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(Photo: ChaiseFitness)
The new ChaiseFitness at the 92Y. (Photo: ChaiseFitness)


We recap everything earth-shattering that happened in health and wellness this week: January 25–31, 2014.


ChaiseFitness debuts its second studio this Saturday, February 1 inside the 92nd Street Y on the Upper East Side. The new studio comes with cool upgrades like an anti-impact foam floor and an LED glow lighting system, and the brand will be celebrating with a grand opening party from noon-2:00 p.m.

In Brooklyn Heights,  Xtend Barre is also celebrating its grand opening on Saturday. The international franchise has over 250 studios worldwide, but this is its first location in the Big Apple.

Competing barre franchise Pure Barre continued to expand, with a new studio opening in Manhasset, on Long Island, on Monday, January 27.

Pure Barre
The team at Pure Barre’s new Manhasset studio. (Photo: Pure Bare Manhasset)

Flywheel hit the ‘burbs too, debuting a new studio in Scarsdale that opened on Tuesday, January 28. It’s the brand’s first Westchester location.

Exhale announced the nationwide rollout of a new class, Core Fusion Barre+Cardio. The toning and cardio mash-up class is the seventh addition to Core Fusion’s menu of classes.

New women’s obstacle race company Mudderella revealed its 2014 line-up, which includes events in New York, Chicago, Boston, Virginia, and Southern California.


xoJane created a huge controversy when it published a writer’s essay on a black woman attending her yoga class. The essay was harshly criticized and responses were published in various media outlets, with Gawker covering the controversy closely.

And the Daily News introduced the world to a frightening new workout regimen called “Sexercise,” which involves a lot of thrusting and electronic dance music. (We liked the original use of the term better.)


Whole Foods announced the launch of healthy-eating tours that will take place in its stores nationwide, on topics like “Avoiding Gluten” and “Heart Health.”

Bid farewell to this tiny Organic Avenue gem. (Photo:
Bid farewell to this tiny Organic Avenue gem. (Photo:

Organic Avenue closed one of its oldest locations in the West Village, on 8th Avenue and Jane Street, saying the tiny store did not fit into the brand’s larger growth plan.

While three new indie juice bars opened in downtown Manhattan, from the East Village to Soho.

And Juice Press opened a mini storefront inside popular boutique gym Soho Strength Lab on Mulberry Street.


Bikram Yoga NYC is hosting a symposium on Saturday, February 8 that will present research on the “cardiovascular and metabolic health benefits of yoga.”

Soho’s Joie is hosting a Girl’s Night Out with on Tuesday, February 4 from 6:00–8:00 p.m. with champagne and shopping, plus tips from wellness gurus like celeb facialist Joanna Vargas, The Bar Method’s Kristin Kelleher, and makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis.

And, while everyone’s donning their football jerseys on Super Bowl Sunday, Sweaty Betty’s Soho store is hosting a free Sweat & Style Super Bowl Bootcamp with popular NYC trainer L Boogie on at 11:00 a.m. Email or call 646-346-7003 to reserve your spot.