It’s like a cycling studio, only with treadmills

With its debut New York City studio, Mile High Run Club wants to help runners of all levels train together—on a treadmill instead of a trail.

Is the treadmill making a comeback?

While gym-goers are notoriously bored by the workout machine staple, boutique studios like Barry’s Bootcamp and Orangetheory have incorporated it into the group fitness experience, and Equinox just launched a treadmill class, Precision Running, with popular trainer David Siik.

Now, New York City is getting its first boutique fitness studio dedicated to group running classes that take place on a treadmill. Mile High Run Club is expected to open in early fall, at East 4th and Lafayette Streets in Noho. (That’s just a medicine ball’s throw from David Barton Gym, Blink Fitness, Cyc, SoulCycle, Strala Yoga, Yoga Vida, and the new Barry’s Noho…where a new Fitness District is decidedly blossoming.)

Debora Warner
(Photo: Debora Warner)

Debora Warner, a former Equinox trainer, private trainer, runner, and triathlete, is behind it. Warner fell into training runners because of her personal passion, and she says she was inspired to create Mile High Run Club after struggling to lead outdoor group runs with individuals of all different skill levels.

“I’ve always been a fan of the treadmill, and I thought the way to address the various fitness levels would be to have everyone train in a group indoors. No one gets left behind, everyone can work at their own individual effort level,” Warner says. “And I’ve always been attracted to the format of the spin class, with music and coached interval training.”

Mile High will house 30 top-of-the-line Woodway treamills in one large studio, and it’ll launch with two class types. One, for all levels, will feature 30 minutes of intervals on the treadmill followed by ten minutes of runner-focused strength training, and the other, for more advanced runners, will be 60 minutes of continuous running intervals. The studio will open with 12 instructors on the schedule, and class prices are still TBD.

As for the cheeky name? “You’ve heard of the runner’s high, right?” Warner says, musing about beautiful outdoor trail runs in Colorado. “We want to bring that exhilarating experience of a trail run indoors.” —Lisa Elaine Held

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