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May 1, 2007

reebok sports club is considered really good, but I haven't been there so I can't really say. It is on the upper west-side if I'm not mistaken? But there are many celebrities who go....should expect a heftier price.

May 2, 2007

Equinox clubs are the best in my opinion. They are all over the city and you can use any of them if you pay for the all-access membership. The initiation cost varies depending on your job, credit card membership, etc. The monthly cost is $150; it's worth it to me as the facilities are extremely clean and rarely crowded. Equinox has newer (and more) equipment than the Reebok and the Crunch fitness clubs that I've visited. My $.02.

May 3, 2007

Ya Equinox is the best gym in NYC if you don't mind the price. This is the only one I have been to in the city so I can't comment on the best at a more affordable price. Crunch maybe?

May 8, 2007

Many (including Equinox) give a discount or will wave initiation for you depending on where you work. I believe all of the BBs are covered.

Either you sling crack rock or you got a wicked jump shot

May 8, 2007

I thought Equinox was mostly for broads

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May 8, 2007
Seanc:

I thought Equinox was mostly for broads

You say this like it's not a reason to go there.

Either you sling crack rock or you got a wicked jump shot

May 14, 2007
Seanc:

I thought Equinox was mostly for broads

Are you wearing a fur coat and drinking bootlegged liquor at a speakeasy?

May 8, 2007
fp175:
Seanc:

I thought Equinox was mostly for broads

Are you wearing a fur coat and drinking bootlegged liquor at a speakeasy?

HAHAHAAA

"Hey see any good dames around here?"

Either you sling crack rock or you got a wicked jump shot

May 8, 2007

Maybe you've been away from the US too long fp, don't you know that "broads" is back in a big way ?

May 15, 2007

people for some reason knock on this but they are a great gym, a ton of locations in the city, all of them have pools and steam rooms and saunas, plus squash courts and you can use the golf clubs and beach clubs they have in the summer (granted they arent hamptonish but its still included in the monthly price). And the monthly price is less than the membership to one equinox

May 15, 2007

what does a membership to NY health & racket run? monthly, upfront, other. Thanks

May 15, 2007

jog to work.

May 15, 2007

Anyone do Crossfit?

May 15, 2007

can't really jog to work (would be about a 5 min jog)...Bratwurst, thanks for the info, how much do you pay for NYH&R?

May 15, 2007

There's a Gold's Gym on 54th. It's not as high class as NYH&R, but its a good gym.

May 15, 2007

how are NYU dorm gyms? i think there's a gym in Palladium...

May 15, 2007

How much is Equinox? I know everyone talks about it being "expensive", but what does that mean? $100/mo? More?

How about the other clubs mentioned (NYHR, Gold's)?

Titanboxer - Never done crossfit myself, but I am interested in it. Do you do it somewhere else?

There is a crossfit NYC club, but it looks like they are in the process of moving right now: http://www.crossfitnyc.com

May 15, 2007

crossfit is awesome ive done it at college for awhile, i'm trying to figure out if ill be able to do it in nyc, hopefully the new gym will have showers/lockeroom so i could get in on my way to work

May 15, 2007

The 63rd and Lexington Equinox was $160 a month with a corporate discount I think.

May 15, 2007

Gold's comes out to 50 a month with corporate discount when you buy at least a year and pay in full.

May 15, 2007

i don't know about specific locations but with my corporate discount, equinox is $127.50 a month taken out of my paycheck pre-tax, which if you assume a 34% tax rate, is like $84 a month out of pocket, so its still on the expensive side but not so bad.

i'm starting next week and am subsequently going to check out an equinox in midtown so i'll post about it after i see what they've got to offer

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May 15, 2007
EE:

i don't know about specific locations but with my corporate discount, equinox is $127.50 a month taken out of my paycheck pre-tax, which if you assume a 34% tax rate, is like $84 a month out of pocket, so its still on the expensive side but not so bad.

i'm starting next week and am subsequently going to check out an equinox in midtown so i'll post about it after i see what they've got to offer

Could you give more detail on how your membership is paid pre-tax? I understand that your getting your membership paid out of your paycheck pre-tax, but I think it's still actually included in taxable gross income. I tried searching google to find out, but all I came across was this:
http://209.85.215.104/search?q=cache:27BnDsCIi7QJ:...
I'm unaware of any deduction for gym memberships, and I'd like to find out if there is one. Thanks

May 15, 2007

I'm unfamiliar with how deductions work on income taxes and payroll taxes. Perhaps, because the membership is paid out of your paycheck, it is exempt from payroll tax but still included for income tax purposes.

