Best Local Virtual Workouts in New York City to Get the New Year Started Right

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Does recent holiday overindulgence have you starting to think about kick-starting your workout routine for the new year? Whether you’re regretting how all those extra slices of pie have your pants fitting a little more snugly or just want to get healthier, making a commitment to working out is always a great New Year’s Resolution. 

It can be especially hard to stay motivated to getting fit during a pandemic when many gyms are either closed or don’t feel as safe as they used to. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of New York City-based gyms and trainers that are offering virtual workouts. Check them out so that you can be the best version of you in 2021! 

Best Free Virtual Workout

Brooklyn Boulders

Times are hard right now, with the pandemic taking a major toll on the economy. If you’re being budget-conscious, the good news is there are great free virtual workouts in New York City! Get started at Brooklyn Boulders’ Instagram page. It’s pretty tough to get your indoor-rock climbing fix during a pandemic, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep training so that you’ll be ready when things re-open. To help you with that, Brooklyn Boulders has a bunch of full-length workouts on their IGTV.

Best Paid Virtual Workout

The Ness

Of course, if you can afford to pay for workouts, you’ll be helping to stimulate the economy and supporting the livelihoods of fitness instructors and gym owners. Tribeca studio The Ness has created an awesome online workout program for you to use and they’re adding new content weekly! After a free trial, your $39.99/month subscription comes with a 20-minute consultation where a trainer will help you make sure you have proper form. 

Best Live Virtual Workout

Body Space Fitness

One of the things many people miss about in-person exercise classes is the feeling of community and accountability that they foster! One local organization offering virtual classes taught live over zoom is Body Space Fitness. New clients can buy one class and get another free for $18!

Best Recorded Virtual Workout

SLT On Demand

One consistent throughout this pandemic has been that nothing is consistent. So, if you’re not sure you can commit to working out at specific days and times, you’ll want pre-recorded classes that you can do at any time. Get your fix at SLT, a woman-owned fitness company that started in NYC. SLT combines cardio, strength training, and Pilates into one workout. You can take classes of various lengths with SLT On Demand; an unlimited membership is $45/month.

Best Unique Virtual Workout


If you’re getting sick of the same old thing, it’s time to make a major switch to your workout routine. How about trying a prison-style bootcamp program? CONBODY was founded in NYC by a former inmate using body-weight workout techniques he learned in prison. In addition to helping you get fit, the company’s mission is to partner with non-profit organizations to provide resources to former inmates, as well as providing jobs by hiring 40 former inmates to teach classes. Live classes and the on-demand library are offered at very affordable prices.

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