In preparation for our Presidents' Day Fitness Krawl (which was a blast, you can see the recap here!) we are bringing you a behind-the-scenes look at what makes the 2 high intensity studios on the krawl stand out from the rest!
We are lucky enough here in New York City to have countless offerings at our fingertips when it comes to various styles of exercise. Yogis can rejoice in the fact that there is almost no neighborhood in Manhattan that lacks at least a few different studios, cycling enthusiasts have countless locations to choose from, and dance lovers will find that dance-cardio has emerged as a popular – and extremely fun – way to work out.
And then there are those looking for a super sweaty workout sesh, one that leaves your muscles pulsing and your heart racing, one that keeps you wondering whether or not that was just the best or the worst hour of your life – and coming back the next day to find out.
As a spin teacher for five years, I’ve seen the indoor cycling landscape in NYC change quite a bit. There are now endless options for spin enthusiasts, both at private studios and gyms.
Private studios like Flywheel and Swerve offer a luxury feel with a community element, and studios now have all kinds of metrics (a digital screen attached to the bike that shows your resistance, cadence, etc) and ways to keep track of your “score.” This helps you see your progress over time and can make it more competitive.
I’ve taken classes at some of the best studios in NYC, and put together a cheat sheet of my favorites that might help you choose the studio that’s right for you.
For golfers living in Manhattan – whether new to the sport or lifelong enthusiasts – getting green time can be tough. While I think Central Park should open a course (even mini golf would do), the idea hasn't caught on... just yet.
Drive 495 to the rescue: a golf and fitness training facility in the heart of SoHo that lets you practice all of your swings (golf and kettlebell) any day of the week!
With three golf simulators (giant screens that mimic famous golf courses and measure the direction, speed, and distance of each ball), you can feel like you’re at Bethpage Black while you’re in the middle of a Manhattan winter!
Part spin gym, part group class provider, part personal training facility, BFX is an upscale, yet inviting, boutique studio that I am loving right now. BFX is a more intimate spinoff of gym giant Town Sports International (New York Sports Club) that is doing so well in its 16th and 6th location that they just opened the doors of the second location in the financial district TODAY (March 23)!
Beer pong, flip cup, baseball.. Just a few of the games I've played in class at Throwback Fitness, a unique and thriving fitness studio in midtown east.
Their motto is: Old School Fitness. So much fun, you’ll forget you’re working out.
And that’s so true! Their workouts often have a rowing base, but they mix in so many other exercises, not to mention play innovative fitness games, you don’t even think about your legs and arms burning.