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This year's boutique fitness studio boom spread all throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, but a bulk of the fanfare happened in three neighborhoods: Tribeca, Flatiron, and Williamsburg. From indoor cycling to CrossFit, each saw its fair share of new places to get started on that "new year, new me" resolution. See highlights from each after the jump.—Mikelle Street
Karen Lord Pilates Movement via Facebook
Maybe you started 2013 bouncing on trampolines at the then-new JumpLife studio, but the Tribeca of 2014 is prepared to usher in an entirely new workout regime. First up: the Meatpacking District's loss is Tribeca's gain, as Karen Lord has opened the Karen Lord Pilates Movement studio after closing her other location. The new space is larger and focuses on, you guessed it, Pilates.
This year, a new FlyWheel opened on Greenwich Street, not too far from the pre-existing, flagship SoulCycle on Warren Street. Other newcomers: Bikram Yoga Soho, which is actually below Canal on Broadway, and Lyons Den Power Yoga, which turns up the heat to 90 degrees (not quite as hot as Bikram's 105). For something completely different, there's Superstar Gym, which offers "Fitwalker" classes—a self-propelled treadmill that's all the rage in Europe.
Yoga for cyclists at Torque
SoulCycle's tenth location opened on West 19th Street just last month, but the neighborhood's cycling options are varied, with Flywheel and the recently opened Swerve studio all nearby. In the next few months, expect two more: The Fhitting Room, a high intensity interval training gym that has a location on the Upper East Side, and Movement Fitness. The latter offers interval training, but will host yoga and barre classes as well.
Brooklyn Bodyburn via Facebook
The right playlist is essential to a good work out, and SYNCSTUDIO knows that. (Here's a sample). The studio offers indoor yoga, personal training, and cycling. For the latter, there's also a SoulCycle on Kent Avenue and a Torque on N. 8th Street.
Fans of the niche but hardcore CrossFit craze can workout at CrossFit Virtuosity near McCarren Park, and at the South Williamsburg location of Brooklyn CrossFit. CKO Kickboxing is a bit further south at Broadway and Kent Avenue, and just as tough is Brooklyn Bodyburn, which uses a full-body machine called a Megaformer to work every single muscle in your body—at the same damn time.
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