After weeks on a rigorous fitness regimen, an everyday person can obtain the strength of a bull, the grace of a gazelle, and the bioluminescence of a sub-photic lanternfish. Positively glow with today’s Groupon: for $29, you get a one-month membership to the YMCA (a $125 value). Choose from the following five locations:
- Vanderbilt YMCA at 224 E. 47th Street
- West Side YMCA at 5 W. 63rd Street
- McBurney YMCA at 125 W. 14th Street
- Chinatown YMCA at 273 Bowery Street
- Harlem YMCA at 180 W. 135th Street
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.
Sessions run the gamut of physical pursuits, from mind-centering tai chi and stretching classes that cater to older fitness buffs, to weight-training boot camps, power sculpts, and circuit training for Terminator 2s in the making. In addition to unlimited access to fitness courses, gym-goers also receive full use of gym equipment and the pool, perfect for staging underwater swap meets or cleaning the roommate’s dishes.