Attention weekend warriors: Win a 3-mth Sports Center Weekend Membership

Sponsored giveaway

The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers isn’t just for professional triathletes (hello Wassner twins!) and their low-BMI ilk who work out all week long. (Though the facility’s size and certified USA Triathlon Training center give that impression.)

It’s also an amazing gym for the everyday fitness-minded New Yorker—even those who only get to work out on weekends. Maybe like you?

So for these busy fitness fanatics, Chelsea Piers offers a special Weekend-only Membership. From Friday at 5:00 p.m. through Sunday, weekend warriors get to use the 150,000-square-foot gym as their private club.

The Chelsea Piers sundeck overlooks the Hudson

The Chelsea Piers sundeck overlooks the Hudson. Photo: Fred George

Forget the Hamptons—you can get some R&R on the sundeck overlooking the Hudson after a killer spin class.

And who cares if it’s 98 degrees outside: You can get your run done on the quarter-mile indoor track or play sand volleyball on NYC’s only indoor court.

If you don’t have time to drive to the Gunks, you can use the bouldering and rock climbing wall—the largest indoor wall in the Northeast.

We’re giving away one three-month Weekend Membership to a lucky Well+Good reader.

Here’s how to enter:
We live for long workouts on the weekend and bet you do, too! Tell us in the Comments section, below, how the Sports Center would fit into your plans.

Are you training for the Hampton Half or the next Wanderlust Festival? Are looking forward to the group fitness classes, lifting on the strength deck, or swimming in the 25-yard lap pool? The winning entry will be chosen based on passion and prose (super subjectively by us).

The contest is open until this Friday, July 29 at 5:00 p.m. The winner will be announced Monday morning on Well+Good. Good luck!


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  1. July 26th, 2011 at 10:41 am


  2. July 26th, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I have spent the past year making some life changes that include trying to be as in shape as possible with a very hectic/varied schedule. I’ve had major success due to some unexpected (surprisingly awesome) focus on my part and the dedication of a fantastic personal trainer who can no longer train me due to a move. That said, I am not allowing myself to be deterred. I am looking for ways to keep this momentum going and have been so inspired by the information on Well and Good that I’ve jumped out of my comfort zone several times recently to try new things and would love the opportunity to be a member of Chelsea Piers.

  3. July 26th, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I only have about three months to train for the upcoming NYC Urbanathlon; being able to use the obstaclegymnastics room at Chelsea Piers would greatly help me to train for running 9 miles/6 obstacles.

  4. July 26th, 2011 at 10:54 am

    My beloved is leaving for a month,
    So instead of choosing to munch,
    I’d rather go for a swim,
    or just hang out a the gym.
    I’ll also have a nap in the sun,
    while staring at the Hudson.
    The best of all will be the yoga,
    before heading to the bar for some quinoa!

  5. July 26th, 2011 at 11:17 am

    I’m getting ready for my first 5k race and I’d love to be able to train at Chelsea Piers!!!

  6. July 26th, 2011 at 11:25 am

    No, I am not training for a marathon, I’ll leave that to the really focused people. But I am training for myself, so I look good and feel happy. But, my gym is boring, with no pool, track, or sundeck. All of which I would gladly partake in. My full time job is looking for a job, so to let some steam out on the weekends would be awesome. Thanks!

  7. July 26th, 2011 at 11:46 am

    As an overweight (but rapidly slimming) 47-year old New Yorker, my fight name is: “Surprisingly Tough for Her Age and Size”. Two months ago, I changed my workout from power yoga and the zen strength approach, and began training in muay thai kickboxing. I work out at a dojo, do squat thrusts, jump rope and “drop and do a hundred sit ups.” Not crunches. I have to sit all the way up, and sometimes, I use a weighted ball to make it harder. I have been reminded that I can do any-freakin’-thing-I-set-my-mind-to-doing. Now, I want to add running and swimming to the mix, because, when I swim, I slip into another state and touch the source of good ideas. I can’t, however, afford membership at a NYC pool, until I execute my good ideas, and they begin to pay dividends. My dojo is closed on the weekends, so I would be the ultimate Chelsea Piers weekend warrior, as opposed to the weekend worrier, waiting for Monday, when I can hit the bag again. Between Chelsea Piers Sports Center’s track, pool and boxing ring, you can help me become a Transformer.

