New Yoga/Spin/Pilates/Barre/Boxing Studio Opening in Paoli

LOGO-for-PAYHoly smokes. There’s a lot on tap for the new Purenergy Studio opening in Paoli’s Depot Shoppes shopping center later this month.

Let me count the ways.


Class offerings include the following:

• Stadium spinning
• Zone Training (an interval training program that uses TRX, kettlebells, boxing, rowing and more)
• Barre
• Yoga
• Aerial yoga
• CoreAlign (sounds like a mix of cardio, Pilates and yoga)
• Pilates
• Boxing
• Ugi (30-minute workouts on what looks like a slightly deflated stability ball)
• Zumba

There will also be private personal training; private Pilates, yoga and CoreAlign classes; massage; and movement therapy called the Feldenkrais Method. Oh, and they'll offer babysitting services, too.

To accomplish all of this (I'm exhausted just thinking about it), Purenergy will offer 90 classes a week in five studio spaces, spa-like men's and women's locker rooms and a bodywork treatment room, and they'll have 34 instructors on the payroll. The studio will be housed in a 6,100-square-foot space that was formerly a Wine & Spirits store at 21 Plank Avenue in Paoli.

"There's no simple description for what we're all about because there is so much going on," says Chris Somers, one of the owners and a fitness-industry veteran. "We've seen the cycles—the trends come and go. We wanted to offer programs and classes you can't get in one place anywhere else in the area."

The goal here is cross-training: offering a wide range of fitness options (check!) to keep clients interested—and, most important, coming back. Somers and co-owner Debbie Small, along with their business partners Brenda Elko, Valerie Grant and Suzanne Olson, collectively bring to the table decades of industry experience (their resumes include stints at Club La Maison, the Aquatic and Fitness Center and Fairmount Athletic Club, among others), as well as the personal connections that allowed them to build a three-pages-long instructor list.

Even though the class schedule is already up—it's meant to give you a taste of what's to come—the studio is set to open sometime in the third week of March. Somers couldn't peg down a specific date, because weather setbacks and utilities headaches have slowed the build-out process. But the floors are due to go in this week, and then it's just the finishing touches.

Next week, Somers says they'll announce a grand opening schedule with free class demos so you can see, firsthand, what the studio is all about; we'll post details when we have them. Until then, you can read about all the classes here. Memberships and class packages are in pre-sale mode, but once Purenergy is open, drop-in classes will be $18.

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