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 NYC-based gyms and trainers near Times Square that are offering virtual workouts. Check them out so that you can be the best version of you in 2021!
Best Free Virtual Workout
Sweat with SELF
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 NYC! Get started at Sweat with SELF, an online fitness community that features the NYC skyline as a backdrop in many of their workout videos. Their Facebook page has a ton of free, full-length workout classes.
Best Paid Virtual Workout
Manhattan Plaza Health Club
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. Located near Times Square, Manhattan Plaza Health Club has created a robust online fitness community for their members. Sign up for a huge variety of on-demand and live classes.
Best Live Virtual Workout
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 that specializes in a friendly environment, approachable classes for beginners, and positive energy is Atthena Yoga in Midtown. They have live classes streamed over Zoom, including chair yoga for seniors! You can purchase a single class or a multi-class pack, and the more classes you buy the more you will save.
Best Recorded Virtual Workout
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 woman-owned Fhitting Room. This gym’s flagship location is located in the nearby Flatiron District, and they now allow you to visit them online with their hundreds of recorded HIIT and strength classes.
Best Unique Virtual Workout
Broadway Dance Center
If you’re getting sick of crunches, push-ups, and jumping jacks, it’s probably time to switch up your workout routine. Mixing up your workout is really important to keep things fun and interesting, help you avoid burnout, and challenge your body in new ways. To try something fun and new, virtually visit Broadway Dance Center. They’re streaming classes over Zoom and a single class only costs $15! You’ll work up a great sweat and use new muscle groups dancing while having fun and learning a new skill.