Dallas Gym2022-08-04T12:46:39+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 50 reviews
I think this is now the best gym in Dallas. Has everything you need.
Kris Gaston
17:57 14 Aug 22
Love this gym. The equipment is first rate and there's enough to go around for everyone. The atmosphere is positive and welcoming. The owners are phenomenal and the best around. For any workout needs you might have, this is definitely the place.
Mark Paul
20:06 11 Aug 22
Sam D
23:29 23 Jul 22
Amazing gym. The first time I went I met Evan one of the owners. He showed us around the gym. It’s a super clean, awesome locker rooms and amazing equipment. I sighed up for PT with Kyle and had some great results in 6 weeks.
Austen Daniel
20:56 15 Jul 22
Tunde Salami
16:19 12 Jul 22
Fantastic gym experience. Friendly and welcoming staff, excellent equipment and great location. Highly recommend Recess.
Nash Dickey
19:48 06 Jul 22
Recess is hands down the best gym in Dallas and I’ve tried most. The founders, staff, trainers and facility are amazing. Top of the line equipment and extremely clean. Can’t say enough good things about these guys. They truly set the bar for how a gym should be run.
Crosby Lipscomb
18:29 06 Jul 22
Visiting Dallas for a week and tried this place. Honestly one of my favorite gyms for strength, bodybuilding and everything else. Best rate for a weekly pass as well.
Bader Alojairi
22:07 27 Jun 22
Tomas Sanchez
04:16 22 Jun 22
Came here while visiting Dallas and this place makes me wish I lived here. They’ve payed attention to every detail. An overall great place to workout and visit!
Hallie Dickerson
20:55 17 Jun 22
I have been to dozens of gyms over the years and always lave them due to either the lack of functional equipment or things like the staff keeping it 60°. With very few exceptions, I find gyms lacking to the point I just quit them and never go back. Not Recess. If you are serious about lifting, this place is like a toy store. I brought in my own lat pull down attachment the first day. No need, they have...everything. safety squat bar? They have it. A pully system to do squats with he weight on your hips? They effing have that! Tibia machine? No body has that...but mounting Recess does! On my list of gyms I love you have Species, Legacy Barbell, and Recess. Dump you frufru club and try this place.
18:30 15 Jun 22
This gym is amazing. Tons of equipment. At least 8-15 squat racks, multiples of almost every piece of equipment. And best of all the lighting is extremely aesthetic lol. 10/10
Kevin Teklinski
23:36 03 Jun 22
Willie Martin
19:18 31 May 22
Love this gym! Great atmosphere so many machines to pick from. Absolutely love the layout of the entire gym. Locker rooms are great and the staff is all friendly and helpful.
Jessica Torres
16:32 20 May 22
Keith jones
16:01 14 May 22
Delaney Rhodes
21:59 11 May 22
Great overall gym. Really great equipment, good natural lighting, helpful staff, and a big open space with a lot of room. Not too crowded either, even Monday at 5.Have all the equipment for modern lifting styles.
Brian Turner
01:32 20 Apr 22
Recess is the best gym in Dallas! Not only is the gym beautiful but the machines are well kept and clean. I love how this gym has unique equipment that I have never seen in gyms before, one of my favorites being the hip thrust machine. My other favorite additions to the gym is the outdoor stretching/ turf area. There is a great view of the Dallas skyline out there! The locker rooms are also very well-kept and clean and have a great amenities such as the Dyson blow dryer’sThanks Recess!
Ariana Smith
19:51 14 Apr 22
Recess is the best gym in Dallas. I been to a lot of gyms, and from the moment I walked in at Recess I knew I had found my new favorite. From the atmosphere to the equipment to all of the small touches, this gym has it all.
Jack Ziegler
03:39 01 Mar 22
Unreal staff and facility. Great energy in the gym as well and, best of all, when all these other gyms are closing due to weather, Recess stays open for their clients. Highly recommend.
Kevin Wohlman
22:37 25 Feb 22
Recess has a great atmosphere with very friendly and knowledgable staff. They have a very clean space with a lot of room and unique equipment that can cater towards any athlete and training method. I would recommend Recess to anyone
Spencer Bruce
00:32 25 Feb 22
The old 24 Hour Fitness has been completely transformed! Recess has a great atmosphere, equipment, and management that actually cares about members and cleanliness.Every few weeks there's some new equipment or upgrade which shows the owners want to keep improving and care about the place.
