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Best Gyms in 2017 - Manhattan, NYC

Best Gyms in 2017 - Manhattan, NYC

Traditional gyms in Manhattan, New York, have re-invented themselves offering some of the best, state-of-the-art exercise equipment.

Along with a clean, friendly environment and an intriguing line-up of specialized fitness classes, pilates and yoga, many boutique fitness studios even have an in-house nutritionist who you can consult with.

Modrn Sanctuary - NoMad

This cozy and charming luxury wellness center is about as far from the traditional, old-school gym model as you can get.
And that's a good thing for those of us who are looking for a truly integrative holistic health experience.


No, you won't be able to work on those arms or develop a six-pack here. But you will leave your visits to Modrn Sanctuary feeling refreshed and renewed in both body and soul.

Alexandra Janelli, Modrn Sanctuary's founder and owner, has put together an elite team of holistic health practitioners. A certified hypnotherapist and life coach, Alexandra has worked with a wide array of clients, from Academy Award-winning actors and corporate CEOs to everyday people.
This uber-talented woman exudes a quiet confidence and positive energy that will immediately put you at ease.

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In addition to yoga and meditation workshops and classes, Alexandra and her colleagues offer acupuncture, cupping and psychotherapy as well as nutritional counseling, holistic skin care, physical therapy, Reiki and energy work.

There is a comforting vintage look to the rooms and reception area. You will feel enveloped in a totally warm and welcoming atmosphere.

They also offer special events such as a workshop designed to help you sleep better at night.
Very soon, you will be able to indulge your senses in their 300-Square-Foot Himalayan salt room. Scheduled for completion early this year, the specially designed Himalayan brick walls and heated salt floors will take tranquility to another level.

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De-stress from your typically bustling New York day at Modrn Sanctuary.

Location and Hours

12 West 27th Street 9th Floor
New York, NY 10001

Monday to Friday 9 AM to 8 PM
Saturday         10 AM to 6 PM
Sunday           Closed

Soulcycle  -  Chelsea

Founded in 2006, Soulcycle revolutionized the fitness industry across America with their 45-minute indoor cycling workouts. Even if you've never been on a bike before, Soulcycle will soon become your workout of choice.

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Once you enter the cycle studio and climb aboard your stationary bike, the room will darken as the music starts to play. Your instructor/coach will lead the class through a series of exercises, motivating you and your cycle mates to reach new heights. The rocking music coming out of the loudspeakers will keep you pumped as you engage in a fat-burning, full-body cardio workout.
Always tweaking their class program, the Soulcycle team has added hand weights and core work as well as choreography to your workout.

Soulcycle is all about transforming the way you look and feel. You can find Soulcycle studios all over the city. However, their Chelsea location is currently offering community ride classes. Every Monday, Soulcycle invites new students to "take a ride on us". This provides the perfect opportunity for you to tour the premises and try a class out. There is no long-term commitment required.

The instructors here like to say that "Soulcycle" doesn't just change bodies, it changes lives". That's not just hyperbole, either. In studios across the nation, Soulcycle has built a community of riders who become friends and encourage their fellow riders to reach their personal bests.

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If you are a busy New Yorker (and who isn't?), then you will love the fact that classes clock in at much less than an hour. An indoor cycling class is a great way to spend your lunch hour, rather than just surfing emails and the Internet on your phone.

Location and Hours

98 10th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
(646) 653-7685

Monday-Thursday 6 AM to 9 PM
Friday                 6 AM to 7 PM
Saturday-Sunday  8 AM to  5 PM

Pilates on Fifth - Midtown

At Pilates on Fifth, owners and sisters Katherine and Kimberly Corp believe that every BODY is a Pilates body. Truer words were never spoken. This spacious and sun-filled studio is accessible to every New Yorker, from teens to seniors.
It doesn't matter if you've never done Pilates before. The instructors here are patient and considerate. And they are great motivators.

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The Pilates on Fifth team will start novices off with one-to-one private classes where the instructor will customize a workout that will be tailored to your individual needs.
From Pilates to CoreAlign, suspension to Cardiolates, as well as Barres and belles classes, this is your one-stop-shop for all of your fitness goals. They even offer physical therapy and massage. How fantastic is that?

Founders Katherine and her sister Kimberly both possess a strong background in fitness and Pilates. They have certifications in Pilates, Gyrotonic, Cardiolates, and personal training through ACE and NASM. However, both ladies worked in show business for many years, performing in the touring companies of various Broadway musicals. They also did a stint as Radio City Music Hall Rockettes.

Kim and Kathy discovered Pilates as a way to alleviate some of the stress that came with their busy career. Pilates was fun and a great way to get in some exercise. The sisters were looking for something a little different from the usual, run-of-the-mill gym workout.

