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Welcome to Racked's Fitness Week: five days of workout coverage, so that you can start your New Year's resolutions off right.


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Though we'd love to attend the city's boutique fitness studios every day, the truth is our wallets won't allow it. Between rent, internet, and our monthly sample sale allowance, justifying a $34 spin class can be pretty difficult. And unless you have the motivation to head out for a solo run every time you need to get your heart rate up, you have to pay to sweat it out. But the good news is, you don't always have to pay a lot for it.

Here, we've rounded up a list of 25 places for working out on a budget. We've got a whole range of options here, from your standard gyms to donation-based yoga studios to some of the city's best running clubs. In other words, there's a cheap workout for every body—literally. Check out our map after the jump and get excited for knocking out two New Year's resolutions at once—getting fit and saving cash.


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1. J's Big Gym

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625 W 181st St
New York, NY 10033
(212) 568-2444
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In case you were looking for a cheap gym and tattoo parlor hybrid, this Washington Heights outpost is calling your name—after your sweat sesh, get inked at Higher Level Tattoo. There's also several payment plans available for their various low-price memberships. [Photo]

2. Beloved Yogi Harlem

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678 St. Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY 10031
(917) 569-5790
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If you drop in for a class at this Harlem studio, there's a suggested donation of $10. Or if you're a regular, you can give the suggested donation of $80 for as many classes as you can (hand)stand in a month. [Photo]

3. Harlem Yoga Studio

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44 W 125th St
New York, NY 10027
(917) 538-0457
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Each 60-minute yoga class is just $12, while 90-minute classes and any pilates class is $14. But their community yoga classes, held a few times a week, have a suggested donation of just $6. No membership required—just drop in whenever you need to get your vinyasa flow on. [Photo]

4. The Reservoir Dogs

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1193-1199 5th Ave
New York, NY 10029
No commitment necessary when you first show up for this running club, which meets in and around Central Park. Try out a few runs and see how you like it before paying their $35 annual membership fee. [Photo]

5. Synergy Fitness Clubs

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1781 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10128
(212) 426-0909
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One Racked reader recently paid $40 a month with a one-year contract for this location, which is one of their many 24-hour gyms. Certain locations also have group classes available. [Photo]

6. Bikram Yoga NYC - Upper West Side

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143 W 72nd St
New York, NY 10023
(212) 724-7303
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Though purchasing a regular single class is $25, this studio and its sister sites across Manhattan offer several classes a day that are just $8 to drop in. If you're new to Bikram, you can also pick up a 30-day unlimited pass for $39. [Photo]

7. Bally Total Fitness

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350 W 50th St
New York, NY 10019
(212) 265-9400
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At many all-purpose budget gyms, you often sacrifice group classes. Not so at BTF: All classes are included with a $35 monthly membership. Or get access to all their gyms for just $5 more. [Photo]

8. Mid-City Gym & Tanning

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244 W 49th St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 582-8924
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A convenient option for the midtown work crowd that's not getting Wall Street salaries. Rates start as low as $20 a month for a single gym membership, while tanning packages (if that's your thing) are sold separately. [Photo]

9. Boom Fitness

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4 Park Ave
New York, NY 10016
(212) 545-9590
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If you're ready to pay a bigger up-front initiation fee, you can lock in a $20 monthly membership rate for life. Short on cash after the holiday sales? There's a package with a much smaller fee and a $30 rate. Either way, you get access to tons of cardio equipment, free weights, and classes. [Photo]

10. Lucille Roberts

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(212) 255-3999
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Sure, their commercials may be a bit cheesy, but their prices certainly aren't: Membership to this gym is $23.88 with just a $1 registration—and that's not a New Year's resolution special. That provides access to all gyms and classes as well as personal training discounts. [Photo]

11. Yoga to the People

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12 Saint Marks Pl
New York, NY 10003
(917) 573-9642
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This donation-based studio suggests a payment of $10 per class, but you can give what you wish. Be sure to arrive early, as these no-registration classes fill up fast, and be comfortable getting into down dog about ten inches away from your classmate. [Photo]

12. Blink Fitness

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692 Broadway
New York, NY 10012
(212) 228-7000
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This Equinox no-frills off-shoot boasts tons of new equipment, lots of HD TVs, and a price tag that won't sweat your wallet: While this location is $20 a month, other gyms like the new Astoria one is only $15. Their personal training packages are also some of the cheapest you'll find on our fair island. [Photo]

13. Sixth Street Pilates

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525 E 6th St
New York, NY 10009
(212) 667-5545
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Doing pilates in a clean, dedicated studio isn't just a privilege for the rich. At this East Village spot, drop in for a mat class for just $14, or pick up a ten-class card for $120 and consider it your budget fitness splurge. [Photo]

14. Dolphin Fitness

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94 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 387-9500
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None of the membership plans offered at this basics gym (that is, no classes) include initiation fees or maintenance dues. Drop $129 for a six-month membership, or start out slow with just $39 for one month. [Photo]