  8. July 26th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    I’m running my second half marathon next weekend in San Francisco, and looking forward to training for a triathalon thereafter. The Sports Center would put all of the resources I need to train for a tri at my finger tips. Not to mention even more. I’ve lost about 15 pounds healthfully and gradually over the last year, and having all the group classes available at the Sports Center would help me shake up my routine and continue my progress!

  9. July 26th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I have completed a round of physical therapy that taught be some great ways to take care of my knees. To help me stay strong, I really would love the variety of classes, the pool, and the great trainers. My goal is my first half marathon in the Hamptons this October!

  10. July 26th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    I spend my days helping children learn to read and write as a teacher. I spend my nights finishing my double master’s degree in education. While I love giving of my time and energy to these amazing little people, it means I rarely have the chance to focus on myself and my body. And though I love the education I received, the student loans don’t leave much money for exclusive sports clubs! This would be a wonderful treat and a way to help my body and mind unwind at the end of each busy week.

  11. July 26th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Over the past year, I have been working towards making major changes in my life. My father passed away of lung cancer last September, which prompted me to quit smoking. This has not been an easy task. I have given myself goals, and will be particpating in the warrior dash (a 5K obstacle race in August). In addition, I am signed up for the Lung Association’s Fight for Clean Air Climb, which will be a huge challenge. Since quitting smoking, I have been battling weight gain as well. I have moved towards giving myself active rewards, such as indoor rock climbing classes, to continue to motivate myself towards my goals. A weekend membership would enable me to continue to pursue these goals, as I currently work a hectic full time job as a social worker.

  12. July 26th, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I’ve moved to the city about a month ago, and first thing I looked for was a gym: Even though the Sports Ctr at Chelsea pier is a bit too far for weekdays, I’d be thrilled to have a weekend membership – I fell in love with the place the moment I walked in for a walk-through. Stunning facility – if I had an access to the place over the weekend, I’ll most likely spend all day there, rock climbing, running the track, swimming and laying out. It cannot get any better than that! I love running outside, but these days I’m craving AC-d treadmill.

  13. July 26th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    I’d love to start a proper yoga programme and then go to the deck to work on my Tan. I’m from South Africa, and i’ve heard how incredible Chelsea Piers gym is. I’d love to be a part of the action

  14. July 27th, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    I’m training for the NYC Marathon but am currently injured & have been going crazy not being able to run! I just added swimming to my schedule to keep up my fitness but don’t have access to a pool membership (I’ve been getting day passes & have been checking out the free NYC pools). This would be PERFECT for me right now!

  15. July 27th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    I’m sooooo busy during the week with my multiple jobs, this would be a wonderful way for me to get my fitness on in my free time!

  16. July 27th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I live in New York and work in New Jersey. I have done the best I can to create a workout around my commute and it is inadequate. A weekend membership would be a perfect supplement to my current routine and help turn my inadequate workout schedule into a worthwhile and effective one. A membership like this would also help me to diversify my workout with more than just running.

  17. July 27th, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    As a promoter and user experience specialist for a nonprofit digital library, I have been traveling across the country over the past year and devoted most of my free time to work that I love — librarianship and the arts. In the process of growing and learning professionally, I have been literally growing in size from the stress and anxiety of pushing myself intellectually rather than physically. My thought life has been on a steady decline and my overall health has been compromised while my mind/body connection has precariously fell out of balance. In the past 2 months, I’ve been utilizing every free yoga opportunity and diving into the hotel pools to find the connection again. As I move toward my 30th birthday at the end of August, I am dedicated to surging toward my goal to be the slimmest and strongest I’ve ever been in my life. During the week, I have to focus on work and study but three months of weekend membership to a diverse facility full of resources would be well-timed. Let me be your before-and-after photo!

  18. July 28th, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Would love to swim and check out the whole place.

  19. July 28th, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Cinderella wants to go to the fitness ball ha! ha! I have spent most of my life and time giving to others and it has been quite rewarding but somewhere in the process of giving and serving I have forgotten the art of giving back to myself. I think with this experience I will be awakened to my physical potential and added health bonuses will give me the boast that I need to restructure my new self confidence. I am ready to dream big and being physically fit will give me the wind beneath my wings – toned wings of course :)

  20. July 28th, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I have tried so many different gyms and health centers but I once visited The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers and it immediately game a jolt of energy unlike no other. I ran the indoor track and I ran on the treadmill for 3 miles (I never had before), what is it about this place? You just feel like you CAN. Oh, afterwards I bought a banana at the snack bar. It was the most perfect fitness day. I would like to relive that.

