Get in Shape With These 6 Invigorating Fitness Ideas on the UWS

With Central Park pretty much right at your doorstep, there’s no excuse for not being active and in shape when living on the Upper West Side. However, perhaps you’re looking for a way to work out when the weather is less than agreeable or you want to exercise beyond going for a run or bike ride. Luckily for you, there are plenty of clubs and gyms on the Upper West Side that make it easier than ever to get fit!

Where to Workout

One of the swankier gyms on the UWS is Equinox Sports Club New York. Located on the top floor, the club offers great views of the city while you work out, as well as a rooftop deck and an outdoor track. Options at the club include one-on-one training, group fitness classes, and a climbing wall. There is also a pool, volleyball and soccer leagues, and boxing rings. The original location of Equinox is still open on West 76th street. That location offers personal training, as well as fitness classes such as barre, pilates, and yoga.

If the Equinox scene isn’t really your thing, you can check out Crunch on West 83rd. Crunch is the type of gym that attracts people who are excited to work out and people who might feel intimidated about visiting other gyms. It’s got plenty of cardio and strength training machines, as well as areas for personal training, group fitness, and yoga.

Creative Classes

The Upper West Side and Upper East Side are home to two dueling brands of fitness classes. You’re either a SoulCycle fan or you’re a Pure Barre fan. Soul Cycle, located in 77th street, is part cardio workout, part spiritual journey. During a 45-minute class, you pedal hard while doing upper body exercises, all to the beat of pulsating music. The thinking is that you can burn up to 700 calories during a single class.

Pure Barre, on Columbus Avenue, is a 55- minute class that takes inspiration from yoga, Pilates, and ballet. Although the exact structure of the class changes frequently, you can expect to do ab work, thigh work, and arm work within a single session, as well as a warmup and cool down.


Central Park is an ideal spot to visit if you want to play tennis. The park has 30 courts between 94th and 96th streets, which are open for the season in April. Four of the courts are hard surface and 26 are clay. You do need to pick up a tennis permit before you can play. The permit lets you play on any court in NYC for the season, and costs between $10 and $200. There’s also the option of purchasing a single play pass for $15.

If your backhand is a bit rusty, you can sign up for group or private lessons from the Central Park Tennis Center. Classes for adults, teens, and kids tend to fill up for the season quickly, so it’s a good idea to register early.

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