Top 5 Gay Gyms in NYC
Since the sudden closing of David Barton gyms in New York in December 2016, gay men have been forced to look elsewhere for a mainstay LGBT-oriented fitness center. David Barton Gyms cited “severe competitive pressures” as the reason for its closures. It’s possible gays have decided that working out almost exclusively at gay gyms isn’t a necessity. Or other gay-friendly establishments have taken over as heirs to the throne.
Let’s be real. Almost all gyms in the New York area have a gay population. Your local Planet Fitness might even classify as a “gay gym” during peak hours. However, if you’re looking to get your burn on at a fitness center where gay men seem to be the majority – this is your guide.
West Village Gay Gyms
Equinox Greenwich Avenue
97 Greenwich Ave, Manhattan
Equinox has always been a popular gym destination with gays. This particular branch takes the cake for its prime West Village location, exceptional facilities (including an indoor pool) and top notch trainers.
125 W 14th St., Manhattan
Yes, this YMCA is swimming (literally and figuratively) with gay men. Located on the border of Chelsea, this family-friendly spot features a great lineup of class offerings. Members can enjoy some additional perks like in-house massages and salsa classes.
Chelsea Gay Gyms
New York Sports Club – Chelsea
270 8th Ave, Manhattan
Located in the heart of Chelsea, this location is the least expensive option on the list. It’s a great bargain for the amenities, including access to all classes, beautiful locker rooms, and a sauna.
The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers
60 Chelsea Piers, Manhattan
Chelsea Piers is a huge facility with an impressive assortment of workout and sports options. The complex features everything from boxing to swimming to rock climbing. The personal training staff are also some of the best and most versatile in the city. The Sports Center even sponsors a great series of summer events, including movies by the pool. This is a great destination gym.
Hell’s Kitchen Gay Gyms
Mark Fisher Fitness Hell’s Kitchen
411 W 39th Street, Manhattan
Mark Fisher Fitness is not your typical gym setup. It’s a boutique training studio with a second location on the Bowery. Powered by the motto “We actually give a shit,” MFF is known for its gorgeous personal trainers, and killer 1:1 and group training. The studio is a favorite sweat spot for the Broadway gays.