When you didn’t say no to that extra slice of sweet potato pie

by Ashley Newell

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It’s a new year, and with that comes new goals to set out and accomplish! If getting in shape is on your to do list this year, there are several places in Harlem to help work off the holiday excess and keep you on the right track towards a prosperous year.

If you’re like most people, convenience is a must when selecting a gym. To help you stay committed to your fitness goals the Harlem YMCA located at 180 W 135th St (between Malcolm X Blvd and ACP Jr. Blvd) offers an affordable membership with a ton of perks. The clubhouse opens from 5:30 am-11:00 pm on weekdays, 6am to 8pm on Saturdays, and 8am to 8pm on Sundays. The YMCA membership comes with free group exercise classes, free supervised child watch, swimming pools, steam and sauna rooms; and a strength training weight room. The Harlem YMCA will be conducting open houses every other Saturday in January 2016 from 12-4 pm, if you would like more information we encourage you to attend.

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What better way to start a new year, healthier, happier, relaxed, and stress free. Land Yoga at 2116 Frederick Douglass Blvd (between 114th and 115th Streets) goal is to do just that! Ashtanga style and Mysore yoga is taught at the studio seven days per week. Land Yoga’s aims to help teach you proper breathing techniques, and gain a clear sense of mind, body, and spirit. For new students a one month unlimited membership starts at $150, payment plans are also available.

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Balanced Pilates at 305 W 123rd St offers private, small group, duet, and duet for two sessions Monday-Friday 7am-9am, and Saturday and Sunday from 8 am-4pm. Balanced Pilates has state of the art Balanced Body equipment that help exercise the mind and body. Intro packages for new members are offered at discounted rates; three group sessions are priced at $75, with private sessions usually ranging from $200-$1600.

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There are three New York Sports Clubs in Harlem, whether you reside in Central Harlem, East Harlem, or in the Hamilton Heights district, rest assured there is a NYSC in walking distance. 2311 Frederick Douglass Blvd, 303 W 145th St, and 1400 5th Ave are all NYSC locations that offering a variety of classes.

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There are now four Planet Fitness locations in Harlem. The newest Planet Fitness opened in the East River Plaza at 520 E 117th Street, all locations are opened 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Planet Fitness memberships start as low as $10 per month, if you’re not interested in being confined to one Planet Fitness you can upgrade your membership to the Black Card, which allows its members to utilize all Planet Fitness locations nationally.  Planet fitness offers state of the art equipment, tanning beds, massage chairs, and much more. Check out the following locations for more information: 208 W 125th St, 317 Lenox Ave, 3799 Broadway

Blink Fitness has also recently opened another location in Harlem at  27 W 116th St (between Malcolm X Blvd and Fifth Ave).  Blink Fitness offers more than 100 pieces of cardio equipment, personal trainers, well-equipped stretching areas, and clean locker rooms. Membership rates start as low as $15 per month.  For a free trial stop by 301 W 125th St, 27 W 116th St, or visit blinkfitness.com to sign up.

To learn more about gyms and yoga/pilates studios in Harlem visit experienceharlem.com for a full directory.

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