodds, Mt. Pleasant- swimming poo, racquetball courts, basketball courts
St. Andrews Family Fitness- swimming pool, racquetball courts, basketball courts

Charleston 24 Hour Gyms

Within the last couple of years Charleston has finally started seeing some 24 hour fitness facilities. Today you’ll find several of these gyms around the Lowcountry to choose from. They’re not that much different in terms of what you’ll get (access to some free weights and equipment- not much more), but these can be good options for people that need flexibility with their schedules.

Charleston 24 Hour Gyms

Don’t expect to find the best trainers there or much in the line of options for things like exercise classes. 24 hour fitness facilities in general have a stigma with often lacking in customer service and cleanliness. This certainly isn’t true in every case but you’ll definitely want to do some homework here. The business model is built around providing just the basics and minimizing the expenses that come from staffing. Not necessarily a bad thing for the person who just wants a place to workout, just know these facilities won’t be for everyone.

Charleston Personal Training Studios

Being the owner of a personal training studio in Charleston since 2003 I’ve come to know most of the trainers around town. Just like any other industry there are the true professionals and those who are simply working a “job” for the time being. When someone is looking for personal training either for in-home or they live far from one of my studios I regularly refer to the trainers I know to be professionals.

The personal training studios are a nice option for the individual just starting an exercise program who can benefit from the accountability and coaching. Going it alone can be really tough especially when you don’t have a habit and are unsure about exactly what exercises to do or how to do them correctly. A larger Charleston gym or health club could be ideal once you’ve developed a routine and consistency, but don’t overlook coaching in the beginning.

Charleston personal training

If you rush right into a gym membership you’re likely to end up being frustrated from the lack of results and quit or simply just fall off the wagon since nobody was there to keep you accountable while you built an exercise habit. Most Charleston personal training studios don’t require contracts or membership agreements which is just another added bonus to starting there first.

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"Even At 48 Years Old I Was Able To Lose 30 Pounds And Go From A Size 12 To A Size 2. When I Get Up In The Morning I Can Wear Anything I Want!"

"When I came to Shaping Concepts I was 48 years old, 157 pounds and I wore a size 12. Getting dressed in the morning was depressing. I looked and felt fat in all my clothes. Looking in mirrors was something I avoided.

A friend of mine told me she went to Shaping Concepts. She was in her 50's and she looked hot! How many times had I joined a gym? How may times had I purchased fitness equipment? I decided this might be my last hope. Depression had clearly set in.

Although I was skeptical at first and it took me a while to get my nutrition and cardio on track, then end result was nothing less than amazing. Even at 48 years old I was able to lose 30 pounds and get down to a size 0-2. Now, when I get dressed in the morning I can wear anything I want.

Yes, outside I look good but the biggest change for me is the inner peace and comfort I feel within. I'm a content person today, no more inner chaos, and I'm truly loving life. Andrew you changed my life! Yes, I worked hard but you made it so easy, so natural. Shaping Concepts is so much more than a gym. Every time I walk in the the door I feel love, support, kindness and encouragement."

Sarah Parker
Isle Of Palms, SC

Listing of Charleston Health Clubs

Mt. Pleasant Health Clubs

ESAC- Mt. Pleasant
910 Johnnie Dodds Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

ESAC- Park West
3301 Stockdale Street
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466

Eco Fitness
627 Johnnie Dodds Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Downtown Charleston Health Clubs

ESAC- Downtown
80 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29401

MUSC Wellness Center
45 Courtenay Drive
Charleston, SC 29401

Bluefish Fitness Club
360 Concord Street
Suite 200 Aquarium Wharf
Charleston, SC 29401

Eco Fitness
69 Wentworth Street
Charleston, SC 29401

"With the help of my trainer Andrew Duffy, I've been able to lose 38 pounds and totally transform my body"

For a while, probably about a year and half I was working out but not 100% on track. I knew what I wanted to do but just couldn't seem to get everything lined up to drop the weight. But once I got serious and made a steadfast commitment to go all out, everything fell into place. With the help of my trainer Andrew Duffy, I've been able to lose 38 pounds and totally transform my body.

Not only am I much leaner and have more energy but my entire outlook on fitness has changed. The positive changes just fueled my enthusiasm with workouts and now I look forward to heading to the gym. I feel 100% better, it's amazing how much more confident and how much more happy you can be. The programs flat out work once you put your mind to it.

