Health & Wellness

Come Together

Boutique fitness finds a new home in Baltimore.

Ever gotten to know one of your fitness instructors so well that your conversations spill over into lunch or even happy hour?

That’s not out of the ordinary at REV Cycle Studio in Locust Point, according to barre instructor Annie Truax. The boutique spin studio, which is set to open a second space in Canton later this year, prides itself on the details, such as complimentary cycling shoe rentals, individual showers, and small class sizes, which allow guests and instructors to not only know each other on a fitness level but on a personal one as well.

As everything becomes more customized, boutique gyms—or personalized fitness studios—are popping up all over town. Whether it’s for yoga, barre, pilates, or spin, fitness fanatics are flocking to them for a customized workout experience.

“One of the biggest advantages of choosing a boutique gym is the personal attention,” says Melanie Pipkin Kozel, owner of The Dailey Method in Towson. “The instructors know your name, your injuries, and your potential.”

While the workouts at these studios are tailored to your specific needs, a lot of people turn to them for the social aspect. Clients are able to establish relationships and encourage each other both inside and outside of their fitness journeys, says Kate Rowe, instructor at BeachFit in Fells Point.

“These people are there for you like a second—albeit much sweatier—family.” Jason Herd of M. Power Yoga in Canton agrees. “It sort of becomes a clubhouse for fitness junkies.” And that clubhouse sense extends to the instructors. “This isn’t just a job for us,” he says. “This is our family.”