15:51 25 Jan 22
Best gym in town!
Andra Griffin II
22:03 08 Jan 22
Very clean , excellent equiptment well maintained
Scott Terry
03:25 04 Jan 22
Such a beautiful, well intentioned gym. You can tell the owners put thought into every detail of the space: from the layout of the equipment, to the locker room amenities. The gym is clean and well maintained, and has every piece of equipment you could need for a great workout. They are constantly rolling out perks and events for members, who by the way are all people striving to improve themselves and others. This gym and community have become my home away from home!
Christina Nguyen
18:35 28 Dec 21
Recess is an incredible gym! The equipment, the staff…all top notch! I am moving to Austin in a month. The staff was incredibly easy to work with to cancel my membership. I can only hope they open an Austin location in the future!
John Craig
05:41 22 Dec 21
If you're looking for a quality gym in the Dallas area, Recess Fitness needs to be on your list of gyms to check out. The gym offers everything you would want out of a gym. Professional and courteous staff, and owners who truly take pride in offering the best to their members, clean and sanitary environment, as well as a variety of machines and free weights to help you hit every muscle group and meet your goals. Would highly recommend this gym to anyone looking to take their fitness to the next level.
Jordan Savage
16:57 05 Dec 21
I love the atmosphere of the gym as well as the convenient setup (keyless entry for members). The gym is clean, well laid out and not too crowded and the staff is fantastic!!! Great addition to the neighborhood!
Malissa Page
19:26 04 Dec 21
Amazing community gym! Great people and great equipment. Hands down the sickest gym in Dallas, I love that its on the 4th story of a building facing downtown! Views for days!
Vital Apparel
02:49 30 Nov 21
This gym is a lifter’s dream. Super attentive owners & awesome personal training staff. Best gym I’ve found in Dallas by far!
Hannah Stuber
15:11 24 Nov 21
Great gym! Great facilities, all the equipment you would need, clean, and plenty of space. Welcoming environment and v friendly and helpful staff.
Sophia Scazzero
15:04 24 Nov 21
We visited family for Thanksgiving in Dallas. I emailed the general line late on Sunday and they got back to me before they opened at 5am on Monday morning. Super nice and responsive owners. The space itself is open floor plan with plenty of free weights, racks, and isolation machines. It was also very clean! Great option if you are close to the location in Dallas.
Russell Barnard
13:18 22 Nov 21
This gym had any equipment needed for a good workout. There was plenty of space to get your workout done and having your own space to do it. The whole facility was very clean and up to date. This is a great place to train if you looking to get into working out.
Michael Plassmeyer
01:23 16 Nov 21
The owners here really take pride in assuring the customer experience is 10/10. When not working with clients I see them obsessing over the little things to make sure all it perfect... Are the weights always racked and organized? Are the bathrooms clean? Are the floors clean? Are the workout stations over crowded or do they need to curb the influx of people working out to assure availability at all hours? All and all, these guys are so professional and what I pay for a membership is far exceeded by the value I receive. Keep up the fantastic work Evan and Taylor!
Steve Rose
21:55 11 Nov 21
Great gym for all types of lifters and even better owners! They were so helpful whenever I had questions! Highly recommend joining!
Thomas Pritchard
15:52 11 Nov 21
Like this comment, if your able to get a day pass at this gym
Joseph Elder
17:58 09 Oct 21
This gym is made for people that want to work out and love to try new equipment. From Rogue equipment to state of the art grips this place has it all. Plus everything in the gym was well thought out and has a purpose there. The machine and rack placements are even organized by muscle group. The place has a lot of space but still has a small gym feel since it’s not particularly busy. Awesome gym all around.
Bobby Thorne
04:48 28 Sep 21
I was in Dallas for a week to visit family and was looking for a gym to lift some weights and burn off the family visiting calories. I was recommended Recess by my sister and signed up with Taylor at the front desk for a really affordable price!At first I was a little apprehensive because the gym is on the highest floor of a business complex but was absolutely BLOWN AWAY by the cleanliness of the facility and the plethora of equipment available. I work out in the evenings and there was never a lack of a power rack or bench for barbell exercises. There was also a really good variety of isolation machines and a huge dumbbell mirror area.The restrooms and locker facility was also really clean and well kept. The only thing I would improve or add is to put some trays / bars in the shower stalls.10/10 would lift again
Joseph L.
