11 Gyms, 11 Deals, 0 Excuses!

Our office has been chock-full of New Year's resolutions, and if you're anything like us, we know you made your own wish-list. We've heard it all: "Have more sex," "make more money," "get vajazzled" (and no, that wasn't the same person who wants more loving). But, in all honesty, the beginning of the 2011 dream sounds like it's going to be eerily similar to past—to get in shape! This perennial and pesky promise (bikini body by June...say that three times fast) isn't always cheap, unless you want to roll out a sit-up mat in your living room. Lucky for you, gyms seem to have caught on to the annual craze and are offering a veritable surfeit of deals to make that transition to the locker room just a little bit easier (on the wallet, at least). To make working out even more unavoidable, we canvassed the city for the best places to get lean for less. You know what that means: no more excuses!
Click through to see NYC's 11 best gyms—and 11 amazing deals—to get in shape for 2011!
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The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers
Where: Chelsea
Why: Few gyms get better than this: state-of-the-art sports facilities, 100+ classes, 10,000-sq-ft indoor rock climbing wall, an indoor sand volleyball court, 3 indoor basketball courts, a pool, track, and boxing ring, AND a beautiful water-side sundeck for when the weather warms up. Oh yeah, did we mention all that's all in severely space challenged Manhattan. New programs for members and non-members alike include a half-day triathlon camp on Saturday and Sundays through march, as well as "The Beast," an intense boot camp that takes no prisoners. Thankfully there's a sauna and steam room to help you recoup.
The Deal: Join in January and get February free!
The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers, 60 Chelsea Piers (11th Avenue between 19th and 20th streets); 212-336-6000.
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Where: Union Square
Why: If you love fun and creative classes, Crunch is the gym for you. With classes that have names like Suspension Ride, Bar Hoppin', Ripped Rotation and YoMa, you'll forget you're sweating profusely in a room full of strangers.
The Deal (Just for Refinery!): Crunch is offering R29 readers 50% off enrollment, plus the month of January free. If you're someone who hates to by constrained by location, they're also offering $10 off monthly dues on city-wide memberships through January 10 (that's complete access to all 10 Crunch gyms in New York City). And, to make the deal even sweeter for R29 readers, the team at Crunch has very generously given all R29 readers a complimentary one-week pass! All you have to do is register here.
Crunch Gym-Union Square, 113 4th Avenue (between 12th and 13th streets); 212-533-0001.
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Where: Financial District
Why: Need we say? One of the most iconic names in fitness, there's no cut corners when you join Equinox, just the gold standard all the way. No matter the location, each is a one-stop shop for all your workout desires. From Pilates and yoga to pools and great cardio classes, there's no better all-rounder. This downtown Wall Street location in particular is class all the way and almost pristine to fault. And, if you ever feel a bit restless, take a field trip to the Time Warner Center location, where we hear there's a good chance you'll run into the Silver Fox!
The Deal: Equinox is hosting their 3rd annual Equinox Challenge for all new members that join in January. If you work out 12 times in 30 days, Equinox will reward you back your initiation fee (that's $150-295 depending on the location).
Equinox, 14 Wall Street (between Broad and New streets); 212-964-6688.
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Lift Gym
Where: U.E.S./Midtown East Why: If you value your privacy and hate working out amongst a crowd, Lift Gym will make you feel right at home. Primarily a private personal training facility, Lift's 10,000-sq.-ft (and sunlit!) gym will give you the one-one-one time you need, no matter whether your torture method of choice is strength training, endurance, Pilates, or boxing.
The Deal: No initiation fee with the purchase of any personal training package of five sessions or more. As long as you see your trainer at least once a week, you'll get free unlimited use of the facilities. On top of that, prospective members get a complimentary one-hour training session with no obligation to purchase future sessions—so you can try it out risk (and worry) free!
Lift Gym, 139 East 57th Street #7 (at Lexington Avenue); 212-688-3304.
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Ludlow Fitness
Where: Lower East Side
Why: Who says bohemians and hipsters don't care about body image? Get healthy in the coolest neighborhood in Manhattan at Ludlow Fitness, and then reward yourself at the cozy restaurants and bars in the area (we kid, we kid!). For the New Year, Ludlow Fitness has extended its hours, so you can sweat it out 24/7 (and no need to cut those LES nights short). Who knows, maybe you'll even meet the next indie-tastic love of your life on the elliptical?
The Deal: Get 2 additional months free when you purchase an annual membership for a $449 flat rate and $20 membership fee.
Ludlow Fitness, 100 Delancey Street (between Ludlow and Essex streets); 212-260-9222.
