If there’s one thing that’s becoming increasingly clear it’s that boutique fitness studios are in and traditional gyms are on their way out. In this era where wellness is king, the demand for personalization, higher intensity workouts, and cleaner more amenity-driven spaces has never been more acute. Here’s a look at the six studios changing the fitness landscape in Tel Aviv. Prep to break a sweat in style with our round up of niche activewear brands in Israel. And if working out inside is really not your jam, there are an unlimited range of options in the great Israeli outdoors - including a host of summer sports and refreshing hikes.
Get ripped at these Tel Aviv boutique fitness studios
This bi-level swanky, centrally located studio boasts three workout rooms, each of which offers different classes including yoga, TRX and HITT. While the clientele is mostly women (about 70%), the unisex vibe and challenging nature of some of the classes (especially their TRX and athletics classes) make it a viable option for both sexes.
Pink Room is the brainchild of svelte (and mega-fit) trainer Ira Dolfin who conceived her – you guessed it – pink boutique studios (even TRX straps are pink) as a place where women can get slim AND strong (one of her mantras is “strong is the new skinny”). Fittingly Dolfin’s workouts are based on high intensity interval training, which has been scientifically proven to be one of the most time-efficient ways to burn fat and calories while building muscles. Expect to use your body weight as well props including TRX and kettle bells.
This unassuming studio is, true to its name, located down a few stairs giving Subterra an underground, hidden feel (read: it’s hard to find, so make sure to write down the exact address before you go!). Training is limited to 12 people and there’s a pretty even male/female split. As for the workout power yoga, running and TRX are offered in addition to functional and endurance-focused classes.
If you’ve got fitness ADD Nordau House is for you. Their long list of class options includes yoga, TRX, cycling, running, HITT-based classes and classes that combine multiple disciplines in the same session (think cycling followed by TRX training). The unisex décor and tough loving instructors – many of which are Nike master trainers – make this studio popular with both men and women.
Pilates City offers intimate classes, up to 7 people, including Pilates reformer, Pilates spring board, Pilates with mat as well as mom and baby Pilates and private classes. While the studio is primarily filled with women their lessons are good for everyone – including people with physical challenges.
Sweatshop distinguishes itself by offering exclusively same-sex classes. While the fast growing studio chain is widely popular among Tel Avivians each class –whether all-male or all-female – maxes out with 12 people so you’ll always get personal attention. In fact, instructors take inventory of attendees at the start of class making them aware of who is new or who might need special attention due to an injury. They also have Pilates and a pregnancy care program (pre and post-natal) whereby pregnant moms can come to any class offered and get instructions/modifications from Sweatshop’s pregnancy specialist. And the ultimate luxury for moms - babysitting service - is available.