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The Ultimate Guide to New York City’s Fall Fitness Openings


NYC fall fitness 2013Labor Day Weekend is officially over, and that means it’s back to class. Fitness class, that is. And this fall, New York City will be flush with new workouts and fitness studios to sweat and sculpt in.

More than a dozen workout spots and gyms will debut in the coming months. (For some perspective, in fall 2012, we reported six new openings.) The new ones this season? They include barre studios in Brooklyn, boutique rowing in Union Square, and dance cardio in Soho. CrossFit is ever expanding, as expected, and indoor cycling is also seeing a big boom, with even more locations of the big-name studios and a handful of newcomers to the heart-pumping pedaling market.

We scoured the scene (and broke a sweat) to bring you this ultimate guide to New York City’s fall fitness studio openings, listed in alphabetical order. Some back-t0-gym shopping may be in order… —Lisa Elaine Held

Note: Because these locations are not yet open, most photos are of the brand represented, not the actual new studios.


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Anna KaiserAKT in Motion
52 Mercer St., at Broome, Soho (Upper East Side opening TBD)
Opening: September 9

Celebrity cardio dance trainer Anna Kaiser (whose clients include Sarah Jessica Parker and Kelly Ripa) has been working on establishing a home base for a while. On September 9, she’ll get slightly closer to that goal when she moves her classes, currently held at Ripley Grier dance studios, to an 800-square-foot pop-up studio inside CitiBabes Soho. Morning and evening classes and private sessions will be held at the pop-up until her permanent studio opens on the Upper East Side later this fall. (More details on that soon!)



Blink FitnessBlink Fitness
32-27 Steinway St., between Broadway and 34th Ave., Astoria
308 Eigth Ave., between 25th and 26th Sts., Chelsea
2374 Grand Concourse, Bronx
Opening: Astoria in November; Chelsea and Grand Concourse in December

Equinox’s budget gym, which debuted at Astor Place in 2011, is in rapid expansion mode, with close to 10 locations anticipated in the tri-state area over the next quarter. The gyms cost between just $15 and $25 per month for membership, are clean and modern, and all have more than 150 pieces of strength and cardio equipment. You just won’t find a group fitness schedule. But for those obsessed with SLT or YogaMaya classes, it’s a great option for when you just need a place to hit the treadmill. Blink also has one of the best personal training deals in the city.


Bradford MethodBradford Method
1080 Park Avenue, at 88th Street, Upper East Side
Opening: September 23

Shonda Bradford’s popular Bradford Method, which she currently teaches in the Hamptons and out of her uptown apartment, finally gets a real Manhattan home this fall. The Upper East Side location will offer semi-private classes on the Garuda (a Megaformer-esque muscle-isolating machine that’s the only one of its kind in the city), trampoline barre classes, and private sessions.



Chaise 23ChaiseFitness at the 92Y
1395 Lexington Ave., between 91st and 92nd Sts., Upper East Side
Opening: Mid-October

Popular Flatiron studio Chaise 23 has a new name, ChaiseFitness, and is bringing its tricked-out Pilates chair workout to a new studio located on the ground floor of the 92nd Street Y. While the studio is inside the facility, it will operate a stand-alone business, so you don’t have to be a member of the 92Y’s gym. The new studio will host 50 classes a week to start out and familiar instructors from the 23rd Street location, including mother-daughter founding team Lauren and Rachel Piskin.




City Row NYCCityRow
Exact address TBD, Union Square
Opening: Late October

Fitness classes based on rowing machines are about to have a moment in the city. There’s the recent opening of Brooklyn Crew, plus Throwback Fitness in preview mode and on the hunt for studio space, and now CityRow (originally called Row NYC), debuting in Union Square this fall. (Because the ink isn’t completely dry yet, the owners were not ready to share the exact address.) “CityRow will be offering a range of classes that will each leverage the water-based WaterRower and then combine it with yoga, Pilates, or sculpt movements, delivering a true total-body workout,” says founder Helaine Knapp.



CrossFit 212CrossFit 212
281 Broadway, between Reade and Chambers, Tribeca
Opening: September 19

Tribeca’s popular CrossFit 212 quickly outgrew its original space on Franklin Street and is now opening a second location in order to meet demand and keep class sizes small. The new Broadway box is 5,000 square feet and like its big brother, will also offer CrossFit classes for kids as well as yoga.


