Exercising has come a long way from outrunning a lion until it reaches the point of exhaustion so its sleeping carcass could be bench- pressed and shot putted. Build muscle using non-living weights with today's Groupon: for $39, you get a one-month membership to Gold's Gym in Midtown Manhattan (a $100 value) plus three personal-training sessions (a $240 value). If redeemed within the next 30 days, you'll get one free bonus month in addition to the Groupon month.
Gold's Gym began more than 45 years ago and today features an impressive array of next-generation fitness gadgets, a results-oriented focus, clean facilities, and certified personal trainers. Hop on a cardio machine, possibly including a built-in TV and an iPod dock, pump up in a controlled manner on strength-training machines, tighten up in the abdominal and functional stretching area, or stick with lifting huge, heavy pieces of metal and commercial chest freezers. The massive Midtown outpost features 40,000 square feet packed with 120 new cardio machines, a tanning salon, a healthy juice and shake bar, and a number of weekly classes, such as Zumba, Body Combat, yoga, Pilates, group cycling, and lion punching. Change up tired routines with three fresh, custom-made workouts from personal trainers who’ll help you look and feel great in form-fitting spandex and even tighter business separates.
More than 25 Yelpers give Gold's Gym on 54th Street a 3.5-star average rating:
- Great space to work out in. There is lot's [sic] of natural light, opened windows (which is amazing), it's really clean and there were some great looking people there. – Jerry B.
- I have been a member of almost every gym in NYC, and this one by far is the best bang for the buck. It is always clean and the staff is very friendly. – David T.