  21. July 28th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Gym memberships are so expensive I had to trade mine in for a MUCH lesser expensive stripped down gym giving up my beloved group fitness classes. So I would love to take some group classes along with using the energy of the your facility to train for my 1st 5K and lastly enjoy the swimming pool.

  22. July 28th, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Endorphins make me happy and liven up the cloudiest, most stressful day. While I mix up my workouts with everything from Pilates to Spinning, I truly miss playing. Just playing – volleyball, swimming, climbing… As a former athlete and summer camp counselor it would be amazing to jump on the crosstown bus, be a kid again with some beach volleyball and other activities, chill out on the sundeck and feel like I got out of the day to day city routine.

  23. July 28th, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    I never thought about joining a gym for the weekends! What a great idea. I love the idea of lounging on the sundeck after a workout. I usually just run but with all the options here it would really ramp it up for me.

  24. July 28th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    I think being able to work out on the weekends at the Sports Center would do wonders for my next Tough Mudder. Change of pace is exactly what I need and this would give me more options and give me the motiviation I need!

  25. July 28th, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Every Sunday, when I go out for my long run, I run past Chelsea Piers and dream of walking in to work out in their awesome facilities! Now that I’m training for the Philly Marathon (my 9th!) I’m getting in the zone and ready to put in the time it will take for me to PR this November.

    I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis a little over a year ago and a flare-up ruined the NJ Marathon for me this spring, leaving me seriously bummed out and sick. I am bound and determined to PR in Philly and show myself and my fellow Chrons and Colitis athletes that it can be done. We can be sick and still rock our physical goals!

    Having access to the stellar services over at Chelsea Piers would help me reach these goals. Regardless, I will be putting in the time, sweat and effort it takes to make it happen.


  26. July 28th, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    My gym got bought by Equinox and spiked in price! And as a gal working on a limited non-profit budget, paying for a gym can max me out. Would love love love to live the highlife and check out this beautiful space. Pretty please.

  27. July 29th, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Battling breast cancer for three years, sucks. Your life changes in a minute, the loss is great … my health, husband, family, friends, career. The list can go on for days, through it all I try to make myself to do something physical even if I really can’t physically… the mental and emotional benefits are worth pushing it and puking. Combing the opportunity to participate in physical activity in a incredible space along with being on the water = HEALING, the mind, body and soul. It’s time, I need something to inspire me, I have 3 more years of treatment to face and need some healing modalities that don’t involve tubes, needles or drugs instead fresh air and sweat seem like a better protocol.
    Healthy regards,

  28. July 29th, 2011 at 10:12 am

    Like most New Yorkers, I lead a very busy and hectic lifestyle. As a part time college student with no job, life can be seriously stressful sometimes. Weekends are very special to me. Sometimes, a guy just needs a break from doing so much of nothing. A person like me needs to keep in top shape, both mentally and physically, at all times. This is absolutely essential for someone in my position, as I may be summoned to the beaches of the Rockaways, the ski resorts of upstate NY or the chess tables in Washington Square Park at any moment. So, how will your gym membership assist me in maintaining my rigorous fitness standards? First, I’d show up and run a sub five minute mile on the treadmill- just as a warm up. I’d then do five sets of 210 lb bench press, as I only weigh 160 lbs. I’d then move on to various bicep, core, and leg exercises so that every attractive lady in the gym could get a nice view of my individual muscle groups in action. Followed by my workout, sundeck time! After lathering myself in oil (are their female attendants there who could get my back?) I would soak in the rays for at least an hour. Once an optimal tan is achieved, I would head to the pool. I honestly do not think I would do laps, however, as they would not be necessary after working out. No, I believe I would enjoy a fine pina colada and float around on a raft. This is actually part of my mental training routine, as a cocktail here and there decreases stress which increases longevity and quality of life. Once the soak is complete, I would reluctantly return to my boring, ordinary life. Please consider me as the lucky recipient of your free gym membership. As I’m sure you can already tell, I would put it to good use!

  29. July 29th, 2011 at 11:55 am

    The first Ironman NYC is August 11, 2012. Having completed a few MUCH shorter triathlons, it has always been a personal life goal of mine to acheive this milestone – but never really had the opportunity. After discovering that Ironman would be in my backyard, I really wanted to get into the race. There are several ways to get in, but I chose to join Team in Training, which is sponsored by The Leukemia and Lymphoma foundation. Collectively, the team will have donated upwards of $400,000 by race day.

