- New York Sports Clubs
125 Seventh Ave. S., at 10th St.; 212-206-1500
One of the club’s two 24-hour locales; about $40 a month grants access from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m.
For Tight Budgets
- Blink Fitness
16 E. 4th St., at Broadway; 212-228-7000
With only basic cardio and strength equipment, a stretching area, and a small locker room, Equinox’s David Rockwell–designed spinoff isn’t fancy. But it costs just $20 per month.
- The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers
Pier 60, 23rd St. and West Side Hwy.; 212-336-6000
About $105 a month (after a $100 initiation fee) grants full access to the swank facility, including its indoor track, 25-yard pool, Hudson River sundeck, and classes, starting Friday afternoons at 5 p.m. through Sunday.
- The Sports Club/LA
330 E. 61st St., nr. First Ave.; 212-355-5100
The Sports Club’s glossy uptown facility charges the under-30 crowd $145 per month (down from the full-price fee of $175).
- Dolphin Fitness Club
94 E. 4th St., nr. Second Ave.; 212-387-9500
For a crazily low $149 per year, cardio hounds and weightlifters can get full access to the club three days out of the week. Choose between the Tuesday-Thursday-Saturday or Wednesday-Friday-Sunday plans.
For the Committed
- Ludlow Fitness
100 Delancey St., nr. Ludlow St.; 212-260-9222
A lump $450 payment buys twelve months of unlimited access to this full-service gym and substantial class schedule. (For the noncommittal, it’s $99 up front, then $49 per month.)
For Just a Pool
- Asphalt Green
555 E. 90th St., nr. York Ave.; 212-369-8890
Swim-only memberships to the Olympic-size deepwater pool at Asphalt Green’s state-of-the-art sports complex cost $99 per month, which also includes classes taught in the adjacent warm-water exercise pool.
For Squash or Nighttime Tennis
- CitiView Racquet Club
43-34 32nd Pl., Skillman Ave., Long Island City; 718-389-6252
This shiny LIC club offers a squash-specific membership for $140 per month (no court or initiation fees). Also available: limited-access tennis passes, effective 1 to 4 p.m. on weekdays or 9 p.m. to midnight daily, for $100 per month (plus court and guest fees).
For Indoor Basketball
- Jackie Robinson Recreation Center
85 Bradhurst Ave., nr. 146th St.; 212-234-9607
A slim $25 gets you six months of access to the full-size indoor basketball court, as well as the center’s weight and fitness classes. But the hours are tricky: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5:30 to 8:45 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Sweat As You Wish
Nontraditional gym memberships for highly particular workout fiends.
From the 2011 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine