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.
If you read my review of Equinox’s True Barre, you’ll know that I’ve finally come around to Barre. Despite how painful the workout can be, it’s difficult to argue with the challenge it poses. Pop Physique, with its beautiful aesthetic and “J’adore barre” t-shirts, became my next stop. Their newly opened Chateau on the Upper East Side conveniently offered a free class this past week to those who signed up, and of course I jumped right on it! What I got was a full hour of a tough, full-body workout that left me exhausted (in a good way) hours later.
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.
Another week, another new fitness studio. Phorm, offering its own brand of Pilates and Yoga, opened in January near Times Square and Bryant Park. Since it’s only a five-minute walk from my new office, how could I not give it a try? Although Phorm’s space itself was far from my favorite, I got one of the best core conditioning workouts of my life.