New Yorkers are determined, efficient and picky—especially when it comes to fitness. We’re proudly hard to please, expecting innovation and excitement at every turn. The good news? As we prep for another fall filled with new fashion and food, so too can we get excited about the latest fitness offerings. Along with new studios, classes and groups, we’ve rounded up tried-and-true workout havens that will help you get your sweat on. Whether competing in a race or looking for new ways to stay in shape, now is the best time ever to slim down, bulk up, test your athletic limits or just get those endorphins going.
Want to prep for the next season of American Ninja Warrior? Have your sights set on competing in a triathlon? No matter your goal, the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers has everything you need to land a spot on that podium. A 25-yard indoor pool, three indoor basketball courts, a sand volleyball court, and an indoor rock-climbing wall and bouldering cave are just a few of the amenities housed by the adults-only center. Throw in a regulation-size boxing ring, cardio and training equipment, sundecks and a full-service salon and spa, and, well, you might want to see if it rents apartments so you can live there full-time and never leave. Check the website for membership info. Pier 60, Second floor (212-336-6000, chelseapiers.com/gym). Wed, Thu, Mon, Tue 5:30am–11pm; Fri 5:30am–10pm; Sat, Sun 8am–9pm.
This is probably the coolest group to be a member of right now if you want to get in shape for that next road race or the New York City Marathon. New York Road Runners hosts free open runs on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the city rain or shine. To top it off the group boasts members varying from full-fledged athletes to full-on couch potatoes so there’s always someone to match your skill level. Bonus: there are 10 total groups all over the city so you have no excuse not to stick with your training regimen. openrun.nyrr.org
All World Triathlete and 2015 Duathlon Age Group National Champion are just a few of the accolades coaches at the Mile High Run Club boast. Located in Noho and Nomad, this is the first dedicated studio for running that offers daily group treadmill classes. The dedicated staff full of world-record holders and Olympians will make sure everyone trains hard regardless of fitness level. Participants can pick from three classes: DASH 28, which mixes running with strength and power training; HIGH 45, a treadmill-only interval-based endurance class; and the Distance, a challenging run ideal for those with more than a 10k planned. MHRC also has outdoor nights at the track, marathon training and travel programs. 28 E 4th St (212-466-6472, milehighrunclub.com). Wed–Fri, Mon, Tue 6am–9pm; Sat, Sun 7am–8pm. First class $25 with Time Out mention.
92nd Street Y’s May Center, located on the Upper East Side, is a full-service gym with everything you need to exceed your fitness goals. Train for that big swim by doing laps in its 25-yard, ozone-cleaned indoor pool. Track your progress like an Olympian with its state-of-the-art Technogym equipment. Play a pickup game or shoot some hoops on full-size basketball courts. Or, push it to the next level with personal training, semiprivate classes and private instruction. There are even nutrition and heart/health specialists on hand to get you in peak condition. 1395 Lexington Ave (212-415-5700, 92Y.org/Maycenter). Mon–Thurs 5:30am–10:30pm; Fri 5:30am–9pm; Sat, Sun 7:30am–8pm.
There are dance classes and then there’s BollyX. This Bollywood-inspired dance-fitness program combines dynamic choreography with the hottest music from India. The 50-minute cardio workout is based on high-intensity interval training (HIIT) principles, meaning you’ll get moving, sweating, and hip shaking with your buddy in no time. The unique workout not only tones, but also burns serious calories—participants have recorded a burn of 500 to 800 calories per session. The best part? No prior dance experience is required. How can you be bored when you’re unleashing your inner rockstar? 855-873-4441, bollyx.com/classes
Classes at The Fhitting are a perfect marriage of the energy, motivation and contagious culture of a group fitness class with the personal attention and education of an intimate personal training session. With each class maxed-out at 24 participants, many of the moves are done with a partner or part of a team to kick it up a notch. Top trainers in the field expertly design the workouts to keep your body guessing with new exercises and intensity levels each session. To top it off, each class has two instructors, increasing the one-on-one attention you need to get the most out of your workout. Refer a friend, and get a free session. fhittingroom.com
Rather than have a venting session over cocktails, punch it out with a pal at this A-list worthy boxing ring. Supermodel trainer Rob Piela, founder of the popular Gotham Gym in the West Village, collaborated with WellPath to launch Gotham G-BOX, offering a high-intensity, total-body group boxing class which opened in Soho this June. Each trainer brings their own flavor to the group workout by adding in partner sparring and a combination of highly effective, results-driven cardio and calisthenics work. The atmosphere is gritty yet high-end, and the class is set to upbeat, loud music that amps up your punching and kicking session. thegboxgym.com
Who wants to lift weights when you can booty drop with a pal? Change up your boring workout routine by learning some new moves from champion and celebrity dancers. Dance with Me Dance Studios offer first-rate services that include private lessons, group classes, social practice parties and events guaranteed to intrigue beginners and inspire overachievers. Whether you’re looking for a new hobby or want to take your skills to the next level, the studio’s unique approach to dance instruction ensures it’s not just about learning to boogie, it’s about feeling healthier and happier and getting jiggy with a friend or meeting someone new. No partner necessary. Various locations and times (dancewithmeusa.com)
