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Ludlow Fitness - A Gym For the Rest of Us

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100 Delancy Street
New York City, NY
Ludlow Fitness - A Gym For the Rest of Us

I do not like going to the gym.

The gym and I had a brief love affair in Boston the summer I had to stay at college, but that may have been more because I secretly adored the way my kick boxing instructor would often point out to the class how surprisingly strong I was, and less because I enjoyed the actual process of working out. Granted, this is strange for a number of reasons, most obvious being that my pops is a gym guru, and so I've always had (free) access to the genius that is the Fromberg method of physical fitness. Seriously - my dad is the Jackie Warner of Bergen County sans the faux lesbo tough exterior and bad Jonathan Anton highlights. But I've come to realize that like clothing, the gym has to be the right "fit", meaning you need to feel comfortable enough to sweat (sometimes profusely) and wear spandex. I still struggle with the sweating (it messes up the do' like no other) but the spandex have found a home in my heart, and I must give credit to Ludlow Fitness for finally breaking down my gym barrier. Housed on the corner of Ludlow and Delancy, the gym's claim to fame is two fold, and both are entirely legit. They are indeed the first gym to open on the Lower East Side, and they have the most economically fair membership program I've ever come across in this city.

I started my search for a gym much the same way I would do for any new item of clothing. My theory is gyms are like jeans (or boys) - you need to try them on before you commit. Lucky for us, most places offer trial memberships, giving us new converts the opportunity to samples the goods without having to actually hand over our life savings.

After watching a brilliant episode of the Bad Girls Club, I was inspired to try the famous stripper pole class at Crunch, but quickly learned I'm not the stripper pole type. I can barley rationalize stilettos for a fancy dinner, let alone 60 minutes of what they like to call "sexy chair dance" moves and climbing up a steel rod while 20 other women size you up. Next I made my way over to Alphabet City, where at Dolphin Fitness they insisted on a full tour of the "facility", which was essentially the basement of a co-op filled with seedy locals and germ covered equipment.

I was almost ready to give up the search, when I remembered its all about trial and error, both in fashion and in fitness, and so it was with renewed determination to find the right fit that I signed up for a trial membership at Ludlow. And I quickly discovered why this place has such a loyal following. With its lovely staff, headed up by owner Mason Goldberg, and simple, smart approach to what a gym should be, this is by far the J Brand of gyms. You get in, do your business, and get out. In addition to cardio machines with mini TV screens (genius), Ludlow also offers a variety of classes taught by uber talented, super friendly professionals. You wont find any craziness here - not with the people, classes, or the membership fee. At $450 for an entire year, you'll even have cash leftover for a post work out red velvet at Sugar Sweet Sunshine.

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12/31/1969 - 16:00
Average: 4 (1 vote)

Me too!! Clearly this gym

Me too!! Clearly this gym knows what's up.

$450 for a year?? That's

$450 for a year?? That's enough right there to get me to join. I pay more than that for half a year at my gym! Crazy.

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