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Inspired by Rio? Here’s Where You Can Train Like an Olympian

By Julia Bottles | August 3, 2016 1:48pm
 Train like gold medal Olympian Gabrielle Douglas without ever leaving the five boroughs.
Train like gold medal Olympian Gabrielle Douglas without ever leaving the five boroughs.
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NEW YORK CITY — If you’re feeling inspired to hit the gym, court or open water after watching the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro there are plenty of places to go in New York City.

From badminton to water polo, here’s where adults can train like Olympians:

► Archery

Gotham Archery
Where: 480 Baltic St., Gowanus
Cost: $40 Intro class ($35 if booked online)

Gotham Archery gives newbies a chance to try the sport out with an introductory class. The package $40 class includes bow rental, a lesson from a USA Archery-certified instructor for one hour, and 45 minutes of lane time. Archers who book online receive a $5 discount.

► Artistic Gymnastics

Field House at Chelsea Piers
Where: Chelsea Piers, Pier 62, Chelsea
Cost: $30 for 1 session; $200 for a 10-class card

There are a variety of 90-minute classes offered at Chelsea Piers for adults who want to fulfill their childhood dreams of being Kerri Strug. Beginning classes require no gymnastics or tumbling experience, but intermediate students must be able to at least do a front- or back-handspring without a spot. Advanced classes are also available, as well as training for gymnasts of all levels on various apparatus like the pommel horse, uneven bars and beam.

► Athletics

Armory Track
New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory, 216 Fort Washington Ave., Washington Heights
Cost: $15 adult day rate; $325 adult individual season pass

Athletics, also known as track and field, involves running as well as events like discus and javelin. New Yorkers who want to focus specifically on their running can hit up the indoor Armory Track in Washington Heights. The indoor season will start November 14, 2016, and runs through April 13, 2017.

► Badminton

New York City Badminton
Where: New York Badminton Center, 132-70 34th Ave., Flushing; John Bowne High School, 63-25 Main St., Kew Gardens Hills
Cost: Varies based on location

New York City Badminton has two locations in Manhattan that meet three days a week and two locations in Queens that are seven days a week. Adults and juniors can take group beginners badminton classes at New York City Badminton on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays at the club’s Flushing location and Saturdays at the club’s Kew Gardens Hills location. Lessons focus on technique, strength and stamina.

► Basketball

Never Too Late Basketball
Various locations
Cost: 8 weeks for $190

If you’ve ever been too intimidated to try your skills on New York City’s famous basketball courts, there’s a program to help you nail your fundamentals. Never Too Late’s summer “Beautiful Basics Skills & Scrimmage” class is already underway, but keep an eye out for more classes that promise to get you “eating/sleeping/fully assimilating into the bone marrow the fundamentals of basketball.”

► Beach Volleyball

Community Volleyball
Hudson River Park, Hudson Square
Cost: Free with a $5 requested donation

Get some friends together and hit the sand at the beach volleyball courts at Hudson River Park. The community volleyball program offers a combination of instruction and play on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sign-in at Pier 25.

► Boxing

John’s Boxing Gym
1703 Jerome Ave., Second Floor, Morris Heights
Cost: $50 per month for membership; Trainers fees vary

New York City — and The Bronx — has a long tradition of boxing excellence. If you’re looking to start training, jump on the 4 train and head up to John’s Boxing Gym on Jerome Avenue. Membership costs $50 a month or $105 if you buy a 3-month package. You can reach out to a trainer directly for more information about sessions and pricing.

► Canoe Slalom & Canoe Sprint

Basic Canoeing
Harlem Meer at 110th Street and Lenox Avenue, Central Park; Crotona Nature Center at Crotona Park East and Charlotte Street, Crotona Park
Cost: Free

If you want to get the rush of competitive canoeing, you’ll have to head out of the city. But if all you want is to get on the water, you’re in luck. Head up to the top of Central Park for the Parks Department’s free canoeing classes for New Yorkers eight years and older. There are also lessons at Crotona Nature Center in The Bronx.

► Cycling BMX and Cycling Mountain Bike

Brooklyn Bike Park
318 Kent Ave., Williamsburg
Cost: 2-hour session admission is $5 for children and $10 for adults; a season pass is $79 for kids and $179 for adults

If you want to test out your bike handling skills, head to the Brooklyn Bike Park. If you don’t have room in your tiny apartment for a bike, you can rent one for $5 along with a helmet and knee and elbow pads. The park’s website also says that biking and skate clinics are coming soon.

Mountain bikers can also check out New York City Mountain Bike for more information about in- and out-of-city rides.

► Cycling Road

New York Cycle Club
Various locations
Cost: Free

The New York Cycle Club organizes serious cyclists of all levels for rides throughout the city including training sessions, laps around Central Park and longer weekend rides. The club also organizes the Escape New York ride set for Sept. 24. More information is available here.

