- The People’s Bootcamp
939 Eighth Ave., nr. 55th St.; thepeoplesbootcamp.com
While the setting is no frills—music comes from a boom box and water is supplied by a fountain—this 40-minute, pay-what-you-can boot-camp session, which consists of fast-paced intervals of squats, sprints, and lunges, is a seriously intense class that rivals many other boutique-boot-camp offerings.
$5 per class:
- Yoga to the People II
297 Third Ave., at 23rd St., third fl.; yogatothepeople.com
Yoga to the People put donation-based classes on the map with its candlelit power Vinyasa. At the chain’s more recent outpost, Yoga to the People II, payment is mandatory (albeit cheaper than your post-workout green juice), but the sessions, which include a range of yoga practices from Dharma to Ashtanga, are led by a roster of senior, celebrated instructors like Sam Chase and Jared McCann.
$15 per class:
- U! Yoga NYC
264 Canal St., nr. Lafayette St., No. 5W; 917-515-8674
This Chinatown studio offers a variety of yoga styles in both heated and non-heated settings. Unlike the aforementioned yoga chain, these classes max out at 25 students, so you’re not sacrificing individual attention.
From $15 per month:
- Blink Fitness
Locations vary; blinkfitness.com
Equinox this is not, but the rapidly expanding budget chain from that luxury fitness franchise offers all the equipment—both cardio and weights—needed for the no-nonsense gymgoer. For those who require a bit of extra motivation, membership includes one free one-on-one with a Blink personal trainer. Additional sessions cost $30 for 30 minutes.
$25 per class:
David Barton Gym, 4 Astor Pl., nr. Broadway; 212-897-9922
Classes at this new spinning studio, located inside the Astor Place David Barton Gym, clock in at about $10 less than most competitors. Plus you get full access to David Barton amenities (all the usual gym equipment and their pristine locker rooms) both before and after this bike-your-heart-out, full-body workout.
Fitness for the 99 Percent
Spots for spinning, squatting, and downward-dogging on a dime.
From the 2014 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).