Three Boutique Fitness Studios to Join Incoming Anchor Tenants at Long Beach Exchange


Photos courtesy of Long Beach Exchange.

Burnham-Ward Properties (SOCO and The OC Mix) and its affiliate Burnham USA and Rockwood Capital announced on Tuesday the addition of three boutique fitness concepts to Long Beach Exchange (LBX), a major retail project under development in the Fifth District.

GritCycle, a boutique indoor cycling studio, Ra Yoga, a boutique yoga studio and Orangetheory Fitness, a nationally-known boutique fitness studio, will take up two small buildings adjacent to The Landing, a 1.25-acre central plaza.

To be located near the Long Beach Airport, LBX is slated to open in Spring 2018 with approximately 266,000 square feet of stores, shops and restaurants situated on just over 26 acres on the southwest corner of Lakewood Boulevard and Carson Street within Douglas Park in East Long Beach.


“Three great names in boutique fitness, all within one project—this is the wave of the future,” Scott Burnham of Burnham USA/Burnham-Ward Properties said in a statement. “Southern California residents have moved away from the cookie-cutter way of wellness and fitness and have embraced experiences that create an element of community with a personal touch. GritCycle, Ra Yoga, and Orangetheory Fitness exemplify the boutique fitness concept, and we are very excited to welcome them to LBX.”

The three fitness concepts will join anchor tenants announced during the groundbreaking ceremony in February, including Lowe’s Orchard Supply Hardware, 365 by Whole Foods, TJ Maxx, Petsmart and Nordstrom Rack, to name a few. Burnham USA also announced this week that In-N-Out Burger, MOD Pizza, and Dunkin’ Donuts will be opening at LBX next year, as well as AT&T.

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GritCycle, with locations in Costa Mesa and Dana Point, specializes in high-intensity, full-body cycling classes. Also offered are monthly “Karma Rides” benefitting local charities and nonprofits. Design plans for the 3,000-square-foot facility will incorporate details unique to the Long Beach community, according to the release. Amenities will include showers stocked with cruelty-free products, lockers, a top-of-the-line water filtration system and a retail boutique.

“The expansion to Long Beach was a natural decision for us,” Marisa Wayne of GritCycle said in a statement. “Our roots are in coastal Southern California cities, and we’re so thrilled to be a part of this up-and-coming neighborhood and shopping destination. We love that the center is so focused on more local, eclectic brands and knew it’d be a great fit for GritCycle.

Ra Yoga Costa Mesa studio front

Ra Yoga is a one-stop shop boutique yoga studio with locations in Costa Mesa, Irvine and Newport Beach. The studio will offer group classes as well as childcare, private yoga sessions and more. The planned 3,400-square-foot LBX studio will feature a mix of Costa Mesa’s boho-chic, homegrown vibe and the polished design of the Newport Beach studio. The Long Beach location will have a full-service men’s and women’s locker room with showers, two large yoga rooms and a meditation room.

“Long Beach’s culture and vibe meshes beautifully with our company culture,” Bobby Kittleman of Ra Yoga said in a statement. “Ra has a bit of edginess, counterculture-ness, and blue collar-ness that will hopefully gel well with locals. Our goal at RA is always to bring the practice of yoga to more people, and what better place to do that than the currently underserved community of Long Beach.”

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Orangetheory Fitness’ planned 3,200-square-foot-studio will resemble its Orange County and Los Angeles locations with its trademark orange lighting. The new space will have the latest equipment, including 15 treadmills, 15 rowers, 15 weight stations, two bikes, one strider, as well as bathrooms and showers. Orangetheory offers group or personal training workouts that gives participants “the afterburn,” an extra calorie burn that lasts for up to 36 hours, according to the release.

“Long Beach Exchange will be the retail hub for this area after it opens, so that’s why we want to be a part of it,” Marc Thomas of Orangetheory Fitness said in a statement. “Our goal is to share our unique, results-oriented fitness brand with the citizens of Long Beach and Lakewood and contribute to a happier, healthier, more energetic, and more vibrant community.”

For more information on Long Beach Exchange, please visit the website here.

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Asia Morris has been with the Long Beach Post for five years, specializing in coverage of the arts. Her parents gave her the name because they wanted her to be a world traveler and they got their wish. She has obliged by pursuing art, journalism and a second career as a competitive cyclist.