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chrisExploring NYC's Personal Training Gyms:

Gotham Gym
by Chris Granville


Tucked away in a picturesque corner of the West Village among cobble stone streets and trendy restaurants is Gotham Gym. On one remarkably hot day in July I headed down to the village to meet their manager Randy and take a look at the space.  As I walked from the subway, managing to stay on the shady side of the street escaping the worst of the heat, I happened up on a full corner storefront encased in glass showcasing an impressive fitness facility.


The first thing I noticed as I approached the front door is the regulation size boxing ring - a rarity in Manhattan. And I as I met Randy and he began to show me around he explained that the gym is deeply rooted in a background of boxing and mixed martial arts fighting. Indeed speed bags, body bags and uppercut bags are in abundance and even on this relatively quiet weekday afternoon there were trainers and clients working out with the pads. Without question if one is looking to strap on the gloves Gotham would be an ideal place to work out.


However, that's not to say that the gym is exclusive to boxing and MMA training. A full range of free weights and machines can be found along with open space that is ideal for plyometrics, jumping rope, etc. TRX and gymnastic rings are suspended from the ceiling on one side of the ring and a range of cardio machines can be found on the opposite side. A range of classes and boot camps are offered, as well.  Of the number of independent trainers that work out of the space, it's clear that the clientele spans a range of ages, goals and fitness levels.


Gotham offers monthly memberships in addition to rates for private trainers and packages that can be purchased at discounted prices. Locker rooms are provided and they are currently in the process of installing shower facilities due to be complete by the end of the summer.


Having had the opportunity to visit Gotham and chat with their manager Randy it's clear that this a place that is serious about fitness and getting people in to shape. Their focus is on the fundamentals of working out stemming from their background in boxing and mixed martial arts. Trainers looking for space in the west village to work with clients or anyone in search of an engaging challenging work out experience would do well to pay a visit to Gotham Gym.


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Chris Granville is an ACSM certified personal trainer. A former NCAA Division 1 and professional athlete, he's a managing editor in book publishing and lives in New York City. 

Labor Day is around the corner, but the outdoor fitness season has a few more months to go.  Joshua and Lisa Snow have some excellent ideas for you to enjoy every last bit of warm weather.
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This month Chris visits Gotham Gym in the West Village.
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josh Get Fit & Enjoy Summer Sunshine With Outdoor Fitness Tips

Everyone exercises in order to look and feel better, but being stuck inside a gym or personal training class when the weather outside is beautiful can cause you to lose focus. You may also find yourself too busy to get in any time outside or in the gym at all. However, there are numerous workouts you can do that will allow you to stay in shape while simultaneously enjoying the beautiful weather. New Yorkers typically lead busy lives, and Mind Over Matter Health & Fitness is dedicated to helping you stay in shape by providing personal training classes both at-home and in the office, allowing you create time without taking any away.

Going to the gym provides you with free weights and numerous machines, but exercising outside allows you to utilize trees, hills, benches, and more in order to add more excitement to your workout. Mind Over Matter holds outdoor boot camp classes that will leave you feeling great.

Some workouts you can try outdoors include:

  • Running: One of the most basic forms of exercise, running works out your entire body and helps you maintain a lean physique. When you want to take your workout to an outdoor location, running on the sidewalk, through the park, or along the beach provides some excellent scenery for your exercise routine. You can also try biking and swimming for additional benefits.
  • Pull-ups/Chin-ups: If you take your workout to the park, you can use tree branches and jungle gym equipment for resistance training. Pull-ups and chin-ups are excellent for increasing your upper body strength. If the branch or piece of playground equipment is high off the ground, doing a jump to reach it will provide you with lower body training.
  • Outdoor Sports: Playing any sport outdoors will allow you to burn calories, enjoy the weather, and mingle with friends or other individuals who simply want to have fun while staying in shape.

With the weather reaching warmer temperatures, outdoor workouts will only become more enjoyable. If you find yourself too busy to get in quality exercise time, Mind Over Matter Health & Fitness provides yoga, Pilates, and boot camp classes to help you keep up your fitness regimen at home or at work.

lisaThe Single Leg Dead Lift

This exercise tones and strengthens the hamstrings (back of the thigh) and glutes (buttocks).  It also involves the core, balance, and ankle stability.  You can use dumbbells; however, kettlebells work better because their handles are higher up from the ground.  You can also do the single leg deadlift with no weights (bodyweight only), but that's actually harder than doing it with light weights.

1) Pick up the weights (10 lb in each hand is a good place to start).
2) Get your balance standing on the left leg.
3) Imagine your body is a seesaw - a straight line from head to heel.  The leg you're standing on is the fulcrum or center point of the seesaw.
4) Lift the right foot as high as you can, keeping the right knee straight.  It's okay to slightly bend the left knee straight.
5) Allow the shoulders and trunk to lower as the back foot goes up. (Remember, the shoulders are the other side of the seesaw.)
6) Return to standing up tall.
7) Complete 8 or 10 reps standing on the left foot.
8) Repeat standing on the right foot.


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 Lisa Snow is a Manhattan personal trainer with over 7 years experience helping clients with post-rehab, chronic pain, and disabilities.   

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heartrateLearn Your Body Mass Index (BMI)  


Body Mass Index (BMI) is essentially a height to weight ratio.  Am I a healthy weight for my height.


Figure out your BMI now.

Underweight = < 18.5

Normal Weight = 18.5-24.9

Overweight = 25-29.9

Obese- 30 or higher


Remember, speak to your doctor before starting a fitness program and then seek out the right personal trainer for correct program design.  Enjoy your workout! 


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