If you are tied to a desk and computer at work, then Pilates can do a great deal to iron out the stiffness your body feels as well as get you feeling more energized.

Kathy and Kimberly have appeared on shows like Anderson Cooper, Martha Stewart and FOX Business News show.

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Located in the center of Manhattan, Pilates on Fifth is very convenient. Why not schedule a class that you can take before going to work or on your way home. The studio is just steps from Grand Central Station and a variety of subway lines.

Exercise in elegance at Pilates on Fifth.

Location and hours

501 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10017
(212) 687-8885

Monday to Friday 6:30 AM to 9 PM
Saturday-Sunday  9 AM to 3 PM

Shadowbox - Flatiron

A magnificent vintage boxing ring takes center stage at Shadowbox, a one-of-a-kind fitness studio that is located in the trendy Flatiron neighborhood.
But that's about as old school as it gets in this cutting-edge, boxing-centric gym.

Shadowbox is definitely not the kind of no-frills, weather-beaten gym that Rocky trained in when he was getting ready for his match with Apollo Creed.

Sure, at first glance, the tall, rather imposing punching bags can seem just a bit intimidating. But they'll soon become your best friend in fitness.

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The classes here involve intense shadow boxing and guided heavy bag work as well as elements of interval training and body weight exercises. Shadowbox's trainers certainly deliver on their promise to deliver a no-holds-barred, full-body workout.

A typical class is broken up into three components. You will break a sweat with a warm-up sequence that is designed to get the blood flowing and loosen up your muscles. Then it's time for some carefully coordinated shadowboxing exercises, followed by the main event: heavy bag work. Step into it as you throw those left hooks and jabs!

Boxing gives you a terrific workout. Your mind and body will become totally engaged in the task at hand.
Among other benefits, the sweet science of boxing improves muscle tone, without any bulking. You won't have to worry about having a bloated, muscle-bound appearance. A shadowbox class will also, over time, help lower your body fat in addition to enhancing cardiovascular endurance.

After class is over you'll be sweating up a storm but you will also be wearing a great, big smile on your face.
TheN it's time to head over to the showers. Both the men's and ladies locker rooms are very clean, modern and spa-like. Amenities include towel service, vanities complete with hair dryers and complimentary body products from C.O. Bigelow Apothecaries.

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After working out, the odds are that you'll be hungry and thirsty. Well, Shadowbox has got you covered with their in-house juice bar, The Ringside Cafe.
Enjoy a variety of nourishing grab-and-go food options along with artisan coffee and cold-pressed juices.

Whenever you exercise, it's always a good idea to keep hydrated. Shadowbox makes it easy for you to do just that. Bring your own water bottle and replenish it from the studio's filtered water dispensers.

Location and Hours

28 West 20th Street
New York, NY 10011
(646) 666-0756

Monday to Friday 7 AM to 6 PM
Saturday-Sunday  8 AM to 5 PM

Throwback Fitness - Chelsea

A playground-inspired fitness studio, Throwback Fitness incorporates childhood playground games into their signature full-body workout classes. So, let the games begin!

Throwback was recently voted one of the most innovative and fun gyms in America. And there's a good reason for that kind of recognition. The classes that you'll take here are challenging and high intensity. But the atmosphere is lighthearted and encouraging.

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Owners and lead trainers, Ryan Wilke and Brian Gallagher will make sure that you play yourself into the best shape of your life.

The phys-ed portion of their signature full-body conditioning class consists of individual or partner rowing sprints and body weight or strength circuits. The recess part of your class is modeled after those fun games and athletic activities that you remember from your youth, playing in the schoolyard, at the playground or at summer camp.
Games and activities range from baseball, basketball, flip cup and freeze tag to dodgeball. Sounds like a real blast, right?

Other class options include strength and power, which focuses on muscle toning. This class utilizes dumbbell and kettle bell exercises rather than the rowing machine. It also incorporates fun game elements that you'll love!
The Varsity Throwback is an advanced strength and conditioning class that is less game-based than their other offerings.

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No matter which class you decide on, though, you will be inspired to return again and again.

Location and Hours

303 Fifth Avenue,suite # 207

New York, NY 10016
(610) 844-5364

Monday to Friday 7 AM to 9 PM
Saturday-Sunday  10:30 AM to 1 PM

Brick New York - Chelsea

If you are serious about getting in the best shape ever, then Brick is your destination for total fitness... with an intriguing twist.

Brick's unique take on high-intensity interval training utilizes light weights at high volumes in conjunction with Concept II rowers and automatically powered True Form treadmills. This is a workout that is both challenging and fun.

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Their core classes feature CrossFit training, which combines intense functional movements, weightlifting, one-hour gymnastics and metabolic conditioning. You will achieve your fitness goals in a supportive atmosphere. Highly trained coaches, who specialize in CrossFit techniques and equipment will be there to guide you along.
On the opposite end of the work out spectrum, you can take a one-hour Vinyasa yoga class that focuses on improving your mobility and flexibility.

