by Jeff Green
Everyone knows working out is good for you. But do you know how good? Exercise is proven to…
*Control your weight
*Improve your mood
*Combat health conditions and disease
*Give you better sleep
*And- it can be fun!
Luckily if you live above 110th street there are plenty of exercise options. From yoga to martial arts, upper Manhattan has it all.
HARLEM YOGA STUDIO
44 WEST 125TH ST 3RD FLOOR
Harlem Yoga Studio is dedicated to making yoga accessible & affordable to everyone in Harlem, and offers multiple donation based classes (pay only what you can per class.) In addition, they also boast belly dancing classes, free meditation, free workshops on nutrition and integrating yoga into your workplace as well as discounts for students.
This studio is conveniently located right off the 2,3 train at the 125th stop. *
BIKRAM YOGA EAST HARLEM
4 EAST 116th STREET
Voted one of the top 10 yoga studios in 2011 by Details magazine, this studio is owned and operated by Harlem natives, business partners, and sisters Stephanie Pope Caffey and Jennifer Pope. Bikram Yoga East Harlem offers traditional Bikram yoga, a 90 minute class in a heated room. The classes are a demanding 26 postures designed to warm and stretch your muscles, ligaments, and joints in the order in which they should be stretched naturally.
Bikram yoga believes, “The regular practice of yoga challenges all the weak areas and systems of the body until radiant health is achieved. First by creating a strong and powerful mind and body. It is a starting point from which you can then begin to realize your human spirit. Only then can we hope to effect a global healing of the planet.”
This studio is conveniently located off the 2,3 or 6 at the 116th stop.
2116 FREDERICK DOUGLASS BLVD
This wonderful yoga studio just celebrated its one year anniversary! Owned by Lara Land, Land Yoga offers traditional Ashtanga style in two methods. Her practice is geared for the novice and the expert as well as everyone in between. The studio believes that everyone can learn and benefit from yoga no matter what their age or flexibility level.
Land Yoga offers a balance of challenge, relaxation and strength depending on the personal needs of the student. Lara is also offering a summer camp for children.
This studio is conveniently located right off the B,C train at the 116th stop.
NYC SPORTS CLUB
2311 FREDERICK DOUGLASS BLVD
1400 5TH AVE
303 WEST 145TH ST
For those interested in full service powerhouse gyms, NYC Sports Club is a staple in Manhattan – there are 3 in Harlem alone! State of the art gym equipment, pilates, spinning, group classes, and private training are all offered at these facilities.
NYSC has multiple membership packages to fit your needs.
317 MALCOM X BLVD
Another powerhouse gym option in Harlem! A full service gym with state of the art equipment isn’t the only thing that you receive with a membership to Planet Fitness. Every member also has access to unlimited tanning, unlimited red light therapy and unlimited use of the massage chairs.
Planet Fitness is located off the 2,3 Train at the 125th stop.
HARLEM TAE KWON DO
236 W 116TH STREET 2ND FLOOR
This 4400 sq ft training facility located in south Harlem offers over 25 classes per week, and specializes in Traditional (self defense, forms, basics) and Olympic (sparring techniques) styles. Classes are specifically tailored to children, teenagers, adults and beginners.
This Dojang strives to be a helping partner with children in the community, and monitors each student’s attendance and encourages progress through regular promotion tests.
Harlem Tae Kwon Do strives to provide the highest quality instruction in a welcoming and supportive environment.
Principal instructor Master Fall is internationally certified through the Kukkiwon, the certifying body of taekwondo worldwide. He is dedicated to creating a disciplined and challenging atmosphere, yet recognizes and supports the uniqueness of each individual student.
DECIDING TO MAKE HEALTH A PART OF YOUR LIFE IS EASY IN HARLEM.
CHOOSE YOUR EXERCISE PATH AND SEE THE RESULTS YOU HAVE BEEN WORKING TOWARD.
I’LL SEE YOU THERE!!