New York City is famous for its gym culture. Always the first to embrace a new fitness craze, NYC is the place to go for the best and most unusual fitness experiences. Whether you want to party like its 1999 at a nightclub-themed workout, or burn fat at hyper speed with a 20 minute HIIT class, this place has got it all.
The city also has a lot to offer the traditionalists. Explore the great outdoors with outside yoga in Central Park, view the Manhattan skyline from a new perspective while rowing down the Hudson, or simply throw on your running shoes and head for a run on the stunning High Line.
We’ve put together the top five workouts that the Big Apple has to offer. Which one will you try first?
1. Nightclub workout
Fancy hitting the club at 10am? There’s only one catch – this nightclub doesn’t serve alcohol. Fitness ‘parties’ are the latest craze to hit New York, offering a fun cardio alternative complete with flashing lights and dance music.
Clubbers follow a fun and energetic routine which incorporates dance moves, core training and cardio exercises.
Dance yourself fit at sessions run by 305 Fitness, the birthplace of the ‘dance cardio’ craze.
Weekday classes take place at Complete Body, 22 W 19th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenue).
Weekend classes take place at PMT Dance, 69 W 14th Street (between 14th and 16th Avenue).
2. Take a HIIT
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is perfect for busy New Yorkers who just don’t have time for a one hour class. HIIT classes typically last 20 minutes or less, but during this time you work out to your absolute limit. If you aren’t sweating by minute 2, you aren’t doing it right.
Get involved at Definition Fitness, specialists in HIIT workouts and strength training.
3. Say ‘Namaste’ to your day
As the summer hits its stride, make the most of the sunny weather by taking your workout outside. There are yoga classes throughout the day in Central Park, although it is best to choose an early morning session when the park is quiet. Take a mat or just work out on the grass. Stretch your body and calm your mind against the backdrop of the world’s most famous city.
Take part at Yoga 101. Perfect for beginners (and cheap at just $15 a class), it runs on Mondays and Tuesdays at 6.30pm, and Saturdays at 10.30am. Devotees meet outside Le Pain Quotidien by Sheep Meadow in Central Park, 15 minutes before the class starts.
4. Kayaking in the city
Most New Yorkers see the Hudson every day, but few realise that the river could be giving them one of the best workouts in the city. Rowing strengthens core muscles and the upper torso, and also counts as a great cardio workout.
Simply hire a kayak and away you go! Just remember to wear a lifejacket, choose a safe kayaking route and bring a buddy along for safety.
Kayaking is free at the New York City Downtown Boathouse, just sign a waiver and start rowing. They’re available daily, from 8am at Pier 40, Pier 96 and West 72nd Street.
5. Living the High Line life
The New York High Line only opened in 2011, but it has already become a beloved institution. Originally used as an above-ground freight railway, the line has been repurposed as a public garden for all New Yorkers. Blooming with wildflowers and DIY gardens, it is the perfect place to sit and take in the summer scents while gazing across the city. The old railway track has now become a solid pathway which is perfect for joggers. At over 1.4 miles long, you can get in a good run, particularly if you go early in the morning before the crowds arrive.
You can access the High Line via Gansevoort Street; 14th Street; West 16th Street; West 18th Street; West 20th Street; 23rd Street; West 26th Street; West 28th Street or West 30th Street. It’s open from 7am until 11pm daily.
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