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FOOD | ARTS | COMMUNITY | STYLE+LEISURE Equinox is one of the newest openings in Houston and has kept the buzz going since they set up shop in the posh River Oaks District in December of last year. With an incredibly diverse member base, there is one common denominator among Equinox members – they all live a high-performance lifestyle. This lifestyle is what draws members in because the club (as they refer to themselves) is about more than just fitness – it’s about maximizing your life with a comprehensive approach to health and programming with classes that change with the seasons. Oh, and did I mention the locker rooms are stocked with Kiehl’s products? More than just a gym, this is a club that promotes a healthy lifestyle that extends past their front doors. Even their hashtags promote that concept: #ItsNotFitnessItsLife. EQUINOX “We are the first Equinox club in the company’s portfolio to have a dedicated Barre Studio along with four other studios (Yoga, Cycling, Pilates and Main Group Fitness) that run classes from 5:30am to 8:30pm! We have signature programming that you will only find at Equinox in all disciplines, including cycling, yoga, kickboxing and much more.” – REBECCA BUNDRICK BULLER, General Manager, Equinox River Oaks www.Equinox.com O Athletik is anything but traditional and caters to the athlete within. They recognize and reward members for their personal achievements and help challenge members to get better. Opening their doors in March, O Athletik has broken from the traditional expectations and boundaries of gyms as we used to know them. This class-based club is designed to fit the needs of the modern fitness enthusiast – those who want guidance, motivation and support at all times, and at no extra cost. This spectacular facility includes an indoor soccer field, boxing ring, class studios, cardio and resistance training areas, adult and youth sports leagues, and – very important – valet parking. O ATHLETIK “Our coolest feature is clearly the running hill. Houston doesn’t have many hills so we built our own! At over 30’ tall and at a 30% incline, our hill allows members to get the most complete workout imaginable. The hill combines both aerobic and anaerobic exercise, which means you can improve your cardiovascular ability while building lean muscle mass and power. The hill is also, surprisingly, very low impact. This is because you produce less landing impact when running up a hill, so your muscles are better able to act as shock absorbers to protect your bones and joints.” – BRIAN KAWANO, General Manager, O Athletik www.Oathletik.com october 16 | L O C A L 65