Work It Out: The Top 5 Fitness Clubs in New York

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Once all the Christmas ham and New Year’s champagne has been consumed… it’s time to buckle down and get a good start on 2011. New York City is a mecca for svelte, beautiful people so fitness centers abound. But which is the best to help you keep your New Year’s fitness resolution? We’ve got our picks for the top 5 places you can head to work it out!

1 Reebok Sports Club NY

One would think that working out can't possibly be luxurious, given that you are chugging away and sweating all the while. But one step into the Reebok Sports Club, and the full-service facility makes you feel pampered. The center has six floors and 140,000 square feet to help you keep your body beautiful. They offer everything from classes to private training to a junior Olympic swimming pool!

160 Columbus Ave.
New York, NY
212.362.6800 ‎

2 David Barton Gym

The David Barton Gym is the trendiest gym in town, that's for sure. Not only do they focus on your fitness, they make sure you feel like you are in a swanky nightclub while you do so. The Astor Place location has four floors and 40,000 square feet devoted to your health. From yoga to group cycling to boxing, they will make sure your muscles are toned and rippling. Not to mention, you get to work out to the tunes of live sets spun by local deejays.

4 Astor Place
New York, NY

3 Manhattan Plaza Health Club

If you are a busy New Yorker... wait, let's be serious, who isn't a busy new Yorker? The Manhattan Plaza Health Club knows that and has some of the most up-to-date equipment, including machines that work you out while allowing you to connect to the internet! The center has been open more than 30 years, and has grown to a 35,000-square-foot complex. Whether you want to weight train, rock climb, or go scuba-diving, this center is equipped to make it happen. And don't forget to finish off your work out (or just relax) with their 75-foot pool and roof deck.

482 W. 43rd St.
New York, NY

4 Sports Center at Chelsea Piers

If you are serious about fitness and serious about luxury, the crossroads is at the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers.  You can take advantage of countless amenities at the largest health center in New York City, from the pool, to the track, to the boxing ring. The center also has status as a USA Triathlon Certified Training Center. And when you are done with your hardcore work out, you can relax on one of their two sundecks on the Hudson River!

Pier 60, 23rd St and the Hudson River
New York, NY

5 Central Park

Okay, we know this is not technically a health club, but where else can you find an oasis in New York with no crazy honking drivers, lots of greenery, and paths aplenty to work out on. You can play baseball, croquet, row a boat, shoot some hoops, or just run the trails. All while breathing in some fresh air in the biggest park in the city. In our book, that's makes for a fabulous outdoor fitness club!

Broadway to 5th Ave. from Central Park South to Central Park North

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