As the largest city in the US, New York is well-known for its 24/7 pace in almost every facet of daily life. The city’s financial, travel, and entertainment sectors run nonstop year-round and whether business or pleasure, people are always on the move. It’s an environment that calls for getting in and staying in shape. Here are four of the best luxury gyms to check out on your next New York visit.
Located beneath New York’s iconic Plaza Hotel, La Palestra is an elegant, exclusive fitness center that beautifully mixes a serious approach to training with a focused effort to cater to member’s needs.
Designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, La Palestra is split into two levels and blends seamlessly into the surrounding hotel environment. State of the art cardio and strength training equipment is found throughout, but the gym’s primary focus is on personal training for members, with a near-unmatched staff capable of training athletes at the professional level.
La Palestra bills itself as “a hybrid between the medical and fitness industry.” This theme is evident throughout the gym’s offerings and setup – members even have access to orthopedists and psychologists to ensure their needs are addressed. For those who take their fitness goals seriously, it’s more than worthy of consideration.
Equinox – Printing House
As the original home of Equinox, New York boasts a whopping 36 outposts throughout the NYC metropolitan area with 19 locations in Manhattan itself. It’s the Equinox Printing House however, that really distinguishes itself and makes the list.
Located on Hudson Street in the West Village, this branch is the pick of the bunch for its outdoor rooftop pool and landscaped sundeck with a stunning westward view over the Hudson River. You’ll also find the customary standard of service excellence, training-specific studios, and luxurious locker room amenities found throughout the Equinox brand. Be sure to check out the Juice Press serving fresh, organic, nutrient dense ingredients – perfect for a healthy workout recovery drink.
Setai Club and Spa
Just a minute’s walk from the Stock Exchange, the Setai Club offers members the pinnacle of Wall Street luxury. The Club features all modern cardio machines and ergonomically advanced strength training equipment along with yoga and pilates classes, but is known primarily for its luxurious and unparalleled spa and service amenities.
On a windowless lower level with dark wood paneling, the dimly lit Zen-styled space quickly transports you a world away to an oasis of relaxation where it’s easy to forget you’re in the middle of the Financial District.
In the Spa, members have access to a mineral water jacuzzi, eucalyptus steam room, and Finnish sauna. Massage and hydrotherapy treatments are also available. Fully serviced locker rooms include towel service and heated shaving cream. Workout gear is provided.
Mercedes Club proclaims itself “NYC’s fitness oasis,” offering one of the most unique fitness locations in New York and it’s easy to agree. With two outdoor rooftop terraces, two pools (indoor and outdoor), TV lounge, bocce court, outdoor movie theatre, and a wine/tapas bar, you’d be hard-pressed not to feel as if you’re at an upscale hotel in a vacation hotspot.
These amenities are indeed impressive and unique to the area. Don’t be fooled by the vacation/hotel vibe, however – this gym has a true commitment to fitness. Boasting an enormous 80,000 sq ft of space, members can choose from over 75 different group classes in the numerous studios. Modern, high-end cardio and weight equipment are found throughout the property in addition to a basketball court.
This is a welcoming gym with a home away from home atmosphere that encourages members to not just workout but come in and stay a while. Don’t hesitate to visit, but you may hesitate to leave.