Dallas Gym2021-07-31T20:26:58+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!


  • $99 Initiation Fee
  • Month to Month
  • After April 15th
  • Free Personal Training Session
  • InBody Scan


  • $99 Initiation Fee
  • 1 year contract, no cancellation
  • ACH payment only
  • 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 17 reviews
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.
Robert 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
I love the atmosphere of the gym as well as the convenient setup (keyless entry for members that can be accessed 24 hours/day). The gym is clean, well laid out and not too crowded and the staff is fantastic!!! Great addition to the neighborhood!
Malissa Page
21:00 01 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
Finally, a gym I actually enjoy going to. Definitely worth it, great lay out, so many awesome different style machines, clean, and overall just enjoyable. Again, worth it.
Sabina Catz
02:07 27 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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