We know, we know: New Year's resolutions usually fizzle out by the time you're back in the office. But whether you're curious about yoga, already gung-ho about boot camp or still looking for a last-minute holiday gift for your fitness-crazed friend, we've got tons of options for you with some of the most customized deals around, many from the 20 best gyms in NYC. Before you know it, you'll be showing off those gams just in time to drop some dough in the city's 15 best shops—now what are you waiting for? These discounts won't last forever!
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In a fitness-obsessed city that’s saturated with options, it’s increasingly difficult to find a truly unique workout. Enter Aqua Studio, the only NYC facility that combines the challenge of indoor cycling with the underwater resistance of a pool. If you’re completely new, pay just $150 (or $120 with purchase before December 31) to take one class per day for an entire month, but if you’re already a regular, consider Aqua’s gold membership: Commit to a minimum of three months to pay $295 per month for a class per day, with perks like discounts and guest passes, but early birds who register before December 31 pay just $150 for their second month and are exempt from the $100 enrollment fee. 78 Franklin St between Broadway and Church St (212-966-6784, aquastudiony.com)
Dubious of signing up for any run-of-the-mill challenge that isn’t tailored specifically for your late-night cheese binges or inability to wake up early? Design your perfect six-week curriculum starting January 5 with Bari Studio, the Tribeca facility whose clients lift weights, jump on trampolines, and sweat to dance cardio in group classes and private sessions. Bari’s #failproof2015 program starts with an individual consultation and includes weekly emails with workout goals, nutrition advice and mind-body motivation. Besides working with a coach, you’ll motivate other “tribers” with social-media support and take advantage of perks like bringing a friend or enjoying discounted nutrition services and apparel. 23 Leonard St between Hudson St and West Broadway. Various prices; visit thebaristudio.com/failproof-ny for details.
Gym rats who get bored easily with one sort of workout will love the multitude of options at BFX Studio, the recently opened facility in Chelsea that, in addition to personal training, offers Spinning, barre, Pilates, boot camp and more. We’re especially partial to the hybrid sessions that combine these options, and clients who purchase a 10-pack by December 31 (over the phone or in person) for the regular price of $280 will get two bonus classes so they can branch out even more. 555 Sixth Ave between 15th and 16th Sts (917-382-5573, bfxstudio.com)
Unlike most workouts in NYC, it’s hard to imagine replicating the Reinvention Method, which utilizes a Pilates chair with the added resistance of overhead bungees, at home. Luckily for all aspiring “Chaisettes,” ReinventYOU, a digital series of four 15-minute workouts that tone the entire body, is launching January 5. In January and February, ChaiseFitness is offering free streaming and downloads of all four videos, which highlight the best of its offerings (Chair, Arms & Abs, Legs & Butt, Cardio). Brand-new clients who prefer to test-drive the technique in person can purchase three classes for $33, but Time Out New York readers who have never set foot in any of the three locations can use promo code “TIMEOUT” to pay just $25 for a single class. Locations throughout the city; visit chaisefitness.com
No, seriously, this really is the year when you'll sculpt your abs and tone your biceps, thanks to the multiple small-group offerings at the brand-new Drill Fitness, a pristine Tribeca studio whose classes include Ride, a 45-minute indoor-cycling sweatfest, and the Drill Body boot-camp–style FIT and the even-higher-intensity HIIT. In the latter two 50-minute options, use the provided heart-rate monitors to track the progress from all those body-weight moves and cardio tabatas that will truly make you "earn your shower" in the fully stocked locker rooms. Between January 1 and 15, purchase a five-, 10- or 20-class package with promo code "Drill2015" online to get one, two or four bonus classes. 136 Church St at Warren St (212-233-7455, drillfitness.com)
Exceed Physical Culture
In 2015, this functional-fitness studio, which encourages its clients to “train like an athlete,” wants you to build up a sweat both indoors and out: Watch out for an outdoor relay race, which will incorporate running with body-weight moves, in March, but tone up now with Exceed’s signature 50-minute workouts. New and existing clients can slash 10 percent off any class package by January 15 by mentioning “holiday gift” over the phone or in person. Want more of a challenge (and even more savings)? Starting January 1, complete the “15 Days of ’15,” an athlete log with daily challenges, and reward yourself with 15 percent off your next purchase. 97 Reade St between Church St and West Broadway (212-406-3600) • 1477 Third Ave between 83rd and 84th Sts (212-481-5300) • exceedphysicalculture.com
