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In an era of big-box gyms and boutique fitness studios, Ludlow Fitness is the gym you wish you had in your neighborhood — or, if you live on the Lower East Side, the gym you’re pleased to support. Watch the pedestrian traffic on Delancey from a treadmill next to the second-floor window, head down to the basement for a heart-pounding boot camp, or lift weights without feeling like you’re being judged. The equipment is modern and well maintained, the classes are plentiful and effective, and the vibe is relaxed, setting this place apart from workout facilities that more closely resemble a nightclub. In other words, you can just work out without the attendant preening and strutting often associated with sweating in this town. Best of all, the price is right: As of this writing, membership costs $75, and the price can dip as low as $39 per month if you pay for a year up front. 100 Delancey Street, Manhattan 10002, 212-260-9222, ludlowfitness.com

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