The Best Gyms In NYC For Any Budget

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In New York City, choosing a gym membership is as serious as deciding to date someone exclusively. There are so many boutique fitness classes available to take without any commitment, so you have to really like the gym if you want to be monogamous.
Much like dating, we all have a different list of preferences when it comes to the perfect gym. Each membership has its own perks and cons, so you have to weigh your options and think about what's important to you. For most of us, cost is a pretty big factor.
So, rather than spend the time dating around at different gyms around the city, ahead you'll find a guide to the biggest chain gyms in New York City at every price point. Whether you're ready to settle down with an expensive gym membership, or just want to know what's out there, here's what you get at the big gym chains around the city.
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Planet Fitness

Price: Just $10 a month for one location. For access to all Planet Fitness gyms, as well as unlimited guest passes, it's $21.99 a month.

Vibe: Unassuming, not judgmental.

Is it worth it? Planet Fitness is by no means a swanky gym, but that might be what you're looking for. Known for its "judgment-free" zone, Planet Fitness feels approachable, especially if you're new to exercise. For example, they have something called "The PF 30-Minute Express Circuit," which is a self-guided workout consisting of 10 strength-training machines and 10 cardio stations. But people who want more personal attention might want to consider a different chain.
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Blink

Price: Membership to one Blink location is between $15 and $26 a month. If you want access to all the locations in New York City, it's $26 a month. To sign up, it's only $1.

Vibe: Positive and low-pressure.

Is it worth it? Blink is a clean, modern facility with lots of equipment at a fraction of the price of other gym memberships. You get all the basics with a membership, like lots of strength-training equipment, cardio machines, and a few classes. Though the price is crazy low, you do have to pay extra for towel service, and may have to bring your own shampoo and conditioner at some locations. Also, don't expect access to a sauna or steam room.
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New York Sports Club

Price: One location starts at $44 a month, and for a "passport" membership to all of their clubs, it costs $99.99 a month.

Vibe: Chill and well-rounded.

Is it worth it? A New York Sports Club membership is a pretty sweet deal, considering many locations have pools, basketball courts, and tons of classes. Recently, New York Sports Club added something called "NYSC LAB" at two locations, which lets you take boutique fitness classes, like CYC and Tone House. So, they're definitely trying to up their game to appeal to those who like classes.
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YMCA

Price: Memberships start at $42 a month for one location. For access to all the YMCAs in New York City, it's $104 a month. There is an initiation fee that varies based on the location.

Vibe: Family focused and community oriented.

Is it worth it? Compared to other chain gyms in New York City, there are significantly fewer YMCA locations, which might be a deal-breaker for some people. For the price, you get access to a standard gym, a range of classes, and at most of the locations, a steam room, sauna, and pool. The YMCA is also a great option for people with families, because they often offer free childcare to members during workouts.
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Crunch

Price: In New York City, it'll cost you between $45 and $105 a month to belong to one Crunch location. If you plan on going to all 21 locations in New York City, then that costs $125 a month. The enrollment fee is usually $300, but there are often deals.

Vibe: Trendy and fun.

Is it worth it? What sets Crunch apart is its diverse array of classes, from anti-gravity yoga to boxing, which are offered at "Crunch Signature" gyms. Not all locations fall under this category, so it's important to check before you sign up to make sure you can make the most of it. Most locations have a steam room, sauna, and towel service, which are nice perks.
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New York Health & Racquet Club

Price: If you sign up for a year-long contract, then it'll cost you slightly less than if you pay month to month. You can expect to pay between $109 and $119 a month for one gym, or $129 and $159 a month (depending which contract you sign) for access to all the clubs. The initiation fee is usually $200, but there is a promotion going on right now.

Vibe: Classic and kind of feels like a hotel.

Is it worth it? The amenities at New York Health & Racquet Club are a step up from other chain gyms in New York City, with a sauna, salt water pool, and steam room at most locations. If you like to play basketball, squash, or racquetball, you may want to consider joining for access to a court. There are also C.O. Bigalow products in the locker rooms, and they offer laundry service for an extra cost.
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Equinox

Price: Memberships start at $180 a month, and access to all the clubs costs $240 a month. The initiation fee to join can be between $300-$500, again, depending on the club.

Vibe: Fancy, but welcoming.

Is it worth it? If you can stomach the price, an Equinox membership is certainly dope. The amenities are pristine (clean towels, Kiehl's products in the showers, the most advanced training equipment possible), and the trainers who help out around the weight room floor are very knowledgable. In terms of classes, they have everything from dance to treadmill running, so if you usually end up spending a fortune on boutique fitness classes during the week, you may end up saving money.
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