The hottest — read: sweatiest — health and fitness headlines for the new year.
Former heavyweight champ Lou Savarese is teaching fitties in West U how to fight. His Savarase Fight Fit offers personalized training sessions in group and one-on-one settings. A variety of classes is offered, including ones focused on pad and bag work, kickboxing and weights. Kids ages 5-16 can enroll in after-school classes, too! 4215 Bellaire Blvd., 713.389.5557,
The pilates-inspired Lagree method is taking over H-Town! New Fyre Fitness in the Heights offers Megaformer workouts in a mirror-wrapped, industrial-chic space. Feel the burn in just 45 minutes. 300 North Loop, ste. 150, 713.826.4469
And The Studio Form just opened in the Washington Corridor, also offering 45-minute Lagree sessions. What sets this business apart is its OKRA Charity Bar-style philanthropy: For every class purchased, $5 is donated to a local charity. At the end of each class, participants vote on which charity receives his or her $5 donation. 2119 Washington Ave., 713.539.5381
The rapidly expanding chain Club Pilates, offering classes with the reformer, EXO-Chair, Bosu ball, TRX method, sprinboards and more, has opened its first inner-Loop studio, also in the Washington Corridor. 5535 Memorial Dr., 713.955.3595
The loss of Luke’s Locker on West Gray left a running-shoe-shaped hole in fitness fanatics’ hearts. But brand-new Run On! by Jackrabbit has stepped up, offering an impressive selection of running shoes by New Balance, Brooks, Nike and more. There’s excellent customer service, and a curated wall of workout gear and accessories for him and for her. 2012 W. Gray St., 713.487.2111
And speaking of that old Luke’s Locker space? Get ready for Houston’s first outpost of Barry’s Bootcamp, the high-energy, treadmill-fueled strength-building workout that, alongside SoulCycle, gave birth to the boutique fitness movement. The studio should be open this spring. 1964 W. Gray St.
And on that same block, Ryde cycling studio has kicked off its New Year, New You challenge: 25 classes in 30 days. All who complete the challenge will be entered in a raffle to win significant prizes, including unlimited sessions, recovery packages, restaurant gift cards and more. And for the first time, start or join a team with your company or organization, and receive special per-person pricing for the month of January. 2005 W. Gray St., 832.581.2878; 802 Rusk St., Ste. 126, 832.703.1876
After a quiet opening this summer, Strive Fitness Studio is gearing up for a busy new year. The EaDo gym specializes in group sessions of interval training dubbed LIHI, or “low impact, high intensity.” Strive is giving away six months of unlimited classes and six personal-training sessions to the person who can recruit the most signups by Jan. 31. 2817 Gulf Freeway, ste. A, 832.491.0711
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