There are a slew of new fitness concepts in the hood and more arriving each month it seems. Here’s a rundown on what’s here and what’s coming.
Currently operating in Ella Plaza and 5230 Center St.
Instructor Morgan Shields says that Bodyrock Pilates is a reformer pilates studio that guarantees a fun, upbeat workout specializing in strong cores, lengthening and elongating muscles and full body results.
“Dana Bukowski is the owner of both locations at Ella and Center St., a pilates reformer fanatic and all around awesome gal,” said Shields.
F45 at 2522 Yale
Status: Signed lease for Braun Enterprises development
F45 Training, says that they are the world’s fastest growing fitness network, offering members an array of functional training programs based on a high intensity interval training (HIIT) style workout. Using strength and cardio training, the 45-minute sessions are designed to burn upwards of 750 calories. Over 1,000 franchises have been sold across 36 countries according to the company.
Re/forme lagree fitness
Currently operating at Revive’s Ella Oaks, 1737 W 34th St #800
Popsugar recently posted an article on the fitness program which centers around the Megaformer “which uses adjustable spring-loaded resistance to allow for a customizable resistance load that is engaged via slow, deliberate movements that activate slow-twitch muscle fibers, increasing stamina and oxygen capacity of your muscles and allowing the body to burn energy for longer periods of time.”
I love kickboxing
Currently operating at Braun’s Grove Heights, 1918 W 18th St.
Described as “a bag-hitting, adrenaline-flowing workout that anyone can do – no matter your age or fitness level.” Eighty percent of the Houston franchise opportunities for iLoveKickboxing were taken – with seven open so far – but remarkably, the Heights was still available. Franchise co-owner Dana Kantara, a former physician’s assistant who also did some outside consultation with clients on health and nutrition, got the “entrepreneurial bug” after joining a iLoveKickboxing in League City where she lives.
Status: opening soon at the 18th Street Bungalows
Crew Fitness, a row studio concept based in Mobile, Alabama, is owned by husband and wife team Dan and Marcia Strange. The gym will offer monthly memberships as well as class package options. Their website says that the owners wanted to offer “a full-body program that would deliver real results with a very low risk of injury to men and women of all fitness levels. Indoor rowing is not only safe because it’s low impact, but it also delivers an awesome cardio workout.”
Status: Open soon at 3004 Yale St. Suite 200
Already operating at Sawyer Heights, Orange Theory’s newest location will be in the Whole Foods 365 complex.
According to their website, the physiological theory behind the Orangetheory workout is known as “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption,” or EPOC. During a workout, the goal is that you will spend 12 to 20 minutes of training at 84 percent or higher of your maximum heart rate, which translates to being in the zones 4 or 5. The “afterburn” effect of this is an increased metabolic rate for 24 to 36 hours after the workout.
Status: opening this fall next to Apex Taekwondo on Judiway
Co-owner Mynette Randall says they will have kids yoga classes simultaneously as an adult yoga class every day.
“We will not have mommy & me classes,” she said.
Club Pilates & Spenga
Status: both signed leases at Braun’s development at 2401 North Shepherd
According to the company website, “Spenga improves your endurance, strengthens muscles and revitalizes your body through a unique combination of spin, HIIT training and yoga.”
Club Pilates says that they “provide premium, Reformer-based group Pilates classes, true to the original Method. Class sessions available at a variety of levels and times.”
Empower Fitness Lab
Currently operating at
Their 5,000 square foot studio centers around three boutique formats (HIIT, Cycle, and Yoga). They say their “customized programming can be modified for all fitness levels. With our dual trainer coverage you can expect more personalized attention than any other group format boutique studio.”