But, it might be as simple as you getting the discount for arranging auto payment. Still curious. Thanks if you do follow up. Don't worry about it though.

May 15, 2007

Here's an explanation of how it works for transportation. Many companies do this for the unlimited monthly subway cards.

http://www.mta.info/mta/pdf/tranben.pdf
I've never heard of this being done w/ gym memberships though. From my understanding, the Fed & State tax code doesn't allow and sort of employer / employee deduction for this.

May 15, 2007

I couldn't remember what section covered this for transportation, but wikipedia proved useful: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internal_Revenue_Code...(a)
Found the answer for gym memberships though. Treasury Reg section 1.132-6(e)(2) provides examples of fringe benefits to which the de minimis rules do not apply, including membership in an athletic facility. http://www.nysscpa.org/cpajournal/2006/406/essenti...
Taxes annoy me.

May 15, 2007

there was a lengthy discussion about this very topic of "good midtown gyms" scarcely a month ago......

http://wallstreetoasis.com/forums/good-gyms-in-mid...

May 15, 2007

Don't a lot of banks even have gyms in their buildings? Anyone know how these are?

May 15, 2007

There's a New York Sports Club on 6th and 48th.

May 15, 2007

so just to follow up, its day 2 of my employment and i found out about this gym stuff.

i was wrong, its post-tax. only benefit of a corporate membership is that the company pays the inititation fee and all that other good stuff.

otherwise it is pretty standard. i'm not sure about equinox anymore...

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May 15, 2007

Bump

May 15, 2007

I go to NYSC, none of the staff ever bothered me about their classes, and I just lift.

I think they're also having a deal right now that's $20/month with no enrollment fee (usually $200). Though keep in mind they do have an annual fee of $50 that you need to pay up front and there is a $35 cancellation fee.

May 15, 2007

The NYSC by Columbus circle probably isnt $20 a month. I think thats only in select locations in NYC

May 15, 2007

consider home workouts like insanity, p90x, p90x3, etc.. saves a ton of time and depending on which program you do, you do get what you want.. not to mention you save a tom of time and money..

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May 15, 2007

Which equinox gym in NYC has the hottest chicks? I've heard great things about the ones in columbus circle, soho, and west village.

May 15, 2007

^include Flatiron location too

May 15, 2007

New York Health & Racquet on 56th between 6th and 7th is functional, has a reasonable sized weights area.

Staff won't hassle you at all.

They have a reasonable range of classes if that's your sort of thing. See the website for details.

Change rooms and showers are reasonable. Has steam room and sauna in the men's section.

It's about 7-8 minutes walk from Columbus Circle, which can mean post-workout suit sweat on the walk back over summer.

Pricing should be on their website.

EDIT: http://nyhrc.com/find-club/56th-street

May 15, 2007

Sounds reasonable.

May 15, 2007

Between NYHRC and NYSC , which one is better $50 vs $85 with corporate discount month - month commitment.

Thoughts ?

May 15, 2007

there is a Reebok sports club around mid-60s street... i hear membership is expensive... > $200 per month... but maybe they have better weights or something

May 15, 2007

Better weights?? Do they weigh more? Are they coated in pink rubber?

May 15, 2007

YMCA. 64th and broadway. Largest Y in the country (according to some old dude who randomly started talking to me in the hall), tremendous weight room with open layout. 70 bucks a month no contract-- you're welcome

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May 15, 2007

lol, I clicked on this thread thinking you wanted to network while lifting weights (which I was gonna advise you not to do), but racketball/tennis/golf makes sense. Don't know how to answer though cause i stick to basketball and hockey.

