Dallas Gym2022-11-30T23:50:29+00:00

Remember the days? For most of us, Recess represented that one time of day that we could all look forward to. It represented a simpler time filled with sweat and freedom, where you could make friends and have fun.

Well… we want to bring that back for all those who believe, like us, that they could use a little Recess in their life.

It’s our promise to build a gym for the people that is constantly developed and improved. We’re here to provide a community for those who are committed to constant improvement and like to have a little fun along the way!


  • Local Residents Only
  • Must Show Proof of Address
  • 1 Time Use


  • $99 Initiation Fee
  • 1 year contract, no cancellation
  • ACH payment only
  • Free Personal Training Session
  • InBody Scan


  • $99 Initiation Fee
  • 6 month contract, no cancellation
  • ACH payment only
  • Free Personal Training Session
  • InBody Scan


  • $99 Initiation Fee
  • Month to Month
  • Credit or Debit
  • Free Personal Training Session
  • InBody Scan

Taylor Metzger, Co-founder


At an early age I knew from making clay pots and selling them to neighbors on my wagon, that I could never work for the man. That evolved into a lawn mowing business later in high school. It was also during this time that I accomplished the title of Eagle Scout. Throughout college, I became involved in fitness and was so good at this craft that people began asking questions. At this point I was at a crossroads between wanting to pursue real estate or fitness/health. I ended up choosing real estate and ran a successful real estate brokerage, doing primarily in REO property listings assigned by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. During my time in real estate, I realized my fitness “hobby” was more rewarding than what I was doing in real estate. I decided to make a career change and pursue a career in health & fitness. I established a company, Butchered Bodies, 5 years ago and it is now one of the most successful personal training companies in Dallas.

I’ve got a knack for design and aesthetics and I put all of my knowledge and passion into making Recess look and feel like nothing else you’ve experienced.

– 13 + Years of Training Experience, Certification from the Cooper Institute – Personal fitness specialist & Biomechanics of resistance training, CPR, Eagle Scout

Evan Duncan

Evan Duncan, Co-founder


After highschool I served 8 years in the Marine Corps as a Martial Arts (MCMAP) and Fitness Instructor, among many other things, and had tours to Iraq and Africa with Special Operations Forces. I decided to take what I learned leading, training and motivating Marines and use it to start an all-military veteran personal training company, Tough Fitness in 2012 .

Since then, Tough Fitness has become the one of the most recognized personal training companies in Dallas.

I’ve always been someone who picked apart businesses and thought of what could be done better or differently. For 4+ years I’ve had a vision of what I thought gyms should look, feel and operate like. I knew there was a huge opportunity to do things different and revolutionize an industry that had remained unchanged for decades. I’ve spent the last 4 years pitching to hundreds of people in an attempt to make my vision a reality. Over this period I became all but broken from my inability to secure funding for what I knew would be an amazing success, but I never quit. In hindsight, it was a true blessing that I was forced to wait.

I do my best in chaos, and I always see opportunity in every situation. COVID brought Taylor and I the opportunity of a lifetime. While we’re not done yet, what we’ve created with Recess thus far is extraordinary. Sure I’m biased, but Recess is the best fitness club in Dallas.