The Movement wants you to jump-start the New Year with 15 percent off any class package with code “MOVEITANDLOSEIT” by February 28. The studio, which donates $1 to the National Brain Tumor Society each time a client takes a class, offers yoga, dance cardio and HIIT, and to keep you motivated, it’s giving away prizes every Friday in January. Just post a photo of yourself at the Movement on social media with hashtag #moveitandloseit and tag @themovementfitness for the chance to win exclusive apparel and free classes so you can continue moving well into 2015. 32 W 18th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (646-491-9131, themovementfitness.com)
Maybe you’ve wanted to try out the award-winning Refine Method but told yourself that you just couldn’t make it to its locations on the UWS (117 W 72nd St between Columbus Ave and Broadway) or the UES (340 E 71st St between First and Second Aves). Toss out those excuses: Not only is Refine debuting a splashy new outpost in the West Village—featuring a resistance tower designed by a team of MIT engineers—on January 5, but if you break up with your gym by February 14, the high-intensity, circuit-training studio will credit your account with the equivalent to one month of your gym membership to apply to any three-month Refine class plan. Email email@example.com to join the community, which will keep you accountable with your fitness goals with mini challenges and prizes. 131 Perry St between Greenwich and Washington Sts (refinemethod.com)
Good habits are all about consistency (and no, consistently going to happy hour doesn't count). Luckily, team-cycling studio Swerve Fitness wants to help you lock in some new patterns in 2015: Starting January 1, it'll launch a new monthly unlimited-rides package, which will normally run you $325. For new riders, it'll be just $150 for the first month, but veterans can get the same rate between January 1 and 6. Not ready to commit to a full month? Newcomers can get two rides for the price of one ($30), and anytime a friend buys an intro special through your referral invite, you'll get $50 credit for future classes. 30 W 18th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-242-3330, swervefitness.com)
In a space adorned with your favorite posters from the ’80s and ’90s, Throwback Fitness utilizes old-school moves like push-ups, jump rope and squats alongside sprints on Concept2 rowers for a gimmick-free workout. Although it's modeled on grade-school gym class—with "phys ed" (strength and cardio circuits), "recess" (partners freeze-tag each other out of intervals) and "dismissal" (cooldown)—there's no need to flash back to being picked last: Throwback emphasizes camaraderie and high-fives, and classes start with a quick icebreaker. Save 20 percent on five or 10 sessions with promo code "TBFTimeout" before January 15, and in spirit with its team vibe, Throwback is letting you share packages with a friend. 303 Fifth Ave at 31st St, suite 207 (610-844-5364, throwbackfit.com)
This women’s-only studio is offering two challenges to kick off 2015: If you love taking classes—like strength, HIIT or Sculpt Fusion—email firstname.lastname@example.org to join the “50 in 90” challenge: Attend 50 classes between January 5 and April 4 (sorry, no doubling up in one day), and save 50 percent off your next class purchase. (Psst: You can use any monthly pass or class package, including ClassPass, but stock up now, before pricing goes up on January 1.) If you prefer personal training, commit to semiweekly group sessions (capped at five clients) between January 5 and February 11. You'll receive 20 percent off any class or PT package upon completion of the program. Registration is first-come, first-served, so sign up now and pay just $599 total for 12 sessions. 24 W 23rd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-242-3103)
Yogamaya New York
Always wanted to try yoga but too intimidated by the longtime practitioners who Instagram their perfect tripod headstands? Let 2015 be the year to ease into your downward dog: Yogamaya offers a three-session Sunday morning “total beginner” intro to vinyasa on January 4, 11 and 18 at its spacious, hardwood-floor studio in Chelsea. (Can’t do January? The studio will offer the series in February, March and April.) The three classes will run a total of $80 (with free mat rental), but sign up in advance to save $5. 135 W 20th St between Sixth and Seventh Aves (212-675-4555, yogamayanewyork.com)
Zen Yai Noodle & Coffee
If long slurpable noodles are what you’re after, this restaurant in the East Village can satisfy your appetite. The thing to order here is the pho, which comes in both the classic beef broth version with rare eye round, tendon, braised shank and oxtail ($14) and a vegan alternative with vegetable stock and tofu ($8). The menu also includes vermicelli noodle salad with pork spring rolls ($8), stir-fried glass noodles with assorted vegetables ($7.95), crispy pork belly rice bowls ($8.50) and pineapple curry with jasmine rice ($8.50). Order a few sides of lemongrass soup with shrimp or chicken ($4.95), kimchi fries ($5) and shrimp summer rolls ($5.50) to round out the meal.
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