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Want to enjoy a serious workout during your trip to New York City? You can experience some of the best fitness centers and boutique exercise studios in the Big Apple—including some clubs, classes, and programs you can’t find anywhere else—without dropping $40 on a single class or committing to a month-long membership.
Many of the best gyms in New York City offer day passes, and some even provide complimentary passes to guests interested in checking out the facilities (or squeezing in a free workout or two during a trip to New York).
Whether you want to try one of the trendiest classes or just want to check out the New York fitness scene, these are the best gyms in the city that offer day passes.
With more than a dozen locations around Manhattan and a handful in Brooklyn, Equinox fitness centers are some of the most popular in the city. You can come here to take advantage of the cardio equipment, weight machines, free weights, and group fitness classes, plus the upscale locker rooms with Kiehl’s lotions, soaps, and other high-end amenities. Grab a free day pass online, or ask a membership advisor about the three-day guest pass.
New to barre? Travelers interested in the cult fitness phenomenon can get their first class free at Pure Barre. There are half a dozen studios around Manhattan where you can try an introductory Foundations class, typically $36. Just remember to bring your leggings and grippy socks—trust us.
Head online to request a free one-day guest pass for Crunch, a gym that also offers group fitness classes (boxing, spin, yoga and more). There are cardio stations, free weights and plenty of resistance machines, and you won’t have any trouble finding a Crunch Signature club in Manhattan. All these locations (there are over a dozen) have upscale Rituals products and saunas or steam rooms.
Colorful, straightforward Blink fitness centers are all over New York, and great for travelers who want a no-fuss cardio or strength training workout. There are no classes, so keep that in mind if you’re the kind of traveler who likes to start or end a workout with a Pilates session or yoga class. You can book a free, one-day guest pass online, and it’s valid for 30 days.
Get a free one-day pass just by visiting the Life Time website. This high-end “athletic resort” chain has been rapidly expanding around Manhattan thanks to a partnership with New York Health & Racquet Club. Because many locations are still under construction, you’ll probably want to head to the Life Time Sky location. There’s an indoor lap pool, basketball court, an outdoor pool and sky deck, saunas and steam rooms — you name it. So, consider this your one-day spa pass, too.
Travelers in search of a high-level yoga or barre class can get a free trial class through Pure Yoga, which has two locations in Manhattan (Pure West, at 77th and Amsterdam, and Pure East, at 86th and 3rd Avenue). These are seriously Zen retreats that feel worlds away from the bustle of Manhattan — just be sure to choose your class wisely, because classes are usually only open to members.
One of the most ubiquitous gyms in New York, there are nearly 40 New York Sports Club locations in Manhattan alone. Sign up for a free trial class online, and you’ll also get access to the club for three full days. Classes range from studio cycling to yoga, pilates, boot camp training and more.
There’s so much more to explore in New York City. Check out our NYC Travel Guide for recommendations on where to eat and what to do here in New York.