May 15, 2007

what's your budget? crunch and nysc are pretty cheap and have tons of locations. nysc has classes all the time which makes it easier to 1) get in the habit of regularly going to the gym and 2) network with members. if you want to throw down some more dough, consider places like equinox, reebok, and nyac.

equinox is famous for being the most expensive gym in the city but i've never been a member so i can't rate it from a networking perspective. i am a member at reebok and it definitely has a club-like atmosphere that is conducive of networking though not nearly as much as something like nyac.

if you went to a "presitigous" college/university, consider joining your school's alumni club. the harvard and yale clubs, for example, offer incredible atmospheres for fitness, leisure, and networking.

if you want golf, and variety, join chelsa piers. it's really the only option in the city. they have a huge driving range (not course) and tons of facilities however they don't have tennis or racquetball courts.

May 15, 2007
turtles:

what's your budget? crunch and nysc are pretty cheap and have tons of locations. nysc has classes all the time which makes it easier to 1) get in the habit of regularly going to the gym and 2) network with members. if you want to throw down some more dough, consider places like equinox, reebok, and nyac.

equinox is famous for being the most expensive gym in the city but i've never been a member so i can't rate it from a networking perspective. i am a member at reebok and it definitely has a club-like atmosphere that is conducive of networking though not nearly as much as something like nyac.

if you went to a "presitigous" college/university, consider joining your school's alumni club. the harvard and yale clubs, for example, offer incredible atmospheres for fitness, leisure, and networking.

if you want golf, and variety, join chelsa piers. it's really the only option in the city. they have a huge driving range (not course) and tons of facilities however they don't have tennis or racquetball courts.

stfu freshman

May 15, 2007

bonerjamz

May 15, 2007

The Yale club if you went to Yale, Dartmouth, or UVa.

May 15, 2007

I heard Xclusive is pretty good.

May 15, 2007

Ooof, owned MoCo.

May 15, 2007

If you join a gym to network, you are a tool. I am a little more favorable to joining a social or alumni club (NYAC, Harvard/Yale, etc) for networking purposes since they're by nature about group interactions, events, alumni connections etc. One thing I've found is that once you're in the real world/not actively looking for a job, it often rubs people the wrong way if you're constantly blatantly "networking," ie trying to befriend or impress older/richer people who have something to offer you. It's better to let networks come about more organically once you're on stable footing-your connections will have more respect for you because of it.

May 15, 2007
Kenny_Powers_CFA:

If you join a gym to network, you are a tool. I am a little more favorable to joining a social or alumni club (NYSC, Harvard/Yale, etc) for networking purposes since they're by nature about group interactions, events, alumni connections etc. One thing I've found is that once you're in the real world/not actively looking for a job, it often rubs people the wrong way if you're constantly blatantly "networking," ie trying to befriend or impress older/richer people who have something to offer you. It's better to let networks come about more organically once you're on stable footing-your connections will have more respect for you because of it.

Great point about letting networks form instead of actively trying to make them. Also, you meant to reference NYAC and not NYSC, right? Not to shove it in your face but NYSC is definitely not a social/alumni club.

May 15, 2007

Kenny: I swear to god every time I see your picture I hear Kenny Powers yelling, "You're fucking out!"

May 15, 2007
D M:

Kenny: I swear to god every time I see your picture I hear Kenny Powers yelling, "You're fucking out!"

And you, D M, stfu brown noser.

-College / University: Belgian College of Evil & Evil Sciences
-Degree & Major: B.S in Evil Science, M.S in Applied Evil Sciences, Ph.D in Applied Evil Sciences and 19th Century Belgian Evil Literature

What are you, a fucking kid?

May 15, 2007

Turtle, you're 100% right, meant NYAC not NYSC.

May 15, 2007

I got more out of joining a fishing club than a gym. As far as gyms go, every MD that I ever met who worked out regularly went to Equinox, with the exception of one.....and she went to her company's gym.

May 15, 2007

How did I get owned? I wasn't just referring to this thread specifically. It's just really annoying to hear turtles give internship advice and such....and he's only a freshman working in PWM as an unpaid intern. It's up to you guys to listen to his advice. I'm just saying I wouldn't.

May 15, 2007

A funny kid.

I think that we are all clinging to a great many piano tops...