23:36 22 Sep 21
So I’ve been coming here for about a week and a half now, GREAT gym, I’m able to get everything I want to do done here. Only reason I didn’t do 5 stars, everyday I’m here I do not see ANYONE wiping down their machines/equipment after they use them not even the people who are working with trainers. I usually come when the gym opens, but yeah there are rules posted throughout the gym, but I guess no one really cares haha. I’m gonna keep wiping down everything I use, there’s probably like 1-2 people I’ve seen do that same, but other than that I would say wipe down whatever you’re about to start using before you use them.
11:13 14 Sep 21
If you’re looking for a a state of the art training facility that’s affordable , look no further than conveniently located Recess Fitness Club. A few short blocks off Mockingbird and 75; this 18,000 sqft remodeled space features weights, cable systems , free weights, dynamic machines , turf sled lane, cardio center, boxing studio, group exercise classes, the best trainers in Dallas, and much much more. There is so much brand new equipment. Did I mention the member locker rooms have been completed redone and boast marbled granite, subway tiled showers, exposed cut concrete floors, and plenty of lockers. Above all, the best part of this gym are the people, Recess is a place for everyone , no matter if you’re just starting on your fitness journey, or have been on the grind for awhile. They’re here to encourage you and keep it simple. Cannot say enough good things about this facility. Evan and Taylor have really gone above and beyond to pursue their passion and a create an inclusive and encouraging environment . If you’re reading this, go check Recess out, now offering a $1 day pass for first timers.
Preston Severn
20:48 08 Sep 21
Probably the best gym in Dallas. I’ve been to gyms like Destination Dallas and a bunch of others but this one takes the cake. Simplistic yet lots of variety. Definitely check it out whether you’re an avid lifter of casual.
01:28 27 Jul 21
Awesome gym with great equipment in a prime location.
Jeff Harrison
20:38 26 Jun 21
Best gym in Dallas hands down! The owners are constantly innovating and brining in new equipment. The locker rooms are amazing, gym is always clean, keyless entry and it never feels crowded (doesn’t matter what time of the day)The view (amazing sunsets and sunrises btw) are spectacular from all angles but specially from the really well equipped boxing area as you can see downtown!It feels like a really expensive gym but with a great price! Every little detail at Recess is planned and extremely well maintained.I also do personal training there and all trainers are very knowledgeable and seem like the best in the industry.
Isabela Cruz
21:56 10 Jun 21
Recess is a great gym with attentive owners and staff. They’re constantly going the extra mile. Stocked with all the equipment you could ever want, the best water fountain you’ll ever drink from, and a killer view, Recess is a truly unique gym.
23:20 03 Jun 21
Canceled my LA fitness membership and now workout here. I couldn’t be any happier with my decision. The gym is perfect and is not packed, has a good vibe/atmosphere and has all the equipment you need to get a good pump!
Emile Abdo
20:56 30 May 21
Beautiful gym, amazing owners and super friendly. You can see all the hard work and passion that goes into it. I definitely recommend
Ebele Chioma
22:51 14 May 21
If you’re looking for a cool vibe to work out in, this is your spot! The equipment is very well planned out in its placement, and the owners of the gym have great energy!
Rebekah Furstenfeld
14:26 05 May 21
I visited this place back in the day when it was 24 hour fitness and I have to say the upgrades that Recess has done are 👌🏼💣🔥 The club is fantastic and the locker rooms are very, very nice.
Erin McLeary
23:49 29 Apr 21
Awesome gym, the owners and staff were extremely helpful, even with me being out of town setting up a weekly pass at a fair cost. The gym has a great layout, spacious with plenty of equipment for virtually any type of training. If you're looking for a gym in Dallas, these guys are great and passionate about what they do. Check them out!
19:47 22 Mar 21
When a business is committed to their customers it shows.This is not just another gym, this a home for those of us who desire success and the attention required to achieve health and fitness goals.Owned and operated by United States Marines Taylor & Evan.If discipline is what you're looking for, come here.If professionalism is appreciated, come here.If you want to bypass all the silly bells and whistles of the franchise gyms, come here.I'm a swimmer, tennis player, skier and dog lover. I travel for a living and consider myself a savvy human being. I tell you this because my opinion for this review is rooted in a sincere commitment to myself and other humans who understand and value a healthy body and mind.Go to Recess Gym and you will see what I am talking about. These guys aren't screwing around.
Aud rey
21:30 17 Mar 21

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