We all know it. We feel better when we work out. Whether you’re the type who bounds out of bed at four in the morning, or someone who needs a little more prodding, these Brooklyn gyms and studios will have you looking forward to exercise.
African dance class at Cumbe | Michelle C. via Yelp
Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance (Prospect Heights)
Get ready to let go of your inhibitions with this huge selection of African, South American, and Caribbean dance classes. Most of these energetic classes feature live drumming, and is great for kids as well.
Yoga at Breakin Boundaries via Yelp
Breakin Boundaries (Greenpoint)
This is not so much a gym as a creative wellness space, meaning that they are all about fun, expression, and feeling good. They’ve got classes like Pilates, ZUMBA, and yoga, with some spicier options like capoeira, POUND (which involves simulated drumming), and Heels Up (a high-intensity burlesque class).
At work in the Betz Method Personal Training gym via Yelp
Betz Method Personal Training (Williamsburg)
Group classes and semi-private sessions are offered here, but the emphasis is on personal training, using methods including the Functional Movement Systems (FMS) and BioSignature Modulation. Whether you’re just looking to stay in shape or have something a little more hard-core like marathon training in mind, this is the perfect place to get the personal attention you need.
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CrossFit Virtuosity (Williamsburg)
Does the word CrossFit strike fear in your heart and intrigue you at the same time? At CrossFit Virtuosity there are classes for beginners through advanced CrossFitters, and there are personal and semi-private options as well.
Pura Vida Urban Fitness via Yelp
Pura Vida Urban Fitness (Prospect Heights)
This friendly gym has packed schedule of popular classes: Pilates, boot camps, ZUMBA, yoga, TRX, and cardio kickboxing to name a few. Their personal trainers and instructors will keep you on track for a healthier lifestyle, and their fitness blog is great for tips to keep in shape even when you’re away from the gym.
The tools at Frenchie’s Gym via Facebook
Frenchie’s Gym (Williamsburg)
Fans of old-school bodybuilding will rejoice when they walk into Frenchie’s. This gem of a gym is for weightlifting, period. No frills, no extras, but as the awning outside proclaims, you will “Feel the Power”.
Yoga class at Sacred Studio via Yelp
Sacred Studio (Bed-Stuy)
This studio is all about the yoga: hot yoga, sensual yoga, kids yoga, you name it. There are also a number of funky dance and movement classes, with massage and acupuncture services as well if you need to destress before or after your workouts. Meditation classes and yoga teacher training will have you blissed out in no time.
Stretching at Beastanetics Boot Camp via Yelp
Beastanetics Boot Camp (Williamsburg)
The boot camp is part of Punk-Rope, a jump rope gym, and Beastanetics applies the same principles of simplicity when it comes to exercise. High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is the method here, and by the end of an eight-week session you will be a less stressed, more confident, and most of all fitter version of yourself.