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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

6 new fitness studios opening in New York this fall

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barrys bootcampWhile you were lounging on a pool chaise this summer, a handful of fitness brands were breaking a sweat to open their doors in time for fall.

This season we'll see six shiny new studios debuting on the Upper West Side to Union Square and down to Tribeca. (Lace up those running shoes!)

So which beloved workout studios are expanding into new neighborhoods? And who are the promising newcomers looking to muscle in on the city’s fitness scene?

We’ve got the scoop on the brand-new workout studios you'll be sweating in soon...

Photo: Barry's Bootcamp (Latina.com)

 

 
BARRY'S BOOTCAMP TRIBECA


Barry's Bootcamp TribecaWho: A celeb fave, this super-efficient treadmill and strength-training workout came to New York from the West Coast just last summer and opened a Hamptons location in May. It's become a fixture on the fitness scene.

Where: Sixth Avenue and Canal Street, Tribeca

When: September

Need to know: The two-story location will have a suspension system for resistance bands in the studio—that's a brand-new offering. And the basement-level locker room will be twice as big as the cramped one in Chelsea. You can also expect lots of natural light (except in the studio, which has a night club vibe), and a Fuel Bar with outdoor seating. Get more details here.

 
LITHE METHOD

lithe methodWho: This cardio-cheer-sculpting method has four studios and a huge following in Philly, with clever class names like Skinny Jeans and Sweet Cheeks. The method includes a barre, but also uses a proprietary High Power Band System and a slew of props. And as you can see, it sometimes involves getting your feet off the ground.

Where: 32 W. 18th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, Flatiron

When: Mid-fall

Need to know:  The 4,2000-square-foot space sounds super tricked out—with bamboo floors, two workout studios, a locker room with showers, and a retail space for selling Lithe's very own clothing line and meal plans. Get more details here.

 
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REFINE METHOD UPPER WEST SIDE


refine methodWho: The neighborhood boutique studio opened on the Upper East Side in 2010 and debuted a second location in Union Square this past spring. Founder Brynn Jinnett's method is like a high-intensity boot camp with a slightly feminine touch—it involves a high-tech pulley system, push-ups, and kettlebells, all with an emphasis on functional movement.

Where: 117 W. 72nd Street, between Columbus and Amsterdam, Upper West Side

When: September 24

Need to know: The new space is housed inside SoulCycle's former UWS digs, and it will be Refine's largest location yet. It will also be the brand's first studio with showers (yay!) and will debut Jinnett’s most recently redesigned Refine system, which includes new components like a pull-up bar and a hanging mount for punching bags. Get more details here.

 
REVOLVE

revolveWho: Revolve is a brand-new boutique spin brand with one studio in D.C. and big plans for expansion (thanks to a deep-pocketed New York real estate mogul owner). Will it shake up the current SoulCycle-Flywheel dichotomy?

Where: 52 E. 13th Street, between Broadway and University, Union Square

When: Late October–early November

Need to know: The 2,000-square-feet design of Revolve's ground floor spin studio and basement locker rooms oozes cool. Classes are slightly more varied than at SoulCycle or Flywheel and riders have a choice of two-, three-, or five-pound weights. And at $28 a class, it's a money-saver (especially since Flywheel just announced it will be matching Soul's $32 class rate). Get more details here.


 
PURE BARRE UNION SQUARE


Pure BarreWho: This nationally-known barre brand is considered accessible for newbies. It has nearly 100 locations across the country now and opened its first New York franchise in Columbus Circle just last fall. (Comparisons to Starbucks omnipresence have been made.) Its young New York owners have found a neighborhood of fans uptown, and hope to rally a downtown crew.

Where: 78 Fifth Avenue, between 13th and 14th Streets, Union Square

When: September 4

Need to know: The Union Square location will be twice the size of the tiny amenity-free Columbus Circle studio, with bathrooms, locker rooms, a more substantial lounge for lingering, and a larger retail area. Bring your post-workout wipes—there are still no showers. Get more details here.

 
 SOULCYCLE EAST 83RD STUDIO B

Who: The boutique spinning brand with an unrivaled cult (and celebrity) following has four Manhattan locations and eight within New York, where riders sweat to the music and inspirational mantras.

Where: 1470 Third Avenue, at 83rd Street

When: Tuesday, September 4, Upper East Side

Need to know: Soul isn't opening a whole new location. Instead, it's debuting a second studio within its existing Upper East Side spot, which opened this past Spring. With 45 bikes, Studio B will be more intimate than the location's original 70-bike studio, but it will mean a lot more room on the schedule at peak times, i.e. two 6 a.m. classes during the week. Get more details here.

 
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