15. Ludlow Fitness

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100 Delancey St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 260-9222
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A private gym atmosphere without the private gym price tag. If you pay a year's membership up front, with no additional initiation fee, it works out to $37.50 a month. Not ready to drop a bunch of cash at once? Check out their shorter commitment options. [Photo]

16. East River Park Track Club

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E River Promenade
New York, NY 10002
(212) 639-9675
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Just $40 for an entire year gets you multiple track workouts and long runs per week based out of the scenic East River Park. There's even simulated "hill runs" up the Williamsburg Bridge pedestrian path. [Photo]

17. Hosh Yoga

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55 Nassau Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222
(718) 599-9642
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All donations, all the time—pay as little as $5 per class each time you go, but feel free to give more if your budget allows. You also have the option to make a lump sum donation online, and bring in proof of payment for a bunch of classes. [Photo]

18. North Brooklyn Runners

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780 Lorimer St
Brooklyn, NY 11222
Here's the cheapest option on the map (literally): Membership costs "Nothing, nadda, $0," according to their FAQ. Check the calendar for their scheduled runs and then lace up at the recycling bins at the north end of the track in McCarren Park. [Photo]

19. Metropolitan Pool and Recreation Center

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261 Bedford Ave
New York, NY 11211
(718) 599-5707
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Just one of several affordable fitness centers run by the city's Parks Department, this Brooklyn location boasts an indoor pool for year-round laps, as well as great cardio equipment and classes. $150 a year gets you access to all locations throughout the five boroughs. [Photo]

20. Planet Fitness

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777 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 650-6704
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How they manage to maintain their $10 down, $10 a month pricing while still paying New York City rents is baffling, but we're not about to question it. Double that monthly fee for unlimited access to any of the chain's gyms around the country. [Photo]

21. Prospect Park Track Club

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Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
Kings, New York 11238
(718) 287-3400
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Get thrice-weekly group runs, speed workouts, and discounts on race entry fees for $25 a year when you join this decades-old organization. Running with a significant other? There's a discount rate for families. [Photo]

22. Brooklyn Yoga Collective

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795 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 292-7214
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Classes at this Pro-Cro studio are priced on a sliding scale from $7 to $15, which essentially means you give more on pay day and less the day before pay day. Teachers offer 90-minute sessions for all levels of yogis, so every student can find her fit. [Photo]

23. Harbor Fitness

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191 15th St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 965-6200
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This Brooklyn chain is a bit higher-priced than some of our other budget options here, with a $60 monthly rate and a year-long commitment. But with access to all four of its 24-hour gyms and all the amenities, including complimentary child care, you won't be sweating away your money here. [Photo]

24. Yoga Agora

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33-02 Broadway
Astoria, NY 11106
(718) 626-0680
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It's just $5 to drop in at any class you wish, and they offer a wide range of levels for a donation-based studio. Just make sure you show up early—they'll turn off their door's buzzer once the class is full. [Photo]

25. Life Health & Fitness

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37-11 35th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101
(718) 349-3494
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No need to commute to Manhattan for a cheap sweat—the month-to-month rate at this Queens gym is only $50, though it's cheaper if you can pay the year up front. There's also discounted rates for students, teachers, transit employees, and more. [Photo]

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1. J's Big Gym

625 W 181st St, New York, NY 10033
In case you were looking for a cheap gym and tattoo parlor hybrid, this Washington Heights outpost is calling your name—after your sweat sesh, get inked at Higher Level Tattoo. There's also several payment plans available for their various low-price memberships. [Photo]
625 W 181st St
New York, NY 10033

2. Beloved Yogi Harlem

678 St. Nicholas Avenue, New York, NY 10031
If you drop in for a class at this Harlem studio, there's a suggested donation of $10. Or if you're a regular, you can give the suggested donation of $80 for as many classes as you can (hand)stand in a month. [Photo]
678 St. Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY 10031

3. Harlem Yoga Studio

44 W 125th St, New York, NY 10027
Each 60-minute yoga class is just $12, while 90-minute classes and any pilates class is $14. But their community yoga classes, held a few times a week, have a suggested donation of just $6. No membership required—just drop in whenever you need to get your vinyasa flow on. [Photo]
44 W 125th St
New York, NY 10027

4. The Reservoir Dogs

1193-1199 5th Ave, New York, NY 10029
No commitment necessary when you first show up for this running club, which meets in and around Central Park. Try out a few runs and see how you like it before paying their $35 annual membership fee. [Photo]
1193-1199 5th Ave
New York, NY 10029

5. Synergy Fitness Clubs

1781 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10128
One Racked reader recently paid $40 a month with a one-year contract for this location, which is one of their many 24-hour gyms. Certain locations also have group classes available. [Photo]
1781 2nd Ave.
New York, NY 10128

