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Boston’s wellness scene is having a serious growth spurt


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Boston may have just been named one of the top ten fittest city’s in America—but we already knew from Well+Good’s new Boston Healthy City Guide that Beantown’s wellness scene is booming.

From date-night veggie restaurants to local, cold-pressed juice bars dotting the city with sippable greens, and a Harvard-born outdoor boot camp sweeping the country, Boston’s finally got an all-star lineup of wellness offerings that locals have been tapping their sneaker-clad toes waiting for.

And Boston’s not done its sweaty growth spurt yet. Here’s a look at five new offerings on the scene:

1. FlyBarre, the athletic barre classes that use weights, bands, balls to tone every muscle, joined its sister workout Flywheel in Back Bay in February—with totally packed classes (hey, it was a great way to stay warm through the never-ending snow). The studio’s inside the Prudential Center, which is turning out to be its own little wellness and fitness mecca (it’s also home to a Boston Sports Club, FitCorp, and Lululemon). flywheelsports.com

follain2. In a first-of-its-kind venture, Ride North End is part local spin studio, part local juice bar, all in a shiny fitness package, located in the wellness desert of the North End. The space (that’s set to open any day now) will house the first retail spot for founder Melina Dipaola’s E.t.c. Juicery, as well as her own style of indoor cycling in a room filled with Schwinn bikes. ridenorthend.com

3. Follain’s Tara Foley is a big deal in clean beauty—and her very chic, apothecary-style natural beauty store just opened its second Boston outpost on Beacon Hill’s cute little main drag, Charles Street (the original shop is located in South End). Expect to get seriously wooed by the shelves of carefully-curated, top natural brands such as Drunk Elephant, May Lindstrom, and RMS Beautyshopfollain.com

4. Cyc, the party-on-a-bike indoor cycling brand, is bringing its beat-pounding, arm-heavy classes to Back Bay in early summer. The 50-bike studio will be inside David Barton Gym, and have a similar model to the New York City locations, where riders get access to the club’s luxe amenities. Those who follow fitness celebs will want to look out for guest appearances from Cyc method creator Keoni Hudobacycfitness.com

5. BFX‘s first location outside of New York City will be located in the heart of the Back Bay—right on Boylston Street. The boutique fitness studio with gym-size aspirations is getting ready to open its doors next week with a ingeniously-designed studio for combo cycling and strength training classes (just like the BFX’s latest NYC club). The 10,000 square-foot space will also house stations for TRX, kettlebells, weights, medicine balls, and more than a dozen heavy bags for the gym’s signature boxing class. Oh yeah, things are going to get sweaty. bfxstudio.comMolly Gallagher

For more of Boston’s must-visit fitness, wellness, and beauty destinations, check out Well+Good’s Boston Healthy City Guide

(Photos, from top: Flywheel Sports; Facebook/Follain)