Boho Studios opens gym in Forest Hill with climbing machines

New gym opens in Forest Hill

AnnMarie Grohs has opened Boho Quad, a new Forest Hill gym that features cardio and strength training using equipment such as stationary bikes and climbing machines in a four-circuit workout. (Photo courtesy of Boho Studios)

A local fitness chain has mixed up its routine with its third location.

Boho Quad opened in mid-January in the Hill Standard development at 4930 Forest Hill Ave. The gym is the third location by Boho Studios, which owner AnnMarie Grohs launched in 2013 with an initial focus on stationary cycling.

The 2,600-square-foot Boho Quad gym features nine climbing machines, nine stationary bikes, nine lifting stations and nine body-work stations. Climbing machines are new territory for Boho Studios and come in a bid to diversify the company’s offerings and set it apart from competitors.

“It’s been fun to throw in a new piece of cardio equipment into the mix of what we do,” Grohs said. “At the end of the day there’s nothing new in the world of bicep curls. So what do we do to make the space feel different from other Bohos or other places in the city?”

Grohs declined to comment on how much investment went into the space.

Boho Studios also has a cycling gym on Sheppard Street in the Museum District and a yoga and cardio studio in Northside. Permitting delays have slowed plans for the Sheppard Street location to move across the street. The Forest Hill spot is the company’s largest.

Boho Quad occupies a 2,600-square-foot space at 4930 Forest Hill Ave. Suite B, which is part of Hill Standard in Forest Hill. (Jack Jacobs photo)

The company has about 40 employees and plans to hire three to five more people.

A south-of-the-river location has been in the making for Boho Studios since around 2016, Grohs said, though a long search for the right spot and then more recent pandemic-related delays put it off until recently.

Grohs said that while the company’s fortunes have improved since the start of the pandemic, COVID-19 continues to put a damper on business.

“Some weeks we see great fill rates in our classes and sales are great and then out of the blue we have three or four dates where nothing is happening,” she said. “We’re still in this pandemic. It’s not at all like it was 12 months ago but we’re still feeling that at the end of the day.”

The Boho Studios all-access pricing option, which grants usage at all locations, includes a $115 five-class package, a $200 10-class package and a $360 20-class package, according to the company’s website.

The Hill Standard mixed-use development by Charles Bice and Birck Turnbull is anchored by The Veil Brewing Co. It features apartments as well as Stella’s Grocery, ice cream shop Charm School Social Club and Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Co.

New gym opens in Forest Hill

AnnMarie Grohs has opened Boho Quad, a new Forest Hill gym that features cardio and strength training using equipment such as stationary bikes and climbing machines in a four-circuit workout. (Photo courtesy of Boho Studios)

A local fitness chain has mixed up its routine with its third location.

Boho Quad opened in mid-January in the Hill Standard development at 4930 Forest Hill Ave. The gym is the third location by Boho Studios, which owner AnnMarie Grohs launched in 2013 with an initial focus on stationary cycling.

The 2,600-square-foot Boho Quad gym features nine climbing machines, nine stationary bikes, nine lifting stations and nine body-work stations. Climbing machines are new territory for Boho Studios and come in a bid to diversify the company’s offerings and set it apart from competitors.

“It’s been fun to throw in a new piece of cardio equipment into the mix of what we do,” Grohs said. “At the end of the day there’s nothing new in the world of bicep curls. So what do we do to make the space feel different from other Bohos or other places in the city?”

Grohs declined to comment on how much investment went into the space.

Boho Studios also has a cycling gym on Sheppard Street in the Museum District and a yoga and cardio studio in Northside. Permitting delays have slowed plans for the Sheppard Street location to move across the street. The Forest Hill spot is the company’s largest.

Boho Quad occupies a 2,600-square-foot space at 4930 Forest Hill Ave. Suite B, which is part of Hill Standard in Forest Hill. (Jack Jacobs photo)

The company has about 40 employees and plans to hire three to five more people.

A south-of-the-river location has been in the making for Boho Studios since around 2016, Grohs said, though a long search for the right spot and then more recent pandemic-related delays put it off until recently.

Grohs said that while the company’s fortunes have improved since the start of the pandemic, COVID-19 continues to put a damper on business.

“Some weeks we see great fill rates in our classes and sales are great and then out of the blue we have three or four dates where nothing is happening,” she said. “We’re still in this pandemic. It’s not at all like it was 12 months ago but we’re still feeling that at the end of the day.”

The Boho Studios all-access pricing option, which grants usage at all locations, includes a $115 five-class package, a $200 10-class package and a $360 20-class package, according to the company’s website.

The Hill Standard mixed-use development by Charles Bice and Birck Turnbull is anchored by The Veil Brewing Co. It features apartments as well as Stella’s Grocery, ice cream shop Charm School Social Club and Blanchard’s Coffee Roasting Co.

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David Humphrey
David Humphrey
3 months ago

You might want to check your “Hills”. It is not “in” Forest Hill. It is on Forest Hill but in an area more commonly recognized as Westover Hills.

Peter James
Peter James
3 months ago
Reply to  David Humphrey

I grew up on Forest Hill Avenue less than a mile west of the gym’s location (I still remember the old Standard Drug that occupied the site of where The Veil currently sits (and that was a couple of buildings ago at least!) I wish there had been something like this gym there when I was in high school (late 70s-’til 1981).

VERY glad to see the old neighborhood doing well!

Byron Knowlson
Byron Knowlson
3 months ago
Reply to  David Humphrey

I’m fairly certain David was referencing the author’s use of “in Forest Hill” in the article’s title, and not correcting you. Which is probably why he “failed to call out” the misspelling.

Last edited 3 months ago by Byron Knowlson
Connor Matthew
Connor Matthew
3 months ago

Yeah. This is in Westover Hills, not in Forest Hill. It is on Forest Hill Avenue.

John M
John M
3 months ago

Just to be that guy – according to the city’s map of neighborhoods (HERE) that side of Forest Hill Ave is in the Forest View neighborhood

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