Working Up a Swet


In time for both bikini season and Pride Week celebrations, a new studio that bills itself as Boston’s first dedicated LGBT-friendly fitness space is set to open this month on Tremont Street in the South End (and surely attract clients from Blackbird Doughnuts next door).

Owned by 30-year-old personal trainer Silviya Mihaylova, Swet Studio isn’t the place for solo weight lifting or elliptical sessions. Instead, it offers a diverse roster of group classes that range from boot camp and hula-hoop dancing to Indo-Row rowing workouts and balance-perfecting AntiGravity Aerial Yoga. There’s even an Organic Teenagers class aimed at getting teens to explore natural movement and look away from their cellphones for at least an hour. Members who pay monthly or preload a card with class passes can also channel their inner child with outdoor runs that incorporate training on playgrounds, tree climbing and fence hopping. And the staff nutritionist will lead field trips to the nearby Whole Foods to teach members how to plan quick, healthy meals and decode food labels.

Indeed, Mihaylova says Swet is just as focused on fostering community as it is on fitness. Ballroom dancing classes that welcome same-sex partners are planned, as are speed-dating nights and DJed dance parties. “I just felt there’s a need for a studio where you can go have fun, work out and keep in contact with people that live that lifestyle,” Mihaylova says, noting that the 2,300-square-foot space has a lounge and fireplace for prime mingling. “It’s not just a place where you just come, work out and then leave. I wanted to create an atmosphere for people to feel like they have us for support.”

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