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Planet Fitness Harlem
Where: Harlem
Why: With membership, there's a fitness instructor available Monday through Friday to customize a personal workout for you (did we mention it was free!). After you schedule an appointment, they'll design a workout regimen tailored to your needs and goals—right down to what equipment to use and which classes to take! So, basically, membership is a sizzling two-for-one deal: trainer plus gym for one very reasonable price!
The Deal: $20 for your first month, then $10 per month for the year (with a $29 one-time membership fee for the year). The deal expires Jan 12, when rates go back to the regular price of $19.99 per month (minimum 12 months) with a $39 annual membership fee.
Planet Fitness Harlem, 317 Malcolm X Boulevard (between 126th and 127th streets); 212-222-3200.
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Reebok Sports Club
Where: Upper West Side
Why: A behemoth of a contender, the Reebok Sports Club is a great fit for the whole family, or one over-zealous individual. With two regulation-size basketball courts, a boxing studio, soccer, volleyball, swimming, rock climbing, outdoor track, leagues, lessons and clinic, even the most fervent sports enthusiast can get his/her athlete on with the greatest of ease. On the flip side, the gym also hosts a dedicated Mind Body program for yoga, Pilates and Gyrotonic fanatics. The kids are even covered with Kids Only childcare and activity programs. No doubt about it, this is a place that has something for everyone.
The Deal: The Reebok Sports Club/NY (and it's sister club, The Sports Club/LA Upper East Side) are offering its Gold Membership (minimum 12 months) for a $75 initiation fee with complimentary dues for both January and February. After January 20, that initiation fee goes up to $100, but January and February dues are still gratis.
Reebok Sports Club/NY, 160 Columbus Avenue (between 67th and 68th streets); 212-362-6800.
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Cycle Bar
Where: Park Slope
Why: Whenever you hear "I'm So Excited", you instantly think about getting on a bike. Classes at this indoor-cycling gym range from beginner to competitive-triathlete difficulty—and with three different durations, there are more than enough options too keep you on your toes while your cycle away (and burn 400-600 calories per 45 minutes!). To make the biking a little easier on your post-Holiday self, Cycle Bar offers complimentary shoes, towels and water refills, so all you have to do is jump on and ride into the sunset...
The Deal: Since Cycle Bar is a pay-as-you-go venture (no membership fees!), they are offering discounts on their various class passes. If you purchase a 20 class pass, each ride will set you back $22 per ride (a savings of $40). If you're ready to get totally committed, a 30 class pass will run $21 per class (a savings of $60).
Cycle Bar, 274 Fifth Avenue (between 1st and Garfield streets), Park Slope; 718-499-7433.
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Tribeca Health and Fitness
Where: Tribeca
Why: If you're serious about getting healthy, but not serious about the lengthy contract commitment to a gym, Tribeca Health and Fitness is a great way to work your way into a workout routine. Non-members and independent trainers are welcome, and new classes have been added for non-members. Of course, if and when you decide to go full-force on the membership front, there's 14,000 square feet of great cardio and strength equipment at your disposal daily.
The Deal (Just for Refinery!): R29 readers get $100 off the usual enrollment fee of $149 and one 30-minute massage.
Tribeca Health and Fitness, 107 Chambers Street (at Church Street); 212-732-9466.
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Yoga Vida
Where: Union Square
Why: Focusing on Vinyasa flow yoga, Yoga Vida offers basic to advanced classes that fit every skill-level. For the New Year, they're also introducing resorative yoga classes, which focus on relaxing the body deeply and completely through restful postures.
The Deal: Two months of unlimited yoga for $150. If you'd like to get your feet wet first, a "First Visit" package is also available where $10 gets you a whole week of unlimited yoga.
Yoga Vida, 99 University Place, 6th Floor (at 12th Street); 212-995-5553.
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PNT Fitness
Where: Long Island City
Why: As Long Island City's only group fitness and spinning studio, PNT Fitness is the place to go if you don't want to go at it alone. Their convenient Minute Packages act like pre-paid phone cards--the more minutes you buy, the cheaper they are and more value you get. When you attend one of their 30+ classes, minutes are simply deducted from your account. Affordable massages are an added bonus at PNT Fitness, with rates at about $1 per minute of massage. It's really as easy as pie (figuratively!).
The Deal (Just for Refinery!): For R29 readers, the $30 yearly membership fee is waived with the purchase of a $90/240 Minute Package; no yearly membership and 15% off a $175/480 Minute Package; and $25% off a $230/720 Minute Package.
PNT Fitness, 10-68 Jackson Avenue (between 49th and 50th avenues); Long Island City; 347-396-5809.

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