The crisp fall air has arrived, and so have all kinds of new places to plank, punch, plié, and paschimottanasana (seated forward bend, duh) in the name of fitness.
Undoubtedly, there are SoulCycle, Pure Barre, and Orangetheory locations opening in cities and suburbs all over the country—and frankly, we don’t have time to count them all (even with all of the super-short HIIT workouts we do).
Instead, we rounded up some of the most exciting debuts happening in New York City and Los Angeles. You know, the ones you urban fitness freaks on both coasts may not know about, but definitely will want to try immediately. Scroll down to see them all and get one step closer to a fit, endorphin-filled fall. —Lisa Elaine Held and Erin Magner
At Aerospace, a model-approved boxing studio born in NYC, the only machine used during the workout is your own body. (Good news, treadmill-phobes.) That’ll still be the case when the brand debuts on LA’s La Brea Avenue later this fall, bringing with it the proprietary techniques developed by Michael Olajide Jr. (a former top-ranked middleweight boxer), who co-founded Aerospace NYC with Leila Fazel (an ex-ballet dancer). Along with existing Aerospace class formats like Aerobox (the brand’s signature boxing workout) and Aeropower (cardio and strength intervals), the LA studio will be premiering a brand new class called Aerosphere—Olajide describes it as a mentally challenging, non-impact class that will amp up strength without building bulk (he says it’s particularly great for those with knee, foot, or ankle injuries). Sounds like a knockout. aerospacenyc.com
West Hollywood: November
It’ll be easy to spot ModelFit’s new LA digs on West 3rd Street—just look for the paparazzi camped out nearby. The studio, beloved by it-girls of all stripes, is set to have everything that NYC-based fans like Karlie Kloss and Taylor Swift love, from the class formats (dance cardio, sculpting, cardio boxing) to the local artists’ work on the walls. There will even be some of the same instructors. (No word yet on who’s making the move to LA.) The studio’s West Coast debut will also mark the relaunch of ModelFit’s nutrition program, where you’ll be able to get customized wellness plans from holistic health coaches. modelfit.com
Brentwood: now open
Can’t seem to score a spot at Platefit’s always-packed West Hollywood studio? Try the Power Plate destination’s newest location in Brentwood. The sunny second-floor space is just as petite as its older sister, with only nine machines up for grabs, but what it lacks in capacity it makes up for in variety—since each session is only 27 minutes long, the daily schedule is packed with classes. Formats range from the Kayla Itsines-esque HIIT-Fit to a new recovery class, all performed on the Power Plate for maximum efficiency. Be sure to sign up for a sesh with studio owner Rachael Blumberg, who just returned from maternity leave (and is a pretty great advertisement for what the Power Plate can do). platefit.co
NEW YORK CITY
Park Avenue South: now open
NoMad dwellers, prepare to feel that infamous Barry’s burn. The on-fire interval training concept has just debuted its fifth New York location at 27th Street and Park Avenue, which is stocked with everything you’ve come to expect from the brand—customized Woodway treadmills, super-luxe changing rooms, a fitness fashion boutique, and a smoothie bar. (If you haven’t been to a Barry’s before, expect a grueling mash-up of running and strength training, all done in a dark, crimson-lit room). As far as looks go, the 4,600-square-foot space has a similar vibe to Barry’s West Hollywood (pictured above), which recently got a long overdue facelift (it’s been open since 1998). Next up: Brooklyn? barrysbootcamp.com
Madison, NJ: November
Okay, this one isn’t in New York City proper, but it’s super significant because it marks the first franchise location for popular NYC-based brand ChaiseFitness. New owner Claudia Aarts-Schreiber (who’s opening it with her husband Felix Aarts) was one of the method’s original instructors and will introduce Chaise Reinvention, Chaise Cardio, and Chaise BalletBungee classes to suburbanites in a bright, industrial space outfitted with familiar elements like the signature foam-cushioned floor designed to prevent injury. chaisefitness.com
Upper East Side: October
