Dallas Modern Luxury

July 11, 2014

Gym Class Heroes
The City’s new class of boutique gyms spare no expense in design — or ways to perspire.

Dallas’ sweatshops have entered a new era — and you won’t hear a (non-workout-related) groan from us. Today’s locally owned fitness studios are so sleek and well-styled by big ticket architects and designers that they could seamlessly tuck in five-star hotels. Revered Dallas designer Gonzalo Bueno is the talent behind several, including Terming Cycle ($25 per class, 3105 Reagan St., 214.520.7433,, which could moonlight as an are gallery. Owner John Terming tapped Bueno for an oh-so-pristine studio that mood boosts on entry with a floor-to-ceiling grid of window. Terlingo’s tribe spins during the intense 45 minute sessions surrounded by museum-white walls, concrete floors, Artemide lighting and punches of bright orange. Spinners adjust the tension on their wheels to mimic up or downhill riding while a mix of hardcore rap, electro-pop and even an occasional Bob Seger tune help keep the fast pace in check. Don’t even think about taking a class without a full water bottle and a bowl to soak up the sweat. Bueno is also the mastermind behind the endorphin-inducing second location of The Pilate Barre ($30 for one messing, 6915 Hillcrest Ave., 214.706.9988,, where devotees work out under a lofty, exposed wood beam ceiling. “ The look is fresh, happy, clean,” says Bueno. There are also cold, eucalyptus-scented towels, a range of juices and — gasp — a Sonic ice machine. But the reason for the cult-like following is simple: It works. Thorough a series of Traditional Pilates movements on a springboard, mat and barre, the core-based workout tones and lengthens muscles in no time. Get ready to say hello to your abs again. At The Gym of Social Mechanics (From $150 per month, 2010C Greenville Ave,. 214.812.9564,, it’s all about raw-meets-chic at the just opened gym that boasts a multidisciplinary fitness mis of cardio and weightlifting. Designed by Elias Pope, who co-owns the adjacent HG Sply Co., the original brick walls an exposed metal beams give it an industrial lean. The real perks, though, are the rooftops yoga session — followed by brunch at HG — and soon-to-launch meal programs with HG prepared foods and fresh juices, catered to both vegan and paleo sets. The bottom line: It’s time to get your seat on, high style. No free-weight wars necessary.