WILLIAMSBURG — Looking to start up, switch around, or intensify your workout habits on a budget in North Brooklyn? DNAinfo.com New York has got you covered — so you can strengthen your body and calm your mind, without breaking your pocketbook.
If you're looking for a locally grown opportunity to stretch and seek enlightenment (by donation) check out Greenpoint's own Hosh Yoga. The non-profit, which began with April 2009 classes in McCarren, holds vinyasa (a fast-paced flowing movement) sessions on 55 Nassau Ave. (just steps away from the park), and still sprinkles in outdoor classes to its schedule (like a McCarren class this Sunday at noon). Fourth-and fifth-graders at Bushwick's P.S. 196 are also getting healthy with the studio's free youth project.
Or there's the national craze Yoga to the People, a donation-based studio with one-hour vinyasa classes that branched out from Manhattan into Williamsburg last year. The popular studio (with outposts in San Francisco, Seattle and Berkeley as well) offers sessions throughout the day in its North 11th spot near McCarren Park.
RECYCLED WORKOUT MACHINES
The Bushwick gym Green Fitness Studio, with its green-painted remanufactured equipment and recycled rubber flooring, is its own world lifted above Varet Street a few blocks from the Morgan L train stop. A day pass to try the gym, its classes (from spinning to capoeira), locker room and sauna is $15.
LET PEER PRESSURE BE YOUR BEST MOTIVATION
If you want a jump-start to your running kick and a new community of fit friends, join the free North Brooklyn Runners Group. The crew offers two to three runs a day around Williamsburg, Greenpoint and Bushwick (as well as other inspiring Brooklyn landscapes like Propect Park).
TRY MCCARREN'S NEW POOL AND REC CENTER
The water will likely be densely packed with splashing summer revelers when McCarren Pool opens June 28, so good luck swimming laps (although treading water still provides a workout). But the park's new 19,200-square-foot rec center will open up the same day with weights, cardio equipment, and classes. Membership there will run the same as other centers operated by the Parks Department, an annual $100 fee.
HIGH QUALITY WAREHOUSE CONDITIONING
At $20 per session, this option is pricier than the above, but students have claimed they get in tip-top shape with Betz Method workouts in a warehouse next to the bar Berry Park (also by McCarren). The former gymnast and Japanese ju-jitsu instructor Larry Betz now leads personal and group classes. He refuses to call his instruction "boot camp" because he says his classes are more personalized, but every session goes through the following progression: a twenty-minute warm up, plyometric training (gym training), strength training, and then cardio.
LEARN TO FLY
Yes, you can, the House of Yes performance space's artists say about learning to dance in the air. Aerial artists from the Sky Box theater teach six classes a week in the 342 Maujer St. spot (in East Williamsburg two blocks from the Grand Street L train). Basic to advanced levels are offered, for $30 per one-hour session.
JOIN A CHEAP CHAIN
When Planet Fitness opened up last month in Bushwick on Broadway Avenue by Sumner Place, it boasted to be even cheaper than Richie's, a close-by locally run gym on Stanwick Street known for its low $25-a-month price. Planet Fitness' monthly fee is $10, but beginning customers have to put down anywhere from $10 to $30 to kick off their memberships. The 21,000-square-foot Bushwick space includes cardio and strength machines.
FIGHT LIKE BRUCE LEE
Classes in Jeet Kune Do, the Bruce Lee-founded form, are starting up in mid-May when the New York Martial Arts Academy opens on North Eighth near Bedford Avenue. The monthly fee for classes begins at $189.