David Barton, the fitness entrepreneur best known for his health clubs that resemble nightclubs, opened what may be New York City’s most high-tech gym on Tuesday, March 23, in Midtown Manhattan. Dubbed “TMPL”, the gym is decked out with state-of-the-art equipment — smart cardio machines, a 25-meter salt water pool, an IMAX-esque virtual reality spin studio, and dramatic lighting in Barton’s signature style.
A TMPL membership includes access to an app that gym-goers can use to craft the perfect workout for their body type. The app allows you to scan barcodes onto the “smart equipment”, which will then create an entire workout based on your metabolic profile.
This is a new gym concept from Barton. It puts a strong focus on metabolic science and medical technology, which brings a more personalised experience for each member.
This isn’t Barton’s first time revolutionising the fitness world. In 1991, he founded DavidBartonGym, a gym empire inspired by nightlife and clubbing. That aesthetic has greatly influenced the personal fitness world as a whole.
TMPL, pronounced “temple”, is his first major endeavour since 2013, when he left DavidBarton Gym because he decided he needed a break after 22 years of running a company.
Business Insider recently stopped by TMPL — here’s what we saw.