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Neighborhood Fitness: Studio B

At 164 Fifth Avenue right in the Flatiron District across the street from the Flatiron Building you can browse the street-level activewear goods of fashion boutique Bandier—FASHION FITNESS MUSIC, sayeth the large sign inside the store—or you can head upstairs to its third-floor fitness studio, dubbed Studio B. New to the Flatiron neighborhood in February of this year, Bandier combines its fashionable fitness gear from designer names (Alala, Michi, Olympia, Outdoor Voices and Vimmia among them) with an upstairs, sunlit studio that offers many types of classes. 

Classes

The names may say it all: 

  • Yoga for Bad People
  • Baribounce
  • Akin’s Army
  • The Rope™
  • The Dance™

But Studio B offers more than just heart-pounding cardio and high-intensity training. Other classes include SERENE Mastermind Meditation, modelFIT Sculpt, and other sessions focusing on particular body systems or problem areas. 

Instructors

Rather than assemble its own fitness regimens from scratch and find its own fitness teachers, Studio B has farmed out the classes to top-shelf instructors and programs:

  • 30/60/90
  • Akin’s Army instructor Akin Akman
  • NW Method's own Nicole Winhoffer 
  • Patricia Moreno of IntenSati
  • Taryn Toomey of The Class™
  • The Bari Studio
  • Yoga For Bad People's Heather Lilleston and Katelin Sisson 

The lively, art-enriched space that is Studio B is the open space into which these dynamic fitness instructors pour their passion and knowledge to help shape, tone and improve you. Because each workout is coming from a different source or program, session times vary (from 30 minutes up to 90 minutes), classes are not continuous (some days have a single class; others have five or so), and pricing varies. 

Cost of Classes

A single class of Yoga for Bad People is $20; buying a package of 10 classes drops the per-class cost to $18. Akin Akman’s classes are $34 individually, $170 for five, or $320 for 10. A single Lifted class is $35. 

All of these various costs and combinations are spelled out at the interactive online booking site provided by Studio B. 

Bandier has taken its chic brand and partnered with these well-known fitness programs to provide savvy shoppers with access to fitness shakers and shapers. Think of it as a beautifully decorated rental hall; you are not locked into a membership with Bandier; you are taking classes from industry experts in Bandier’s welcoming airy space. 

Decor

Bandier makes sure you begin to feel the energy as you head upstairs. Street artist James Goldcrown covered the hallway leading up to Studio B with his spray-painted “bleeding hearts.” Nick Onken painted “Sweat Speaks Louder Than Words” across the Studio B wall to inspire and focus you. 

Is it For You?

If the fashion of fitness is as important to you as getting fit, this location is for you. For Bandier, at least as key to feeling fine is looking great in the right activewear. Bandier’s website blog for Studio B highlights not just their instructors, but what their instructors like to wear, hear and eat. 

So while you can burn through calories with Rockette Amanda Kloots with her dance/cross-training class, The Rope™, you can also learn that which designer activewear she likes. 

Take Holly Rilinger’s high intensity interval training (HIIT) class, Lifted, and learn not only which sports bra she favors, but what she drinks after a workout. 

Get There!

Bandier is on Fifth between 21st and 22nd Streets, making it an easy four-block stroll over from the no fee apartments at Stuyvesant Town that can be a great warm-up for your intense routine. The fitness studio is linked to the retail store’s hours: Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.; closed major holidays. To sign up for classes, go online here

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