The first wave of the fitness revolution came in the form of bare-bones, gymnasium-type facilities. Then Equinox and Sports Club/LA entered the national mix with top-notch equipment, juice bars and locker room attendants, and an endless variety of group fitness classes. These days the same boutique classes—cycling, power yoga, boxing—have spun off into workout-specific clubs of their own. (Some, like Physique 57, Tracy Anderson Method, and YogaWorks, have DVDs, too, so workouts aren’t restricted to a souped-up studio.) The result is a network of cultish followers who swear by their chosen regimen (former Tracy Anderson devotee Madonna gave up running once she adopted Anderson’s dance-focused Method; Kelly Ripa credits her toned abs to Physique 57’s ballet barre). Pity the poor forgotten treadmill.
Coastal Cult Gyms
Courtesy Station Fitness
Boutique gym classes like cycling, power yoga, and boxing have spun off into workout-specific clubs of their own.