► Cycling Track

Kissena Velodrome
Booth Memorial Avenue, Flushing
Cost: Various

Fixie fans and aspiring racers, head to the city’s velodrome in Queens for a taste of track life. The Kissena Velodrome offers beginners’ clinics from time to time. Past clinics have made loaner bikes available to cyclists who don’t have one.

► Diving

Team New York Aquatics Diving
Flushing Meadows Aquatic Center, 131-04 Meridian Road, Flushing
Cost: $20 for a walk-in practice; $90 for a six practice “Splash Card,”

Team New York Aquatics Diving welcomes “a healthy mix of all skill levels, from raw beginners to former Division I competitors,” according to the team’s website. Workouts start with a 30-minute warm-up and then 90 minutes on the 1- and 3-meter springboards. Practices are held Thursday nights from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

► Equestrian

Kensington Stables
51 Caton Place, Kensington
Cost: $57 per hour and $34 per half hour for private lessons; $47 per hour for group lessons

Saddle up and head to Brooklyn! The Kensington Stables offers English and Western lessons for students of all levels (children must be six or older). Most sessions are conducted along the Prospect Park bridle path or in the arena near the park’s entrance at 15th Street. The stable also offers guided trail rides through Prospect Park.

► Fencing

New York Fencing Academy
2896 W. 12th St., Coney Island
Cost: Four beginner 40-minute lessons for $360 or three beginner 1-hour group classes for $120

Beginning fencers who need some help picking up the foil for the first time can head down to southern Brooklyn. The New York Fencing Academy offers either private or group classes (two or more adults are required) for novices. You’ll learn how to hold a weapon and do basic attacks.

► Football

Soccer Beyond
Pier 25, Hudson River Park, Hudson Square
Cost: $15 for group lessons; $90 for private lessons

If you’ve got soccer fever, hit the pitch and learn the fundamentals of the beautiful game. Soccer Beyond offers group lessons for all levels including special intro sessions for novices. All classes include a game or scrimmage. Just be sure to bring your own ball.

► Golf

Golf 101
Chelsea Piers, Pier 62, Chelsea
Cost: $80

Golf 101 is a 90 minute class meant to get you up and playing in one session. Instructors will go over fundamentals, equipment and etiquette to make sure you can hit the course with confidence. Classes are held between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

► Handball

Handball Courts
Asser Levy Park, Surf Avenue and Fifth Street, Coney Island
Cost: Free

The Olympics might boast some of the best team handball players in the world, but New York City plays American handball — a fast-paced game played against a wall. Learn from the best by staking out the legendary handball courts along the Coney Island boardwalk. If you’re feeling confident, bring your own ball along and get ready to sweat.

► Hockey

New York City Field Hockey Club
Columbia University’s Baker Field at 218th Street and Broadway, Inwood
Cost: Free

If you’re looking to start playing field hockey in the city, head uptown for a pickup game on Tuesday evenings. Players are there from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.

► Judo

Kokushi Budo
331 Riverside Dr., Upper West Side
Cost: Classes range from $10 to $40 depending on which package you choose

Adults of all skill levels are welcomed at Kokushi Budo. Brown and black belts help teach beginner/intermediate classes on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Saturdays at this Upper West Side Studio.

► Marathon Swimming

Tailwind Endurance
John Jay College, 524 W. 59th St., Midtown

Tailwind Endurance offers open pool swim sessions on Sundays from 8 to 9 a.m. for swimmers looking to work on their endurance. The company also offers open water swim camps. Click here for more details.

► Modern Pentathlon

The modern pentathlon is a test of five different events — fencing, swimming, show jumping, and a combined event of pistol-shooting and cross-country running. You can refer back to our individual entries to try your hand at your own pentathlon.

► Rhythmic Gymnastics

MatchPoint NYC
2781 Shell Road, Gravesend
Cost: $756 for a 9-week summer program

This is the one Olympic sport you might have to sit out if you’re an adult. But if you’ve got a kid at home who's interested in rhythmic gymnastics, you’re in luck. MatchPoint NYC offers a program that emphasizes strength, flexibility, rhythm and elegance, according to the program’s site. Sessions run from September to January, February to June and summer.

► Rowing

Row New York

Where: Peter Jay Sharp Boathouse, 3579 Harlem River Drive, Inwood
Cost: $125 for a one-day intensive Learn-to-Row 1 class; $325 for an eight-session Learn-to-Row 2 class

Get out on the water with an intensive one-day session. All beginning Learn-to-Row 1 classes with Row New York are on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Once you’ve taken Learn-to-Row 1, you can advance to Learn-to-Row 2 which continues to build on technique during an eight-session course.