The ambiance is chic industrial. There's a lot of wood and brick going on here. The orange and black color scheme is very eye-catching. As you would expect, every nook and cranny of this gym is spotless.

Brick's locker rooms are well-appointed and you can move around in them. These spaces are not the cramped, tiny locker rooms that you may have had to put up with at your previous gym.
A sauna is available and there is complimentary WiFi throughout the premises. They also have a Progenex shake bar, the Caveman coffee cafe and a fully stocked pro shop.

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For a limited time only, Brick at Chelsea is offering a free introductory class. You will meet with one of their expert trainers for an initial consultation and you will get to participate in a signature Brick workout. For more information, please go to their website www.brickspt.com/new-york-chelsea.

Location and Hours

257 West 17th Street
between 7th and 8th Avenues
New York, NY 10011
(646) 692-4005
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Monday to Friday 5:15 AM to 9 PM
Saturday         9 AM    to   2 PM

Tone House -  Chelsea

At Tone House teamwork makes the dream work. Founder Alonzo Wilson believes in building camaraderie between trainer and client. You'll get a high-energy workout here under the guidance of trainers who will always be there for you.

Are you up for the challenge? That is the question. This just might be one of the hardest workouts you'll find anywhere in the city. But in many ways, it is also the most rewarding. Yes, Alonzo and his staff will push you to your outer limits. But rest assured, you are in an absolutely safe and supportive environment. And you'll enjoy the competitive nature of participating in a tug of war as well as running sprints and anything else Alonzo can think up to test your mettle.

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Holding a BS degree in Movement science education and professional instruction, Alonzo is also a certified TRX instructor. A former fitness model with the Wilhelmina Modeling Agency, Alonzo put in years as an in-demand personal trainer prior to opening Tone House.

One of the most interesting things about Tone House, though, is the emphasis here on recovery programs and workshops.
A former defensive lineman for the Grand Valley State Division II football team, Alonzo has introduced recovery practices and techniques that you will usually find only in the locker rooms of professional sports teams.
Exercising can take a toll on the human body, even if you are doing things the "right way" under the guidance of experienced trainers.
That's why Alonzo places so much importance on recovery options such as cold tub therapy. You can, if needed, schedule an appointment with a physical therapist, as well. And there is a myriad of other recovery-based solutions available, including NormaTec boots, which is a relatively new innovation in sports medicine.

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Tone House offers custom-designed team bonding classes, which are ideal for a group of friends or colleagues from work.

Unleash your inner athlete at Tone House. Everyone is a winner here, in mind, body and spirit.

Location and Hours

32 East 31st Street
New York, NY 10016
(646) 453-6633

Monday to Friday  5:30 AM to 7:30 PM
Saturday          8:30 AM to 5:15 PM
Sunday            9 AM to 4:30 PM

The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers - Chelsea

Brunch is always a good way to kick off the weekend. But no matter how much you love your favorite neighborhood brunch spot, there are only so many hours that you can spend eating, drinking and talking with friends.

After doing brunch, why not do something that's both active and fun? Exploring the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers is the perfect answer to the question "how are we going to spend the rest of the day?"

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This beautiful, massive facility has everything that you could desire, from an Olympic-sized swimming pool and basketball courts to a fun and challenging rock wall, Pilates, Spin-cycle classes and personal training. And that is just the tip of the iceberg!
The Sports Center has something for everyone in your family.  It is impossible to be bored here.

Despite the first-class facilities and expert level of training, classes here are less expensive than you might think. They have a very special introductory package for new members. You can sign up for an introductory 3-pack training package that's available at a 50% discount from the single training session prices. How sweet it is.

The Sports Center's cardio area is over 6,000 square feet and contains 100 state-of-the-art cardiovascular exercise machines from brands you know and trust like Cybex Arcs, Life Fitness and PreCor.
Whether you're working out on the elliptical trainer or Stairmaster, you can move to the music through their Cardio theater system. And while you're at it, you'll enjoy magnificent views of the Hudson River.

When the weather's nice, you can venture outdoors onto the sundeck, which has its own setup of cardio equipment.

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At the Piers, they also have New York City's only indoor sand volleyball court. Learn the fundamentals and strategy of volleyball from their talented instructors. If you're already in the know, then bring along a bunch of friends and get those competitive juices flowing. The Sports Center will even provide a referee for your group. Volleyball provides an incredible workout.

Play all day and get your game face on at the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers.

Location and Hours

60 Chelsea Piers
New York, NY 10011
(212) 336-6000

Monday to Thursday  5:30 AM to 11 PM
Friday              5:30 AM to 10 PM
Saturday and Sunday 8 AM to 9 PM

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