Gym Recommendations - Manhattan/Brooklyn (and a bit of a rant and rave)

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    Jul 12, 2007 3:07 PM GMT
    Hi guys,

    I was wondering if I could get some thoughts and recommendations on good gyms. Ideally I want my primary gym to be in Brooklyn, but would like the ability to work out in Manhattan as well.

    I already decided against NYSC and Crunch. I joined NYHRC this week, but have found that their gym on 23rd street is so poorly ventilated that I had to cut short two of my workouts this week... I literally was getting dizzy from the heat after my first exercise last night (and when I left the gym, it was actually cooler outside the building than in most of the workout floor).

    This has had me rather grumpy and frustrated. I can't push around serious weight if I'm already breaking a sweat and panting just from reading my workout log.

    My two main priorities for a gym are:

    1) Lots of well maintained equipment. I need a BIG gym.

    2) Strong ventilation (I really prefer below 72 degrees).

    I've worked out in gyms in several cities, LA, Barcelona, even Tel Aviv (in August!), and only here in NYC do so many of the gyms seem to have trouble maintaining comfortable temperatures. What gives? Are the buildings just too old to support modern HVAC systems?

    Does anyone have any recommendations? They would be much appreciated!
  • hotversguy

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    Jul 13, 2007 4:25 AM GMT
    I imagine that Equinox is your only remaining option, provided by Brooklyn you mean "almost Manhattan," as in the Heights.

    Of course real men prefer Gleason's. ;)


    I have to say I enjoy having a business up the street from it though....
  • bigguysf

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    Jul 13, 2007 5:52 AM GMT
    I work out at Golds in San Francisco, and had pretty good luck working out at the Golds near Times Square using my travel pass. The layout isn't great, but the temperature was pretty decent even when it was scorching outside.
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    Jul 13, 2007 9:26 AM GMT

    I use the NYSC's in Astoria and the UES and they both seem to be comfortable on hot days. I used to go to Sports Club LA on the UES which is the Lamborghini of gyms and it was always well maintained...not sure worth the price tag, though.
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    Jul 13, 2007 3:31 PM GMT
    Funny enough I looked into Gleason's first. Always did want to learn how to box, and I've never seen a specialized gym like that... So it certainly had its charms... But I was looking for more equipment and space than they have.

    So, the general manager of NYHRC called me to apologize and explain the heat situation... supposedly their building manager was away and his fill-in didn't properly address the gym's request to lower the temp... The speal was at least a good attempt to patronize me, so I may give them a few days to see...

    I do tend to overheat easily, so I squawk about the heat far sooner, and at a somewhat lower temperature, than most people. It also totally kills my appetite, which is a major problem since I'm already a difficult gainer. Maybe I just need a portable refrigeration unit, lol.

    I guess I'll see how it goes...
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    Jul 18, 2007 3:41 AM GMT
    Ok - I think I can use some more guidance... A few people have sent me some ideas, but I think I need more.

    So far, the best contender is Equinox. Pricey, but best air conditioning. I've tried their SoHo gym and liked it... It's IMMACULATE, but they they are on the small side for me, and they don't have (or have space for) a various few pieces of equipment. A friend of mine gave me a guest pass, and I like the demographic. There are lot of women, and I really think that women help balance the energy in a gym and prevent it from turning into a total bathhouse.

    I walked in and out of Steel Gym... No comments needed. Staff seemed friendly, but way too small.

    I walked through David Barton gym and left without even asking about their rates. Good space, and probably the best equipped that I've seen, but also by far the most off-putting: VERY dark, blaring house music ("Is this the normal volume level here?"..."Well, a bit louder when we have a DJ...", and even at 9:30pm it felt warm. Within three minutes of walking through the place, I already understood why some women prefer to work out in womens-only facilities. Geesh. It's not a gym; it's a frigging night club.

    If it isn't obvious, I am getting really frustrated... I've worked out in cities around the country from Boston to LA and San Diego, and even hit gyms while in Barcelona and Tel Aviv. I would never have imagined having this much trouble finding a BIG, well equipped, well ventilated place to have a serious workout. All these other cities have awesome gyms... What's up with NYC?
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    Jul 18, 2007 3:44 AM GMT
    I also should have said... Sorry for whining! LOL
  • hotversguy

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    Jul 20, 2007 5:24 AM GMT
    Well, the Reebok place is huge, but there's only one of them. And Chelsea Piers is hardly tiny. But there's only one of them. I mean you could do the whole LA thing and get memberships at two gyms, but you'd be better served with Equinox.