Brian Ripka (son of well-known jeweler Judith Ripka) opened the first Ripped Fitness studio north of New York City in Westchester and is now bringing the concept to Manhattan, with a location on Second Avenue between 74th and 75th Streets. The workout sounds a lot like Barry’s Bootcamp, with 50-minute high-intensity classes that alternate treadmill running with weight training—and joining the team is CPXExperience founder and former Barry’s star Courtney Paul. rippedfit.com
Chelsea: October 31
Beloved Barry’s Bootcamp instructor Noah Neiman is stepping into his own star power with the opening of Rumble, a boxing-inspired group fitness concept that promises a “50-minute, 11-round, full-body strength-training and conditioning workout crafted around specially designed water-filled, teardrop-style punching bags.” And Neiman’s got a team of heavyweights by his side—co-founders include hospitality world pros Eugene Remm (Catch, Tenjune) and Andy Stenzler (Cosí) and former Google managing director Anthony DiMarco. With a second location in Noho already slated for a winter opening, too, the brand seems to be setting itself up for a TKO year. rumble-boxing.com
Dumbo: early November
Speaking of boxing…. Flatiron favorite Shadowbox is expanding for the first time with a Brooklyn location opening in Dumbo. The studio will be part of the “Dumbo Heights” development that also includes a WeWork and swanky shops like Alexis Bittar, and its design will mirror the Manhattan location in most ways, with a few exceptions like larger locker rooms with expanded amenities and “Brooklyn accents” (whatever that means). shadowboxnyc.com
Tribeca: October 15
One of LA’s favorite hot yoga destinations is hopping coasts for its second location. Set in a vintage building with exposed brick walls, the NYC space has been updated with cutting-edge heating, a killer sound system, and “air scrubbers” to freshen it up between classes. Here, it’s the little details that will get you hooked, like the lavender-scented cold towels that are given out during savasana, the organic toiletries in the bathroom, and the super-sick music that drives the flows. (In the LA studio, I always try to grab a spot near the wall-mounted iPad so I can see what’s playing.) sweat-yoga.com
Construction ended up taking a little longer than planned to get Taryn Toomey’s first home studio ready for stomping and shaking clients—but are we really surprised when it’s being energetically balanced via crystals embedded in the floors? Other things to expect: ombre glass walls and a custom scent, plus expanded class offerings and lots of workshops with like-minded partners. taryntoomey.com
Tracy Anderson Flagship
Tribeca: now open
There’s already a waitlist for monthly memberships (but you can still do private training or pay per class) at Tracy Anderson’s new Church Street studio, which will cover 4,000 square feet across three levels. All of Anderson’s signature classes (including the men’s program) are offered on the two workout floors, and you’ll also find men’s and women’s locker rooms, a retail shop, and a street-level 3 Green Hearts food and juice cafe. Bonus tip: Anderson will finally be moving uptown soon, with a 59th Street studio expected to open later this year. tracyanderson.com
Soho: now open
This sense-stimulating wellness center is truly one of a kind, with all of the signature “experiences”—AKA classes on (natural!) steroids, incorporating all five senses. Think physically challenging yoga combined with spiritual elements like chanting, singing, meditation, sound healing, and visuals projected on the walls. Plus, a full vegan cafe rounds out the community feel of the bright, modern space. woomcenter.com
Dumbo: now open; Tribeca: November
Students and young professionals have been cramming themselves into every spot a mat will fit into at Yoga Vida’s Union Square and Noho locations for years. Now, the popular studio is expanding its reach (all those back bends…) in major ways. First to Brooklyn, where a just-opened Dumbo location features two practice studios that fit about 50 students each, plus men’s and women’s locker rooms (with showers!) for the first time and steam rooms. Later this fall, expect a smaller location to also pop up in Tribeca. yogavida.com
Temperatures may be dropping, but your workout routine is heating up! Check out our Fall Fitness Preview, your guide to having your healthiest fall yet. And make sure to mark your calendars: Well+Good’s annual Fitness Biathlon in NYC is back this October 22.
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