The Real Cost of Keeping Fit
You don't need major cash flow to tailor a fitness program that will help you get a handle on your behind. Says Jim Martin at Modell's (86th Street and Third Avenue), "The skip-rope is fun and good for indoors." By varying jumping styles every day, you could be ready to run in a month. At $4.99, it's the most economical and immediate way to get on the fitness track.
If you need more motivation, join a gym. Many offer great classes, one free personal training session with each new membership, group rates, and a referral reward. Gyms have moved a long way beyond aerobics and step classes, offering some form of yoga or Pilates (even "yogilates"), as well as kickboxing, spinning, boxing, prenatal, circus, ballet, jazz, modern, or funk-flavored workouts. You can also find (at additional cost) a personal trainer, spa treatments, rock-climbing adventures, healthy snacks, paraphernalia, saunas, and massage.
If you long to look like that temp who moonlights as a dancer, go right to the sourceone of the many studios that offer holistic yoga and Pilates fitness, like Movement Salon (190 Third Avenue) or Tribeca Bodyworks (177 Duane Street). Dance studios like Broadway Dance Center and Steps offer a range of classes, allowing you to reach optimum body awareness by balancing dance technique with floor-barre, TaeBox, yoga, Pilates mat, belly dancing, or dance exercise.
The Bare Minimum
jogging, sit-ups, push-ups = $0
Everlast jump rope = $4.99
your old sweats, shorts, T-shirts = $0
new sneakers at Payless = $14.99
Taebo tapes = $29
the AB-slide (as seen on TV) = $39.99
Orbitrek cross-training machine (optional) = $199.99
Russell Athletic T-shirt = $11.99
Adidas wind pants = $29.99
$110.97 or $310.96 (with Orbitrek)
initiation + six months' fees at a chain gym:
A. New York Sports Club (212-860-8630) = $709
B. Crunch (212-420-0507) = $827
C. Equinox (212-439-8500) = $1275
Freeplay pants = $19.99
matching tank top with built-in bra = $12.99
new Saucony sneakers = $40
10-pack of personal training sessions:
A. $590 (NYSC)
B. $740 (Crunch)
C. $720 (Equinox)
A. $781.98 or $1371.98 (with 10-pack)
B. $899.98 or $1639.98 (with 10-pack)
C. $1347.98 or $2067.98 (with 10-pack).
Be sure to check for specials, promos, and group rates. Fees may vary by location.
The Chic Alternative
yoga, Pilates, gyrotonics, or floor-barre, 10-class card:
A. Movement Salon (212-420-7242) = $80
B. Steps (212-874-2410) = $110
C. Broadway Dance Center (212-582-9304) = $115
Danskin sweatpants = $24.99
Champion sports bra = $22
Pilates "sticky" mat = $30
Movement Salon intro package (includes three classes, 1/2-hour massage, 1/2-hour private Pilates session) = $50
10 private Pilates sessions = $450
A. $126.99 or $156.99 (with intro package) or $626.99 (intro package + 10 private sessions)
where the beautiful people go to stay beautiful:
initiation + six months' fees at Reebok Sports Club NY (212-362-6800) = $2328
Nike running shoes = $149
DKNY activewear pants = $59
DKNY activewear tank = $36
10-pack of personal training sessions = $730
$2572 or $3302 (with 10-pack)
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