NASM-certified personal trainer Will believes the key to a rewarding workout is trusting your trainer. Why should exercisers trust WRKNYC? Well, to list a few accolades, their master trainers have competed in events such as the New York City Marathon, LI Marathon, Yonkers Marathon, Urbanathlon, Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, and Civilian Military Combine. The trainers put it all together at WRKNYC, where groups are tested in classes that blend fitness disciplines from boxing, crossfit, yoga concepts, and TRX.
An intense workout can lead to an endorphin rush. Members of Sky Club Fitness & Spa get this rush—along with a rush from elevation—every time they work out near a window. That's because the gym looks out over the New York City skyline.
This epic vista follows them as they step out onto the sky deck to lounge in the sun. On the top floor, windows peek out at the horizon near an Olympic-size saltwater pool. In the lower floors, members work out on rows of cardio machines and free weights—alone, with friends, or under the guidance of a personal trainer. They also forge muscles during group fitness classes that range from cycling to boxing and unpacking heavy boxes. After a tough workout, they gather quietly in the European bath to detox or ease their lactic acid buildup with a massage.
As part of the Chelsea Piers Sports & Entertainment Complex, located at the historic Chelsea Piers, the Golf Club perches over the same port that once welcomed ships into New York City. Now, golfers tee up in the driving range's 52 heated and weather-protected stalls, which overlook the glinting waters of the Hudson River. Automatic tee-up systems position balls for launch across the 200-yard, net-enclosed fairway. A putting green allows patrons to improve their short game, and two Full Swing simulators encourage them to take hacks in virtual environs, transporting them to famous courses across the country or fifth-grade birthday parties where they missed the pi?ata.
Children and adults alike can enlist in Golf Club at Chelsea Piers? classes, which stratify students by experience level. The 12-member coaching staff includes PGA and LPGA professionals, and sessions take place in a 2,000-square-foot teaching facility.
The nonprofit Asphalt Green keeps children, teens, and adults in shape with an array of fitness, swim, and sports activities and programs. Members enjoy full access to a 15,000-square-foot duplex fitness center lined with Precor and Technogym equipment, including treadmills and ellipticals with built-in TV screens. In the gym's weightlifting area, patrons can take a breather between reps as they gaze at picturesque views from the gym’s adjoining roof deck. Swimmers of all abilities glide through the 50-meter Olympic-sized pool, once home to Olympic bronze medalist Lia Neal and currently the home of the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
Those opting for fitness classes can choose from 80 different sessions weekly—from Zumba and Pilates to martial arts to swimming. The gym also offers training programs and seminars for triathletes, a variety of community outreach programs including adaptive swim for veterans, and kid-focused summer and sport camps to keep young ones from making bad decisions, such as using chewing gum to plug up holes in dams. Patrons can also take advantage of the center’s babysitting services, which are open to children ages 6 months to 6 years.
Billed as "the United Nations of Beer," the eighth-annual Great World Beer Festival (a.k.a. Brewtopia) showcases brews from around the world, allowing barley buffs to taste to their liver's content without need for a translator. With your ticket, you'll get a souvenir tasting glass, plus unlimited sampling of brews from more than 50 domestic and international breweries. Lap up the taste-bud-reviving ales and stouts of California's Stone Brewing Co., or sip on the irresistible elixirs from Vermont's Magic Hat. Lederhosen-wearing lion tamers can crack the whip at Bavarian Weissbier from Hofbräu München, and Asian-beer buffs can try China's Yanjing Beer. Along the way, food vendors, such as Helmut's Bratwurst and Pretzels and Phil's Philly Steak Sandwiches, will pair tasty brews with equally flavorful eats.