Best Gyms and Fitness Clubs in NYC
Pop 5: NYC's Gym Rat Pack
Fitness nirvana is only a great gym, winning workout, and yoga pose away. Last week, we asked you what gym deserves your blood, sweat, and tears. To tip the scale on our Pop 5, each gym had to be equipped with the best of the best amenities — pool, sauna, squash courts, basketball courts, and yoga studios — along with the best machines and personal training staff. Here are the five NYC gyms that made the "sweat in the city" cut.
- Reebook Sports Club/NY (160 Columbus Ave., 212-362-6800) Located on the Upper West Side, this gym is stocked with every possible gym amenity you can think and then some. You'll feel as if you've entered a private country club without the snobbery or the buffet. The club's assortment of classes — Stoked 360, Zenergy, Yoga For Athletes, Ultimate Burnoff, Drop Zone boot camp — keep you in tip-top shape and far away from workout boredom.
- Brooklyn Boulders (575 Degraw St., 347-834-9066) This is not your typical gym, but you will feel the burn. Brooklyn Boulders is NYC’s only fully dedicated rock climbing gym. The colorful wall offers challenging climbing experiences for people of all ages. With 22,000 square feet of climbing surface and an expert setting staff, the gym provides premium training ground for advanced climbers and easier climbs for beginners.
- David Barton Gym (4 Astor Pl., 212-505-6800; 215 W. 23rd St., 212-414-2022; 30. E. 85th St., 212-517-7577) Notoriously known for its slogan "look better naked," you can't fault this gym for being unforgivably sexy. No David Barton gym is alike, but you can bet each facility is decked out in flashy chandeliers, racy decor, and beautiful people.
- Equinox (various locations) No matter which of the 23 New York clubs you visit, Equinox provides a pristine and peaceful sanctuary from the metropolitan landscape outside. Each club features innovative group fitness classes, luxurious spas, exclusive boutiques, and cafes. If you head to the Greenwich Avenue location, you can hit up the new Juice Generation cafe.
- New York Health & Racquet Club (various locations) You'll get a full body workout by way of traditional cardio and weight lifting or opt into the club's countless dance, yoga, Zumba, and spin classes. The routine here never gets old and motivates you to come back to try more. When you're not hating your workout regime, I'd consider that a small victory and a thumbs up for the gym.
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