Exceed’s massive new Tribeca studio comes with three floors of functional fitness

Exceed Physical Culture officially opened its first downtown studio on Monday, June 9—and we stopped by for sweat session and first look inside.
Classes on the personal training floor, just until construction is finished in the group studio. (Photo: Lisa Elaine Held for Well+Good)

Exceed Physical Culture officially opened its first downtown studio on Monday, June 9 in Tribeca—and it’s an impressively large facility with three floors of functional fitness equipment.

The ground floor houses a spacious lobby for check-in, with space to sit and stash your stuff in a locker, plus high ceilings and natural light streaming through huge front windows that give it an airy, luxe feel the uptown original doesn’t have. Double doors open into a sprawling group fitness studio, which is still being outfitted with its many workout toys and is expected to be ready by next week. (Installing monkey bars takes time, guys.)

One flight down, you’ll find the personal training floor, packed with equipment like rowing machines, TRX systems, kettlebells, Bosu balls, medicine balls, and more. Locker rooms are also on this floor, and they’re large and well-equipped, with four showers each for both men and women and natural products from Eclipsespa.

The lowest level will be primarily reserved for trainers, with a lounge and space Exceed is calling “the lab” where they can experiment with new techniques and equipment (especially super heavy fitness toys that aren’t suited for higher floors). Many instructors will be circling between the two Manhattan studios.

The view from outside, with Tribeca-chic columns and big front windows. (Photo: Lisa Elaine Held for Well+Good)

In terms of the workouts, you can expect the same full-body cardio and strength classes that use functional workout tools in intense, challenging intervals. Every class will leave you drenched in sweat, muscles shaking, and you definitely won’t get bored. In our preview session of the signature class, “Exceed: The Workout” (formerly called Summit), we used jump ropes, kettlebells in varying weights, Bosu balls, hurdles, medicine balls, rowing machines, and plyo boxes—all in just 50 minutes.

Thankfully, if you’re looking for clean protein post sweat-fest, both Mulberry & Vine and Sun In Bloom are less than two blocks away. —Lisa Elaine Held

Exceed Tribeca, 97 Reade St., between Church and W. Broadway, Tribeca, $32 per class (all classes free this week), www.exceedphysicalculture.com

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