Best Boutique Fitness Studio

Readers' Pick

First Place: The Hot Yoga Barre

1601 Willow Lawn Drive

Second Place: Orangetheory Fitness

Third Place: Styles Group Fitness

Is there something ironic about a seriously intense fitness studio, Hot Yoga Barre, being located upstairs from the deliciously indulgent Duck Donuts in Willow Lawn? Perhaps, but maybe there was a thought behind the proximity — it sounds like a good antidote to a chocolate frosted treat. Lots of Richmonders who like hot with yoga and barre love the natural light and wide-open spaces of this new studio, not to mention its hygienic flooring and innovative way of cranking up the temps with heated panels. In Short Pump, the orange effect at Orangetheory Fitness has nothing to do with Virginia Tech — it’s the franchise’s scientific approach to fitness and it involves base push all out,” designed to burn calories after you’ve finished your workout. More mainstream is Styles Group Fitness’ personal workout experience for women. Members like the attention they get from a trainer in small groups without the cost of one-on-one training.

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