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The It List: Houston's Secret Source For The Best In Health And Fitness

By The Editors | January 27, 2020 | Lifestyle

Whether in search of R&R or an A-list sweat session, these hot spots keep Houston well.

Greenway_Building_Photos17-0001.jpgLife Time Greenway features a rooftop pool deck—a first in the market.

(1 City Club Drive)
The newly opened Life Time Diamond Signature Club—Houston’s first—is already the talk of area fitness gurus. At 98,000 square feet, the so-called athletic resort houses an expansive aquatic center, rigorous group exercise classes, on-site nutrition consultations, a LifeCafe and a full-service spa.
Insider tip If you’re in need of a new-year sweat sesh, AMP Cycle with Fernando Lopez (an Equinox expat) is one of the most booked classes at the gym.

MIN97912-0001.jpgSavarese Fight Fit founder Lou Savarese

(4215 Bellaire Blvd.)
Former boxer and heavyweight champ Lou Savarese opened boxing gym Savarese Fight Fit with the goal of enhancing people’s lives through functional fitness and resistance training. Now, over a year in and alongside co-founder Jordan Seff, he has more than hit his stride, with a VIP client list, a robust retail component, community involvement and an always-packed gym.
Insider tip Weekend kids’ classes are some of the fullest.

RYDE2019Final4Kstill12.jpgRyde instructor Caroline Hambley jams during class

(River Oaks Shopping Center; 802 Rusk St., Ste. 136)
Riding a bike that goes nowhere while listening to club music in a dark room illuminated with neon and black lights? Count us in. When it opened, cult-followed homegrown spin studio Ryde was the only boutique spin studio in town. Now, though a more crowded market, Ryde’s loyal client list is more energized than ever, with the brand’s second location opening Downtown (designed by buzzy Rottet Studio), and a freshened up original River Oaks outpost. Moreover, Ryde gets involved in local philanthropies, food drives, charity rides and even hosts its own black-tie gala to support the fight against human trafficking.
Insider tip Co-owner Ashley Gooch has taught the 9:30AM Saturday class since Ryde opened its doors, and there’s a waitlist for the class within five minutes of the schedule going live on Sundays. Book fast!

(1600 W. Loop S.)
What feels like the final piece to the AAA Five-Diamond puzzle that is The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston is the newly minted 20,000-square-foot spa on its fifth floor. Luxury amenities include a couple’s suite with private Jacuzzi and shower, tranquility pools with body-contouring hot-stone daybeds, aromatherapeutic steam rooms, zero-gravity chairs and more.
Insider tip Though the spa offers Glenlivet 12 scotch, spagoers can order any of the hotel’s rare whiskeys to accompany their treatment.

Photography by: From top: Courtesy of Life Time Inc.; by Candace Moore; by Obi Grant