The weather is warm, and the sun is shining. Although temptations abound—thanks to weekend vacations, myriad restaurants, and those ubiquitous ice cream trucks—denizens of the Upper West Side do their best to keep health goals a priority. Morning pastries at Maison Kayser and post-work drinks at Manhattan Cricket Club may beckon, but residents of The Astor, one of Manhattan's most historic Upper West Side condominium buildings, have access to all they need to keep their summer workout regimens well into autumn.
It's easy to keep a fitness routine at The Astor when a state-of-the-art fitness facility is within the building. After a morning cup of coffee, head to The Astor's gym to get your cardio and strength training in before the day. Having a semiprivate gym affords you the luxury of hosting your personal trainer, plus, a trip to the shower is just a few minutes away in the privacy of your own home.
Fitness aficionados who like to mix it up find that The Astor's location in the center of the UWS gives them access to some of the city's best fitness classes.
Tucked inside of an unassuming townhouse is an athletic training center with one of the intense workouts around—Barry's Bootcamp. Based on boot camp drill training, classes here are part cardio, part conditioning, and 100% rewarding high-intensity interval training. Get ready to sweat because you'll be hopping on and off the treadmill. And you won't want to slack off because your instructor is well-versed in not only high-intensity intervals but high-intensity motivation.
For those who want a less aggressive combination workout but still seek guidance and community, Orangetheory will fit the bill with full-body exercise based on your heart rate. Devotees of cycling also have their pick of options when they live at The Astor. With the building's bike parking and proximity to several Citi Bike kiosks, they can be riding through Riverside or Central Park in a matter of minutes. And who can forget the indoor cycling craze that is sweeping the city? Flywheel is just a short distance away.
If you're more of an outdoor exerciser, The Astor is the ultimate place to live. Riverside Park, just two blocks away, is ideal for a long contemplative walk and access to trails and the Hudson River. Choose to run in Central Park—from the East Side to Harlem and back—or stretch with some yoga classes alfresco on the grass and get reacquainted with nature. Try vinyasa or hatha yoga on almost any day of the week, with 75-minute sessions to increase your flexibility and mindfulness. Just remember to reserve your spot and bring a mat, towel, and plenty of water.
With a loft-like fitness center professionally outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment at The Astor, and access to nearby fitness studios and recreational activities, your calm and poise will be the perfect match for your elegant home.