Gyms, like amusement parks, provide guests with energy, exhilaration, and a reason to wear tank tops. Strut your stuff with today's Groupon: for $22, you get a one-month preferred membership to the May Center in the 92nd Street Y (a $159 value). Membership includes:
- One-hour orientation with a personal trainer
- Unlimited adult fitness classes
- Access to the facility during all operating hours
The May Center's fitness facilities offer members the equipment and the space to tackle lifelong fitness in a trainer-supported atmosphere. Gym-goers team up with personal trainers for an orientation session designed to maximize use of the gym's fitness machines. The 5,000-square-foot cardio court tones legs and hearts with entertainment-center-equipped ellipticals, treadmills, and stationary bikes, and the 25-foot ozone-purified pool maintains a low chlorine level, making swims softer and keeping supervised pet goldfish from floundering.
Toning bodies in a more regimented way, members burn calories in 100 group fitness classes a week, including a 45-minute cardio boot camp and 85-minute yoga classes tailored to students of all flexibility levels, from experienced yogi to G.I. Joe. Members can unwind from their workouts in the saunas and steam rooms in the locker areas or visit the 92YCafe to replenish nutrients lost while participating in cardio classes or arm wrestling dumbbells.
92nd Street Y
Deemed "one of the city's leading cultural centers" by New York magazine, the 92nd Street Y has sparked nonprofit projects and engaging performances since its founding in 1874. Centers for art, creative writing, and educational outreach flex the muscles of the mind while the May Center for Health, Fitness & Sport molds physiques on multiple floors of advanced workout arenas. Visitors might ease into a jazz or dance series at the Theresa L. Kaufmann Concert Hall, whose seating accommodates 915 people or 450 musicians on take-your-bassoon-to-work day, or watch a concert and other 92nd Y events from the personal monitors perched on the gym's cardio machines. Eight programming centers, including The School of the Arts, and the May Center for Health, Fitness & Sport interweave lectures, exercise and academic classes for adults and children, film screenings, and long-distance learning into a pursuit of shared wellness. During lectures, such special guests as Bill Gates, Woody Allen, and Bill Clinton have taken the stage to talk about their careers or debut new tap dancing routines.