Boston Edit: Best Places to Sweat
Bostonians don't always get a good rep for their sense of style, but we do pretty well in the fitness department here. There's constantly a new boutique studio opening up, an outdoor class to enjoy in the summer, or a unique class to try.
I feel like I have a pretty good grip on fitness studios and classes in Boston after living here for almost four years, and working at a spa and fitness studio for a majority of that time. I went into detail in February about my fitness journey and how I stay motivated, so make sure to check that out if you haven't already! As a disclaimer, my favorite ways to exercise are spinning, yoga and cardio/weights at the gym, so this post focuses on studios that specialize in this.
exhale: I've talked and posted about exhale a few times before, but want to thank them for truly getting me interested and involved in the Boston fitness community when I started working there in September 2014. I joke that my relationship with exhale is the longest one I've had outside of my friendships, and it's true. Since graduating from college in December, I have stayed on as a "sub" and fill in desk shifts when needed, because I could never truly leave this community.
If you've never been before, try out their Core Fusion Sport for heart-pumping pushups and jumpbacks or Core Fusion Yoga for the perfect blend of burn-inducing isometric movements and stretches. If that doesn't sound like your thing, their yoga classes are amazing and have truly opened my eyes and help me re-center through meditation. In the summer, Battery Wharf offers waterfront yoga classes that you MUST go to, and a cycling studio is also coming in mid-May! The facilities are beautiful and so calming from your daily grind, and I haven't even talked about how much I love our spa therapies. Of course, all of our teachers are wonderful, but give Chrissy, Caitlin, and Amy a try!
New Guest Offers: 2 classes for $25 (valid for two weeks), unlimited classes for $30 (valid for one week)
battery wharf: 2 battery wharf boston, ma 02110 (617-603-3100)
back bay: 28 arlington street boston, ma 02113 (617-532-7000)
the handle bar: This place is my absolute sanctuary. With three locations in Southie, Fenway (my studio!), and Harvard Square, there's likely one that works for you and a class time that works for your schedule. They are always announcing fun theme rides, offer a variety of classes, and every teacher will kick your booty. Another plus is how attentive they are to their riders, from social media to in-class, you can tell they really care. Raisa + Matthew L. always have killer playlists and teach an amazing class!
New Rider Offers: $10 first class, $15 drop-in class for students
fenway: 1336 boylston street boston, ma 02115 (857-239-9789)
southie: 141 dorchester avenue boston, ma 02127 (617-451-1270)
harvard square: 1030 massachusetts avenue boston, ma 02138 (617-714-3367)
boston sports club: You can catch me at the gym almost every day, even if it's just for a quick 20 minutes on the elliptical. BSC has several locations around the city, with additional classes and services based on your location. Like other gyms, you can sign up for a membership by location or a city pass that allows you to go between all of them.
New Guest Offers: one month pass for $30 (valid for 30 days)
allston: 15 gorham street allston, ma 02134 (617-731-4177)
+ 27 more locations throughout the region
I don't go to these studios as regularly as I do the ones I shared above, but I still wanted to give them credit where it's due for giving me a great work out!
B/SPOKE: With two studios in FiDi and Wellesley with classes taught by killer instructors, Aēsop products, hip hop rides, and a pop-up studio on the Cape in the summer, so what's not to love? Aly and Victoria are total bad-asses and respectively teach yoga and Core Fusion at exhale too!
New Guest Offers: through April 15, your first ride is free! (normally $15)
boston: 101 federal street boston, ma 02110 (617-951-9900)
wellesley: 50 central street wellesley, ma 02482 (781-772-1920)
recycle studio: Their motto good vibes only is apparent from the second you walk into either of their beautifully designed studios in the South End or Back Bay. While smaller than other studios I've tried, that doesn't mean you won't be pushed to your limits.
New Guest Offers: one week of unlimited classes for $30
boston common: 9 newbury street floor 5 boston, ma 02115 (617-366-9670)
south end: 18 union park street boston, ma 02118 (617-366-9670)
I wanted to clue you in on a fun event going down in the North End next week with some of my favorite shops and restaurants, including exhale! Kind of ironic that I'll be Italy while it's going on, and I'm bummed to miss out, but if you're in the area, definitely swing by these awesome stores for shopping and tastings.