We can’t think of a better time of year to welcome a bunch of new fitness studios to Boston. The New Year always gets us (and a mob of January gym-goers…) psyched to recommit to living that healthy lifestyle. And having a new sweat spot just sweetens the deal.
These new gyms have something to offer pretty much anyone. Whether you love to kick your workout up a notch (or 10), or if you’re coming out of a long exercise hibernation, there’s a spot for you. Now your only dilemma is deciding which of these places to try first.
Barre & Soul
Boston is home to tons of barre studios, but they’re mostly concentrated in the Back Bay. So we were super psyched to see that Barre & Soul’s new location is in Brookline near the Boston University campus. This new spot is a smaller, more intimate version of Barre & Soul’s other studios. And it focuses on Barre & Soul’s signature Method class, which combines ballet conditioning, interval cardio, Pilates, yoga, and meditation to give you a great workout every time.
BURN Fitness has made its mark on the Boston sweat scene with its unique approach to workouts. The boutique gym offers small group and personal training sessions where the instructors focus on YOU. BURN’s fitness revolution started at its original studio in the South End. But now you can get in on the burn at its new, gorgeous Back Bay spot, too.
CorePower made its Boston debut at a studio on Comm Ave., and it recently expanded to a second location in South End at the Ink Block development. The new spot is just as lovely as the original…and the classes are just as hard. Expect upbeat music, challenging yoga sequences, and amazing results when you take a CorePower class.
CrossFit Lando has made its way into the city with its new location in Charlestown (the original is in Woburn). There are lots of boxes (that’s what CrossFitters call gyms) in Boston, but what separates Lando from the pack is its community. It’s the box in Boston where everybody knows your name (and probably some of your PRs). Top that off with killer workouts and you’ll find yourself returning to CrossFit Lando again and again.
Heartbreak Hill Running Company
Boston runners tend to be pretty tough. You’ll often see people slogging out miles in snowstorms…then refueling with an iced Dunks. But sometimes it’s just too nasty to run outside. That’s where the Heartbreak Hill Running Company’s new indoor treadmill studio comes in. The Cambridge location of this local run shop now offers classes for runners — sort of like an indoor run club. Sign us up!
If you love to feel the burn, then you’re going to love Orangetheory Fitness. The gym, which has a new Kendall Square studio, offers intense 60-minute classes that are a mix of cardio and strength training intervals. Orangetheory even uses heart rate monitors to make sure you’re always getting an awesome workout (thanks, technology). That means the burn keeps going long after you leave the gym.
Some gyms offer dozens of different classes, but Title Boxing likes to keep things simple. The Newbury Street studio has only two classes to choose from: boxing or kickboxing. But that’s not a bad thing. Because Title focuses on what it does best, you know you’re always going to get an amazing workout with a great instructor.
Local fitness chain btone is expanding in a big way in 2017. A new South Boston studio is set to open in February, with a second local spot coming to Chestnut Hill later this year. btone is all about efficiency (doing your frantic life a solid). The studio combines strength, endurance, cardio, balance, and flexibility in each of its classes. That means you can super fit in as little as 45 minutes.
The super popular boxing gym from the son of former heavyweight champion George Foreman (whose name is also George Foreman) is expanding from its original spot in the Seaport to a new location in the Financial District. As the name suggests, Everybody Fights is all about slugging it out in the ring. But what everyone loves most is the community they find at the gym.
If you love to mix up your workout routine, then FitRow is the place for you. This 15,000-square-foot fitness complex will call Assembly Row in Somerville home sometime this spring. And it will house five boutique fitness studios (Title Boxing and Orangetheory have already signed on). Plus, you’ll be able to refuel after at Squeeze Juice Bar, which will be using locally grown fruits and veggies in its healthy snacks. It’s basically going to be a health and fitness smorgasbord.
Health Yoga Life
The Kendall Square outpost of Health Yoga Life, which also has a studio on Beacon Hill, should be opening any time now. The new Health Yoga Life will be pretty much the same as the original across the river. And that’s a good thing. Expect a full schedule of yoga classes like heated and non-heated Vinyasa, restorative, and kundalini. Sounds like the perfect spot to unwind after work.