Recommendations for a gym in NY City or a personal trainer..

  • laxdude25

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    Apr 11, 2012 3:10 PM GMT
    For the last 5 years I have been working out on my own, primarily in a workout area I created in the basement of my brownstone, or in Central Park, and sometimes where I play squash. But I now have the time to refocus on a dedicated program, and am considering my options. I checked the Forum "back issues" and couldn't find any recent and relevant postings. And I have done the usual Google search+.

    Previously I had been a member of the NYSC chain and Reebok. There has been a lot of change in the last five years, and I'd be interested in the latest recommendations for a gym that offers: good basic equipment and a decent free weight area; good spinning and other classes for when I need to change it up; decent hours; good trainers available or you can bring in your own trainer; or just wherever you work out that you recommend. I'm not interested in the big name David Barton, Chelsea Piers or Reebok, because I just don't think they're worth the price. And I'm not looking to meet eye candy. So, any thoughts? So far, Mid-City seems to be one of the better choices. Thanks.
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    Apr 11, 2012 3:53 PM GMT
    laxdude25 saidFor the last 5 years I have been working out on my own, primarily in a workout area I created in the basement of my brownstone, or in Central Park, and sometimes where I play squash. But I now have the time to refocus on a dedicated program, and am considering my options. I checked the Forum "back issues" and couldn't find any recent and relevant postings. And I have done the usual Google search+.

    Previously I had been a member of the NYSC chain and Reebok. There has been a lot of change in the last five years, and I'd be interested in the latest recommendations for a gym that offers: good basic equipment and a decent free weight area; good spinning and other classes for when I need to change it up; decent hours; good trainers available or you can bring in your own trainer; or just wherever you work out that you recommend. I'm not interested in the big name David Barton, Chelsea Piers or Reebok, because I just don't think they're worth the price. And I'm not looking to meet eye candy. So, any thoughts? So far, Mid-City seems to be one of the better choices. Thanks.


    I love Mid-City... it has a dirty, hardcore feel to it...

    But I also love training at David Barton Gym in the financial district... (Anson Ct), it is less cruisey than Chelsea DBG and still has a lot of eye candy and coolness.
  • laxdude25

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    Apr 11, 2012 3:56 PM GMT
    Thanks. I definitely like the vibe and hours at Mid City, and if I have an outside trainer it seems like that would be ok. I have only worked out at the David Barton Chelsea, which was out of control! I'll check out the one downtown. What's great is that for most of these you can get at least one day pass to check it out. I'm just trying to get a perspective from members who know the inside story, AFTER you've joined!
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    Apr 11, 2012 5:10 PM GMT
    You'd have loved Mid City in the mid eighties before they renovated. Very old school unairconditioned Dank Dungeon motif with framed signed photos of Iron Age bodybuilders and weightlifters in the lobby.

    I'm not sure if it still exists but the East 91st branch of Pumping Iron Gym in Yorkville always had a nice vibe.

    However, when I was a member of Sports Club LA and Reebok I noticed that a lot of the bodybuilder-trainers at other gyms trained themselves there.
  • laxdude25

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    Apr 11, 2012 5:40 PM GMT
    Thanks eager muscle. Pumping Iron is an interesting option. I used to work out there 6-7 years ago when my kids had swim practice nearby at Asphalt Green. I thought it had closed, but I'll check it out again. I live on the West Side, so I have been focusing on West Side accessible facilities.

    Reebok was great when we had the kids, coz it was like having a country club in the city. But now with them both at college it seems like an unnecessary expense for what I'm looking for. One digression: one day I was in the Executive section (which as you know was separate and limited access), and walked into the steam room to interrupt two hunks (one of them a trainer!) fucking. Amazing, only in NY.