Best gyms and health clubs in New York City

Use our guide to NYC’s best gyms and health clubs to find the fitness center that’s right for you

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Choosing where to exercise can give your brain quite a workout. Want to know which gym has the best locker rooms, running track, or where you can feel comfortable ditching stylish workout gear for your favorite sweatpants? To help, we break down what’s unique about NYC’s best gyms and health clubs, so you can focus on getting buff, shaping up for a wedding, or relaxing in New York’s best gym spas.


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    Climbing walls

    Rebok Sports Club
    Adventurers can choose between a 39-foot-high climbing wall and a 15-foot-tall bouldering wall at this 18-year-old Upper West Sider. Equipment—harnesses, shoes, chalk and belaying devices—is provided. And there’s always a pro on duty to spot you or offer advice. Newbies should start with a private lesson ($98 per hour) or two-person class ($152 per hour for both trainees).

    160 Columbus Ave between 67th and 68th Sts (212-362-6800, reeboksportsclubny.com). Monthly membership starts at $225.

  • Pool

    Manhattan Plaza Health Club
    This swimming hole sits on top of a three-story building and has a beautiful, retractable glass atrium that opens in nice weather. The surrounding deck is filled with lush tropical plants that just might make you forget you’re in the heart of midtown. And how’s this for service? MPHC partners with local businesses like Lenny’s, so you can have lunch delivered directly to your chair.

    482 W 43rd St between Ninth and Tenth Aves (212-563-7001, mphc.com). Monthly membership starts at $89.

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    Functional-fitness training

    Exceed Physical Culture
    The basic premise of functional fitness is to do quick bursts of exercise that keep your heart rate high—so you burn more calories in less time. If you’re looking to dip your toes into this relatively new trend, try the Exceed Class (comprising intense circuits of jump rope, kettlebell lifts and more) or Exceed Cardio Boxing, in which wanna-be Balboas have brief punching-bag sessions with one-on-one instruction.

    1477 Third Ave between 83rd and 84th Sts (212-481-5300, exceedphysicalculture.com). Single class $32, monthly unlimited class pass $350.

  • Locker rooms

    Equinox
    Don’t worry about smushing your gigantic puffy parka into a small locker—Equinox has a complimentary coat check. You also don’t have to fret over touching cheeks with a fellow member while changing; the rooms are big and airy. Day lockers are free; it’s $25 to $45 per month for a permanent one (prices vary by location). Equinox’s locker rooms are stocked with Kiehl’s beauty products, including shampoo, hair conditioner, liquid body cleanser and lotion. Clean up postworkout by taking advantage of hairdryers, deodorant, hair gel, mouthwash, razors and shaving cream, or (our favorite) the chilled eucalyptus towels stocked throughout the center. Oh, and some spots also have laundry service.

    Various locations (212-774-6363, equinox.com). Monthly membership starts at $160.

  • Tech-savvy offerings

    Crunch
    To go to Crunch, you don’t even have to go to Crunch. The newly launched Crunch Live allows you to take the gym’s classes online ($9.99 per month for members and non-members). Led by the chain’s top instructors, the sessions cover all genres, with offerings like “Barre Assets,” “Rear Attitude” and “Gospel House Aerobics.” The IRL gyms are equally hooked-up, with Wi-Fi at every location; plus, the iCrunch app lets you check in, book classes on your phone and even reserve that special Spin bike you love.

    Various locations (crunch.com). Monthly membership starts at $87.

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    Beginner-friendly vibe

    Ludlow Fitness
    Talk about laid-back. First of all, most people come in wearing ripped sweats and tees—not Lululemon gear. Second, the majority of the staff lives in the neighborhood, creating a very welcoming, where-everybody-knows-your-name community atmosphere. Third, instructors are trained to say gentle things like “One more rep to make you stronger for next time!” rather than “One more rep—do or die!” And lastly, the teachers break up cliques in the group fitness classes so that greenhorns will be more comfortable.

    100 Delancey St at Ludlow St (212-260-9222, ludlowfitness.com). Monthly membership starts at $39.

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    Steam room

    New York Health & Racquet Club
    While the courts are indeed awesome, we’re partial to NYHRC’s steam rooms, saunas and—wait for it—aromatherapy eucalyptus rooms (available at four locations). The fragrant plant detoxes, cleanses, decongests, reduces pain and muscle aches, and, when paired with heat, alleviates stress and fatigue. Plus, it just smells incredible—like a combo of mint, the beach and all things fresh.

