It’s a new year, which means millions of Americans have just made a resolution to get in shape or lose some weight. There are many ways to achieve these goals; however, taking a fitness class is one of the easiest and most fun. Fortunately, there is no shortage of gyms and qualified fitness instructors around New York City. Whether you’re fresh off a New Year’s resolution or you’re looking for a way to shake up your workout, taking a fitness class is a wonderful way to burn some calories while learning a new type of exercise. Here are a few of the best gyms and fitness classes around the Big Apple.
Warrior Fitness Boot Camp
If you’re really looking to shock your system, consider this fitness class on W. 35th St. You’ll learn military drills from the Marines themselves, which may be brutal but it will get you into fierce shape. If you’ve ever wondered what military boot camp was really like, this camp is an excellent opportunity. If you stick with the class, you can brag to your friends and family that you survived a Marine boot camp.
Rebok Sports Club
If you thought rock climbing was impossible in the city, think again. Rebok is on the Upper West Side and has a 15-ft. boulder wall. Whether you’ve climbed rocks before or you’re completely new to the sport, Rebok is a great place to kindle your sense of adventure in the heart of the city. Rock climbing isn’t just exhilarating — it’s also a great form of exercise. If you’ve never gone rock climbing or need a refresher, personal lessons are available. A word of warning, though: rock climbing can be hard on your hands and feet. You might consider buying custom insoles before you get started.
This gym has several locations around the city and is ideal for the busiest New Yorkers. No matter how busy some people are, they still want to try new things like learning to grow organic food. Crunch’s offerings are ideal for the always on-the-go New Yorker, because you can take a class from just about anywhere. For a $9.99 few per month, you can access the gym’s classes online at any time.
Heliumm Aerial Dance
Who says your workout has to stay on the ground? Located on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn, Heather Hammond’s Heliumm class will teach the basic skills used in aerial dance. You’ll definitely develop your upper body during the class — staying airborne requires a lot of strength. Who knows? You may just see Cirque de Soleil the next time they’re in town.
FlyBarre at Flywheel
You may have heard of Flywheel because of its spinning classes — they are well known around the greater New York City area. Recently, Flywheel added a class off of the bikes, which it has dubbed Flybarre. Now you can head to the Flatiron gym for a unique body toning class. Flybarre combines elements of other exercises, such as yoga, strength training, pilates and dance.
Regardless of the class you choose, there are a number of things you can do when you’re not at the gym to get the most out of your workout. Commit to a set number of classes a week, and add the class times to your schedule. You might also consider going with a friend — this will motivate you to stick to the class. Throughout the day, make a point to be more active. This doesn’t have to be anything dramatic—something as simple as walking or taking the subway instead of a cab can really make a difference over time. If you don’t think the subway makes you more active, just try walking up and down all those stairs four times a day.
You should also do your best to eat healthy and nutritious foods. These will trim your waistline and give you the energy you need for your workout. If possible, limit desserts and alcoholic beverages to twice a week. When you do indulge, choose lower calorie options such as a glass or champagne or low-fat ice cream.