New year, new go-to workout spot? January is all about beginnings, so it's the perfect time to point out the most exciting fitness destination debuts in New York City—from Park Slope to the Upper West Side.
Some are brand-new studios with novel concepts (ever tried a boxing-yoga combo or a reggae dance cardio class?), while others mark the expansions of some of the most popular workouts in the city. (In terms of timing, they range from having just opened at the end of 2016 to early spring debuts.)
Check out these 12 big-deal Big Apple fitness openings, listed in alphabetical order, to inspire a super-sweaty new year.
BFX, Tone House, and Cyc Upper East Side (NYSC Studio)
A collective space, now called NYSC Studio, with these three powerful brands will open uptown on Third Avenue at 71st Street soon. It's the first big expansion for superstar studio Tone House, which is also rolling out a recovery program in January that includes cold tubs, NormaTec boots, and Trigger Point foam-rolling classes. (Meanwhile, Cyc welcomes its new creative director, Holly Rilinger, that same month.)
This Noho studio pairs the intensity of boxing with the mind-body benefits of yoga. Class starts on the mat with shadowboxing, holding light weights. Then, the gloves go on and you head to the bags to work on both speed and power via punches. Finally, you finish up with a 20-minute athletic yoga flow, which keeps your heart rate up while it stretches you out. The studio is small (just one room, no locker rooms), but it's a creative, smart concept with a lot of potential.
Tracy Carlinsky started building her outer-borough Megaformer empire in Williamsburg in 2013, set up shop in Cobble Hill a little over a year later, and is now headed to Park Slope, a neighborhood that is surprisingly light on boutique fitness options given its reputation for moneyed residents (and plenty of strollers). The 1,600-square-foot studio will be outfitted with 10 brand new M3+ Megaformer machines, which feature updated handles and ergonomic bars, and its location on Flatbush Avenue is super close to the Atlantic-Pacific subway hub, meaning easy access for many Brooklyn commuters.
Popular national brand CorePower (it has more than 160 locations in 100 cities across the country) is coming to NYC for the first time this spring with the opening of a studio on the Upper West Side, on Broadway at 70th Street. It's known for its accessible, athletic approach to yoga and offers a wide variety of classes, most of which are heated, and many of which incorporate hand weights.
Equinox Bond Street
Luxe gym Equinox joined Noho's booming fitness scene in December, with a four-story location that boasts swanky design elements spread out over nearly 30,000 square feet of space. Equinox also opened a gym in Gramercy shortly afterward, marking the chain's 30th location (yes, 30th!) in New York City.
The Fhitting Room Upper West Side
HIIT favorite The Fhitting Room is heading west for the first time with what will be its third studio in Manhattan. The 2,500-square-foot outpost, set to open on the Upper West Side (on Columbus Avenue at 88th Street), will house one workout studio and the same shower and "vanity station" amenities offered at its sister locations.
Lyons Den Power Yoga Chelsea
Lyons Den is still the only yoga studio in Manhattan dedicated to Baptiste-style Hot Power Vinyasa classes, and it's about to make many more of those classes available. The Chelsea location, at 17th Street and Eighth Avenue, will feature one large studio and men's and women's locker rooms—but that's not all: The team is also doubling the size of the flagship Tribeca location by taking over an additional floor, so it will now house two practice studios and bigger locker rooms. Those renovations should be completed sometime in February.
Think Zumba—but instead of Latin and hip-hop rhythms, Pon De Flo is all about reggae. The dance-based approach to HIIT, which includes plenty of burpees and jump squats even though you're moving to the beat, was previously offered as a class at gyms like Crunch. The studio on Mott Street in Little Italy, opening to coincide with the new year, will be its first home.
Pop Physique Bowery
After arriving in New York City a little over a year ago with a studio in NoMad, Los Angeles-based Pop Physique is opening a second Manhattan location (this one on the Bowery). The girly barre brand is known for its hyper-stylized aesthetic and cheeky (literally) branding that showcases close-ups of firm glutes in American Apparel panties. In other words, the Instagram-ready fitness experience will fit in perfectly alongside its new neighbors, New York Pilates and ModelFit.
SoulCycle West 60th
SoulCycle keeps pedaling toward indoor cycling world domination with a new studio that's super far west, on 60th Street at West End Avenue. Later this year (date TBD), yellow bikes will also arrive in Park Slope (which, with a new Brooklyn Bodyburn nearby, makes Megaformer-spin double-headers possible).
The buzzy "SoulCycle of Boxing" has finally thrown it's hat into the, well, Brooklyn ring. Located in the same complex as Etsy HQ and next door to a Blue Bottle Coffee shop (cue post-workout turmeric latte runs), you can expect a seriously trendy (not to mention seriously fit) crowd—think lots of one-of-a-kind jewelry that doesn't get in the way of a jab-cross-hook. Like its Flatiron sister, this studio features 40 bags, a ring for private lessons, and state-of-the-art locker rooms (with showers).
This hot-yoga concept hails from Westchester County, and founder Lauren Porat just opened her first NYC studio in Tribeca, on Duane Street. Flow-based classes are fast-paced, challenging, and set to a bumping soundtrack, and the sequences are seriously creative. Bonus: They end with cold, tea-tree infused towels placed on your face, and afterward you can shower in luxe, spacious locker rooms with Red Flower products. The whole experience feels like hot yoga, upgraded.
Before you start lunging into 2017, be sure to brush up on these fitness myths that were busted in the past year, and start January off right with our (Re)New Year program.
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