In the past decade, people have increasingly opted for boutique studios and specialized classes over becoming members of traditional gyms.
Between 2012 and 2015, attendance at specialty gyms – think Pure Barre, CrossFit and SoulCycle – grew by 70 percent, according to a 2016 report from the International Health, Racquet and Sportsclub Association.
In an online article, Quartz attributes this growing preference for alternative exercise options over conventional facilities to a few different factors: They make you feel like you’re getting more than a workout; they cultivate an atmosphere that promotes accountability; they lavish personal attention on members; and fancy fitness has become a status symbol.
In New York City, the same trend is taking place in the fitness scene. All around the city, including the Financial District, you can see boutique studios and specialty workout options sprouting up in response to demand. Here’s a look at some of the popular spots in the area.
1. Physique 57
This boutique facility describes itself as “the best barre studio in New York” and is designed to provide visible results after only eight classes, which blend dance-inspired cardio, strength training exercises and stretches. The company has four studios in the city, including one in FiDi (55 Broadway, Suite 1602). When you can’t make it to the studio, you can stream a Physique 57 workout online.
Advertised as indoor cycling reinvented, SoulCycle adds unique elements to traditional bike-centric workouts. The experience may include hand weights, choreography, candlelight and rock star music, all offered in a community setting and led by instructors. You can choose between the 45-minute signature SoulCycle class; the one-hour SoulSurvivor class; or the 90-minute hardcore SoulChallenge class, among others. SoulCycle’s FiDi studio is located at 101 Maiden Lane.
NYC’s YogaRoni is all about receiving personal attention through private yoga classes, offered for adults, kids, children with special needs, or parent-and-child duos. Clients can take a class at instructor Roni Weissman-Gerard’s studio or their own home, with the emphasis placed on helping each person advance at their own pace. Additionally, classes are offered either in English or Hebrew.
4. Church Street Boxing Gyms
Located at two nearby sites, 25 Park Place and 52 Walker St., Church Street Boxing offers more than 100 boxing, Muay Thai, mixed martial arts, kickboxing and boot camp classes per week. The company boasts having “struck the right balance between an authentic fight gym and a welcoming environment with a true sense of community.”
5. Pure Barre
Pure Barre – which incorporates a low-impact technique using the ballet barre – has a fitness studio at 80 Pine Street in the Financial District. The studio offers numerous classes every day of the week to fit into any busy city schedule. You can get one month of unlimited classes for $149. The company also offers Pure Barre On Demand, so you can work out on your own any time.
With exercise evolving and facilities changing to meet the expectations of younger generations, your workout options in FiDi are more extensive than ever. With a myriad of specialty classes, interesting programs and boutique studios to choose from, you can find an alternative to the gym that better fits your lifestyle and schedule.