Fall Fitness Preview: The 13 most exciting new studio openings in New York City

NYC fall fitness preview_AKT Along with new sweaters and farmers markets full of apples, fall in New York City always brings a great big batch of new boutique fitness studios. And each year Well+Good announces the most exciting ones.

This season there’s been some serious real estate hustle happening for your workout pleasure, with a bumper crop of 13 heart-pounding debuts that range from barre and spin to rowing and yoga (organized here by open date).

We got all the details so you can start carving out time on your fall fitness schedule now. —Lisa Elaine Held

(Photo: Facebook/AKT in Motion)


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NYC fall fitness preview_Fhitting Fhitting Room E. 67th Street Penthouse

HIIT training favorite The Fhitting Room is on the move with its third NYC location, after the original Upper East Side studio and Flatiron flagship. It joins Flywheel, Flybarre, and SLT in what may be the city’s fittest building (people have already attempted all four classes back-to-back), and will feature some equipment its petite uptown older sister studio is missing, like ski ergs and battle ropes. 201 E. 67th St., between Second and Third Aves., 5th Floor, Upper East Side, www.fhittingroom.com

NYC fall fitness preview_pure barre Pure Barre Upper West Side-Columbus Ave

A retired professional ballet dancer by way of Texas is behind this new branch of the booming barre national franchise, which is 20 blocks north of the Pure Barre at Columbus Circle. The location and cozy space make for a neighborhood spot for locals to work on their pulsing and tucking. 412 Columbus Ave., between 79th and 80th Sts., Upper West Side, www.purebarre.com

NYC fall fitness preview_rev55 Revolutions55

Don’t expect bike push-ups or tap-backs at this new indie indoor cycling studio, where the emphasis is more on mimicking the feel of outdoor riding (although the class I took was still super beat driven). Opened by a fitness enthusiast veterinarian, it’s meant to be a community spot (with no plans of expansion), and you can feel that in the design, from the spacious front sitting area to careful attention paid to space between bikes (a lot of it!), filtered water stations in lieu of plastic bottles, and classes scheduled at least 30 minutes apart to prevent mobbed transitions. There are also locker rooms with stocked showers, so pre-work classes are definitely an option. 419 W. 55th St., between Eighth and Ninth Aves., Midtown West, www.revolutions55.com




Y7_7-bctobin Y7 Soho

Of-the-moment yoga spot Y7 is spreading its wings, leaving its shared studio inside Monster Cycle behind to host sweaty, loud vinyasa sessions in its very own space on Broome Street. The location will be significantly bigger than the Flatiron studio, comes with the same infrared heating used at its other spots, and includes a shower (thank god!). 430 Broome St., between Crosby and Lafayette, 2nd Floor, Soho, www.y7-studio.com



NYC fall fitness preview_brick Brick Grand Central

The city’s most expansive CrossFit facility is spreading out even more, with a new three-story Grand Central-adjacent location, where workout rooms will be named after passages in the iconic station (like the Vanderbilt Room). Fully stocked locker rooms will be even bigger than those at the original (more showers!), and members will be able to hop between locations to fit their schedule. 456 Lexington Ave., at 45th St., Midtown East, www.bricknewyork.com

NYC fall fitness preview_pop Pop Physique Nomad

The popular, cheeky West Coast barre brand (you may have seen its nothing-but-butts ads?) is finally arriving in New York City for the first time, with a two-classroom studio in Nomad featuring graphic flooring and neon signage—and most likely tons of barre-related merch. You can expect challenging classes choreographed with some dance elements and artistic flourishes when it comes to the music and lighting. Exact location to be announced, www.popphysique.com

NYC fall fitness preview_Row house Row House Chelsea

The Columbus Circle rowing workout started by the team behind Crossfit box EVF Performance is coming downtown, with a second studio to be headed up by coach (and avid rower and marathoner) Scott Marchfeld. It will house 30 rowers, showers and locker room amenities, and…drumroll…come spring 2016, a rooftop lounge for getting some (bikini-clad?) vitamin D that will be open to class-goers. 269 W. 23rd St., between Seventh and Eighth Aves., 2nd Floor, Chelsea, www.rowhousenyc.com

NYC fall fitness preview_soul SoulCycle E. 54th St.

Midtown is getting a lot fitter this year, and SoulCycle is doing its part, opening a 3,700-square-foot location on 54th Street with 58 bikes ready for stressed-out office workers. It includes five showers for women (and four for men) and multiple bathrooms, and follows the opening of the Bryant Park studio over the summer. 240 E. 54th St., between Second and Third Aves., Midtown East, www.soul-cycle.com



NYC fall fitness preview_AKT AKT in Motion Nomad

Two years after the opening of celebrity trainer Anna Kaiser’s first home studio uptown, she’s bringing her interval-training dance cardio method to a new ‘hood. And like the first time, she’s got lots of big things planned for the space, which will have high ceilings, 16-foot windows, showers, and a permanent photo booth built into a wall for those post-class moments when #fitspo inspiration strikes (or clients like SJP and Shakira stop by?). A new 45-minute toning class will also launch here. 1182 Broadway, between 28th and 29th Sts., Nomad, www.aktinmotion.com


Fall fitness preview_CITYROW CityRow Upper East Side

CityRow is catching a huge current…and it’s headed uptown for a second studio location. The Union Square favorite’s new spot will have two floors for its ergs and will include two workout studios, plus locker rooms with showers for the first time. In addition to a similar line-up of classes to the original, it will also have space for private and small group sessions. 1409 Third Ave., at 80th St., Upper East Side, www.cityrow.com



NYC fall fitness preview_Flywheel Flywheel Astor Place

Introducing Flywheel’s largest spin studio to date. In addition to the brand’s usual components (stocked showers, free water), this downtown location will feature more than 70 (!) stadium-style-seating bikes. And, along with the forthcoming Gansevoort Park Avenue studio (see below), it will be the first to introduce a new, instructor-controlled LED lighting system, so you can except lights to change color for a climb or pulse to the beat during a tough sprint. 51 Astor Place, at Fourth Ave., East Village, www.flywheelsports.com

Flywheel Gansevoort Park Avenue

Fly is getting in on the fit hotels trend with this location, which will have an entrance inside the Gansevoort Park Avenue like a hotel gym, in addition to its own street entrance. The studio will have 56 bikes, all the usual accoutrements, and the new lighting system of Astor Place. No FlyBarre, though, at either of these spots. 420 Park Ave. South, entrance on 29th St., Flatiron District, www.flywheelsports.com

fall fitness preview_ICE


CrossFit, HIIT training, and yoga are coming together in a luxurious Tribeca setting at this newcomer on the scene, expected to open its doors at the end of the year. You can expect “a beautiful, spa-like atmosphere” according to trainer-owner Izzy Levy, with locker rentals and laundry service, private-label cold-pressed juices, and a design inspired by elements of Grand Central Station. I.C.E., by the way, stands for Infinite Crosstraining Experience, and they’re having fun with the acronym, with classes called CrossFit Below Zero, Melt Yoga, and Hail (HIIT). 93 Worth St., between Broadway and Church, Tribeca, www.ice-nyc.com


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