    Unfortunately, cancer has been a more common illness lately and I have over 7 people that I directly know that have battled various types over the past couple of years. I’m doing this race for all of those people and everyone else who has fought/is fighting this battle. So, this race actually serves a dual purpose for me with getting into the best shape of my life while contributing to a great cause and hopefully a cure.

    The training is an 8.5 month program beginning in January 2012, where the team trains together with coaches to prepare us for the 12 – 16 hour race spanning 140.6 miles. It consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 110 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run. Our “homework” is to come into training healthy and ready to handle the workload.

    The facilities at Chelsea Piers are fantastic and the pool is critical. I have been searching for an affordable gym/facility with a pool, but they are not in the most convenient locations and are definitely not affordable. I would make good use of the cross-training classes/options also. Most places don’t offer this kind of selection – which is a huge plus here.

    I would definitely make good use of the membership and it would be a huge addition to my current workout options!

    Thank you for your consideration!

  30. July 29th, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I visited Chelsea Piers once for a lecture and was inspired by the open atmosphere. I would love to incorporate the gym into my weekend routine which involves running on the west side highway. I am looking to get into triathlons so I would like to incorporate the pool and some swim lessons into my current fitness routines.

  31. July 29th, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    I live close enough (2 blks away) to utilize your gym 100 percent.
    I play every sport and everyone always asks me where I work out
    and I don’t have a gym. Now I can tell them.

  32. July 29th, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    The Dictionary

    “Chelsea Piers” – noun, verb. A playground for those with passion & prose, with classes from “the beast” to “street hip-hop” and delights from “beach volleyball” to “sundeck” as found in the dictionary, to provide energy & strength to one who strives to be healthy & fit and to share her healthy lifestyle passion with others.

    “the beast” – verb, noun. To be one with one’s power. To dominate. To embrace inner and outer strength.

    “basic ballet” – noun. To remember elementary school, best friends, sisters, twirling and tutus. To be a child again.

    “beach volleyball” – verb, noun. The act of being active while also being on sand. To engage in competition and camaraderie together.

    “cycle” – verb. To move one’s legs in a rapid circular motion. To cross-train while half-marathon training. To be one with the music, to close one’s eyes, and to just pedal to the metal.

    “indoor track” – noun. To remember the days of indoor state track meets. To remember the days of Coach Brent, cheering & yelling & pushing & inspiring. To get better, to improve, to be a stronger runner, to PR and beat one’s high school running times.

    “perfect buns” – verb, adjective. To sculpt one’s rear end to be so shapely as to reminisce that classic Sir Mix-a-lot track (you know which one).

    “restorative yoga” – verb. To heal from ACL tear & injury & long recovery, suffered through football. To remind oneself that strength and healing is powerful & can be achieved.

    “rock climbing wall” – noun. To challenge oneself, from middle school days, when one could not reach the top. To overcome. To reach the top.

    “street hip-hop” – verb, noun. To dance. To prance. To flaunt. To want. To move. To groove. To wiggle. To jiggle. To get down.

    “sundeck” – noun. To lie, to love, to embrace New York City & Manhattan & all the wonder & goodness you can see perched above the Hudson.

    “weekend membership” – verb, noun. A gift beyond all fitness gifts, to reward & motivate a hardworking nonprofit staff member who spends her days and nights leading youth volunteers with passion for a cause that touches us all, to improve the health of babies.

    “winner” – noun. To be selected by a favorite blog, Well + Good NYC, to relish in three wonderful months of weekend fitness fantasticness.

  33. July 29th, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    I love challenging myself through exercise. I enjoy all the benefits, but I’m seriously lacking in the commitment department. Ever since my departure from water polo, I dream of egg-beatering as I once did in college. With the pool, I can hopefully live out my somewhat nightmarish dream. Not too mention, my 2011 resolutions of exploring capoeira and rock climbing can be fulfilled! Thank you for the consideration.

  34. July 29th, 2011 at 3:41 pm

    I love to play golf, workout and relax…..during lunch I always work to your gym and look at people working out. They seem to be having so much fun.

  35. July 30th, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I am training for the NYC Marathon. Would love to experience all that Chelsea Piers has to offer. I can just imagine a nice swim after my long runs along the Hudson.

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