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Boston’s Best: Boutique Fitness Classes | By Kate Sullivan

Boutique fitness studios have been on the rise across the country over the past few years, and Boston is no exception. What are boutique fitness studios you ask? Great Question! Boutique fitness studios are essentially smaller gyms that focus on group or individual classes, and they often focus on one particular fitness style (ex. Spinning, Pilates, Yoga, Barre…) Here’s a list of some of our favorites across Boston.

BURN Fitness Studios (South End and Back Bay)

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Widely known as one of Boston’s best boutique fitness studios, BURN fitness studio offers innovative and fun (yet still challenging) group classes, along with personal training sessions. The studio focuses on variety of workouts to insure an unparalleled experience. Unlike many other studios that focus on one type of class, BURN has it all, including Rowing, Cycling, Pilates Fusion, TRX, Broga, and Tabata. The Studio also prides itself on personalization, with a tag line of “We Fit You” they aim to provide flexible price points and also personal attention from their esteemed instructors.

Recycle Studio (South End and Back Bay)

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Recycle Studio, Boston’s original indoor cycling studio. When the studio first opened its doors on Tremont Street back in 2011 it was the only indoor cycling spot in Boston, since then it has opened a Boston Common location at 9 Newbury Street. More recently, they moved the South End location from Tremont to 18 Union Park Street, located within the 8 Streets Neighborhood, all the while remaining at the top of the industry. Recycle Studio focuses on offering a kick ass full body workout on the bike, with unique choreography and awesome music. The instructors are top notch and get you in the mood to sweat. Be sure to reserve your ride ahead of time, as seats fill up quickly at this place. They also have a killer instagram, with special info constantly coming out via their stories, check them out @recycle_studio

Endurance Pilates (South End)

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Endurance Pilates is your go to spot for all things pilates. The studio offers small group classes along with private training in Endurance Pilates, Barre Boston, Power Yoga, HIIT, Tabata, TRX and Hardstyle kettlebell. They are equipped with state of the art equipment and instructors to provide customers with an experience unlike any other. Although the studio is open to everyone from professionals to newbies, this method of pilates is designed to push you to your limit.They recommend you attend one class just to observe before choosing the difficulty level of your first class (most start with beginner level basic classes). One thing is for sure when you visit Endurance Pilates, you will get your sweat on!

YogaWorks Back Bay

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For a more laid back fitness experience check out Back Bay Yoga Studio, part of the YogaWorks brand. This studio is located at 364 Boylston and is a serene escape from the bustling city. They offer classes for people of all walks of life and varied experience levels, from beginner to advanced. For first timers they have great beginner classes, for those who want to bring down their stress levels they offer a deep relaxation or yin class and for those who want more of a challenge you can sweat it out with their vinyasa flow classes. A fan favorite is their Hip Hop Yoga class which will spice up your typical workout.

Core De Vie Beacon Hill

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Located in the heart of Beacon Hill, Core De Vie is a unique boutique fitness joint in the area. The studio offers a variety of classes across many fitness disciplines like, pilates, yoga and their specialty, gyrotonic. Gyrotonic training is an exercise system that focuses on spinal motion. It was designed by a former ballet dancer and it’s goal is to improve flexibility, and balance while also toning and strengthening muscles. The staff at Core De Vie is ready to help you with all of your healthy lifestyle needs. In addition to their workout classes they also offer amazing massages and health counseling sessions. The cherry on top is the “boutique” they have inside the studio which carries supplements, a Core De Vie natural skincare line and many more of your favorite brands like lululemon!

Barry’s Bootcamp (Downtown Crossing)

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Barry’s Bootcamp is one of the more intense workouts offered in this list. Barry’s considers themselves the original high-intensity workout, with their classes burning up to 1,000 calories! The classes are a mix of running and weights but every class will vary a little so you are never doing the same thing on repeat. Although the classes may seem a bit intimidating the instructors are there to help you and motivate you to do things you didn't even know you could. Each day of the week focuses on a different area of the body to ensure that you are getting toned in all the right places. Monday is arms and abs, Tuesday is butt and legs, Wednesday is chest, back and abs, Thursday is hardcore abs, and Friday/Saturday/Sunday are full body. If this seems up your alley be sure to check out Barry’s at 30 Chauncy Street in Downtown Crossing, and keep your eyes peeled for a Chestnut Hill location coming soon!