New York City’s Best Workouts that You Must Try If You’re Visiting

New York City’s Best Workouts that You Must Try If You’re Visiting

Visitors to the City That Never Sleeps may feel overwhelmed by all there is to see and do.

The fitness options are no different: There are parks to explore galore, community fitness events everywhere — and Manhattan is ground zero for the country’s boutique fitness craze, boasting a studio every block it seems.

Below are recommendations for what to do during your visit at a range of price options (and for a range of exercisers) in any season of the year. Tell us in the comments below if you’ve tried any of these!

10 of New York City’s Best Workouts

Walk the Highline. This converted railroad tie on the west side of Manhattan now makes for an easy trek among lush botanicals that spans more than a mile. Food and drink vendors also line the park in parts, so you can fuel up as you go along.

Hit Up Central or Prospect Parks. In Manhattan and Brooklyn, respectively, these giant parks inspire wonder among even the most-cynical New Yorkers. Walk, run, bike, rollerblade: Whatever floats your boat works at either of these locales. (Pro tip: If it’s your first time at Prospect Park, enter through Grand Army Plaza for views of Brooklyn’s own Arc de Triumph.)

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Try ToneHouse or The Fhitting Room. For aspiring athletes, ToneHouse has been called the hardest workout in NYC. You’ll do burpees, agility training and much more — all in a super-supportive team environment.

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The Fhitting Room offers your high-intensity fix with a mix of kettlebells, TRX straps, bodyweight movements and more, plus there’s the bonus of super-small classes sizes to ensure you’re sweating safely.

Visit the Original SoulCycle. Indoor cycling superfans will be thrilled by a visit to the juggernaut’s humble roots, a small studio on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Now, you also can get your “soul” on at locations throughout the city, at nearly any hour of the day.

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Strengthen, Lengthen and Tone at SLT. Muscles, meet the Megaformer. This souped-up Pilates reformer will leave your abs shaking in ways you didn’t know were possible — and keep you coming back for more. (As a bonus, it’s a low-impact workout great for walkers or runners who want to switch things up.)

Brooklyn-based visitors can get a similar workout in Williamsburg at Brooklyn Bodyburn.

Run ‘Hills’ on a Bridge. New York City is fairly flat (though the running path at the north end of Central Park and on the east side of Prospect Park is hilly). For a dose of incline training, many area runners turn to the city’s famous bridges, which all start with a steep climb. With a little planning you can run to or from Brooklyn or Queen and Manhattan and back again on two different bridges.

Yoga to the People. This donation-based yoga studio has locations all across the city (with different yoga styles and class times at each).

Spot Celebs at ModelFit. This chic training studio is the favorite of famous fitness fans such as Miranda Kerr and Taylor Swift. Keep your eyes peeled!

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Mile High Run Club. The high-intensity training trend has now spread to the indoor running. At Mile High Run Club, energetic instructors transform the “dreadmill” into your new favorite piece of workout equipment.

Bike Governor’s Island or the Kent Bike Lane. In the summer, you can take a free ferry to Governor’s Island, a former military base (starting in Revolutionary War times!) that’s off the southern tip of Manhattan. There, you can walk or rent bikes. As you pedal, you’ll be rewarded with stunning skyline views, an up-close-and-personal look at the Statue of Liberty and fascinating looks at crumbling colonial houses that offer glimpses to the island’s past.

What are your favorite New York City workouts?

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