Hit the gym
Not all gyms are created equal. BRICK prides itself on the fact that they’re not a one-size-fits-all fitness destination. They know that everyone goes to them with different needs, goals and objectives, and they’re dedicated to helping you achieve the results you want. The skilled coaches have developed a new approach to fitness, building an athletic program that’s comprehensive, inclusive and always challenging. Their selection of programs includes everything from CrossFit and a high-intensity circuit-style workout called B|X to recovery classes like Mobility and Yoga. They even offer programs for advanced athletes like Performance and the BRICK Barbell Club. Everything you’d ever need in a gym is right here. 257 W 17th St (646-692-4005). Various times. 465 Lexington Ave (917-388-2666). Wed–Fri, Mon, Tue 6am–9pm; Sat, Sun 9:30am–2pm. brickspt.com
You could move into this gym if you wanted. The Brooklyn-based Harbor Fitness is home to four large facilities that are equipped with ample cardio and strength training equipment, full-service locker rooms, sauna, juice bar and personal training. There’s a load of variety when it comes to their group fitness with signature classes like Trugrit, Fight Club and Barre Body along with cycling, yoga, Zumba, HIIT and Piloxing. You can even train outdoors at their Bay Ridge location in The Yard. And get this: Membership includes child care. Good luck finding an excuse not to sign up. Various locations and times (harborfitness.com)
Take a bunch of group fitness options and add in stellar personal training and you’ve got yourself a gym dedicated to getting you the results you want under one roof. Momentum Fitness on the Upper West Side strays from the cookie-cutter big-name-gym method of training and shifts its focus to function, mobility, and strength and stability for a unique workout. Utilizing a wide variety of training tools such as kettlebells, clubbells, sandbags and TRX, each workout is custom-tailored to your needs and has a purpose in mind. With a knowledgeable team of trainers plus a full physical therapy practice on-site, this spot offers you the best training in one place. 180 W 80th St (917-426-3492, momentumfitnessnyc.com). Wed–Fri, Mon, Tue, 6am–8pm; Sat, Sun 8am–2pm.
Make going to the gym a family activity by heading to MatchPoint NYC. Spread across 120,000 square feet, this fitness complex features everything you, your significant other and kids need to be entertained from nine indoor tennis courts and three group fitness studios to a junior Olympic pool, a rhythmic gymnastics center and a basketball court. You can make a night out of it by eating at the on-site restaurant, lounging in the sauna, or personal training and group classes on the outdoor field. The state-of-the-art gym comes complete with a cycling, yoga and Pilates studio and a boxing specialty studio while offering more than 70 group classes weekly, along with personal training. 2781 Shell Rd, Brooklyn (718-769-0001, matchpoint.nyc). Wed–Fri, Mon, Tue 6am–midnight; Sat, Sun 7am–10pm.
Slow it down
Sometimes you just want to chill—and you don’t even want to leave your apartment. Mind Over Matter Health and Fitness was created to help busy New Yorkers integrate fitness into their lives easily. Its mission is to provide certified, friendly, reliable fitness professionals—specializing in areas such as personal training, yoga, Pilates and private boot-camp classes—anywhere your heart desires. Whether in your home, office or even outdoors, the trainers are equipped with the skills to turn any existing space into your own private health club, complete with your very own private masseuse. 126 W 96th St (212-865-9290, mindovermatternyc.com). Mon–Sun 5:00am–10pm.
Launched in May, the 55-minute class takes a contemporary approach to Pilates by using a reformer to blend deliberate moves from barre, TRX and strength training that will help you stretch and tone. You’ll focus on form during the leg-shakingly intense workout (but soft music will help keep you Zen). Classes are taught every day from 7am to 7pm, so you don’t have to worry about finding a time that fits your schedule. In addition, founder/lead instructor, Sylvia Ostrowska, guarantees that you’ll never step into the same class twice because there are 600+ moves you can practice on a reformer. 347-450-7455, pilatesbysylvia.com
There’s no need to pump iron to get a high intensity workout. Barre Tribeca is all about doing a variety of isometrics, interval training, free weights, and using your own body weight in slow, yet intense movements. Classes are capped at 12 people, so you’ll have plenty of personal space to tone your abs and tighten your tush in the challenging, but relaxing class. It’s the perfect way to start or end your day as the hour of deep concentration and energy ends with a full relaxation session. 28 Warren St (212-587-8822, barretribeca.com)
Mix and match Exhale’s multiple class offerings to find your perfect workout blend. With everything from barre to yoga to cardio and interval training, Exhale offers a diverse, superior training program designed to give you real results. But, you’ll never feel stressed at these workout sessions because the brand’s spa roots make each location a kind of fitness sanctuary rather than a meathead gym. New guests enjoy two fitness classes for the price of one at any of Exhale’s seven NYC locations—so you’ll have a chance to experience the balance it’s known for. Various locations and times (exhalespa.com)