6. Bikram Yoga NYC - Upper West Side

143 W 72nd St, New York, NY 10023
Though purchasing a regular single class is $25, this studio and its sister sites across Manhattan offer several classes a day that are just $8 to drop in. If you're new to Bikram, you can also pick up a 30-day unlimited pass for $39. [Photo]
143 W 72nd St
New York, NY 10023

7. Bally Total Fitness

350 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019
At many all-purpose budget gyms, you often sacrifice group classes. Not so at BTF: All classes are included with a $35 monthly membership. Or get access to all their gyms for just $5 more. [Photo]
350 W 50th St
New York, NY 10019

8. Mid-City Gym & Tanning

244 W 49th St, New York, NY 10036
A convenient option for the midtown work crowd that's not getting Wall Street salaries. Rates start as low as $20 a month for a single gym membership, while tanning packages (if that's your thing) are sold separately. [Photo]
244 W 49th St
New York, NY 10036

9. Boom Fitness

4 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016
If you're ready to pay a bigger up-front initiation fee, you can lock in a $20 monthly membership rate for life. Short on cash after the holiday sales? There's a package with a much smaller fee and a $30 rate. Either way, you get access to tons of cardio equipment, free weights, and classes. [Photo]
4 Park Ave
New York, NY 10016

10. Lucille Roberts

80 5th Ave New York, NY 10011
Sure, their commercials may be a bit cheesy, but their prices certainly aren't: Membership to this gym is $23.88 with just a $1 registration—and that's not a New Year's resolution special. That provides access to all gyms and classes as well as personal training discounts. [Photo]

11. Yoga to the People

12 Saint Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003
This donation-based studio suggests a payment of $10 per class, but you can give what you wish. Be sure to arrive early, as these no-registration classes fill up fast, and be comfortable getting into down dog about ten inches away from your classmate. [Photo]
12 Saint Marks Pl
New York, NY 10003

12. Blink Fitness

692 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
This Equinox no-frills off-shoot boasts tons of new equipment, lots of HD TVs, and a price tag that won't sweat your wallet: While this location is $20 a month, other gyms like the new Astoria one is only $15. Their personal training packages are also some of the cheapest you'll find on our fair island. [Photo]
692 Broadway
New York, NY 10012

13. Sixth Street Pilates

525 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009
Doing pilates in a clean, dedicated studio isn't just a privilege for the rich. At this East Village spot, drop in for a mat class for just $14, or pick up a ten-class card for $120 and consider it your budget fitness splurge. [Photo]
525 E 6th St
New York, NY 10009

14. Dolphin Fitness

94 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003
None of the membership plans offered at this basics gym (that is, no classes) include initiation fees or maintenance dues. Drop $129 for a six-month membership, or start out slow with just $39 for one month. [Photo]
94 E 4th St
New York, NY 10003

15. Ludlow Fitness

100 Delancey St, New York, NY 10002
A private gym atmosphere without the private gym price tag. If you pay a year's membership up front, with no additional initiation fee, it works out to $37.50 a month. Not ready to drop a bunch of cash at once? Check out their shorter commitment options. [Photo]
100 Delancey St
New York, NY 10002

16. East River Park Track Club

E River Promenade, New York, NY 10002
Just $40 for an entire year gets you multiple track workouts and long runs per week based out of the scenic East River Park. There's even simulated "hill runs" up the Williamsburg Bridge pedestrian path. [Photo]
E River Promenade
New York, NY 10002

17. Hosh Yoga

55 Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
All donations, all the time—pay as little as $5 per class each time you go, but feel free to give more if your budget allows. You also have the option to make a lump sum donation online, and bring in proof of payment for a bunch of classes. [Photo]
55 Nassau Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11222

18. North Brooklyn Runners

780 Lorimer St, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Here's the cheapest option on the map (literally): Membership costs "Nothing, nadda, $0," according to their FAQ. Check the calendar for their scheduled runs and then lace up at the recycling bins at the north end of the track in McCarren Park. [Photo]
780 Lorimer St
Brooklyn, NY 11222

19. Metropolitan Pool and Recreation Center

261 Bedford Ave, New York, NY 11211
Just one of several affordable fitness centers run by the city's Parks Department, this Brooklyn location boasts an indoor pool for year-round laps, as well as great cardio equipment and classes. $150 a year gets you access to all locations throughout the five boroughs. [Photo]
261 Bedford Ave
New York, NY 11211

20. Planet Fitness

777 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11206
How they manage to maintain their $10 down, $10 a month pricing while still paying New York City rents is baffling, but we're not about to question it. Double that monthly fee for unlimited access to any of the chain's gyms around the country. [Photo]
777 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11206

21. Prospect Park Track Club

Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, Kings, New York 11238
Get thrice-weekly group runs, speed workouts, and discounts on race entry fees for $25 a year when you join this decades-old organization. Running with a significant other? There's a discount rate for families. [Photo]
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn
Kings, New York 11238

22. Brooklyn Yoga Collective

795 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238