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Fitness for the 99 Percent

Spots for spinning, squatting, and downward-dogging on a dime.

Illustration by Tim Lahan  
  • Free:

  • The People’s Bootcamp

    939 Eighth Ave., nr. 55th St.;

    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.;

    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;

    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:

  • CYC

    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.

From the 2014 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine