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Where to Work Out: Flatiron District

305 Fitness


Presented by Athleta

In the past few years, New York City’s Flatiron District has established itself as the center of the city’s boutique fitness explosion. Which is why we’ve also dubbed it the Fitness District. (Hey, if realtors can make up neighborhoods like “NoMad,” we’ll do what we want.)

So that you don’t get overwhelmed by the myriad of options—we’ve mapped out the neighborhood’s scene (technically 18th Street to 30th Street, and Third Avenue to Sixth Avenue)—from Pilates and barre to cycling and CrossFit.

Just be careful not to stop at Eataly every time you visit.

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Named for Miami’s area code, this dance-party workout channels that city’s hot, hot, hot club scene in its classes, which are packed with recent college grads and young professionals sweating while shakin’ it. $24 per class, Stepping Out Studios, 37 W. 26th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves., 9th floor,

The heat is always on at the city’s original Bikram studio, which now has four locations in Manhattan. Sequences follow Bikram’s original format, and sweat, as you’d imagine, is abundant. $25 per class, 182 Fifth Ave., between 22nd and 23rd Sts.,

Former Tracy Anderson star and Flybarre director Mahri Relin melded her dance and barre expertise to create classes that involve both booty shaking and pulsing—to the beat. $35 per class, Stepping Out Studios, 37 W. 26th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves., 9th floor,

When Ariane Hundt isn’t commanding push-ups and lunges on the bridge itself, she hosts her kick-butt Slim & Strong body transformation program at this indoor space. You’ll do just as many lunges and resistance band work, if not more. Rates vary, Stepping Out Studios, 37 W. 26th St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves., 9th floor,

This boutique studio is home to a unique cardio-sculpting method that uses a tricked-out, modern version of the Pilates Wunda Chair and overhead bungee-like bands for simultaneous upper-body toning. $33 per class, 40 E. 23rd St., between Park and Madison, 3rd floor,

If hard-core Mount Olympus-like challenges in a short period of time is your style, The Black Box is this neighborhood’s place to go power lift—and go Paleo. $25 per class, 25 W. 26th St., between Broadway and Sixth Ave., 3rd floor,

Equinox has the facilities of a big-box gym and the kick-butt classes of a boutique studio. This location also has a cafe that serves juices, smoothies, and snacks. Rates vary, 897 Broadway, between 19th and 20th Sts.,

305 Fitness
305 Fitness—a Miami-style dance party in the Flatiron

This Upper East Side boutique fitness fave focused on High Intensity Interval Training will open a 4,000-square-foot two-level location in April or May of 2014. Price TBD, 31 W. 19th St., between Fifth and Sixth Aves,

This is the athletic, numbers-oriented spin scene giant’s flagship location and is also the home of Flybarre, the brand’s athletic take on barre fitness. $32 per class, 39 W. 21st St., between Fifth and Sixth Aves.,

Pilates is offered in small group reformer or tower classes or in private sessions at this small studio and neighborhood fave. It’s also home to Gyrotonic classes. $35 per class, 39 E. 20th St., between Park and Broadway,

Dana Flynn’s vibrant, colorful yoga studio hosts high-energy flow classes with lots of rhythm. It also has a yoga dance hall with a glitter bar. 636 Sixth Ave., 3rd floor, (Entrance is on 19th St., between Fifth and Sixth Aves.),

Behind this state-of-the-art club is celeb trainer David Kirsch. So in addition to the elite trainers he hires, you may also spot Heidi Klum and Victoria’s Secret models in the elevator. $100–$120 per session with $250 initiation fee (rates for sessions with Kirsch are upon request) 210 Fifth Ave., between 25th and 26th Sts.,

When it opens later this winter, this studio will be the first to offer classes in yoga, barre, and High Intensity Interval Training, and proceeds from every class go to charity. Prices TBD, 32 W. 18th St., between Fifth and Sixth Ave.,

Swimmers will love the 55-foot pool, plus the jacuzzi, sun deck, sauna, steam room, and, oh yeah…workout equipment and classes. A branch of Terri, a vegan to-go cafe and juice bar, is also based here. Rates vary, 60 E. 23rd St., between Park and Madison,

You’ll get off the ground and upside down at this popular yoga studio known for in-the-air classes like Aerial Silks, Aerial Vinyasa, and AcroYoga. $20 per class, 873 Broadway, at 18th St.,

This boutique loft gym is owned by elite trainer Joe Dowdell, who employs top-notch trainers for its celeb and civilian clients. It stocks some great equipment, from old-school sleds to a Jacob’s Ladder. $150 per session, 54 W. 21st St., between Park and Broadway, 8th floor,

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The boutique spin brand that started it all just opened its second Flatiron studio (today, in fact!). Classes include soul-searching motivation, lots of bike dancing, and handlebar push-ups. This brand-new 5,000-square-foot location includes 63 bikes. $34 per class, 8 W. 19th St., between Fifth and Sixth Aves.,

Jake Gyllenhaal is a regular at this location, which the brand calls “Union Square.” It was the first in the area until packed classes prompted the opening of the 19th Street studio. $34 per class, 12 E. 18th St., between Broadway and Fifth Ave.,

You’ll pedal in a pack at this new team-based cycling studio, which also includes a smoothie bar that stocks juices from Liquiteria. $30 per class, 30 W. 18th St., between Fifth and Sixth Aves.,

This women-only boutique gym has kick-butt classes, personal training, monthly memberships for daily use, and super-fun events like “Workout and Wine.” $32 per class, 24 W. 23rd St., between Fifth and Sixth Aves., 2nd floor,