Studio fitness in New York is expensive. This is something we all know. Boutique classes can run up to $40 each, which is more than certain gyms charge per month. ClassPass was supposed to solve this problem by offering a monthly pass to a certain number of studios (formerly unlimited), but its pricing has becoming increasingly confusing and its offering less compelling. Fit House aims to tackle this issue. For $99/month, subscribers will have access to the full roster of studios in Manhattan. While currently they only have one location in Soho, they’re planning to open five more all over the city in the near future. And the instructors have taught in some of New York’s best studios, including SLT and The Fhitting Room. They’re currently offering two weeks free for new students, so I bought myself a trial and checked out their Stamina class.
It’s hard to believe that just a few weeks ago, I barely had any exposure to barre. In the past few weeks, I’ve tried True Barre at Equinox and Pop Physique — and my body definitely feels it. FlexBarre offers a more cardio-intensive variation of your traditional Barre class in a down-to-earth studio designed to make students feel comfortable.
Solace NYC is mostly known for its intense Body classes. If you follow any fitness trainers on Instagram, they will probably have at least one photo featuring Solace’s signature oak walls and ring rows. They will probably be hanging from some crazy contraption or doing a backflip over another person or some other feat of physicality that I will never be able to do. However, in addition to these death-defying workouts, Solace has also started offering a biweekly class called the Brave Body Project. They are in-person versions of popular workout videos that can be done with little or no equipment. Although I have never done the videos, I can tell you that if they’re anything like the in-person version, you’ll definitely feel the burn.
A few years ago, I spent a summer in Berlin studying German. I took a four-hour immersion class daily, practicing German speech, reading, and writing with other non-native speakers, mostly southern Europeans. Often, by the end of the day, I was desperate for interaction in English. That’s how I found Bikram Yoga. There was a studio right next to my school, and they offered classes daily in English. My other American friend and I went together, and I began to enjoy extremely hot yoga for reasons beyond easy comprehension of the instructions.
When I came back to New York and joined ClassPass, I continued to attend Bikram Yoga NYC occasionally. Recently, Bikram Yoga NYC has rebranded to become Bode, offering heated Pilates, Vinyasa, and HIIT classes. Since my husband, as a member, has one free guest pass per month, I joined him for Hot HIIT, their class that has received the most buzz. If you didn’t find cardio core conditioning difficult enough, this class will definitely challenge you.
Across cities in the United States, January has become synonymous with fitness. Whether it’s beginning a new workout regime or starting a diet, people love to create a new start on the first day of a new year. Appropriately, Equinox releases a new signature class in January every year. In 2018, this class is called The Muse, a fusion between barre and cardio that will definitely make you break a sweat.