Jeans fitting a bit more snug in the aftermath of the holidays? Looking to really whip that resolution to get fit into submission this year? Knowing your gym provides safe, reliable childcare can go a long way when it comes to getting motivated and getting out of the house. Whether it’s a hard core boot camp class or stress-reducing yoga and steam room session you’re after, here’s where you can get fit while the kids have fun.
photo: Dodge YMCA Facebook page
A membership to the Y is one of the best gym deals around and the NYC branches are better than you might imagine. Besides, even a family membership costs less than top NYC gym chains. Many have pools and class schedules offer an impressive array of options, including baby-and-me classes for new moms and fun drop-ins for kid members. When you need someone to watch your kiddo ages 6 months to 7 years old, drop him at Child Watch for up to two hours – it’s free! Reservations are recommended and it does fill up during peak times. Visit ymca.net for locations.
Get a tough workout and feel pampered all at the same time. Sweat through a challenging class from one of NYC’s top fitness instructors and cool down with a chilled eucalyptus towel found in mini-fridges throughout the gyms, all while your child stays at the Kids Club. And we won’t tell if you just show up for a luxurious shower – you’ll love the Kiehl’s products and the ability to dry your hair without worrying you hear your baby’s cries. Childcare is offered for kids ages 3 months and older. Equinox charges $12 for one child, $19 for two or $25 for three. You can save by buying a 10 or 20-pack of vouchers. Find the Kids Club at several of the NYC Equinox locations including Upper East Side and Upper West Side gyms. Childcare hours vary from club to club, and while some locations like Brooklyn Heights may never fill up and turn you away, others such as Tribeca require advance registration. Visit equinox.com for locations.
photo: Kid’s Crunch at 83rd St.
If a Jillian Michaels-designed Bodyshred class, or SOCA-N-WET, a cardio class set to a Soca music soundtrack, is more your style than straight spin or Pilates, Crunch is the place to be. While you’re burning calories for up to 90 minutes, your child can burn off engery in Kid’s Crunch. Offered at the East 34th St., West 83rd St. and Park Slope locations, the gym’s childcare is available for kids ages 6 months to 10 years. Call 24 to 48 hours ahead to make a reservation and to confirm day care hours. The service can get busy, especially during the mornings and weekends. Located at 330 Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn, 222 East 34th St. in Murray Hill and 162 West 83rd St. on the UWS. Find more info at crunch.com.
With more locations than any other gym chain around the city, it’s not hard to find a New York Sports Club near you. But beware, some locations do not have childcare, and hours vary from club to club, so be sure to call ahead to check with your nearest gym. Twelve locations in Manhattan offer babysitting including NYSC’s at Reade Street in Tribeca, 80th Street and Broadway, 76th Street and 1st Avenue. The Park Slope and Cobble Hill locations in Brooklyn also have childcare services with varying hours. NYSC babysitters are available for kids ages 3 months to 10 years old. Sign up to enjoy unlimited service for $40 per month (with a 3-month contract) or pay as you go – $10 for one child or $20 for two each day you want to work out. Visit mysportsclubs.com for locations.
photo: Asphalt Green
From a triathlon club for adults to soccer fields and basketball courts for young athletes in training, Asphalt Green is a great gym for both you and your kids. With locations on the Upper East Side and in Battery Park City, they offer an extensive kids program including swimming, martial arts and more. When you want to get a workout and the kids aren’t in a class, babysitting services are offered for ages 6 months to 6 years old. Schedule and costs vary by location, ranging from $17 to $20 per 2-hour session and sibling discounts are available. The Battery Park City location has unlimited babysitting packages. Located at 555 East 90th St., Upper East Side and 212 North End Ave., Battery Park City. Find more info at asphaltgreen.com.
Eastern Athletic Club
If your kids are as interested in being active as you are, this Brooklyn Heights club offers something for everyone from racquetball courts and a small pool for you to a Junior Academy featuring karate, basketball, ballet, volleyball, swimming and more for kids. The gym also offers no-reservation-required babysitting for kids 6 months and older. Childcare is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Cost is $8 per hour for the length of your workout. Located at 43 Clark St. Find more info at easternathleticclubs.com.
photo: Club Fitness New York via Yelp
Club Fitness New York
Astoria’s Club Fitness New York describes itself as “a 40,000-square-foot gym with state of the art equipment and enriching amenities.” (They will not, however, describe their membership rate — you need to drop by in person to get that; expect to pay at least $60/month.) You get a lot for your money, including classes like spin, Boot Camp, belly dancing, pilates, boxing, Fat Burn and two kinds of yoga. The gym is home to extensive weight-training and cardio facilities, including a trippy-looking spin studio, as well as a day spa and an organic cafe. Child care is included with all memberships, and is available Mon- Fri. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 -9 p.m., and Sat. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
photo: Retro Fitness via Yelp
Staten Island’s Retro Fitness offers childcare every day of the week, with both morning and afternoon/early evening slots on weekdays; it’s $4 per child if you have the basic membership of $19.99 a month, and no charge if you sign up for a VIP membership at the rate of $39.99, which gives you unlimited access to all gym amenities including child watch. The gym also offers classes ranging from yoga to Zumba to spin, TRX Glute Camp and more, as well as a novel feature, the cardio movie theater, which screens popular films while members burn calories. Equipment is internet-connected and outfitted with docks for iPhones and you can even work on your tan there if that’s your thing. Stop by the smoothie bar for a post-workout snack when you’re done.
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— Julie Seguss & Mimi O’Connor