Getting in our 30 minutes on the treadmill while a line of people wait impatiently ten feet away isn't our idea of a good time. The gym is supposed to relieve stress, not add to it. Women all across the country are switching from these mainstream, overcrowded gyms to specialty boutique studios that offer intimacy and stress relief. Here's what you need to know before you make the switch.
The Who: From Body By Simone, a dance-based studio, to Soho Strength Lab, a Spartan Race training facility, all of the studios specialize in different workouts and provide different aesthetics. For those who want a mindful space, look to an intimate yoga studio. For the more intense crowd, a 10-student bootcamp may be the best fit.
The What: Boutique gyms take away the chaos from a traditional gym. Instead of rushing to get into a 7 p.m. Pilates class, you know there's a spot waiting for you in the capped 6-person class. With less students, you have the opportunity to meet your instructor and build a relationship where they can help you reach your peak performance.
The Where: Boutique gyms are popping up everywhere in major cities. With popularity growing, this intimate setting may become a mainstay in small towns as well.
The Why: The focus of these studios is creating intimacy. Living in a crowded city, you want one hour a day to get away—and during a workout is when you need it most. Fitness is just as much about the mind as the body. Creating a comfortable environment is key. Plus, with personalized instruction, form can be perfected.
To find a boutique gym in your area, check out some of the best in the gallery above.