Get fit for less
The economy is sagging, but your butt doesn't have to. Here's where to find deals, discounts and affordable workouts.
Mon Jan 5 2009
RECOMMENDED: Fitness guide to NYC
This is the worst-kept secret that everyone knows about, but most people don't take advantage because they're lazy. Don't be that person. For $75, the American Health and Fitness Alliance will send you a collection of more than 600 passes for free classes and visits to 175 NYC facilities. Order through 212-808-0765 or health-fitness.org.
Through the end of January, guests can book one personal training session, a Pilates Reformer class and one pole-dancing class for $50. 124 E 40th St between Park and Lexington Aves, suite 603 (212-661-1660, smartworkout.net). Through January for TONY readers only; just mention the magazine.
Movements Afoot Pilates
Mat class too easy? The Pilates Mat/Springs/Props class ($20 or four for $64) uses springs to challenge your legs and arms, while the equipment class ($35, normally $40) includes the demanding Reformer and the Tower. It's supposed to be tough—that's why it's called a workout. 151 W 30th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-904-1399, movementsafoot.com). Ongoing.
If your excuse for ditching Pilates is lack of cash, quit whining and head to workout-gear shop Omala, which offers a 90-minute or two-hour class for $8. 400 Atlantic Ave between Bond and Hoyt Sts, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn (718-694-9642, omalausa.com). Ongoing.
Kick Ash Fitness
Certified fitness guru Ashley Roth wants to get your Van Damme in gear. Join her every Tuesday at 6:30pm for a cardio kickboxing workout: It's $10 for first-timers, $15 per class thereafter. 161 W 22nd St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (kickashfitness.com). Through January.
Fitness Collective is packing a powerful one-two-three punch with a $150 package of one nutritional consultation, two group classes and three personal-training sessions. It's like celebrity rehab without the rehab or the celebrities. Three locations; go to fitnesscollective.com for info. Ongoing.
Cardio is the way to slim down, says Lyn Liao, a trainer at MonQi Fitness. With that in mind, all her cardio classes are discounted to $10 (and you don't even have to be a member). 201 E 67th St at Third Ave (212-327-2170, monqifitness.com). Through January.
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
No wonder our city is full of attractive people: The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation offers low-price gym memberships ($50--$75 per year) and free, open-to-the-public one-hour fitness classes for the whole family—at 16 different locations. nycgovparks.org. Ongoing.
The new ten-buck Yoga Bail Out class was designed for today. The class teaches postures said to elevate mood, eliminate toxins, soothe lower-back pain, stimulate digestion and build strength. The cheap price doesn't hurt either. 184 DeKalb Ave between Carlton Ave and Cumberland St, Fort Greene, Brooklyn (718-522-7119, luckylotusyoga.com). Sat 2--3pm, $10. Ongoing.
New Dance Group
Mix up your monotonous gym routine with a class at this progressive, low-priced dance studio (don't worry, beginners are welcome). You'll forget you're burning calories in Belly Dance Body Conditioning, break dancing, Latin ballroom or Acro/Tumbling. Not ready to leap into African dance? Yoga and Pilates sessions are on the menu as well. 305 W 38th St at Eighth Ave (212-904-1990, ndg.org). One class $15, ten classes $130, 20 classes $240. Ongoing.
Tribeca Health & Fitness
Dig up your leg warmers—Jazzercise is back. The new and improved routine is a fusion of dance, resistance training, yoga and kickboxing. Added bonus: The cost of the class includes use of the gym facilities, like treadmills and StairMasters, plus the locker room, for the day. 105 Chambers St at Church St (212-732-9466, tribecahealthandfitness.com). $20. Ongoing.
Tim Haft's high-intensity, punk-rock-fueled workout combines rope jumping, unusual conditioning drills and games aimed at increasing your endurance, agility and coordination. Ropes are provided. Visit punkrope.com for times and locations. Ongoing.
For just $30, YogaWorks offers two weeks of unlimited classes (usually $20 each), a chance to try any style or level of yoga, and a one-on-one consultation with an adviser. If Pilates is more your thing, opt for the Resolution for Results package ($250, available to new students through Jan 31, or win one in our contest), which includes four private Pilates sessions, a consultation and unlimited mat classes for two weeks. Various locations including a new Soho spot opening in March; go to yogaworks.com for info. Ongoing.
Jump-start the New Year with a free health and fitness evaluation at Kennedy. While you're there, try the following three services for free (with no catch!): a one-on-one Pilates session, a personal-training session or a deep-tissue massage. 214 W 29th St between Seventh and Eighth Aves (212-967-5544, kennedynewyork.com). Free through March.
Take advantage of studio owner Alycea Ungaro's 45-minute equipment-based class, where you can practice hundreds of exercises. At $25 a session, it might sound pricey, but compared to others in the city that ask for upwards of $40, it's a great deal. 177 Duane St between Greenwich and Hudson Sts (212-625-0777, kennedynewyork.com). $25. Ongoing.
This class uses heavy bags to improve muscle tone and cardio endurance. Your first session includes boxing gloves (to keep!) and an introductory technique lesson. 562 Court St at Garnet St, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn (718-222-1822, ckobrooklyncarrollgardens.com). $15 per class through January.
YTTP's motto, "Yoga is meant to help strengthen and stretch your arms and legs, not cost you one," means you pay what you can for each class. There is a suggested donation of $10 a pop (but it's not required). 12 St. Marks Pl at Third Ave, No. 2R (917-573-9642, yogatothepeople.com). Ongoing.
Sixth Street Pilates
This cozy studio is frill-free (no locker rooms or waiting area), but makes up for cramped quarters with mat classes on the cheap. A single session costs $14, but a ten-class package works out to $12 per trip. Agree to switch your home-energy service over to Con Ed wind power and earn a gratis class. 525 E 6th St between Aves A and B (212-677-5545, sixthstreetpilatesny.com). Ongoing.
?The gym behind Friday Night Fights (and now a spot for Muay Thai kickboxing too) is offering 10 percent off, plus a free month to new members, in January. An annual membership with unlimited instruction is usually $145 a month; check the website for other options. 25 Park Pl between Church St and Broadway (212-571-1333, churchstreetboxing.com). Through Jan 30.
Warrior Fitness Boot Camp
You fell off the stability ball. Again! It's about time you learn what you're doing, and here's your chance: Warrior offers two free trial classes, as well as two free training days if you commit to ten paid ones. 29 W 35th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves, third floor (212-967-7977, warriorfitnessbootcamp.com). Through Jan 30.
AND AT THE BIG CHAINS
In January, get 50 percent off the initiation fee (which normally starts at $525). If you work out 36 times in 90 days, the fee is refunded. Various locations; equinoxfitness.com.
David Barton Gym
During January, save on enrollment fees. The Chelsea location (normally $250) is free, and the Upper East Side (normally $500) is $200. davidbartongym.com.
New York Health & Racquet Club
Zero initiation fee. Various locations; nyhrc.com. Through January.