Recycle Studio Takes on Newbury Street
New Recycle studio interior. Photos provided (more photos below).
Before Cate Brinch opened Recycle Studio in the South End in 2010, Boston didn’t have a single cycling-only studio. Even as trendy cycling workouts like SoulCycle and FlyWheel gained huge followings in New York and were lauded for their calorie-torching, leg-strengthening classes, Boston lagged behind. But a mere three years after the South End location opened its doors, Recycle has unveiled a second location on the border of the Boston Common.
“Opening the first location was a big leap of faith, and I think the same is true for the second. Quite simply, I love what Recycle Studio has become and the community we’ve developed on Tremont Street,” Brinch says. “As that community grew, I decided it was time to expand so we can continue that growth. So after a long search for just the right space, I decided to jump in and do it.”
The new space opened March 1 and is located on Newbury Street, but referring to it as Recycle Boston Common was part of the plan. “Boston Common, to me, is the center of Boston in many ways. As such, I was pretty stubborn about being on the first block of Newbury because I wanted to be on the Common,” Brinch says. “We are quick walk from the Financial District, Beacon Hill, and Bay Village so while we are technically in Back Bay … we are on the board of many other neighborhoods.”
Recycle offers a whole menu of classes, broken down by what the student’s “intention” for that workout is, and is known for its lively playlists. The new studio brings back classic options no longer offered at the South End location like Rebuild and Remix, which consist of a 30-minute cycling class followed by upper body toning or yoga, respectively, but with a few new perks. The new branch, for example, offers 19 bikes for clients, seven more than the South End location. Plus, three of Recycle’s instructors will also be offering personal training at the Boston Common location.
And as Recycle grows, it looks like it’s only a matter of time before New York’s cycling trend migrates north to Boston. “We’ve taken a national trend and infused it with local charm,” Brinch says. “We like seeing familiar faces and cultivating connections with our riders. Just like our hometown, we’re little but we offer a lot more than meets the eye. I think that personality is something that Recyclists relate to—Boston pride!”
9 Newbury St. and 643A Tremont St., Boston, 617-775-0282; recycle-studio.com