Sometimes it seems like a new fitness studio opens in New York every week — or at least every month. In February, Balance.Yoga.Barre, a hot yoga and barre studio hailing from Oklahoma, made its New York City debut. Offering a free first class, this yoga studio has also been spreading the word by providing deals on Groupon and Gilt City. Since I never say no to a free class, I decided to give them a try. While a nice change from my normal Equinox routine, I feel that Balance.Yoga.Barre may still have a few kinks to work out.
Project by Equinox has had a lot of buzz since it opened last year. Known as a “think tank for fitness,” Project has instructors audition for a teaching spot and demonstrate that they have the entrepreneurial and training chops to execute their ideas. The current roster offers a variety of dance-based, cardio, strength, and yoga classes. Adam Sanford’s The Climb falls into the HIIT/strength category and left me wishing I could make it one of my regulars.
One of Equinox’s best offerings is the All Access membership, which allows members to go to any location (except for Equinox Sports Clubs and other premium locations) for $240/month in New York City. While this might not sound like a bargain to gym-goers, it is if you’re a boutique fitness junkie. Even monthly arrangements at studios like Fhitting Room or Tone House can cost upwards of $400 per month, and they often only offer one type of workout. For fitness generalists like me, who like to do a combination of yoga, barre, and circuit training but with consistency, Equinox is a great deal. Through All Access, I’ve had the opportunity to visit locations all over Manhattan. And I have to say – Equinox Soho is one of the best ones.
Australia-based F45 is currently the world’s fastest-growing functional training network, with 750 franchises in 26 countries globally. They opened their first location in New York in April 2017, and the studio has had a fair amount of buzz since, with members claiming to have achieved drastic results in as little as 1-2 weeks. They’ve had so much success here that the franchise openers are expanding to the Lower East Side later this year. So, of course, I had to try it. While I’m not as big a fan as some of its staunchest advocates in the city, I definitely see the appeal and would recommend it to any functional training lover looking for a new fitness home.