No gym worth the name will slack on selling you fitness, that’s what it’s all supposed to be about isn’t it? Well no actually because to get fit you could theoretically do it all yourself. Yet most of us choose to find a gym and go along to classes or sessions just because it’s more fun that way.
But in NYC there are many gyms offering many varying programs. So one of the most important things you need to take into account is what type of exercise experience is on offer while you’re getting fit. This is not an exhaustive survey or a recommendation to choose any particular program, it’s a guide to the type of experiences you are likley to have if you choose some of the most popular exercise programs.
Many gyms these days include the word ‘Bootcamp’ in their PR materials, such as Barry’s Bootcamp, a small chain in NYC that has all of it’s studios in Lower Manhattan. The main graphic on their website is of men and women who are gloriously attractive and with perfectly toned bodies.
That’s the outcome being offered but if the word Bootcamp is included anywhere it means there will some kind of stern sargeant, male or female, out the front of sessions yelling at you to go harder, dig deeper and asking you to do things that are painful. Such an approach definitely gets results so if that is the experience is what you want Barry’s Bootcamp and like gyms are for you.
Yoga has been around in NYC for a long time and is very popular and you can now take classes that offer this exercise discipline in many different forms. Apart from improving your body yoga is a philosophy of calmness, thoughtful wellness in your life practices like eating and the use of meditation to calm your inner turmoil and help you stay positive. You will be exercising and in a very disciplined way, make no mistake about that but it is all enfolded within a philosophy of awareness and peace.
One of the most recent exercise insights to be popularized is the ability to do very little exercise, 4 minutes at a time if you wish, and get very, very aerobically and physically fit. Welcome to High Impact Interval Training, HIIT. It’s offered in many forms and naturally rarely in it’s 4 minute form because few people realize just how powerful an instrument it is. So many gymns offer it but it will almost always be in the context of a half or full hour workout working on different parts of the body as you go along.
The most important thing that is required of you if doing HIIT is you have to exercise flat out to the point of pain in those short bursts of 4-8 minutes. First up this is an excellent way to get very fit but if the idea of putting in your all into it, even for a brief period is not the experience you want give HIIT a miss.
Cycling will get you fit, but if you do it with a whole bunch of people in a dark room, with pounding dance music and a wildly enthusiastic trainer cheering you on you have entered the world of SoulCycle possibly the most successful chain of gyms in NYC. You do get fit but you also have a whale of a time and bond with your fellow cyclists. The word ‘addiction’ is sometimes used to explain the keen support that SoulCycle enthusiasts display. If that’s the experience you want, it’s SoulCycle for you.
I’ve included a new exercise approach, ‘orange therapy that is just hitting NYC in this review because it does offer something different. It offers rowing machines, treadmills, weights and no class that is ever the same as the last, so one of things it offers is variety. but it also hooks you up to a whole bunch of minitoring devices so as you pound away on the treadmill your calories used and how long you spend in the orange zone (peak exercising as per HIIT) shows up on a big screen in front of the whole class. So this is a great exercise for new Yorkers who want to beat out the competition.
All gym routines will get you fit if you apply yourself steadily to them. but one of the most important aspects of a good exercise routine is that you enjoy it and can stick with it. All of the above is there to help you work out what suits you, what you can stick with. Good luck with your exercising in 2016.