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The NYC fitness guide

Stay in shape and look great with our NYC fitness guide, featuring the hottest trends, cool classes, fun sports, workout routines, and gyms and health clubs

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Looking to have fun while you get in shape? Test your limits with the hottest exercise trends, join one of many sports clubs and leagues around NYC, or try off-the-wall fitness classes at some of NYC's best gyms and health clubs. Lace up those running shoes and get ready to feel the burn.

Shopping and style

The best free fitness classes in NYC

Stay healthy—on a lean budget—thanks to these free fitness classes offered at local sports shops and gyms

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20 best gyms in NYC

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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Music

The 50 best workout songs

Get motivated to run faster and pedal harder with our ultimate fitness playlist

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The best fitness gear shops in New York

Nothing gets you moving like a brand-spankin'-new workout wardrobe from the city's best fitness-gear shops. It's time to get physical!

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Yoga in NYC

Get ready to flex the muscles that sports and crossword puzzles cannot reach

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Fun and cool fitness classes

These workouts are so fun, social and even boozy, you'll barely realize you're exercising

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Single session fitness classes

Break a sweat—not the bank—at these no-strings-attached sessions

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Spinning classes

Check out six of the best indoor-cycling and Spinning classes in NYC

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CrossFit gyms

Check out five of the best black boxes in NYC

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Barre fitness classes

Check out three of the best barre fitness classes in NYC and get the scoop from an instructor on how barre will improve your life The NYC fitness guide Fun and cool fitness classes There's no need to dread your workout with these unique fitness classes Spinning classes Check out six of the best indoor-cycling and Spinning classes in NYC and get the scoop from an instructor at SoulCycle on how Spinning will improve your life. Best gyms and fitness classes in NYC 2013 Best gyms and health clubs Use our guide to NYC’s best gyms and health clubs to find the fitness center that’s right for you. Choosing where to exercise can give your brain quite a workout. 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. And to quickly compare fees and amenities, check out our chart of New York gyms. RECOMMENDED: Best gyms and fitness classes in NYC 2013 Best gyms and health clubs For the lives-at-the-gym spartan: David Barton Gym Join this upscale fitness temple if you’ve got the iron self-discipline to put in the hours. Each of the three local locations is decked out like a Meatpacking District nightclub, so there’s plenty of visual stimulation (of the nonpervy kind) to keep you interested during the umpteenth set of reps. The abundance of equipment at all three locations means there’s no waiting for a machine to become available and there are no time limits; pl

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More ways to stay fit

Sport and fitness

Obstacle course races coming to the New York area (2013)

We analyze the latest fitness trend—obstacle course races like Tough Mudder—and recommend fitness classes to help you prepare. If you're looking for a new fitness challenge, consider obstacle course races—an increasingly popular way to spend a day. The events tend to involve slogging through mud, climbing things, crawling under other things and generally making a run way more difficult—but hopefully rewarding—than it needs to be. But give it some careful thought before you sign up, the races can range from fun days out to gruelling exercises in having your ass handed to you. We've broken down three upcoming options in October so you know what to expect, and recommended fitness classes to help you prepare, or you could try these boot camps and CrossFit gyms. RECOMMENDED: Fitness guide to NYC Obstacle course races Run For Your Lives This 5K route tests your physical endurance like any other obstacle course, but while you’re scaling walls and clambering through mud, you’re also being chased by scores of brain-craving zombies. And if the race isn’t your thing, you can also sign up to be one of the undead. How long will it take? 30 to 45 minutesWhat kind of obstacles are we talking about? You’ll encounter 10 to 12, including a blood pit, a zombie maze and a smoke-filled house.Level with me—what’s the worst obstacle? Two surprise obstacles have, shall we say, a little “shock” to them.How fit do I need to be? Not very—many runners claim Run for Your Lives is their first 5K.I

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Where to roller-skate: Roller-skating rinks in NYC (2013)

