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Lithe Method bands weightsThe boutique fitness scene shows no signs of slowing down as we kick off 2013.

Get ready for a high-adrenaline surge of studio openings early this year. Established players like SoulCycle and Brooklyn’s Fitness Guru are debuting new locations. We’re about to welcome an exciting, long-awaited import from Philly.

Plus, expect more Megaformer-style workouts, a venue devoted to High Intensity Interval Training, and, yes, even more CrossFit boxes. And if we count two Bari pop-ups, that brings the total to nine new studios.

Looks like New York City is starting off the year on the right (lunging) foot. —Lisa Elaine Held

 Photo: Lithe Method


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Soul NohoSoulCycle Noho
Open: January 4

SoulCycle’s aggressive expansion plan for 2o13 kicks off with a new studio in the old Tower Records space at the corner of Lafayette and East 4th Street in Noho. The new studio will house a 60-bike studio, an 800-square-foot locker area (with men’s and women’s locker rooms, with showers), and, of course, a retail space that stocks Soul’s wildly popular yellow-wheel merch.

384 Lafayette St., at E. 4th St., Noho,



Open: January 21

The perpetually booked Megaformer workout will soon be available in downtown Manhattan, with the opening of SLT’s second studio in Soho. The studio will be home to 10 of the souped-up Meformers, although no yoga or Shred classes (yet). Owner Amanda Freeman says she’s setting her sights on a Garden State studio next.

132 Crosby St., btwn Prince and Houston Sts., 10th floor, Soho,

Photo: SLT Midtown




fhitting roomThe Fhitting Room
Open: Late January/early February

The city’s first fitness studio dedicated to High Intensity Interval Training is set to open on the Upper East Side with veteran New York Sports Club trainer Eric Salvador at its helm and total-body classes that include functional movements, loaded strength, and highly-varied exercises. Expect to see uptown moms pushing their strollers a lot faster this spring.

1166 Lexington Ave., at 80th St., Upper East Side,



Lithe MethodLithe Method
Open: February

After a planned fall opening that never happened, Philly’s popular cardio-cheer-sculpting workout will finally be available to New Yorkers in February. The studio is opening in a storefront on 18th Street, in the heart of New York’s fitness scene, with showers, a tricked-out retail space, and classes that feature a slew of props—from overhead resistance bands to weighted gloves.

32 W. 18th St., btwn Fifth and Sixth Aves., Flatiron,



Megaformer workoutBrooklyn Bodyburn
Open: Mid-February

The Pilates-on-steroids method that West Coast fitness types love (and SLT introduced to New Yorkers) will roll out in Williamsburg this February. It’s the passion fitness project of Megaformer-obsessed Tracy Carlinsky, whose studio in the luxury condo building, The Edge, will host about 75 classes per week. You can also look forward to lots of natural light streaming in through giant windows and a juice bar.

34 N. 6th St., at Kent Ave., Williamsburg,

Note: Photo depicts the Megaformer workout, not Brooklyn Bodyburn



CrossFit Gantry
Open: Early-Mid February

In the past year, enthusiasm for the tough, heavy-lifting of CrossFit has reached new heights. So it’s no surprise that more gyms (or “boxes” in CrossFit lingo) are popping up to meet demand—even in Queens. CrossFit Gantry, just steps from the Vernon-Jackson subway stop, will cater to Long Island City’s residential boom. Its founder, Jay Hachadoorian, was formerly a coach at CrossFit Virtuosity in Williamsburg, and he plans on having on-site physical therapists to help exercisers prevent and address injuries.

10-20 47th Rd., between Vernon Blvd. and 11th St., Long Island City,

Photo: Jay Hachadoorian at Crossfit Virtuosity



The Fitness Guru
Open: Mid-March

After a Hurricane Sandy setback, construction is underway on Michael Feigin’s mega-gym in Dumbo. The fitness and Pilates expert, who previously owned a nearby studio of the same name, is turning a 9,000-sq-ft space into a full-service gym. Expect group classes, a spin studio with (Flywheel-style) stadium seating, and “giant apparatus that’s basically a giant jungle gym for adults.” The gym will have a solidly Brooklyn warehouse-chic feel, i.e., floor planks salvaged from the Coney Island boardwalk. “I think it will be something people really haven’t seen before,” Feigin says. “I’m planning on developing it into more of a community center that’s health- and fitness-based.”

215 Water St., between Jay and Bridge Sts., Dumbo,

Photo: Feigin teaching Pilates classes in Brooklyn Bridge Park



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