    Just curious, have you been here in the winter?
  • RyeMac

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    Jul 20, 2007 5:50 AM GMT
    Recommended in Indianapolis is the Natatorium National Institute for Fitness [ NIFF ] just west of downtown. close to IUPUI & the river. Spacious, indoor track, free weights room, many ex' machines all good condition, changing room immaculate w jacuzzi steam & dry saunas.
    Day pass is $12.oo. Open 5.oo a.m to 9.oo pm week-days ; 8.ooam - 6.oo pm sat/Sun
  • hotversguy

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    Jul 23, 2007 6:25 AM GMT
    Okay I've done some unintentional research for you on NYSC. Grades are on climate alone, not eye candy or facilities:

    - Cobble Hill (as if. we all know it's Boerum Hill. Anyway, new York neighborhood snobbery). Usually an icicle in the summer but if the air goes on the second floor cardio forget it. they usually klick it off at 9 p.m. B

    - Remsen Street. Far less dismal than the glorified fire-escape entrance. Nice and cool. B+

    - Irving Place. Love the vibe, love the space, probably won't cut it for your HVAC concenrs. C

    - 7th Ave/10th Street. I've only been late late late. It's okay. Usually muggy B-

    - 14th btw./Union Square - my favorite location. Love the floor through. Not chilly, but lots of air movement. B+

    - Mercer Street - the former World Gym. Spacious, good climate control, it's all about that funky scale in the locker room though. A

    - 74th & Broadway. Miniscule, essentially a meat loceker. A

    - 23rd & 8th. Decent. Not great. B

    - 17th & 8th. The former Mary Can You Lift This - too terrifyingly Chelsea for me to enter

    - 81st & Broadway. Saggy theatre queens. Never bothered to notice the climate. Okay, I did. B-

    - 96th & Broadway - Sauna. In general. C-

    That's all I've got for you. I don;t go to the East Side (except Irving Place). It scares me.

    I went to the Philly Sports Club (Society Hill) once. Awesome. Outdoor pool and all.
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    Feb 14, 2016 10:36 PM GMT
    i liked this gym for the very same reasons this poster doesn't. I would recommend Barton, My personality requires loud distractions to concentrate. Music is just right for me and most of the people are beyond beautiful. Plus the classes if you choose to participate are pretty good.

    Ok - I think I can use some more guidance... A few people have sent me some ideas, but I think I need more.

    So far, the best contender is Equinox. Pricey, but best air conditioning. I've tried their SoHo gym and liked it... It's IMMACULATE, but they they are on the small side for me, and they don't have (or have space for) a various few pieces of equipment. A friend of mine gave me a guest pass, and I like the demographic. There are lot of women, and I really think that women help balance the energy in a gym and prevent it from turning into a total bathhouse.

    I walked in and out of Steel Gym... No comments needed. Staff seemed friendly, but way too small.

    I walked through David Barton gym and left without even asking about their rates. Good space, and probably the best equipped that I've seen, but also by far the most off-putting: VERY dark, blaring house music ("Is this the normal volume level here?"..."Well, a bit louder when we have a DJ...", and even at 9:30pm it felt warm. Within three minutes of walking through the place, I already understood why some women prefer to work out in womens-only facilities. Geesh. It's not a gym; it's a frigging night club.

    If it isn't obvious, I am getting really frustrated... I've worked out in cities around the country from Boston to LA and San Diego, and even hit gyms while in Barcelona and Tel Aviv. I would never have imagined having this much trouble finding a BIG, well equipped, well ventilated place to have a serious workout. All these other cities have awesome gyms... What's up with NYC?
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    Feb 26, 2016 7:50 PM GMT
    As much as I love and need AC, particularly in Miami, I'd rather drive 7 minutes down back roads to a gym without one than 14 crossing highways to one with - and do. For me, it's all about convenience.

    A secondary/backup gym because it's hardcore, gay or trendy? Yeah, I may travel for that. I'm actually considering a hardcore one further away - 15 minutes avoiding downtown and beach traffic - only because it's open 24/365.

    As good as public transport is in Brooklyn and Manhattan I'd never want to take it to a gym. When I lived in those places, my gyms were within walking distance.