Andrew Clarke
Mt. Pleasant

Click here to see Andrew's video testimonial

North Charleston Health Clubs

Palmetto Fitness Center
7671 A Northwoods Blvd
North Charleston, SC 29406

ESAC- North Charleston
8545 Dorchester Road
North Charleston, SC 29420

Select Fitness LLC
7800 Rivers Ave Suite 1930
North Charleston, SC 29406

West Ashley Health Clubs

ESAC- West Ashley
466 Savannah Highway
Charleston, SC 29407

ESAC- West Ashley
1964 Ashley River Road
Charleston, SC 29407

Pivotal Fitness
1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
Charleston, SC 29407

St. Andrew’s Family Fitness Center
1632 Sam Rittenberg Blvd
Charleston, SC 29407

Planet Fitness
2070 Sam Rittenberg Blvd #E772
Charleston, SC 29407

"I'd Exercised All My Life But My Turning Point Was Making The Decision To Work With A Coach Who Kept Me Accountable And Pushed Me To Give My All"

"When I began the workouts with Andrew Duffy, my personal trainer, it was difficult mentally and physically but his push to work hard and encouragement kept me coming back for more. He is the reason I have come as far as I have with my fitness. Shane Doll also had a huge impact on me and how I would move forward with my fitness. His nutrition seminar hit a cord and changed the way I live.

I decided to not only eat healthy but live healthy, which has made such a big impact on my physique. I am much leaner and have more muscle mass than I ever had before, not to mention feeling better than I have in a long time. Everyone supported me in my quest for healthy living and I am so proud to be a part of such a great group."

Sherry Pearson
Mt. Pleasant, SC

Click here to see Sherry's video testimonial

Summerville Health Clubs

World Fitness- Summerville
1624 North Main Street Suite 107
Summerville, SC 29483

Pivotal Fitness-Summerville
1645 Old Trolley Road
Summerville, SC

James Island - Folly Beach Health Clubs

Gold’s Gym
35 Folly Road
Charleston, SC 29407

Moncks Corner Health Clubs

ESAC- Moncks Corner
414 Drive In Lane
Moncks Corner, SC 29461

Hanahan Health Clubs

ESAC- Hanahan
1005 Tanner Ford Blvd
Hanahan, SC 29410

Goose Creek Health Clubs

ESAC- Goose Creek
214 Saint James Ave
Goose Creek, SC 29455

Daniel Island Health Clubs

ESAC – Daniel Island
295 Seven Farms Drive
Suite 200
Charleston, SC 29492

Listing Of Charleston 24 Hour Gyms

Mt. Pleasant 24 Hour Gyms

ESAC- 24 Hours
320 G Coleman Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

ESAC- 24 Hours Long Point Road
677 Long Point Road
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Anytime Fitness
1137 Oakland Market Road
Mt. Pleasant, 29466

Snap Fitness
1039 Highway 41
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466

"My Personal Trainer Andrew Duffy Has Helped Me Lose 37 Pounds, 10 Inches, And 10% Body Fat. He Coaches Me, Pushes Me, And Most Of All He Cares."

"Since joining Shaping Concepts, my trainer Andrew Duffy has help me lose 37 pounds, 10 inches, and 10% body fat. I was faithful in following his advice in regards to how to eat, what to eat, and how to do my cardio outside of the studio. And what can I say, it worked!

I've been a member at several Charleston gyms but I never pushed myself like my Andrew does and that has made a big difference. He coaches me, pushes me, and most of all, he cares. I don't feel like I'm just a number on a list with him. He wants me to succeed and he helps me do that.

I love being thin, but more than that, I love seeing the definition in my body. I feel strong and healthy but best of all I feel younger at 41 than I did when I was 20. I can't thank Andrew enough for helping me change my life!"

Kim Hulsey
Mt. Pleasant, SC

Click here to see Kim's video testimonial

Goose Creek 24 Hour Gyms

World Fitness– 24 Hour Fitness
98 Davenport Street
Goose Creek, SC 29455

James Island- Folly Beach 24 Hour Gyms

Anytime Fitness
3575 Maybank Highway
Charleston, SC

Summerville 24 Hour Gyms

Anytime Fitness
4500 Ladson Road
Summerville, SC 29485

Listing Of Charleston Personal Training Studios

Mt. Pleasant Personal Training Studios

Shaping Concepts
1009 Anna Knapp Blvd #101
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Fitness Now
620 Long Point Road Suite C
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Charleston Group Fitness
1123 Queensborough Blvd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Fitness Together
1136 Hungryneck Blvd #J
Mt. Pleasant, SC

"I've Lost Over 20 Pounds, I Have More Energy, I Sleep Better, And My Back Pain Is Gone. Having Accountability And Support Has Made All The Difference For Me."

"With the guidance of my personal trainer, Shane Doll, I've lost over 20 pounds, put on lean muscle and significantly improved my strength. Having said that, probably the biggest benefits I've seen have been in the improvements to my overall health. Prior to starting at Shaping Concepts I had little energy, high blood pressure, and persistent low back pain.

I knew I had to do something but it was just hard getting started on my own. Today, I'm happy to report that I have more energy, I sleep better, my blood pressure is in the normal range, and my back pain is gone! Shane's Charleston personal training programs flat out work if you simply follow the routines and most importantly stick with it!