May 15, 2007

A hilarious kid, I might add.

May 15, 2007

If you have an alumni club I would join that.

Other gyms are just gyms, not really a networking opportunity.

NYAC definitely has networking opportunities but is also very expensive to join (and you have to be recommended by current members).

May 15, 2007

Best GYMS for NETWORKING? Are you people INSANE?

This is exactly why exclusive clubs like Harvard Club, New York Racquet Club, University Club, Union Club, New York Yach Club exist...so successful people can avoid some idiot with a s*** eating grin passing out business cards in the shower....

I mean seriously patrick just pick a gym based on what you can afford/is convenient and play sports to enjoy them/stay fit. you will meet a lot more people that way. no one likes a social climber...

May 15, 2007
deal_mkr:

Best GYMS for NETWORKING? Are you people INSANE?

This is exactly why exclusive clubs like Harvard Club, New York Racquet Club, University Club, Union Club, New York Yach Club exist...so successful people can avoid some idiot with a s*** eating grin passing out business cards in the shower....

I mean seriously patrick just pick a gym based on what you can afford/is convenient and play sports to enjoy them/stay fit. you will meet a lot more people that way. no one likes a social climber...

New elevators are being sold with the premise of tracking passengers with the express reason of making sure high value personnel don't have to come into contact with people farther down the food chain....and people will find a way around that as well. The more that someone tries to isolate themselves from the 'common folk', the harder some ambitious person will try to reach them - or take advantage of the fact that they are inaccessible and thus isolated....

Easy examples: Pres Ford joined a sports team just to get close to a law school admissions person. LBJ used to hang out in the locker room when he first moved to Washington, simply to meet everyone and make sure everyone knew who he was - the guys his age who hung out in the social clubs did not end up president....

....I'm just the messenger

May 15, 2007

I pay $70 or so at NYSC, but Crunch is a better gym.

May 15, 2007

GS @ 85 Broad Street

May 15, 2007
LondonE1:

GS @ 85 Broad Street

Not if you're a college junior interning in London.

May 15, 2007
LondonE1:

GS @ 85 Broad Street

Uhhh, yeah ok douch bag. I meant real gym, not running downstairs to get people coffee... although that may count as a workout for fat d-bags with bad dental hygiene.

May 15, 2007

Broad street? isn't their gym and and IB division @ maiden lane?

May 15, 2007

now an apartment building but houses a baller gym for GS bankers (but not limited to GS bankers) as well

May 15, 2007

New York Sports Club offers a universal membership that allows you to use any of of their gyms. It is worth the extra membership fee if you travel a lot for business and don't want to skip a routine or use a lesser quality hotel gym.

A lot of the membership fees are negotiable and may be discounted if you bring in new business to the gym - i.e convince a friend to sign up.

May 15, 2007

Equinox. The spin classes are entertaining.

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/09/19/america/...

May 15, 2007
you-down-with-SEC:

Equinox. The spin classes are entertaining.

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2007/09/19/america/...

Thats hysterical

May 15, 2007

nysc - pay $70 a month. looked into equinox and the gym on 63/lex is incredible but $165/mo is absurd.

May 15, 2007
iambateman:

nysc - pay $70 a month. looked into equinox and the gym on 63/lex is incredible but $165/mo is absurd.

absurd indeed... even with corporate rates, its still around $110/mo

May 15, 2007

I also heard equinox is home to some of the hottest mlfs!

May 15, 2007
dipset1011:

I also heard equinox is home to some of the hottest milfs!

May 15, 2007

when I was a soph SA, I went to the gym at lunch once and I saw the hottest milfs. milfs come at lunch time kids.

May 15, 2007

whatever one work will subsidize

May 15, 2007

Just do better that NY Sports Club.

May 15, 2007

Reebok. Carpets in the locker rooms!

May 15, 2007

If you can - try signing up for the NYSC student membership

Its $20 for 1 gym monthly, or $30 yearly for all gyms - You need to be under 22 I believe and have a student ID. Best thing is that it never expires 8]

May 15, 2007

$70 a month is pretty run-of-the-mill. You can definitely spend less (I have friends at NYSC for $30 a month who managed to finagle a student rate, or you can check if Blink has a location near you), but there are many (nicer, better) places that are more expensive than $70.

