With a new Physique 57, the UWS flexes some serious fitness muscle


With a new Physique 57, the neighborhood once synonymous with cheese and carbs—think Zabar's, Fairway, and H&H bagels—is flexing some serious fitness muscle.

Physique 57, the popular barre workout, just announced the opening of a third Manhattan studio on August 16. Time to grab your nubby socks, Upper West Siders.

The neighborhood once synonymous with cheese and carbs—think Zabar’s, Fairway, and H & H bagels—has been colonized by Luon-wearing spinners and yogis. And with Physique 57 opening in the Ansonia Building, the Upper West Side is flexing some serious fitness muscle.

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Physique 57's new home is on the 2nd floor of the Ansonia

Pure Yoga planted its mat at Amsterdam and 77th and is home to Figure 4, their in-house barre workout created by Physique alum Kate Albarelli.

Equinox sits just across the street, and a new super-sized SoulCycle will  soon be just a stone’s throw from Soul Cycle’s original UWS location.

Then there are popular indies like the Nalini Method (also a barre workout) and Uptown Pilates. As well as stalwarts like Reebok Sports Club/NY.

The neighborhood’s fitness fashion was once dominated by the Lincoln Center Lululemon, but on August 10 Athleta will open a splashy flagship at Columbus and 70th (where Lucky Brand was).

Physique’s new 3,500-square foot space, with two studios, will be located in the historic Ansonia—the Beaux-Arts building on Broadway and 74th that’s housed everyone from Babe Ruth to Bette Midler (who FYI started her singing career at the Continental Baths, a gay bathhouse located in the Ansonia).

“The seams are bursting in our Midtown and Soho studios!” explains Physique 57’s founder and owner, Jennifer Vaughan Maanavi. The neighborhood’s come a long way since the cast of Seinfeld sat around at the diner. “The Upper West Side is a fitness mecca,” gushes Maanavi. —Alexia Brue

Upper West Side Wellness Rolodex

Athleta: 216 Columbus Avenue, www.athleta.com.

Equinox: 2465 Broadway & 344 Amsterdam, www.equinox.com

Flywheel Sports: 334 Amsterdam Avenue, www.flywheelsports.com

Lululemon: 1928 Broadway, 212-217-1767, www.lululemon.com

Nalini Method: 248 West 60th Street, 646-775-6145

Pure Yoga: 204 W. 77th Street, New York, NY, 212-877-2025, www.pureyoga.com

Reebok Sports Club/NY: 160 Columbus Avenue, 212-362-6800, www.mpsportsclub.com

SoulCycle: 117 West 72nd Street, 212-787-1300, www.soul-cycle.com

YogaWorks Westside: 37 W. 65th St. 4th Floor, 212-769-9642, www.yogaworks.com

 

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