Equinox is known as one of the top fitness center chains in the city. The gyms are modern, chic, and provide top-notch services and the highest quality of equipment. They also have fantastic spas and a large range of classes for you to take including: yoga, pilates, cycling and martial arts.
The biggest con about this gym however, is probably the price point. Although this factor makes for a more exclusive environment, on average, monthly memberships cost around $200 or more, depending on the location and the type of membership you want.
Blink Fitness is perfect for those on a budget. The owners of Equinox gym took it upon themselves to create a fitness center that would be affordable to all and thus, Blink Fitness was born. Similar to Equinox, it too has top of the line equipment, however, the gym membership is accessible to all. Pay only $20 a month for a basic or plus membership.
Though this gym may sound too good to be true, there is still a con. Unlike most fitness centers that offer classes, Blink does not have class options. However, it does have personal training options (for a fee). Reviewers have also said that because it is such an affordable option for a gym membership in Manhattan, it tends to get crowded during busy hours (morning, lunch time, and right after work), where you may have to wait in line for a machine.
Blink fitness has one location in Manhattan and two in the Bronx.
This fitness center has indoor and outdoor amenities with one of its location even home to an outdoor pool! At NYHRC classes range everywhere from your average cycling class, to self-defense classes and also specialized classes for brides-to-be, and getting yourself in shape for a summer suit. Personal training sessions are also offered at a cost dependant on the package you buy.
The chains to the NYHRC however, are all “intimate” (aka small) making it feel a bit more crowded while you’re in the locker rooms or working out than you may feel at a larger gym.
Monthly Fees average around $95-$100.
Crunch has 8 different locations uptown, midtown and downtown in Manhattan where they have received great reviews for their classes with reviewers highly recommending zumba and yoga classes. There are 5 different types of membership at Crunch including the all crunch, city crunch, corporate, one crunch and peninsula crunch memberships. Free guest passes are easily obtainable which also gives this gym a little extra cred for those wanting to feel it out before committing. All in all, the crunch gym locations have high-quality machinery and fantastic personal trainers as well.
On the down side, the weight area gets very crowded and many times people are waiting to do free weight lifting. There is also a range in quality of the gyms where some crunch locations are larger than others and some have more equipment. Because of this, it may be difficult at times to get everything that you are looking for whether it be certain classes or amenities.
The average monthly rate ranges between $70 and $80.
The NYSC centers are a popular choice among Manhattanites as they have over 30 different locations around the city making them convenient to get to. NYSC offers group exercise classes, small group training, and even sports clubs for your kids. A great deal that comes along with the NYSC fitness centers is that next to the free trial week, they also offer a 30-day trial for only $30. Where most fitness centers in Manhattan offer 2 types of memberships, the NYSC has 4 for you to select from: the passport, regional passport, core, and junior memberships.
Though the NYSC is a popular choice among people in the city, do not expect the highest quality of machines and amenities. With people constantly using appliances over and over again, things start to get overused and run down. Reviewers repeatedly stated that machines may have glitches every now and then, and TV’s on certain machines may not work.
Memberships at the locations around NYC range from $70 to $90 making it a gym option that is affordable to many!