24-hour gyms in New York: Sleep when you’re buff

It can be hard to fit a workout into a hectic schedule. Try exercising late at night and early in the morning at these 24-hour gyms in New York.


24-hour gyms in New York: Pon de FLO at Crunch


24-hour gyms in New York: Harbor Fitness, Mill Basin branch

Photograph: David Tufino

24-hour gyms in New York: Ludlow Fitness

Photograph: David Tufino

24-hour gyms in New York: Ludlow Fitness


24-hour gyms in New York: Planet Fitness


24-hour gyms in New York: 24 Hour Fitness

We've got some good news for night owls: Thanks to all-day hours at several gyms in New York, it’s now possible to squeeze a workout into those late-night and early-morning time slots. The Lafayette Street branch of Crunch stays open from 5am on Mondays through 9pm on Saturdays. The four 24 Hour Fitness locations in the New York area stay true to their name without skimping on amenities like on-site laundry, swimming pools, saunas, steam rooms and more. Many of the city’s Planet Fitness locations operate as 24-hour gyms on weekdays, so you can take advantage of their monthly Monday night pizza parties and use the rest of the week to burn off the calories.

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The only location that doesn’t close is the downtown branch on Lafayette Street, which stays open from 5am on Mondays to 9pm on Saturdays. The three-level gym has a boxing ring, a Pilates Reformer studio, a sauna, a juice bar and a wide variety of classes. In addition to the usual exercise options like spinning, yoga and weight-enhanced calisthenics, the spot also offers more eclectic classes such as GRID Release, which uses a foam roller to stimulate muscles while working out your core, and Pon de FLO, an energetic dance class performed to Caribbean reggae music. Membership fee $69.99–$99.99 per month.

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East Village

Harbor Fitness

Brooklynites who want to exercise in the wee hours should look no further than the Bay Ridge, Park Slope and Mill Basin branches of this chainlet, which offers exercise equipment and dozens of classes such as Fight Club and Ballet Burn. After opening in Bay Ridge in 1991, the gym has expanded to three other locations throughout the borough, and their doors stay open continuously during the week. Harbor even offers a free app for iPhone and Android that includes class schedules. Other locations: 191 15th St between Fourth and Fifth Aves, Park Slope, Brookyln (718-965-6200) • 6161 Strickland Ave at E 57th Pl, Mill Basin, Brooklyn (718-763-9200) • 2825 Nostrand Ave at E 31st St, Marine Park, Brooklyn (718-976-9332) • harborfitness.com. Membership fee $59 per month.

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Bay Ridge

Ludlow Fitness

The New York branch of this small chain opened in 2006 and lets you work up a sweat round the clock. Classes in spinning, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, boxing and other aerobic exercises start as early as 6:30am and run until 9pm, but free weights and top-notch cardio equipment—each equipped with a DirecTV monitor—are available at all times. Fees include all classes, towel service and a free apple on the way out the door.

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Lower East Side

Planet Fitness

While not all of the 20 locations in New York are open all day and night, many of the Manhattan and Brooklyn sites operate continuously from midnight on Sundays through 10pm on Fridays (and 7am–7pm on weekends). In addition to plentiful cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, Arc Trainers and exercise bikes, all branches offer extras like tanning and massage chairs; select locations also include red-light-therapy booths and hydro-massage beds. Each location hosts pizza parties on the first Monday of every month, so take advantage of the free carb-loading before burning off the extra calories—along with the midnight oil. Visit planetfitness.com for more information. Memberships from $10 per month with $29 annual fee.

24 Hour Fitness

The six local branches—four in NYC and two in New Jersey—of this national chain stay true to their name without skimping on amenities. High-end perks—including towel service, saunas, steam rooms, laundry service, lounges and juice bars—are the icing on top of the stellar list of exercise spaces, such as lap pools, TRX Suspension Training equipment, strength machines, cycling stations and traditional free weights. Membership fees vary depending on how many locations you’d like access to, but monthly fees start out at around $60. Visit 24hourfitness.com for more information.