NYC’s Top 5 Gyms And Fitness Classes

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Swimsuit season is safely behind us, but that’s no excuse to let our own behinds go to flesh. Launch a preemptive war on that imminent holiday chubbiness and sweat it out at one of these gyms.

1 Crunch Lafayette

It's not the fanciest gym on this list, but its 24/7 hours and central downtown location arguably make it the youngest and most social. A steep discount for even semi-professional models reels in the beautiful people, and a plethora of private classes keep them trimmer than they need to be.
404 Lafayette Street New York, NY 10003

2 Midtown Tennis Club

Neither in midtown, nor a tennis club. Discuss. Misleading name aside, the eight Har-Tru courts at this Chelsea facility recently made the Times Styles section for its list of fashion industry regulars like Peter Malachi and the omnipresent Hilary Rhoda.
341 8th Avenue New York, NY 10001

3 New York Health and Racquet Club

All but one of NYHRC's nine Manhattan locations feature lap pools, a precious rarity in the city. But the racquetball amenities are a similarly big draw, letter members play a game often exclusive to private social clubs.
Various Locations

4 CrossFit

The health nut's trendiest masochistic exercise. CrossFit workouts are varied, intense, short and often, but its fervent adherents are more hardcore than even the toughest session.
Various Locations

5 SoulCycle

A lighter, gentler but equally trendy fitness alternative to CrossFit, devotees of this spin craze include former First Daughters Chelsea Clinton and Jenna Bush.
Various locations
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