Having accountability and support has made all the difference for me. Getting started is the hardest part but once you get into a routine it just becomes part of your life. I actually look forward to my workouts and I'm hooked now. I'm more productive with my work, I feel better, and most importantly I know I'm taking the necessary steps to ensure I'll be there for my family. "

Ricky Breslin
Summerville, SC

North Charleston Personal Training Studios

CTK Fitness
283 Dorchestor Manor Blvd
North Charleston, SC 29420

Downtown Charleston Personal Training Studios

Top Shape
475 East Bay Street Suite C
Charleston, SC 29403

West Ashley Personal Training Studios

Progressive Fitness
47 Windermere Blvd
Charleston, SC 29407

James Island- Folly Beach Personal Training Studios

Exemplar Gym
1739 Maybank Highway Suite Q
Charleston, SC 29412

East West Health Arts
792 Folly Road
James Island, SC

Summerville Personal Training Studios

Body Sculpting Personal Training
1815 Old Trolley Road Suite 108
Summerville, SC 29485

"I Feel 110% Better Than I Did Before Coming To Shaping Concepts."

"I've been coming to Shaping Concepts for well over a year and a half and it's been a phenomenal experience. I feel 110% better than I did a year ago. Before starting my personal fitness program I was struggling to get up off the floor and out of the bathtub.

In your fifties you can either go up or or down at that age, so this was my choice and it was a good one. All I can say is that I feel much stronger, I have a strong core, and it's been a truly enjoyable experience.

I have an awesome trainer in Andrew Duffy. He's a wonderful motivator who helps encourage me and keeps me accountable so I stay consistent. I've just really enjoyed my time here. If you're considering starting a program with a Charleston personal trainer I would highly recommend Andrew and the team at Shaping Concepts."

Linda Clarke
Mt. Pleasant, SC

Click here to see Linda's video testimonial

Test drive my Charleston fitness programs at Shaping Concepts for FREE before signing a gym membership

Simply fill out the web form on this page or contact us by phone we’ll set up a time for your initial consultation. This is where we’ll sit down and discuss your primary goals and training objectives.

You'll meet with one of our certified Charleston personal trainers who can assist you in evaluating the appropriate program according to your individual needs. He or she will also be able to provide you with a comprehensive fitness assessment to help identify any muscle imbalances or specific areas you'll want to address during your program.

There's absolutely no-obligations and the trial and consultation are completely FREE! If you decide our programs are not a good fit for any reason we'll part ways as friends and I'll even help make a recommendation on another Charleston fitness center that would be a better fit for you.

The Shaping Concepts risk-free guarantee that you'll see RESULTS or your money back!.

Regardless of whether you do the free trial or get started immediately on a Charleston personal fitness program, you have nothing to risk. I want you to be absolutely thrilled with your workout routine and personal trainer.

If you don’t feel my programs are a good fit or you’re unsatisfied for any reason, I’ll refund your investment, no questions asked. Sound fair enough?

What You'll Find At Shaping Concepts Compared To Other Charleston Fitness Centers:
Other Personal Training Studio
Charleston Area Health Club
Charleston Area 24 Hour Gym
Community Rec Center
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"It's The Longest I've Ever Stayed With A Program. I Love The Variety In My Workouts And Everyone Is So Encouraging."

"When I started coming to Shaping Concepts I had an arm I couldn't lift over my head, a hip that hurt most days, and creeping cholesterol. Today these problems are gone and I'm feeling stronger and healthier with each month.

Shaping Concepts has given me the accountability I've always needed. It's the longest I've ever stayed with a program. I was actually one of Shane and Mandy's first clients and I've been coming now for over six years. I absolutely love the variety in my workouts and everyone is so encouraging. I have more strength, energy, and I've dropped a dress size. Thank you Shaping Concepts."

Nancy Coleman
Mt. Pleasant, SC

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Where is Shaping Concepts located?

Shaping Concepts is located minutes from Daniel Island in the Queensborough Shopping Center in Mt. Pleasant. We're right across the street from the Mt. Pleasant Public Library. We're just ten minutes from the island exiting 526 at Long Point Road to Mathis Ferry or taking the 17 South exit to Anna Knapp Blvd.

Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.

If you have any questions at all I want to give you the opportunity to contact me directly. As an owner I feel it's important to personally address any issues or concerns you might have.

You'll find a button at the top of this page that says "E-Mail Shane." Hit this button and a web-form will pop up where you can send me your question or comments. I'll get back with you as soon as I can, normally within 24 hours. I hope to see you soon and I look forward to earning your trust and business.


Shane Doll CPT, CSCS
Shaping Concepts Personal Training Studios
1009 Anna Knapp Blvd #101
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Phone: 843-971-8665