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Heartbreak Studio is a boutique fitness spot nestled within Heartbreak Hill Running Company’s Cambridge location. The classes focus on group treadmill running utilizing hills, sprints, and intervals to increase distance, stamina, speed, and cardiovascular health.
Opening date: September 2016
Price: $15 for your first class, 5-class pack for $125, 4-classes-per-month membership for $65
Vibe: You won’t see any inspirational slogans on the walls, but you will find lights that change colors when class is in session. The gray interior—co-owner Dan Fitzgerald calls the studio “the cave”—lend a certain kind of focus to your workout and provides a nice backdrop for the lights. You’ll feel like the star in your own movie. “When the shades go down at the end of the warm-up, the room goes from bright, natural light to all gray, and it’s time to work,” Fitzgerald said.
Wow factor: Fitzgerald has trained more than 2,000 marathoners over the last 15 or so years, and his running team was named the USA Track & Field New England Club of the Year in 2016. This studio is for runners, by runners. Classes are designed by Fitzgerald and tailored to all athletic abilities and running experiences. “The specific aim is to make every runner better at every speed,” Fitzgerald said.
Know before you go: Bring warm-weather running gear, your running shoes, and a water bottle. There’s a water bottle filling station and full-service locker rooms with Skoah products.
(Heartbreak Studio in Heartbreak Hill Running Company; 294 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge)