Cheat Sheet: Where to work out on a budget


A class at Yoga to the People’s Brooklyn location. (Photo: Allen Ying)


It’s no secret: if you want access to top-tier instructors at cutting-edge boutique fitness studios in New York, you’re looking at an average price range of $30–$35 per class.

But not everyone’s fitness preferences are aligned with their wallet. So we’ve compiled a cheat sheet to workouts, gyms, and personal trainers that’ll help get your workout in on a budget—as well as some sympathetic articles on how frustrating the cost of working out can be. —Jamie McKillop

1. 11 gyms that cost less than $100 per month
Because a budget should not be what breaks your New Year fitness resolutions.

2. Picking the perfect personal trainer, simplified
Find Your Trainer wants to make booking your dream muscle-sculptor as easy as ordering Thai on Seamless (just with way more health benefits).

3. Yoga to the People to open a new studio, with a new concept, in Chelsea
The populist yoga phenom is shaking thing up by offering more yoga styles—and, for the first time ever, charging a small fee.

4. Blink Fitness opens its 15th location—with many more to come
Equinox’s no-frills budget gym is muscling in on competitors, with a plan to double its number of locations in under-served fitness neighborhoods.

5. Class Action: The People’s Bootcamp
At this pay-what-you-can High Intensity Interval Training class in New York, you’ll hit your limit every single time while being encouraged every step of the way.

6. Are New York’s boutique fitness class prices out of control?
Now 45- to 60-minute classes that cost $30 and up are the norm. It’s a fact: working out in a boutique studio will trim your body fat and your bank account.

7. Class Action: U Flow at U Studios
Classes at New York’s newest yoga studio are keeping it real. They’re deliberately low-key, capped at 25 people, and cost just $10, with a mat.

8. Yoga teachers are living the dream. But are they making a living?
Most yoga teachers are living the dream—they love their jobs. (And enjoy excellent karma.) But are they making a living? In many cases, the answer is no.

9. Yogascapes: A new yoga travel company for the budget-conscious
A yoga vacation in Morocco, Nicaragua, and Italy might cost you less than you think.

10. New York’s personal-training secret that will likely make us do it more
It turns out the same company that sells some of the most expensive personal training sessions in the city is also peddling some of the cheapest.

Want to try an online gym or streaming barre or yoga classes to save some fitness dough? Check out this Cheat Sheet to online workouts.


2 Comments | ADD YOURS

  1. January 12th, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    or Classpass @ Classtivity! Its insanely awesome.

  2. January 16th, 2014 at 12:10 am

    If you are planning to reduce weight then first of all you need a proper trainer so that he/she can properly guide you.

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