Spring is—mostly—here! And like daffodils and crocuses, brand-new workout studios and gyms are popping up in neighborhoods across Manhattan and Brooklyn, while major boutique fitness players (ahem, yellow bikes) continue to add more New York City locations.
With everything from dance cardio and indoor cycling to boxing and HIIT starring on our hot list of the most exciting spring fitness debuts, it's going to be a sweaty, endorphin-filled season.
Here are NYC's 11 buzziest new fitness openings you need to know about, listed in alphabetical order.
Bar Method Williamsburg
Opens: Late May/early June
This second Brooklyn Bar Method studio is opening in an old iron foundry (that also used to be home to Vice Media) and is from the same owners as the Cobble Hill location. The studio will have two barre rooms, a large lobby and retail area, and locker rooms with amenities, including three showers. Bar Method now has more than 100 studios nationwide. 97 N. 10th St., Brooklyn, williamsburg.barmethod.com
Katia Pryce's feel-good dance cardio method is already crazy popular for its serious choreography, but she'll finally get a home of her own with the opening of her first studio. The massive, three-story space in Tribeca will have two studios for classes and a live-streaming setup for classes everywhere else. The brand is also debuting equipment (like wrist weights that never get soggy with sweat) and showers—which will make it way easier for New Yorkers to perfect your post-workout hair game. 51 Warren St., Tribeca, www.dancebody.com
F45 might've started Down Under, but the circuit-training concept's got global appeal—thanks to 750 locations in a whopping 26 countries. The Flatiron District studio marks the franchise's entrance onto New York City's fitness scene, but F45 is already poised to take the city by storm (and by sweat), with more locations in the works and a new designation as the "official training partner" of the Brooklyn Nets. You know, NBD.
Class formats vary to focus on strength, cardio, or endurance with props like rowing machines, kettlebells, battle ropes, and medicine balls. During class you'll see interval countdowns and exercise how-to's on studio flat screens. The vibe feels reminiscent of high school sports—but with nicer locker rooms and showers. 123 West 20th St., Flatiron, www.F45training.com
Opens: April 18
Never one to coast, Flywheel Sports—which just celebrated its seventh anniversary last month—officially opens its first space in Brooklyn on Tuesday, April 18. The indoor cycling studio seems to constantly be looking for new ways to, ahem, re-invent the wheel, and its Williamsburg location is shaping up to be its most innovative one yet. Even ride-or-die devotees will want to consider crossing the East River for a class in order to check out all the new technology that you can't find at any other Flywheel studios for the time being. Upgrades include a self-service check-in and performance-enhancing cleats that'll make riders feel like they're "floating" in the saddle. 173 N. 3rd St., Williamsburg, www.flywheelsports.com
New York Sports Club and Cyc Astor Place
DavidBartonGym went bankrupt last December, leaving behind many a dark weight room. But New York Sports Club swooped in quickly to snatch up its iconic disco ball and DJ booth-outfitted Astor Place gym—which it will soon reopen as one of its new "Elite membership" clubs. NYSC says it'll honor the space's history by "retaining many of the club’s original finishes and signature touches, while bringing in a fresh new wave of equipment, facilities, amenities, and class offerings." The opening will also mean the reopening of Cyc's shuttered cycling studio, located on the club's basement level. 4 Astor Place, East Village, www.newyorksportsclubs.com, www.cycfitness.com
The hot yoga chainlet known for its obsession with cleanliness (both literal and in design) is headed to Brooklyn. This will be its first Big Apple location—housed inside the new 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge—and it'll have FAR infrared heating panels, a long list of yoga styles on the schedule, and its signature brag-worthy feature: no sweaty-Bikram-carpet smell. 60 Furman St., Brooklyn Heights, poeyoga.com
Project by Equinox
Equinox's fitness "think tank" is the luxe gym's first foray into the world of pay-per-class boutique fitness. The studio was envisioned as a creative space for forward-thinking trainers (think: Kirsty Godso, Traci Copeland, and Patrick McGrath) and their innovative classes, from HIIT and "Dance Vibes" to Pilates. Plan to go after, not before, work though, since the location is currently missing one of its signature product-stocked locker rooms. 267 Mulberry St., Nolita, www.projectbyequinox.com
Rumble hit the city's workout scene in January with a serious one-two punch. Now, its second studio is set to open in Noho, a neighborhood that's become a contender for Flatiron's title as NYC's fitness district given how much has opened there—other newcomers include Orangetheory Fitness and Flywheel. The new outpost of Rumble promises a few "unique twists," like different colored gloves and updated artwork, but the overall concept of punches paired with strength training will be just as friendly to your endorphins. 700 Broadway, Noho, www.rumble-boxing.com
SoulCycle Park Slope
The cycling super-power will expand its Brooklyn pedalprint with a Park Slope location, adding to its studios in Williamsburg and Brooklyn Heights. It's a win for the neighborhood, where boutique fitness options have been seriously lacking. (Alas, brownstones don't make the best workout studios.) This location will be on a stretch of Flatbush Avenue that's close to Grand Army Plaza and a new Union Market. And bonus: It will stock Brooklyn-made beauty products (artisanal, of course) in the locker room. 342 Flatbush Ave., Park Slope, www.soul-cycle.com
The SweatShed by Crunch
Crunch is trying its hand at a boutique fitness pay-per-class model with The SweatShed. It's located inside the 59th Street gym, but its classes are open to non-members, and you get the benefits of the big gym locker room after. Classes are 50 minutes and start with a few rounds of HIIT followed by functional strength-training circuits. Think box jumps, rowing, TRX work, and compound movements with dumbbells. It's an effective class model that's executed really well—that is, you'll leave feeling strong and sweaty-happy. That is if you can find it tucked behind the rows of cardio equipment below Second Avenue. 1109 Second Ave., Midtown East, www.sweatshed.com
Switch Playground Soho
Steve Uria's South African crazy fitness disco party arrived in NYC just south of Union Square last fall, bringing fog machines and blacklights along with trampolines, stairmills, and basically every other workout tool you could imagine. The clubby (but seriously challenging) circuit training classes will now be offered in an even bigger studio in West Soho, too. Maybe wear your sports bra that glows in the dark? 1 Vandam St., Soho, switchplaygroundusa.com
Tracy Anderson Midtown
The godmother of dance cardio's new studio at the foot of the 59th Street Bridge in Midtown is in an old movie theater, so the first thing you'll notice is the marquee outside listing the schedule. Inside, the main attractions are her signature sculpting workout and an organic cafe that's a collab with her BFF and business partner Gwyneth Paltrow. And just FYI: there's also a selfie station. 239 E. 59th Street, Midtown East, tracyanderson.com
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