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Gym Class Heroes

The city’s new class of boutique gyms spare no expense in design—or ways to perspire.

A black-and-white Anthony Segarra photograph brings the outdoors in at Terlingo Cycle.

Dallas’ sweatshops have entered a new era—and you won’t hear a (nonworkout-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 into five-star hotels. Revered Dallas designer Gonzalo Bueno is the talent behind several, including Terlingo Cycle ($25 per class, 3105 Reagan St., 214.520.7433), which could moonlight as an art gallery. Owner John Terlingo tapped Bueno for an oh-so-pristine studio that mood-boosts on entry with a floor-to-ceiling grid of windows. 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 hard-core 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 towel to soak up the sweat. Bueno is also the mastermind behind the endorphin-inducing second location of The Pilates Barre ($30 for one session, 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. Through 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 this just-opened gym that boasts a multidisciplinary fitness mix of cardio and weightlifting. Designed by Elias Pope, who co-owns the adjacent HG Sply Co., the original brick walls and exposed metal beams give it an industrial lean. The real perks, though, are the rooftop yoga sessions—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 sweat on, high-style. No free-weight wars necessary.

Clients get a hard core workout at The Pilates Barre.