    Various locations (212-797-1500, nyhrc.com). Monthly membership starts at $105.

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    Snack bar

    Swerve
    The menu at this indoor-cycling studio, which opened in November, puts other gyms’ PowerBar-filled vending machines to shame. Swerve serves health-conscious fare like cold-pressed juices from Liquiteria ($8.75), Health Warrior Chia bars ($2) and Signature Superfood Smoothies ($8), which come in flavors such as the Ben Button (apples, strawberries, blueberries and acai). You can order your concoction before class so that it’s waiting for you, and the snack bar is a loungey hangout with Wi-Fi and high-top tables to encourage pre- and postworkout meet-ups.

    30 W 18th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-242-3330, swervefitness.com). Single class $30.

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    Weights

    David Barton Gym
    These pump-up palaces stock 150-pound weights. And people use them. Translation? This weight room isn’t exactly for, um, lightweights. Adding to the intensity: The room looks like a big nightclub, complete with hot-pink neon lights and fist-pumping EDM. Famous bodybuilders and pro athletes (Jay Cutler, Victor Martíne and Branch Warren, to name a few) have been known to hit the DB floor.

    Various locations (877-579-1300, davidbartongym.com). Monthly membership starts at $125.

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    Running facilities

    The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers
    Sure, you could spend half an hour bundling up to go for a jog in the beyond-freezing cold. Or you could just book it to Chelsea Piers. There are more than 30 top-of-the-line Precor and Life Fitness treadmills to choose from, as well as a six-lane, quarter-mile Mondo track (made from the same material Olympians compete on) that boasts beautiful views of both the Hudson and NYC skyscrapers through the surrounding glass wall. Bonus: A qualified on-staff running coach will give you free pointers if you want to up your game.

    Pier 60, 20th St at the Hudson River (212-336-6000, chelseapiers.com/sc). Monthly membership starts at $115.

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    Basketball court

    92nd Street Y
    This UES staple lays claim to the city’s longest-running indoor pickup basketball game; its participants have been crashing the boards during lunchtime on Mondays and Wednesdays since the ’70s. The most popular, heated bouts go down on Friday nights (6–8pm), though, and ballers play on the bigger of the Y’s two courts, which has an electronic scoreboard and a springboard floor.

    1395 Lexington Ave between 91st and 92nd Sts (212-415-5729, 92y.org). Monthly membership starts at $79.

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    Female-friendly atmosphere

    Uplift Studios
    For some women, sweating it out in front of dudes can be a serious annoyance. Such irritations don’t exist at the lady-exclusive Uplift, so you can focus on exercising. Well, kind of: The center also hosts “workout and wine” parties, where you and your pals take a class and then booze afterward. The owners are open to celebration ideas—past events have included bachelorette and birthday bashes, book launches and an ’80s-themed soiree where everyone wore scrunchies.

    24 W 23rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-242-3103, upliftstudios.com). Single classes start at $16, monthly unlimited class pass $225.

  • Photograph: courtesy New York Sports Clubs

    TV consoles

    New York Sports Club
    If you just have to watch Top Chef while working out, New York Sports Club has you covered. The popular chain has televisions with basic-cable channels on all of its cardio equipment. Each screen is a bit bigger than an iPad and installed just above workout controls, so you don’t have to squint to see the delicious meal being whipped up—and daydream about what food you’re going to make when you finally get off the treadmill.

    Various locations (mysportsclubs.com/regions). Monthly membership starts at $69.

Photograph: courtesy Reebok Sports Club/NY

Climbing walls

Rebok Sports Club
Adventurers can choose between a 39-foot-high climbing wall and a 15-foot-tall bouldering wall at this 18-year-old Upper West Sider. Equipment—harnesses, shoes, chalk and belaying devices—is provided. And there’s always a pro on duty to spot you or offer advice. Newbies should start with a private lesson ($98 per hour) or two-person class ($152 per hour for both trainees).

160 Columbus Ave between 67th and 68th Sts (212-362-6800, reeboksportsclubny.com). Monthly membership starts at $225.


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