Unsurprisingly, CrossFit boxes are leading the pack, as more and more people get turned on to heavy lifting (and high socks??). But for the less grunt-inclined, there’s a new Tribeca Pilates studio, big-deal yoga in Brooklyn, and more.
Here are five major New York fitness openings you can look forward to in the coming year (presented in order of open date). —Lisa Elaine Held
Opening: October 12
Columbia Street CrossFit is rebranding itself as Brooklyn CrossFit Columbia Street and, just over six months after opening, is debuting this second location in South Williamsburg. “There were a lot of rumors that there was need for another box in Williamsburg,” says owner Nate Larrea. The new space is twice the size of the original, but Larrea plans on keeping class sizes small as a point of distinction on the overcrowded CrossFit scene. “We’ve gotten so much positive feedback about our small classes,” he says. “We want to maintain that quality.” www.columbiastreetcrossfit.com
Photo: Brooklyn CrossFit Columbia Street
Lord—who is classically trained in Pilates but has developed her own progressive approach—outgrew her three-year-old Meatpacking studio due to a growing clientele. So she’s moving her operation to a bigger space on Duane Street. “It’s an extension of my studio in feeling and practice, but on a much larger scale,” she explains. Expect two floors of space for Reformer, tower, and mat privates, duets, and group classes, plus restrooms, changing areas, and a lounge area. “The classes will be tough but the studio experience won’t be,” she says. www.karenlordpilates.com
Photo: James Mooney for Karen Lord Pilates
The Upper East Side box is debuting a second location that’s Central Park-adjacent and almost double the size of its original digs—with a major facelift to boot. In addition to regular WODs, EVF will offer classes for the non-CrossFit-committed, like the boot camp-style EVF360 and EVF Strength. And, of course, you can expect the same careful instruction the box is known for. www.evfperformance.com
Photo: EVF CrossFit, rendering of Columbus Circle
Opening: Spring 2014
The California-based yoga brand with four locations dotted across Manhattan just started construction on its first outer-borough studio, on Joralemon Street in Brooklyn. The eco-friendly space will be home to two large studios with 13-foot ceilings and like the super-pretty Soho flagship. It will also have an Iyengar rope wall and full-service locker rooms. In addition to the many varied types of yoga the company is know for, you’ll also be able to book sculpting and TRX classes. www.yogaworks.com
Photo: YogaWorks Soho
Opening: April/May 2014
The city’s first HIIT-dedicated boutique space is coming downtown for the opening of its second studio, in the city’s now official fitness district. “We’re constantly recruiting because our schedule is growing and growing and growing uptown,” says owner Kari Saitowitz. “We’re kind of full steam ahead.” The 19th Street studio will be 4,000 square feet spread out over two floors with two workout studios—four times the size of the petite Upper East Side original. “It will really be a playground for some of our advanced classes, a lab for other class formats, a home to new tools…and it will give us the ability to scale up during peak times,” she says.
Photo: The Fhitting Room, Upper East Side
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