From boutique gyms and a historic health club, to a yoga studio housed in a former church, we show you the best wellness spaces that Paris has to offer
Paris’ fitness scene is more vibrant than ever with trendy boutique studios opening left, right and centre. The city’s ever-increasing number of studios offer everything from traditional classes such as boxing and cycling to more niche practices like Chroma-yoga, in an effort to cater to the fitness cognoscenti’s widening expectations. Luxurious, thoughtful design coupled with cutting-edge amenities will make you feel like you never want to leave these temples of wellness. Below we’ve highlighted our pick of the best studios in Paris right now.
You could easily spend an entire day at one of L'Usine’s studios which offer countless classes, plus state-of-the-art spas to pamper yourself at after a gruelling session. Group lessons range from boxing and strength training to Pilates and ballet, and if you’re looking for a more one-on-one approach to your workout, private lessons are also available. There are treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical machines and many more to choose from. These upscale gyms, with their exposed brick walls and dimmed lights, are hotspots that have attracted Vogue editors and celebrities like Natalie Portman.
For a truly pampered experience head to Ken Club, Paris’ most historic health facility. The private fitness centre has a country club feel with a swimming pool (that looks like it belongs in a five-star hotel), a hair salon, a restaurant and a luxurious spa. In addition to the gym space, private workout sessions are available, as well as group classes like yoga and boxing. The pool looks out onto a lush green terrace where you can take full advantage of summer rays in the city whilst relaxing on the luxurious sun loungers.
It’s hard not to feel relaxed and serene at Kshanti, a yoga studio located in an old church adorned with ivy and jasmine. The minimalist space is intimate and welcoming, and classes are kept small so that you're not fighting for space or your instructor's attention. Traditional styles of yoga like vinyasa, pranayama and meditation, are practiced daily, but what makes Kshanti unique is the lesser-known forms of yoga that are offered, including Chroma-yoga (an immersive, multi-sensory experience) and partner yoga.
Cassandre Mugnier fell in love with Pilates while she was living in New York City. Disappointed with what she found on her return to Paris, she decided to open her own studio: Reformation Pilates. The space is bright and minimalist in design, and the classes are intimate and cosy, with no more than nine people allowed per session. The classes take place on reformer and tower machines, and there are several fun options depending on your level, plus cardio and barre-inspired classes which you won’t find at many other studios.
Dynamo is the place to go for indoor cycling in Paris. Modelled after New York’s legendary SoulCycle, the modern aesthetic is clean and uncluttered, and its multiple locations make it convenient to get to, no matter what part of town you’re in. Early morning classes are popular, but if you prefer a more party-like atmosphere there are often live DJ sets during the 8pm sessions. You might even run into some fashion editors or A-list stars like Blue is the Warmest Colour actors Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos.
Tigre Yoga Club
No matter what your skill level or preferred yoga style, Tigre Yoga Club has a class for you. The studio, which has five of its seven locations in Paris, offers a wide range of classes from prenatal and Tibetan yoga to Pilates and meditation, all held in inviting, loft-like spaces. The vibe in each venue is more clubhouse than basic yoga studio, there’s a restaurant serving up tasty treats and detox drinks, a concept store that sells clothing, jewellery and more, and a spa offering relaxing massage therapies.
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