The World’s Best Boutique Gyms

Blair Pfander
The World’s Best Boutique Gyms
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Maybe you’re sick of competing with legions of splashing third graders to use the swimming pool, or maybe you’re bored with the familiar smattering of spinning and yoga classes. Whatever the case, your daily exercise routine is probably do for an upgrade.
Luckily, a new generation of boutique gyms are adding a touch of luxury to the health and wellness market, combining high-tech gear (one London gym offers an “hypoxic” chamber for athletes training for atmospheric changes) as well as nutritional counseling, detox programs and even concierge services.
Now if only they could actually do the workout for you.
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LOS ANGELES: Located in Santa Monica's high-end Third Street Promenade shopping district, the ritzy Burn Fitness gym boasts sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean along with a "kinetic flooring system" designed to soften impact during heart-pumping classes like kickboxing or cardio sculpt. 1315 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica; burnfitness.com.

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WATER MILL: Trainer to the stars, Tracy Anderson, has expanded her empire to the Hamptons. If her brutal pilates-cardio classes aren't enough, sign up for "Detox Week," which offers a week-long program of intense exercise sessions, fresh juice, and wellness counseling for $1,800. 903 Montauk Highway, Water Mill; tracyandersonmethod.com.

Photo: Tracy Anderson/Tracy Anderson

PARIS: The elegant Club Quartier Latin may be the best looking gym in Paris. The centerpiece— an crystal blue pool housed in the dramatic main hall—is frequently used in movie sets. The clear glass ceiling and mosaic-tiled reception area heighten its old-world appeal, while modern workout classes and fitness equipment keep the space functional. 19 Rue de Pontoise, Paris.

Photo: Club Quarter Latin/Club Quarter Latin

ORANGE COUNTY: For Costa Mesa residents who like a dash of adrenaline with their workout, boutique gym, Back Bay Fitness, offers "aerial" classes that may have you contemplating a new career in the Cirque de Soleil.  For racier fare, check out the pole dancing classes (which are complimentary with membership). 2675 Irvine Avenue, Costa Mesa; backbayfitness.com.

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SAO PAULO: At the ritzy Spa Cidade Jardim you can get a traditional Indian massage from a masseuse trained in Mumbai, use the gym, swim in the indoor pool with a view of the city and then visit the in-house plastic surgeon. Talk about full service. Av. Magalhães de Castro, São Paulo.

LOS ANGELES: Sure there's top-notch cardio equipment and free weights, but it's the luxe extras that make LA's TriFit Club & Studios stand out from the rest. An all "green" yoga room with a rope wall along with a virtual reality cycling studio (complete with 100 foot screen) are just the tip of the iceberg. 2425 Colorado Avenue, Santa Monica; trifitla.com.

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PARIS: Espace Vit'Halles is the perfect place to work off those buttery croissants, boasting water aerobics classes as well as high-tech exercise gear like the "power plate"—a vibrating platform that boosts circulation and stimulates smaller muscle groups. 48 Rue Rambuteau, Paris; vithalles.fr.

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NEW YORK CITY: With a sleek, minimalist interior, crackling fireplace, and a restaurant that whips up fritatas or juices on demand, New York City's Clay gym is the ultimate in luxury workout experiences. Not only can you relax on the sunny roof deck after your workout, but a concierge service will book you lunch in the neighborhood.  25 W 14th Street, New York; insideclay.com

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LONDON: Sick of your usual spinning and yoga classes? Shake things up at The Third Space in London, a multi-story mega gym furbished with a rock climbing wall, boxing ring and altitude training "hypoxic" chamber that simulates pressure changes. 13 Sherwood Street, London; www.thethirdspace.com.

Photo: The Third Space/The Third Space

HONG KONG: Impakt is the hottest MMA fitness center in Hong Kong at the moment. This is the spot to go to if you have that hidden desire to train with a top heavyweight champion. 2/F, Wing's Building, Hong Kong; impakt.hk

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