With more than 120 classes and a plethora of programs offered each week, the YMCA bolsters bodies with invigorating and enjoyable fitness regimens throughout Manhattan. Aspiring circus strongpersons have their pick from brawn-building courses such as kettlebell for a full flexibility workout, spinning for 45 minutes of fat-burning cardio, and capoeira for winning dance-fights against hard-bargaining local street vendors.
Reebok Sports Club New York, overlooking Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side, takes a comprehensive approach to the athletic club experience. A center for workout, fitness, competitive sports, health and wellness, this well-appointed gym understands that fitness and wellbeing are an integral part of the modern lifestyle, especially for New Yorkers who perhaps don’t spend as much time focusing on their health as they should. With a rooftop track, two basketball courts, a 75-foot swimming pool, a rock climbing wall and a boxing studio all inside the cavernous space, there’s usually plenty of space for everyone to exercise in peace. For parents looking to sneak in some quick cardio, there’s even a children’s play area, complete with child-size basketball hoops and other fun, healthy activities. With recreational leagues, a weekly lineup of classes and a café with free WiFi, Reebok Sports Club just may have it all.
Relaxing and working out don't usually go hand-in-hand, but things aren't usual at The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers. As soon as visitors set foot in the Mind Body Studio, they're set at ease by a modern lounge area, which boasts sleek bamboo floors, exposed brick walls, and sprigs of verdant plants. Inside the workout space, classes such as yoga and the barre method emphasize the mind-body connection. The Nalini Method classes also push students toward inner harmony with a combination of Pilates, aerobics, barre work, and yoga, helping students de-stress while toning limbs and burning calories without ever tossing any cheesecakes into open flames.