For those looking for an aggressive all over body workout without breaking the bank, then head over to Church Street Boxing Gym, located at 25 Park Place in Lower Manhattan. While this old-style, back-to-basics gym has been visited by the likes of Evander Holyfield, Lennox Lewis, Felix Trinidad and Mike Tyson, they have programs designed for all skills levels and experience. The top-notch boxing instructors are current or former fighters, including several Golden Gloves champions and national champions. For those who want to give the sport a try, check out $5 Fridays. This bargain enables you to take one introductory class to see if this boxing is right for you. All equipment is provided. Everyone who completes the introductory class received a coupon for 10% off any class or membership of 3 months or longer. For more information go to www.nyboxinggym.com or call 212-571-1333.
Another option for those who want to get off the couch and get into shape but lack the funds to vacation at a chi-chi spa, consider stepping into Laughing Lotus, a playful 4,000 square foot yoga studio located in Chelsea (59 West 19th Street, 3rd Floor). While these spirited free-form style of Vinyasa yoga classes can be physically intense, the lighthearted nature of this space brings a fresh attitude to the New York yoga scene. For only $60.00, potential yogis can take a four absolute beginner classes that includes an introduction into yoga philosophy, yoga breathing and meditation, and of course the basic poses. Another option for first timers is to purchase a $30.00 introductory 3 class card (expires in a month) or a $20.00 card that offers unlimited yoga for a week. During the summer, they are offering free yoga classes on Wednesday nights from 7pm to 8pm at the park located on 10th Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets. For more information log on to http://www.laughinglotus.com/ or call 212-414-2903.
Another option for budget conscious New Yorkers would be to check out The New York City Parks and Recreation Department at http://www.nycgovparks.org/befitnyc. Here one can find detailed information about the various recreation centers scattered across the five boroughs, as well as fitness offerings available in one of the city’s parks. Depending on the facility, one can find swimming, exercise classes, weight rooms and other amenities. While the services might not rival a fancy spa, the price is right and many of the facilities are surprisingly clean and in good shape. Also, during the summer, the New York City Parks and Recreation Department offer a wide range of free offerings including power walks, shape-up classes, yoga and Adventure Courses at Alley Pond.
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