Monday, February 13, 2012

Fitness Challenge: Day 25

The Zen you feel at Clay, in Union Square, belies the intense workouts you can experience here.

Clay is more than a gym. It has a luxury spa, and members can use the robes that spa guests use, or hang out in the lounge, equipped with a couple of computers. The locker room has thick, soft towels and extras like Q-tips, razors and shaving cream.
There is a nutritionist on site, a café stocked with healthy treats (and the current New York Times) and both a rooftop lounge and an indoor fire pit surrounded by comfy couches.

The sunny, bright gym has huge windows overlooking 14th Street, but you are one floor up, so you don’t feel like you are on display. Membership is capped so they gym never feels crowded.

Clay has a tread class where you can run with a group on adjacent treadmills, then do stretches and lunges on the gym floor. It’s an interesting way to get a cardio workout when it’s too hot or cold to run outside and watching TV while running on the treadmill is too boring.

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