May 15, 2007

Just jump in the Hudson and do some laps, or run in Central park for free.

May 15, 2007

Need to lift too, dude...

May 15, 2007

You won't find anything for $30/month.. welcome to NYC.

May 15, 2007

24-Hour Fitness on 53rd and Lexington.

$79.99/month and 24/7

Pros:
- Clean facilities (including lockerooms)
- Lockers that lock themselves
- Good cardio section with a lot of machines
- Wide range of dumbbells
- Proximity (a lot of banks are on Park Ave)
- You'll see co-workers, friends, etc. there
- Some attractive women
- Saunas, steam rooms

Cons:
- Limited weightlifting area
- Way too crowded during peak hours (especially 5-8pm)
- Limited room to maneuver in weight room

May 15, 2007

Your bank doesn't have a gym inside the building?

May 15, 2007
A Posse Ad Esse:

Your bank doesn't have a gym inside the building?

Yeah, what kind of bucket shop are you working for man?

May 15, 2007

NYSC is decent equinox is where the fags go

May 15, 2007

1.) The one in your building.
2.) Central Park
3.) I really like the pool at Manhattan Plaza, but they're only 6-11 PM.

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May 15, 2007
IlliniProgrammer:

1.) The one in your building.
2.) Central Park
3.) I really like the pool at Manhattan Plaza, but they're only 6-11 PM.

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May 15, 2007

planet Fitness $1 to join and them $10 a month with no contract. Just beware you get what you pay for.

May 15, 2007

find a local BBers/PLers gym (usually fairly cheap),... somewhere you can throw some steel around with people who are strong

-Swol

May 15, 2007

Check out YMCA's.

Professional Bro,
J. Cans

May 15, 2007

there are no PL gyms in manhattan to my knowledge. in fact, i hear it's hard to even find a place with a power rack...

but yes, check out ymca

BossMode

May 15, 2007

Join Reebok, its worth it just so you can get demoralized in a pickup game by a left handed Baron Davis

May 15, 2007

i agree, its annoying that all the manhattan gyms are overly fancy -- I just need a power rack, jump rope, place to do dips (thats it, i think?)

anyway, what neighborhood? dolphin in the east village is super cheap (i left b/c they got rid of the squat rack, but who knows they might've brought it back), cityfitness in the east village is also cheap and i pay month-to-month -- they have a power rack and a platform for deads/cleans

May 15, 2007

Also, not sure if theyre cheap, but you can use this search to find PL gyms in NY: http://www.powerliftingwatch.com/node/4420

May 15, 2007

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May 15, 2007

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May 15, 2007

new york athletic club?

May 15, 2007

Curves

...if you're looking to pick up post-menopausal women.

May 15, 2007

For the young banker on the go looking to spend too much on a trendy gym.

May 15, 2007

Gym costs suck here too...I'm paying $75/month at NYSC, and that's the cheapest gym around. Equinox and the like are well over $100...

May 15, 2007

what are the name/location of some "meat market" gyms in SO CAL?

May 15, 2007

i would assume anywhere that is cheap and has group classes (yoga and crap)

unless you're looking for MILFs, then go somewhere trendy/expensive

May 3, 2007

in cali that gym is called 24 hour fitness. the girls at the ones I would go to were ridiculous. PowerMonkey is right about equinox--overpaying for something that you won't be using all that much when you start work unless its right next to your office. Some banks have gyms in the office building...

May 15, 2007

Yes on 24 Hour Fitness.

The gyms near colleges or around trendy districts are best.

May 15, 2007

My sister works out at the equinox in tribeca and spotted jessica alba. Her friend saw giselle bundchen at equinox soho. So I guess equinox would be your best bet.

May 15, 2007

lifetime?

May 15, 2007

Just hit the pavement homie. Go for a jog, do pull ups on scaffolding bars and do dips off your dining room chair etc.

You might still be able to join a $100 a month gym at a discounted rate through your employer and summer / new years resolution savings time etc.

May 15, 2007

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Here to learn and hopefully pass on some knowledge as well. SB if I helped.

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