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Gym-Coworking Hybrids Are the Latest Gig Economy Creation by GQ

Instead of staring at a blank screen attempting to string together sentences that wouldn’t come, he hit the weight room of the luxury gym which houses the sleek coworking space where Young spends his weekdays.

For the past year, Young has called the coworking space at Life Time Fitness his “Office.” He begins his workday by scanning into the fitness center’s front desk, then taking the elevator to the fourth floor to use the exclusive coworkers-only productivity zone, dubbed Life Time Work, which opened in 2018.

Reminiscent of an Ace Hotel lobby, metropolitan yet Instagrammable, with ample seating in nooks by bookshelves, cushioned taupe and green leather couches, and sprawling cubicle-less wooden tables, Life Time Work is one of the bougier variations on the coworking space trend that has rocketed upwards in the past few years.

Born from the rise of remote and contract work, plus the startup boom, traditional offices have started to give way to more coworking spaces.

In 2017, the number of coworking spaces globally jumped to over 14,000 from 436 in 2010, according to a survey by coworking conference organizer Global Coworking Unconference Conference, with an estimated 1.7 million people earning a living in coworking spaces worldwide, according to the 2018 Coworking Forecast.

Life Time, which now has four coworking spaces among its 100 gyms, isn’t the only fitness brand starting to fuse coworking and fitness.

Luxury gym Equinox debuted its first coworking space in 2016, and now has six at their Sports Club locations nationwide.