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Medical Fitness

Why choose Ochsner Medical Fitness Program?

Health and fitness go hand in hand. At the Ochsner Medical Fitness Program, we use the power of physical activity to help patients from southern Louisiana and Mississippi and beyond manage chronic medical conditions and enhance their health.

If your doctor recommends exercise training to help treat diabetes, excess weight or another persistent health problem, our nationally certified personal trainers can help you develop a physical activity regimen that fits your goals and abilities. Choose from one of three Ochsner Fitness Center locations in the New Orleans area, where you’ll find small group classes designed exclusively for Medical Fitness Program participants. In these classes, you’ll build strength and camaraderie. The benefits don’t end there. You’ll also have access to resources to help you eat healthy and stay active, and the opportunity to join Ochsner Fitness Center at a discounted rate.

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With locations in Harahan, New Orleans and Metairie, our Medical Fitness Program makes it easy and convenient to find your fit. Find a location near you.

The goal of the Medical Fitness Program is to help patients who are not physically active become comfortable in a gym setting and develop a personalized exercise program. Physicians can refer patients to our program, or patients can self-refer. We work with patients preparing to have joint replacement surgery or who have chronic medical conditions, including:

  • High blood pressure

When we receive your referral, a membership representative will contact you. During your first visit, we’ll take you on a tour of the fitness center. We’ll also assess your body fat, weight, skeletal muscle mass, fitness level, range of motion and overall health risks. This information helps us determine the best fitness options for you.

Based on the data collected during your assessment, a personal trainer will recommend group fitness classes for you. Our Medical Fitness Program offers yoga, water aerobics and circuits classes. We also offer the SilverSneakers Program for older adults. Our team includes SilverSneakers-certified instructors.

You can sign up for the classes that interest you. After the initial assessment, you’re welcome to visit the fitness center for individual or group exercise as often as you like.

At Ochsner Fitness Centers, you’ll find a clean, welcoming environment with the latest fitness equipment. Our flagship location, Ochsner Fitness Center Harahan, features a walking track, one-level cardio theater, indoor pool offering year-round water aerobics classes, indoor and outdoor hot tubs, wet and dry saunas, a yoga studio with wall-to-wall yoga mats, and a group exercise space with a low-impact, spring-loaded floor.

Medical Fitness Program participants enjoy a variety of benefits and amenities, including:

  • $30 for the first 30 days of membership at any Ochsner Fitness Center location followed by a discounted membership rate after the initial 30 days
  • Access to group classes and swimming pools
  • Access to the FITT Lab app, available for download through Google Play or the App Store, which you can use to book Ochsner Fitness Center classes or watch fitness and meditation videos
  • One-hour complimentary personal fitness consultation
  • Opportunities for older adults to participate in social activities


No. Patients can self-refer to our program. When patients self-refer, the physician overseeing our program reviews their medical information to ensure they’re good candidates for medical exercise.

Various types of virtual visits are available. Virtual nutrition appointments and virtual personal training are available. Our FITT Lab app features virtual, pre-recorded workouts.

Yes. We waive the initiation fee and offer discounted memberships to Medical Fitness Program participants. Those in the program can join Ochsner Fitness Center on a month-to-month contract at a reduced rate. They can also receive a usage credit that kicks in after they visit an Ochsner Fitness Center location 12 times and check in with their membership number.

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Medical Fitness Locations

Ochsner Fitness Center - Harahan
1200 South Clearview Parkway, Suite 1200
Harahan, LA 70123
  • Monday – Thursday: 5 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Friday: 5 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Saturday–Sunday: 6 a.m.-7 p.m.
Ochsner Fitness Center - Downtown
701 Poydras St., Suite. 1300
New Orleans, LA 70139
  • Monday – Thursday: 5 a.m.-10 p.m.
  • Friday: 5 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Ochsner Fitness Center - Metairie
111 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70005
  • Monday – Thursday: 5 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Friday: 5 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.