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Recess Fitness Club
Based on 100 reviews
Absolutely love this place. The staff are truly invested in their members and happy to be there. Lilly greets me by name every time I see her! Everyone in the gym is just there to work on themselves and support others. I can ask anyone for help reach for something or for a tip on form! The amount of new friends I have made from this gym is more than I could ask for. Lucky to have this place!
logan jobe
16:43 01 Dec 22
The employees are always friendly and greet everyone with a smile, the locker rooms are clean and spacious, and the gym is always super clean! I am so impressed with Recess and love being a member. Not only do they have a perfect, easy access location off Mockingbird right by SMU, the gym stretches around the entire top floor and there is plenty of equipment so you are never waiting in line or have anyone rushing your workout. The locker rooms are great and even have Dyson Airwrap hairdryers for the girls. Always love working out at Recess!
Audry Kessler
04:23 01 Dec 22
A great gym with quality equipment. Not overly crowded. Fantastic vibe and culture. Management is fantastic as well and flexible with requests. Satisfied thus far!
Danny Anderson
16:11 25 Nov 22
I had the pleasure of hosting a work event at this gym, the owners were so receptive and welcoming to the vision we had along with Recess being a part of it. From the staff, to the equipment, amenities and the view (worth noting!) everything was 5 stars!
Gage Kiesling
03:41 23 Nov 22
The equipment at Recess is all new, top of the line equipment that you won’t see at any other gyms in the area
Conor Nelson
15:00 22 Nov 22
If you need a trainer, ask for Javier! He's the best!!
Amy Lightfoot
13:34 21 Nov 22
After moving across the country, I thought it’d be nearly impossible to find a new gym where I felt comfortable and had everything I needed to feel confident in my fitness journey. I couldn’t be more glad to have found this amazing gym! Upscale, updated and has the best staff ever. Special thanks to Lilly and Graham for being so helpful and making me feel welcome from the start!
Shawniece Ervin
00:52 21 Nov 22
This gym is perfect. Love the vibe, equipment is the best I’ve seen at any gym, clean, and located in a good area
Danny Nicoletti
21:24 20 Nov 22
Lily and graham have been so amazing! They have helped me with my membership and make me feel welcome at the gym! I’ve gone to several gyms and this is easily my favorite!
Collin Heard
20:30 20 Nov 22
This location used to be a 24 HOUR Fitness location. Coincidently the location I joined 24 hour at back in 11/2007! Upon my return to Dallas, I was disappointed when I drove by and it was no longer a 24. The 24's that I could visit are NOT convenient to me and even those locations have become severely lacking in HYGIENE. I popped in to Recess for a short time one afternoon in August and met Evan. Boy am I glad I did. To hear of what Taylor and Evan have done in their lives, and to know what they went through to make Recess a reality is an amazing story. The planning, lay-out and aesthetic touches present at Recess is phenomenal. Of course the vibe, work ethic and integrity is passed along to the staff and trainers, and that is easily and happily felt by the client / members. The location is great for me and I am delighted to be a part of Recess Fitness. My goals will be polished and sharpened here. Stop by, go online and give 'em a try. You'll be happy you did. Tell them I sent ya! THANK YOU EVAN AND TAYLOR AND THE REST OF THE STAFF AT RECESS!
Gary Foreman
20:01 19 Nov 22
Awesome experience at this fitness club. Their #1 priority is a clean, safe gym. Special shout-out to Lily. She was extremely professional, helpful and treated us like family. 100% would recommend this gym if you’re in the Dallas area.
De'Shey Thomas
21:45 18 Nov 22
Definitely, the best gym I've become a member of/been at. Recess has everything you could possibly need. It's always really clean. HUGE fan of the second dumbbell area recently installed. You'll find people in all different walks of their fitness journey here. A Culture you won't find anywhere else.
Cordell Martindale
17:18 01 Nov 22
Came in for a trial day pass - which by the way is only $1 - and was instantly greeted with smiles from Lilly and Graham. They were very informative and passionate about the gym’s culture showing they’re big on the details making sure everyone can feel welcomed no matter the experience. Their equipment is unique and unlike many standard gyms, while giving a home feel of not being fancy but everything you’ll need and more! Think Dodgeball movie, big on culture no fancy equipment that’s over complicated and just a big family. Plus the prices won’t break the bank like others here in Dallas.
Travis Simon
03:26 12 Oct 22
Came in for a week pass - had the best experience! Lilly and Graham were so welcoming and very personable from the start!The facility is awesome - lots of open space, and you just know when you’re here that this is a “no nonsense” gym. If you go to the gym to be an influencer - it’s not for you. It’s for anyone who wants to get a great workout, with great equipment around great people/staff. Highly recommend! And again - shout out to Lilly and Graham - 5 Stars!
