It's hard to beat the convenience of the New York Sports Club (NYSC). With dozens of locations throughout the five boroughs, you're likely to find a NYSC gym near any hotel, home, or office in Manhattan. New York Sports Club initiation and monthly membership fees are comparatively reasonable and the clubs have all of the equipment you need to get a great workout, along with group fitness classes and a personal training sessions. The facilities are generally clean and well-maintained.
You can search through the lengthy list of NYSC locations by entering your preferred workout zip code on their website. As an example, there are eight clubs in Brooklyn, 36 in Manhattan, and six in Queens, in addition to their flagship gym in downtown Manhattan at 4 Astor Place.
Variations Between NYSC Gyms
The New York Sports Club experience does tend to vary by location. For instance, some locations are overly crowded, while other might not have enough elliptical machines for your liking. If you're thinking of joining, be sure to first visit the club(s) you'll frequent during the times you'll most often work out to make sure they have the equipment and services you expect.
In general, you can expect to find cardio and strength equipment, group exercise classes, personal training, and, at select locations, pools and/or squash courts.
NYSC Membership Pros and Cons
When you join a gym, you make a commitment. You'll need to go on a regular basis to make the best use of your membership. The pros of a NYSC membership are:
- Reasonable monthly membership fees
- Very convenient locations
- Clean and well-maintained facilities
Members report these as the biggest cons of a NYSC membership:
- Sometimes disappointing group fitness classes
- Reported billing errors and bad customer service
- Lines for cardio equipment
- Small locker rooms in some locations
Overall, the group fitness classes don't get the highest marks from New York Sports Club members. There can be lines for the cardio equipment some locations, but "machine cops" do try to keep the lines moving. Some express concern about New York Sports Club billing representatives and about billed after cancelling their memberships. If you decide to join, be sure to read the fine print and get your cancellation confirmation in writing.
NYSC Membership Fees
Like most New York City gyms, New York Sports Club does not advertise a standard initiation and monthly membership fee. They will usually provide details on current pricing only if you make an in-person appointment with a membership associate. That's partly because they want to get you into the gym to make it easier to close the deal and partly because New York Sports Club frequently offers special promotions and deals so prices can vary significantly.
Pricely.org has a summary of NYSC pricing but does not officially represent the gym. They list an initiation fee of $20, and monthly fees as low as $19.99 for a one club membership and $59.99 for a monthly fee for a multi-club passport. There are annual fees quoted as well as the monthly fees.