Coming this week is the newest addition to the North End health scene, btone Fitness. After months of preparations, Jody Merrill is ready to open her newest studio at 133 Salem Street, the former location of the North End CrossFit.
Noting that the North End would be a perfect fit for the studio, mainly because of the amount of people living and working in the area. “The North End has the ultimate community feel for a Boston neighborhood,” noted, Merrill, who still has family who live on Prince Street. “With such a constant flow of foot traffic in the area, and such a prime location, it is almost impossible to not walk by and look in.”
Merrill is a native of Medford and was living in San Diego, California when she was introduced to btone. It was not long before she was hooked to the workout. When she moved back to Massachusetts, she immediately opened up her first btone studio five years ago, and the business has continued to grow.
“It’s a workout routine that’s anything but routine,” says Jody. Classes are 45 minutes and they are full body workouts combining strength, endurance, cardio, balance, and flexibility. With the focus on core strength, this unique routine works through every muscle group while keeping your heart rate up, maximize calorie burning.
With 10 machines in the studio, all classes are booked in advance on their website. View how classes work with this video:
In addition to the workout floor and retail space offering clothing and fresh e.t.c. juicery juice, downstairs has showers, and storage areas. This will be the fifth location in Massachusetts and the second in the city of Boston, with their first location on Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay.
Photos by Conor Finley