- May 19, 2019
Your Summer 2018: Experience a healthier, more exciting way of life
(*This article is featured as a Spotlight in the June 21, 2018 print & digital editions of the NY Post.)
Sailing off the island of Manhattan on a privately chartered yacht while sipping cocktails with friends.
Enjoying brunch at an exclusive Midtown rooftop lounge.
Recharging during a weekend yoga retreat in Westchester.
This isn’t a Page Six exclusive — this is what your summer could be, and it’s more accessible than you’d think.
Summer in the city can be unbearable, which explains the tumbleweeds blowing down Sixth Avenue on the weekends. As most residents flee to the Hamptons and beyond, you may be left to wonder, “Why not me?” But those who choose to tough it out are determined to find ways to cool down that don’t involve a long train ride. And you’re a New Yorker — you won’t settle for basic, mundane options. You want unique experiences that satisfy your craving for making the most of your summer. You want to elicit lighthearted FOMO (fear of missing out) and make your friends on social media jealous.
The key to unlock the most majestic summer of your life is simple — a gym membership. Yes, you read that correctly — a membership in a gym (or better yet, a health club)!
Midsummer night’s sail … on a yacht
New York Health and Racquet Club is part of Manhattan’s DNA. It provides a lifestyle for its members that includes unheard-of access to outdoor activities and events that will make even your wealthiest friends envious. What other gym lets you ride around Manhattan on a yacht? Most only provide a stationary bike to ride. It’s the only gym membership that offers weekly sails along the East River that you can bring your friends on. Imagine ending a long week with a morning workout and a sunset cruise with Lower Manhattan views. Nice.
Vinyasa-way from it all
If you still want to get away, NYHRC makes that possible with a July weekend yoga retreat at the Hilton Westchester with exclusive rates. It’s conveniently located near the Rye Metro North station, so you can get there in about 40 minutes. Grab your significant other, your close friends, or ride solo and get ready for sunrise meditation and sunset vinyasa away from the concrete jungle. Your stay includes meals, so you can focus on perfecting your Kapotasana, not searching for restaurants.
A fitness free-for-all!
New York Health and Racquet Club hasn’t forgotten about non-members. It’ll be hosting public outdoor yoga and fitness classes all summer long, so you can get a taste of the NYHRC lifestyle. It will offer a variety of free group fitness classes, ranging from Dance to Sunset Yoga, in Union Square on Thursday evenings beginning June 14th. On July 18th and August 1st, the club will hold outdoor fitness classes at the Flatiron Public Plazas taught by their top Zumba and yoga instructors, so you can try before you buy.
Brunch with a bird’s-eye view
For those who would rather spend less time retreating and more time eating, NYHRC may be a gym, but it’s got the brunch hookup. And not just any brunch — a rooftop brunch with exclusive member pricing. Upstairs at The Kimberly Hotel on East 50th Street, you’ll be greeted by sweeping Midtown views from 30 stories up. Feast on huevos rancheros and lemon ricotta pancakes post-workout, and sip on signature cocktails, like The Chrysler, while looking at, well, the Chrysler Building. So meta. And if you brunch a little too hard, The Kimberly also offers special rates for members, so you’ll have a place to crash without having to navigate the subway.
Have a super-active summer
If a summer of action is more your thing, the club also offers a variety of training courses to help you achieve your fitness goals and keep that summer body year ‘round. The 16-week NYC Marathon group training begins on July 15th and includes race day perks like breakfast, a pre-race coaching session and an after-race get-together for like-minded jubilation — and carbs. If 26.2 miles in a single day sounds like a lot to you, which is quite understandable, NYHRC also offers summer Ragnar Trail Relay and Spartan Race training for energetic summer challenges that are a little shorter.
Some of the above may sound too good to be true, but it’s not. If you want to spend your summer outdoors, partaking in new and exciting activities and experiences, NYHRC has got you covered. BYOS (bring your own sunscreen) — and make it sweatproof.