Bryan Burnett
03:14 12 Oct 22
Great gym for people serious with fitness. Staff is great, owners continually making improvements.
Richard Lackey
17:56 01 Oct 22
Best gym in Dallas. Hands down. Taylor and Evan are some of the nicest guys you'll meet. This is a huge quality to have in the fitness world as some folks can be intimidated about joining a gym, especially if they're new to fitness. Everyone is super friendly and welcoming. On top of all that, they're accommodating and appreciate feedback on how to make the best even better. Gym-wise, it's the largest footprint gym I've ever been to. Meaning: MOST USABLE WORKOUT SPACE AND EQUIPMENT. A lot of other gyms have size, but a ton of wasted space. Recess is SUPER CLEAN not only hygienically, but also in layout and design. You'll never be waiting to use anything. 18K sq ft with massive windows all around. You can't beat it. If you're looking for a gym to socialize while working out, go to Equinox or Lifetime. If you're looking to train and be around like-minded people with a motivating environment, look no further than Recess! Thanks for creating this place guys. Looking forward to the expansions!
Gino Carlomagno
18:47 30 Sep 22
Recess is setting a new standard of what a gym should be. Owner-operated business with owners who care. In the short time I've been there, the gym has gone through constant cosmetic and equipment upgrades. More squat racks than I can count, a stretch area, a turf area, tons of specialty equipment, and a great view.
Genaro Aguilar
20:05 22 Sep 22
Not only does this place have really great equipment but the staff are all super nice. Not just any old gym. People come here to put in hard work. Besides the equipment, the locker room is kept to perfect condition. Love this gym.
Leo Lasky
20:45 16 Sep 22
Phil Williams
12:35 15 Sep 22
The best gym in Dallas, hands down. Great people who truly care about providing a quality and welcoming gym experience. After bouncing around several gyms over the years, Recess has blown me away. If you’re looking for a new gym that actually cares and values it’s members, I can’t recommend them enough.
Kelly Smith
04:28 15 Sep 22
Fantastic gym! They have a great amount of equipment for everyone and every experience level of gym goer, free weights, machines and cardio equipment. The owners are great and it’s not rare to see both of them working the front desk saying Hi when you come in! All the equipment is maintained and clean, it truly feels like I’m part of a family when going there! I’ve been to multiple gyms through my life in different cities and states and this gym is my absolute #1. I honestly kick myself for writing such a great review because I want to keep it my own little secret but I can’t anymore…
23:44 14 Sep 22
When I first moved to Dallas, the search for reputable, comfortable and high quality gym was hard to find. Often times I would get sold a bill of goods up front, and none lived up to the expectations. Either too crowded, outdated equipment and overly salesy/unfriendly staff.Before joining Recess I was a member at 3 prior gyms and none had lived up to my expectations of a welcoming, friendly gym atmosphere. If you've ever been in similar, or are looking for a great starting place, then I can't recommend this gym enough.Owners are great people. Make sure to ask for Taylor or Evan. They'll make sure you are well accommodated.
23:38 14 Sep 22
Absolute best gym in dallas no doubt. I’ve been to the top 10 gyms in the DFW and no gym comes close to this one. Great equipment, great music, and even better people. This is a place for any and everyone no doubt about it.
Graham Hawks
23:29 14 Sep 22
Great Facility, great community and great owners! I left equinox to join a gym where I felt comfortable and at home. This gym truly is something special. Everyone is super kind and helpful when it comes to using the equipment and any questions or concerns I had were answered and handled with care. I HIGHLY recommend this gym. 10/10
Kimberly Georgiadis
23:11 14 Sep 22
I moved to Dallas in April and I tried out a handful of the local gyms and this gym is by far my favorite! It has a hard working/fun environment full of people of all fitness levels who are all just trying to be better, and I think that a lot of this fire created is owed to the staff. Thank you for making me feel welcomed! I brought friends from out of state and ya'll may just have a few new members because of their experience at Recess!
Tyler Gutierrez
22:58 14 Sep 22
Cazandra Egan-Martinez
22:35 14 Sep 22
I have been a member of several gyms during my weightlifting journey. Recess Fitness (RF) stands tall over the rest of the gyms. RF has meticulously created a welcoming environment that encourages members to challenge and improve themselves mentally and physically.If you are searching for a gym that cares about you and genuinely wants you to thrive, look no further!
William Clements
22:13 14 Sep 22
Recess gym is one of the best gyms I have been to in Dallas. It’s so clean and the staff is so friendly. Evan helped me out and showed me around and he was so professional and nice and made me feel welcome. I definitely recommend more people to this gym!
Carmen Guevara
22:10 14 Sep 22