CrossFit NYCCrossFit NYC
157 Columbus Ave., at W. 67th St., Upper West Side
Opening: Mid-October

CrossFit NYC, on 28th Street, is the largest CrossFit gym (or box, in CF-speak) in the world, and it’s only just started its reign of heavy lifting. To better accommodate massive membership rolls, it’s opening a gigantic 12,000-square-foot location across from Reebok Sports Club/NY. The space is currently in “soft-launch” mode and is already at 50 percent capacity in terms of membership.


Crunch GymCrunch Bowery
2 Cooper Square, at Bowery and E. 4th St., Noho
Opening: September/October

Crunch is closing its popular Lafayette Street gym and opening a two-story location on the Bowery, just a few blocks away. Like its recently opened Chelsea, gym, it will be built from scratch, which means members will be treated to a shiny new feel as they head to the gym’s array of creative fitness classes.



David BartonDavid Barton Christopher Street
668 Greenwich St., at Christopher St., West Village
Opening: Fall

David Barton is expanding its chain of chandelier and disco-ball equipped gyms into the West Village, with a Christopher Street location that will be slightly smaller than its Chelsea and Astor Place spaces. The brand says the new club will have more of an intimate, neighborhood feel, but “with all of the bells and whistles you have come to expect from a David Barton Gym.” Representatives would not confirm a more specific open date just yet.


415 Greenwich St., at Hubert St., Tribeca, 150 Amsterdam Ave., at W. 66th St., Upper West Side
Opening: Tribeca in November, UWS in December

Flywheel is debuting a pair of shiny new studios on opposite ends of Manhattan so that New Yorkers won’t have to venture far to work on their TorqBoard scores. Current instructors will circulate among the new and old studios, and, most importantly, the Upper West Side location will also include a Flybarre studio, the brand’s second in the city.



Peloton CyclePeloton Cycle
140 W. 23rd St., between Sixth and Seventh Aves., Chelsea
Opening: December

The company that’s revolutionizing at-home cycling with its seriously tech-saavy bike is making its first move into live group fitness classes. And it’s setting up shop it in the heart of New York’s boutique fitness scene, just blocks from stalwart studios like Flywheel and SoulCycle. The 5,200-square-foot location will feature locker rooms, a lounge, a juice bar, and an integrated video-streaming studio. Not to mention retail space where you can purchase a Peloton bike to take the experience home with you.



Pure BarrePure Barre Brooklyn
266 Court St., at Butler St., Cobble Hill
Opening: Late October

This nationally-known barre brand now has two locations in Manhattan—in Union Square and at Columbus Circle—and it’s expanding its New York presence to the outer borough of Brooklyn this October. The storefront location will include a 1,000-square-foot classroom, lockers and changing rooms, and a large area devoted to retail.



SoulCycleSoulCycle Union Square 2
8 W. 19th St., between Fifth and Sixth Ave., Flatiron
Opening: November 20

The demand for Soul’s spiritually-infused, indoor-cycling sweat sessions is so high that the company’s opening a second Union Square location just over a block away from its 18th Street studio (which is currently operating 13 packed classes per day). The new space is a massive 5,000-square feet, with 63 bikes and 10 showers. SoulCycle is also opening two suburb studios this fall—in Rye Brook in Westchester and Short Hills, New Jersey.



Swerve_1Swerve Fitness
30 W. 18th St., between Fifth and Sixth Aves., Flatiron
Opening: November 1

This newcomer to the indoor-cycling scene is opening a two-story studio with 3,500 square feet of space that will be built to encourage a social experience. So, it will have a juice and smoothie bar with cafe seating and free WiFi. A bring-your-friends mentality will extend into classes, which will feature a “team” element, although the details of class structure are still being worked out. Says co-founder Eric Posner, “Look forward to how Swerve will incorporate technology into the team experience.” He also says to expect full-service locker rooms.

Photo: Lisa Elaine Held for Well+Good


Xtend BarreXtend Barre
147 Remsen St., at Clinton St., Brooklyn Heights
Opening: Mid-October

National barre brand, Xtend Barre, is coming to New York City for the first time. Its method involves more Pilates and dance-based moves than others on the booming barre scene. The Brooklyn studio will have three classrooms and will also offer contemporary mat Pilates classes.



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