19 Women-Owned Fitness Studios Around Boston

Celebrate International Women's Day and get your sweat on.
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A workshop at Asana/Photo provided

Looking for a place to celebrate International Women’s Day, without interrupting your daily sweat? Look no further than these 18 women-owned fitness studios around Boston.

1. Asana Charlestown: Co-founder Johanna Hynes was also behind the Yoga Room, a studio that opened in Charlestown in 2012. When that closed, Hynes filled the space with Asana, a studio offering a full schedule of yoga, barre, and meditation classes each day.

Asana Charlestown, 20 City Square, Charlestown, asanacharlestown.com.

2. Barre & Soul: Andrea Isabelle Lucas is bringing her brand’s barre and yoga classes to franchised locations all over New England, from Downtown Boston to New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

Barre & Soul, multiple locations, barresoul.com.

Btone

Btone Fitness/photo provided

3. BTone Fitness: This Pilates-focused studio, run by Jody Merrill, has become a mini-empire, with existing locations in the Back Bay, the North End, Wellesley, Sudbury, and Lexington, and branches coming soon to South Boston and Chestnut Hill. (Alissa Pool operates the Wellesley, Sudbury, and Chestnut Hill studios.)

BTone Fitness, multiple locations, btonefitness.com.

4. Coolidge Corner Yoga and Sadhana Yoga: Tatyana Souza owns these sister yoga studios with her husband, David. Before moving into fitness full-time, she was a research scientist.

Coolidge Corner Yoga, 1297 Beacon St., Brookline, coolidgeyoga.com, and Sadhana Yoga, 15 Worcester St., Boston, sadhanaboston.com.

Down Under School of Yoga

Down Under School of Yoga/Photo provided

5. Down Under School of Yoga: This popular yoga studio, with locations in Brookline, Newton, and Cambridge, is run by the (you guessed it) Australian-born Justine Wiltshire-Cohen.

Down Under School of Yoga, 1054 Beacon St., Brookline, 306 Walnut St., Newton, and 2000 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, downunderyoga.com.

6. East Side Yoga and Fitness: Owner Andrea Corazzini has a history in fitness. She’s involved with another South Boston mainstay, Regan’s Motivated Fitness.

East Side Yoga and Fitness, 584 East Broadway, South Boston, east-sideyogaandfitness.com.

7. Endurance Pilates: Julie Erickson has trained professional athletes, dancers, and performers, and classes at her South End studio prove it. Choose from Pilates, barre, or HIIT.

Endurance Pilates, 1636 Washington St., Boston, endurancepilatesandyoga.com.

8. The Handle Bar: Jessica Fracalossi opened the first of the Handle Bar’s indoor cycling studios in 2013, and now runs locations in Fenway, South Boston, and Cambridge. She still hops in the saddle to teach, too.

The Handle Bar, 141 Dorchester Ave. and 1336 Boylston St., Boston, and 1030 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, handlebarcycling.com.

9. Health Yoga Life: This studio, with locations in Beacon Hill and Kendall Square, is owned by not one, but four, women. Sisters Vyda, Aida, Siga, and Zara Bielkus—with help and inspiration from their mother, Ryma—oversee fitness, meditation, and wellness programming.

Health Yoga Life, 12 Temple St., Boston, and 181 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, healthyogalife.com.

10. Lyfe Cycle: Erica Soma opened her own cycling studio in Roslindale, offering plenty of choreographed classes that’ll keep you sweating.

Lyfe Cycle, 4155 Washington St., Roslindale, lyfe-cycle.com.

Kick It

A Kick It class/Photo by Lucie Wicker

11. Kick It Pop-Up Studio: At just 25 years old, Eliza Shirazi has built her signature class, Kick It by Eliza, into a “Fempire.” Take the workout at her pop-up studio in Allston.

Kick It Pop-Up Studio, 267 Western Ave., Allston, kickitbyeliza.com.

12. Modern Barre: Former Patriots cheerleader Julia Robinson owns this barre studio, which just added a location at Boston Landing. There are also locations in Chestnut Hill and West Acton.

Modern Barre, 25 Guest St., Brighton, 242 Commonwealth Ave., Chestnut Hill, and 525 Massachusetts Ave., West Acton, modernbarre.com.

13. MyStryde: This North End studio was Boston’s first treadmill-only studio when it opened last year. It’s the brainchild of Rebecca Skudder, who still leads plenty of classes each week.

MyStryde, 456 Hanover St., Boston, mystryde.com.

14. North End Yoga: Alicia Orr and Alessandra Miele opened this yoga haven on Hanover Street as penniless twenty-somethings back in 2007. Now, it’s one of the city’s most popular places to practice.

North End Yoga, 256 Hanover St., Boston, northendyoga.com.

Recycle

Recycle South End/Photo provided

15. Recycle Studio: Cate Brinch didn’t just open a cycling studio—in 2011, she opened Boston’s first-ever cycling studio. When Recycle expanded in 2013, she added the city’s second.

Recycle Studio, 18 Union Park St. and 9 Newbury St., Boston, recycle-studio.com.

16. Studio 52: This new addition to the Downtown Crossing area is run by Alena Karabina. Under her guidance, it offers classes ranging from hip hop yoga to Pilates-yoga fusion.

Studio 52, 52 Province St., Boston, bostonstudio52.com.

17. The Studio Empower: Torch your core with Pilates classes on cutting-edge Megaformer machines at Kimberly Negron’s Newton’s studio.

The Studio Empower, 81 Union St., Newton Centre, thestudioempower.com.

18. Vega Vitality: Founders Ashley Hilmes and Stephanie Moore do it all at their new Boylston Street space, from yoga and Pilates classes to Botox and waxing.

Vega Vitality, 551 Boylston St., Boston, vegavitality.com.

19. The Z Spot: Lena Andrade’s Zumba-focused studio turns five this month. In addition to straight-up Zumba, it now offers classes like 305 Fitness and the Boss Chick Dance Workout.

The Z Spot, 181 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, thezspotboston.com.

Did we miss any women-owned studios? Let us know in the comments.


Jamie Ducharme Jamie Ducharme, Health Editor at Boston Magazine jducharme@bostonmagazine.com


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