BACKSTORY: Although I had been to New Orleans three times before, it wasn't until my fourth trip that I discovered the New Orleans Athletic Club. Not wanting to let all of the rich food go to my waist, I thought it best to incorporate some decent workouts into my 2015 visit. Little did I know what this place was like. Located on Rampart Street, the New Orleans Athletic Club (NOAC) is the BEST gym I have ever worked out at. Pool, boxing ring, multiple weight rooms, up-to-date cardio equipment out the wazoo, a reading room, a steam room, a barber shop, a restaurant, AND friendly staff. A New Orleans landmark since 1929.