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Treadmill Running Classes Take Hold in New York

A new treadmill running studio opens this week in Manhattan.

A new treadmill running studio opens this week in Manhattan.

Are the days of banal, solo treadmill runs a thing of the past? A new fitness fad is changing the way people run indoors at the gym.

Treadmill running studios are cropping up across the country—including New York City, where this week the city’s first studio will open its doors to the public. Called the Mile High Run Club, the studio will offer group treadmill running classes taught by instructors at the front of the room—much like a spinning class, which has led to the opening of several indoor cycling studios in recent years.

“People have been training on their own, in isolation, and without assistance or coaching on the treadmill for so long,” said Debora Warner, the founder of Mile High Run Club, in a New York Times story. “I think people want to train smarter; they are hungry for a better solution for that time spent in the gym.

“The spinning market has become saturated.”

The treadmills at Warner’s studio have treads that look and feel like they belong on a tank, which provides a feeling of running on a trail.

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At Equinox, meanwhile, running coach David Siik has partnered with the gym and now offers treadmill running classes in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City.

“I wanted to bring the heart and soul of running inside,” Siik told The Times.