► Rugby Seven

New York Rugby Club

If you’ve ever wondered about rugby, the New York Rugby Club wants you to join in. You can fill out a form asking for further information about high school, men’s or women’s play.

► Sailing

Manhattan Sailing School
Pier 25 at 225 West St., Battery Park City
Cost: $590 for a basic sailing class

Sign up for basic sailing classes from the Manhattan Sailing School and learn how to helm a J-24 sailboat in just a weekend. Alternatively you can also sign up for weekday evening classes once a week or all-day intensives for two consecutive weekdays. Once you’re done with your course, you can continue to sail on the Manhattan Yacht Club’s fleet of boats.

► Shooting

Westside Rifle & Pistol Range
20 W. 20th St., Basement, Union Square
Cost: $75 for the first class; $45 for the first visit

In New York City a civilian cannot shoot, use or rent a handgun or pistol without having a handgun license issued by the NYPD’s license division. However Westside Rifle & Pistol Range does have rifle training for novices 21 years and older without a permit. The class includes a safety course in a classroom. You will also be required to submit an application form at least 5 days ahead of time and pass a background check.

► Swimming

Citywide locations
Cost: Varies

From absolute beginners to advanced swimmers, the city’s YMCAs offer a range in classes for people who want to get in the pool.

► Synchronized Swimming

The Brooklyn Peaches

Where: Dodge Y at 225 Atlantic Ave., Boreum Hill

The Brooklyn Peaches teach absolute beginners the art and strength needed to be a synchronized swimmer. The only requirement is that you be a strong swimmer. The Brooklyn Peaches are on a break for maternity leave but will be start up classes again in January 2017.

► Table Tennis

Wang Chen Table Tennis
250 W. 110th St., Upper West Side
Cost: $65 an hour or $35 a half hour for coaching sessions

Get serious and step up your table tennis game with visits to Wang Chen Table Tennis. Coaching is available for $65 an hour or $35 a half hour. You can also pay $650 for an 11-hour package. Then try out your new skills at one of the club’s tournaments.

► Taekwondo

Sokol New York
420 E. 71st St., Upper East Side
Cost: $620 for a full-year season

Try your hand at the Korean martial art that combines combat techniques, self-defense and fitness. Classes at Sokol are designed for both black belt and color belt students, and some classes are women-only. The program year runs from Sept. 12, 2016 to June 30, 2016.

► Tennis

Tennis World NYC
Fort Washington Park, Washington Heights
Cost: $35 for a one hour class; $169 for a six-class package

Hit the tennis courts this summer with beginner and advanced beginner, and intermediate classes from Tennis World NYC. Coaches will work on all aspects of your game from groundstrokes to volleys, and you will get the basic skills you need to play both singles and doubles.

► Trampoline Gymnastics

Trapeze School New York
Pier 40 at Houston Street and the West Side Highway, Hudson Square
Cost: $40

Beginning classes in trampoline will get you flying with correct form. You’ll get a chance to warm up with stretching, strength conditioning and flexibility training. Then you’ll practice technique at your own pace.

► Triathlon

Empire Tri Club
Various locations
Cost: $399 for a 12-week session

This beginning triathlon will get you ready for your first sprint distance race in 12 weeks. You’ll learn the finer points of competitive swimming, cycling and running as part of weekly coached workouts including an open water swim in Coney Island.

► Volleyball

Big City Volleyball
PS 267, 213 E. 63rd St., Upper East Side
Cost: $215 for an 8-week beginner course

Bump, set, spike! If you want to start playing volleyball, Big City Volleyball will start its 8-week adult beginner classes on Sept. 13. The classes run in two sessions on Tuesday evenings and will cover serving, ball handling, court positioning and defense.

► Water Polo

Team New York Aquatics
Tuesdays at Chelsea Recreation Center 430 W. 25th St., Chelsea; Sundays at John Jay College, 524 W. 59th St., Midtown
Cost: Varies depending on day

The Team New York Aquatics fields a team that welcomes newcomers who want to try out this fast-paced game. The team practices Tuesday nights and are free but require a membership to the Chelsea Rec Center ($150 a year). Practices on Sunday are subject to the club’s common workout fee structure.

► Weightlifting

Lost Battalion Hall Weightlifting
Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center at 93-29 Queens Blvd., Rego Park
Cost: $50 per year plus a membership to the city’s rec centers ($100-150 a year, $25 for seniors, free for youths)

Lost Battalion Hall Weightlifting calls itself the only Olympic weightlifting program in New York City. Under the tutelage of Coach Joe Triolo you’ll learn how to perform Olympic lifts with proper form. Club members also have the chance to compete throughout the year.

► Wrestling

New York Athletic Club

The New York Athletic Club’s wrestling team competes in three styles of Olympic wrestling: men’s freestyle, women’s freestyle and men’s Greco Roman. The team practices on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. You can find more information here.



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