Stationary bikes replicate the aerobic benefits of outdoor cycling without the hassle of trapping, feeding, and housebreaking a live bicycle. Jump on a tame tandem with today's Groupon: for $70, you get 10 spinning classes at Asphalt Green in Manhattan (a $145 value).
A nonprofit fitness organization dedicated to bolstering the bodies of both members and guests, Asphalt Green provides tech-savvy training tools within the verdant corners of its 5.5-acre athletic campus and throughout New York City.
During each super spin class, riders can saddle up stationary steeds in the gym's new dedicated spin studio for a cardiovascular recalibration that combines strength conditioning with endurance exercise. Max out muscles with motivation from Asphalt Green's team of instructional wheel-wizards, or set your own individual pace with help from pumping tunes played over the studio's state-of-the-art sound system. Over the course of 10 classes, Groupon holders can sate callisthenic itches with bike-shaped backscratchers or prepare for payback on the day they finally catch up with that thieving Italian poster-hanger.
Cyclists can schedule their stationary excursions throughout the day using Asphalt Green's easy online reservation form. Riders should arrive for class early, as bikes that remain unclaimed three minutes prior to take-off will be given to standby guests or sold as generators to budget-minded power companies.
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 fitness centers equipped with Precor equipment, including treadmills and ellipticals with built-in TV screens, and lap swim pools fit for all levels of swimmers. For an additional fee, members can also take advantage of babysitting services offered for children ages six months to six years. The Upper East Side location's weightlifting area features a picturesque view of the East River, which members can also enjoy from the 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.
The Battery Park City offers a sunlit fitness center, 25-yard pool, and a wood floor gymnasium with open gym time and pick-up basketball. After battling on the court, members can refuel at the juice bar. The organization 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.
Upper East Side
1750 York Ave.
New York City, New York 10128Get Directions