There is a new kid on the block, and you will want to be first in line to sign up for one of the various classes that Savin Hill Fitness has to offer. I frequent this area of Dorchester to visit one of my favorite breakfast spots and was thrilled to see a brand new multipurpose boutique fitness studio opening in the Savin Hill area. There aren’t many local studios that have the ability to offer spin, yoga, boot camp, and barre classes in one compact space, but this fitness studio offers all of that and more.
Steps away from the Savin Hill t-stop (red line) and a half a mile from the JFK/UMASS t-stop (red line), the new studio space fills the third floor of a newly developed building. I had a little bit of trouble finding it since the building is still under construction, but once I parked my car and used the walking directions on my phone, I noticed their cute a-frame set up on the corner of Savin Hill Ave. and Sydney Street. I entered the vacant first floor of the building (later learning that this will be the home of a local grocery store) and walked up a couple of flights of stairs. When I opened the door to the studio, there was an abundance of natural light. Wendy helped me check-in at the front desk and after placing my bag in a personal coded locker, I wandered around. I know that I already mentioned the natural light that was beaming through the wall of windows but it truly highlighted the spotless studio. I peeked into the cycling room, checked out some of the merchandise for sale, and made my way around the corner. I was delighted to see a separate space to change that reminded me of a luxury hotel.
In addition to the classrooms, there is ample room to sit before class, cubbies for shoes and other personal items, and a glorious powder room. For many, having a space to shower, change, and get ready for the day (or night) after a fitness class is a necessity. I am so happy that space, which could have been used for more studios, was transformed into two bathrooms, three showers, two changing rooms, and plenty of mirrors. Before even taking a class, I started to fall in love with the space.
For my first class at the studio, I chose power yoga with Erin, the owner. Class was full at 15 spots, and I am glad I reserved the week before. Only a month after its opening, this studio’s classes have been filled consistently. I chose a spot at the front of the room and was delighted to see that the wall of windows continued. It was a 6:15 class and the golden light filled the room. I grabbed a couple of blocks, set up my mat, and started stretching. Erin walked into class and started walking mat to mat greeting everyone by name. I actually counted, and she knew the names of 12/15 people. I was impressed. After introducing herself to me, she went over what to expect in class. Yoga is not something I regularly attend. I continue to say that I need to practice more but have a difficult time committing unless I sign up for a class. I was a little nervous because I had never been to a power yoga class before, but Erin’s calm but uplifting energy put me at ease.
I probably would not recommend this class to a brand-new yogis, but if you are at a moderate fitness level and want a yoga class that is challenging with quick movements and lots of flowing, this one is for you. The class utilized traditional yoga poses with quick transitions, and plenty of modifications were given throughout class. I really enjoyed this style of yoga. It focuses a lot on strength and athleticism. The traditional Vinyasa flow is broken down, and poses can be structured in any order. This makes it possible to change the sequences of each class.
Aside from power yoga, Savin Hill Fitness offers a variety of other class. There are nine versions of yoga, two versions of barre, two versions of spin, HIIT, boot camp, Zumba, boss chick dance, and kick it by Eliza. I have already signed up for my next class through ClassPass and am looking at apartments in the area just so I can be closer! The pricing for this studio is a great value compared to other boutique classes in the general area. Their introductory offer is three classes for $25 dollars and a monthly auto-renew membership is priced at $159. That would break down to $13.25 per class if three classes were attended per week each month. There is also a discount offered for service members, teachers, students, firefighters, and police! Erin, the founder and owner, has made her dream a reality by providing a health and wellness center to the neighborhood. I want to thank her for welcoming me into the studio and sharing her passion.
The Bitches say: five sweat drops
Savin Hill Fitness is the perfect place for those looking to enhance their workouts with a variety of classes in a chic and uplifting studio.