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Velocity Sports Performance
Mon-Thu, 6am-8:30pm; Fri, 6am-8pm; Sat, 9am-3pm; Sun, closed
Nearby Subway Stops
4, 5, 6 at 59th St.; N, Q, R at Lexington Ave.-59th St.
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Ditch your iPod and prepare to be coached. Founded in 1999 by former Olympic speed and conditioning guru Loren Seagrave, Velocity Sports is an athlete’s gym where ambitious amateurs boost their performance by working out alongside pros. Hidden within the sixth floor of an unassuming Upper East Side building is a 7,600-square-foot training space where athlete/trainer pairs and small groups drill to develop speed, power, and agility. This is a far cry from your ordinary after-work gym: Velocity’s classes—designed specifically for sports like golf and kickboxing and incorporating yoga and Pilates—often consist of breathtaking drills like sprinting through rope ladders down a thirty-five-yard track or tossing a medicine ball while laying flat on a synthesized-turf field. A number of pro athletes, including the Washington Redskins’ Marcus Washington and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Charlie Villanueva, use the gym’s Vertimax and Plyometric boxes, among other high-tech devices, to improve their vertical leaping ability. The gym’s more pedestrian amenities include in-house massage, physical therapy, and chiropractic services. All trainers have a Bachelors degree in exercise science or have coached at least on the collegiate level.
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