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Let’s just address the elephant in the room. Cycling is exorbitant... Then again, it’s also a killer workout and something you could never do alone on a stationary bike. Once in a blue moon, allow yourself to shed $34 and 800 calories. (Pro tip: Shave off a few bucks by going to Cyc, Syncstudio or Crank, which are only $25.)
You don’t need a fancy membership to Equinox or Asphalt Green just for their lap pools. Spend $150 a year (that’s $12.50 a month) to access any of New York City’s indoor recreation centers. Most have indoor pools with designated lap-swimming hours.
Kettle bells are best left to the professionals--at least until you’ve perfected your form. Newbies to dead-lifting should invest the $34 in, say, a few Fhitting Room classes to get into the swing of it.
Even if you took ballet lessons from 3 to 23, you still need some kind of group mentality to push yourself to hold a grande plié until you cry. Every studio (PureBarre, Physique57, Xtend Barre, Ballet Beautiful, the list goes one) has a slightly different approach, so find one that is personally worth your 30-plus dollars.
We know, we know. Them’s fighting words. One-on-one attention from a master yogi is a beautiful thing. However, if you’re just looking to do some downward dogs (and don’t mind a sweaty stranger inches away from you), head to Yoga to the People (we love the Astor Place location) and pay as you like.
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The great Missy Elliott once said, “Is it worth it? Let me work it.” Doubtful that she was dropping rhymes about NYC’s boutique-fitness scene but it’s fitting nonetheless.
Exercising around here gets expensive. However, that doesn’t mean you have to shell out across the board. For every $40 spin class, you can balance it with free yoga.
Here’s how to see if you’re spending your dollars wisely.
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