Looking for somewhere to roller-skate in NYC? Relive the funky disco days—tube socks, spandex and all—at one of these roller-disco parties and roller-skating rinks. It's spring in New York: Time to swap those ice skates for quads. Here’s where to roller-skate, whether you’re after fitness, fun or an excuse to wear bell-bottoms. Klutzes can opt to watch instead: Saturday 13 marks the season opener of Gotham Girls Roller Derby, when the Manhattan Mayhem and Bronx Gridlock will attempt to bodycheck and jam their way to victory. Down & Derby: Justin Strauss + Black Russian If you associate skating rinks with childhood birthday parties, try rolling through this alcohol-infused, ’70s-inspired soiree. Expect a 300-plus crowd of mostly millennials wearing neon spandex, headbands and tube socks. Get there early as the rental skates go fast, but even pedestrian partiers can groove to the disco rhythms spun by resident DJs Rok One and Mike Dextro, plus a special guest for the evening: seminal New York DJ-producer Justin Strauss. Crazy Legs Skate Club After rinks like the Roxy in Chelsea and the Empire Roller Skating Center in Brooklyn closed in 2007, regulars needed a new place to roll. That’s why Lezly Ziering, an 80-year-old self-described “skate guru,” started this group in 2008. Every Wednesday night, a mixed crowd—from teenagers to old-timers—gathers to glide along hardwood floors to retro jazz, R&B and reggae. Don’t be surprised if you see some of the more advanced skaters

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Sweat box: Michelle Joni’s Skipping Club (2013)

Let your inner kid loose on the streets of New York, and get fit while you’re at it. Most popular in Things to Do Walking from place to place is pretty dull. How do I get around more like a happy-go-lucky eight-year-old?Though you probably haven’t tried it since your hopscotching days, skipping is actually an excellent cardio workout. And—like many things we inexplicably stop doing once we reach a certain age (building sand castles, flying kites, pretending that cardboard boxes are time machines)—it’s really fun. RECOMMENDED: Fitness guide to NYC But wouldn’t I look like a big old weirdo skipping down the sidewalk alone?You don’t have to—skippers travel in packs. At least they do in Michelle Joni’s Skipping Club, a free weekly meet-up for the frolic-inclined that’s been in existence since February. “It makes you physically happy,” says group founder Michelle Joni Lapidos. “It literally lifts you up and makes you feel lighter inside.” Equipped with a brightly colored wig and a teddy-bear speaker blasting Hot Chip and Yolanda Be Cool, she leads a roughly mile-long excursion every Thursday afternoon that includes about half an hour of skipping. The location and theme (usually in Manhattan) change each week.A theme, huh?That’s right. Each outing, which includes a few pit stops along the way, is centered on a topic of the week (the Occupy movement, the Beatles, Valentine’s Day); attendees are encouraged to wear an on-theme outfit. A recent Midtown East edition, United We Sk

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Personal trainer recommendations for staying fit in NYC (2014)

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John Dunkirk
John Dunkirk

Fit Day Pass (fitdaypass.com) has single visit day passes to gyms in NYC like The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers, Manhattan Athletic Club, and a bunch others, from $10. I got a pass to Gotham Gym for $20, vs $30 when you pay at reception.

roy K
roy K

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Rob D
Rob D

For a one-stop-shop for booking classes at independent studios in NYC, check out www.fitfav.com. Classes range from spinning, yoga and pilates to bootcamp, martial arts or even hiphop! The site focuses on same-day and next day classes only and therefore prices are discounted up to 50%! www.fitfav.com is ideal for busy New Yorkers or anyone not wanting to commit to a gym membership.

Stephen C
Stephen C

Great highlights on the 20 listed, ... if you are looking for even more options in the NYC area, check out sportsetter.com/app to get access to over 150 activities free in NYC.


http://www.sportsetter.com/app



Parker S
Parker S

I am going through this post and thinking of it’s theme and trying to understand what is this post about. At last I can have found something from this post which feels pretty good.

Meagan
Meagan

You can also join Team In Training :) Get a world-class training program, while helping support life-saving cancer research for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society! http://www.teamintraining.org/nyc/