I’ve been going to Recess for a year now and I really appreciate their great gym atmosphere, the ability to focus without distraction, the great equipment & unique aesthetic. AND they have a fire playlist lol
Carolina Robles
21:46 14 Sep 22
My favorite gym I have been to. I was in Dallas for the summer for an internship and they welcomed me in and accommodated me well. Taylor always greeted me by name and I will be returning when I move to Dallas full time.
Nathan Valdez
21:12 14 Sep 22
Taylor is such a down to earth and humble business owner. Beautiful gym.
Steve S
21:07 14 Sep 22
Loved working out here! This gym has everything. Always super clean and the people that work there are awesome. Shout out to Taylor and Evan for welcoming me and being super nice !
Ivanna V. Bobadilla
20:58 14 Sep 22
Beautiful gym 👏🏻👏🏻 definitely one to check out if your in town.
Amy Hunsaker
20:38 14 Sep 22
I’ve been going to recess for a few months and have had nothing but positive experiences. The workers are super friendly, there’s a nice layout and plenty of equipment. I’d recommend avoiding busy times bc it can get a little crowded but that’s pretty much anywhere and my only “complaint”. I’m honestly just happy to see they’re growing
Hannah Fernald
19:34 14 Sep 22
Literally one of the coolest gyms I’ve been …As a business owner I appreciate all the updating the constantly do to the facility
Cory Snyder
19:32 14 Sep 22
Hands down the best gym in Dallas. The owners go above and beyond to improve the facility week in and week out. Everything from equipment to the locker rooms are kept in pristine shape to allow you to focus on what you came to the gym to do. I'd recommend anyone to check out recess, you won't regret choosing this place to be your gym.
Brock Irwin
18:21 14 Sep 22
18:16 14 Sep 22
Hands down best gym in Dallas. The owners are constantly upgrading equipment, adding new spaces, and have curated a community that makes working out here so great. The members work hard and are kind doing it- working in with each other and respecting what we are all there to do. The aesthetic and natural light truly makes this place feel like home!
Kimberly Kirt
18:05 14 Sep 22
Recess is such a great gym! I have had nothing but good experiences here and have been treated with the utmost respect. The facility is clean and the people are friendly and make you feel at home. The equipment is different then in other places and any concerns are always prioritized. Both Evan and Taylor take very good care of the gym and the members and take pride in what they do.
Nevenka Eyzaguirre
17:05 14 Sep 22
Love this gym.I've tried plenty of gyms, but this is hands down the best gym I've ever joined. Everyone here from the owners to the trainers are super helpful and welcoming.It's super clean, well thought out, they think about all the little things so the members are taken care of. Great equipment, and atmosphere this isn't an "insta-hype-bro-douche-gym" either. I've never felt so comfortable (especially as a female) working out at the gym. I highly recommend this place!
Megan Tiambeng
17:02 14 Sep 22
I joined Recess a few months ago and it has been an incredible experience with extremely friendly and supportive trainers! A lot of gyms can be uncomfortable for women, but Recess has a great community of women who train together!
Kimberly Brown
16:30 14 Sep 22
Hands down, the best gym in Dallas. They have top of the line equipment that they are always changing up and bringing in new things. It is so spacious and they have numerous of the same equipment you are never having to wait or work out on top of anyone else. Its also SUPER clean!I think the most important part of this review -- I am just getting back into the gym after a few years off and that can be intimidating... However, I have never felt more comfortable, safe, or welcomed in a gym. While there are members in there that are in peak shape, I have never once felt judged or stared at. This is such a safe space and a great great great gym!
Melissa Richtel
16:23 14 Sep 22
Owners are great!
16:13 14 Sep 22
Rob Gaudynski
15:14 14 Sep 22
Reidland Tucker
05:37 14 Sep 22
Easily the nicest, cleanest, most efficient gym I've ever been to. All the equipment is top notch, they listen to member feed back, it’s never too crowded, ect. This gym is a serious hidden gem. Highly recommend.
Luis Mederos
04:33 14 Sep 22
I’ve been going to Recess Fitness Club for a year now and have nothing but good things to say about this gym. They continue to improve their gym as well as their members. Every day I walk in and the owners have been there to greet and welcome me into an amazing community. The people who go here have nothing but smiles on their face and then back to business. I love how I can be greeted with such joy but yet be pushed to my limits every time. Taylor and Evan both bring a new perspective on fun ways to make Recess bring back childhood memories of the playground. I look forward to many more workouts here at Recess!
Stratton Butaud
03:00 14 Sep 22
One of the best gyms I have been to. Great atmosphere, helpful and friendly staff. Love working out here!
irina Post
02:36 14 Sep 22
Great gym, friendly staff! Been to many gyms in the dfw and this is the best
Shane Post
02:35 14 Sep 22

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