The days of ‘I wanna lose weight so I’m only doing cardio’ have long gone...
High-intensity interval training (HIIT) combined with strength training are really where the gains are at when it comes to burning calories, building muscle, getting stronger, and just feeling great.
You’re spoiled for choice in New York, with some of the best in the world when it comes to HIIT and strength studios. The price of a single session costs up to $45, so we're here to let you know which club will offer the best workout and experience for you, helping you make the most out of your hard-earned cash.
HIIT and strength studios are well-represented in New York's The Fit Guide. Our highly-trained Experience Evaluators have visited each and every club that we've listed, scoring each visit across more than 250 standards that cover the complete customer journey.
Featured below are are some of New York's finest when it comes to HIIT and strength in New York. See how all 50 clubs ranked in our full New York Guide.
Fhitting Room Flatiron
Address 31 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011
Fhitting Room provides the perfect fix for any HIIT and strength junkie, combining air bikes, rowers and Ski-Ergs with a range of strength kit for a great all-round workout. Throw in lively and energetic coaches into the mix who know when to step in and adjust form, and you have one of New York's finest class concepts.
Even the best coaches can't coach 30 people at the same time, so Fhitting Room provides a screen in the studio to give you a little prod in the right direction when you're not sure of an exercise. If you're looking to get strong and burn fat in a fun community environment, Fhitting Room should be on your list of must-visit clubs.
Fhitting Room Flatiron won both of our highest awards: The Fit Guide 5-Star Award and our 5-Star Class Experience Award.
Orangetheory Fitness Manhattan-Plaza District
Address 715 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022
One thing’s for sure, the team at Orangetheory Fitness (OTF) are all 100% dedicated to making sure everyone has a great experience.
Each workout offers the trademark OTF run, row, and strength components. There’s a lot of action in each class between the heart rate monitor screen, the custom-built interactive screens on the treadmill and rower, and the screens showing the strength workout.
Orangetheory understands this and does a solid job of ensuring newcomers to the concept know what's going on and what everything means. The Manhattan-Plaza District branch stood out for having a very caring and friendly coach who gave extra attention to first timers before, during, and after the session, and made sure they felt comfortable and looked-after.
If you’re looking for community vibes, a supportive and inclusive atmosphere and slick, fresh facilities, Orangetheory Manhattan-Plaza District is a top choice.
Orangetheory Fitness Manhattan-Plaza District won both of our highest awards: The Fit Guide 5-Star Award and our 5-Star Class Experience Award.
F45 Lower East Side
Address 100 Delancey St 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10002
On any given day, each F45 across the world offers the same workout, which has been crafted by the team at F45 HQ.
This offers a well-structured and consistent workout, but whilst F45 delivers the formula, it’s on each location's team and coaches to build connection and an incredible experience. In this area, F45 Lower East Side was one of the best we visited.
The Lower East Side branch was exceptional across the board, with friendly reception staff kicking off the visit in the right way, followed by the kind of knowledgeable and encouraging coach that every club should strive to have.
F45 offers a mix of cardio and strength-based circuit training workouts, displayed on screens across the studio in an easy-to-follow and lively format.
F45 Lower East Side won both of our highest awards: The Fit Guide 5-Star Award and our 5-Star Class Experience Award.
Address 211 N 11th St, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Looking for a top strength studio in Brooklyn? MADabolic offers one of New York’s best strength sessions and is a must-try if you’d like to get serious about lifting.
Outside of the class, the reception team was very personable and thoroughly explained exactly what we needed to know and should expect from the main event - the class itself.
The workout experience was well-structured and expertly coached by an enthusiastic and attentive instructor. Workout programs at MADabolic are pre-planned in advance in 2-week ‘microcycles’ by co-founders Brandon Cullen and Kirk DeWaele, with the aim of delivering the diverse yet consistent training style that they’re known for.
MADabolic Brooklyn combined a great session with a strong sense of community and connection, and the end result was a winning formula.
MADabolic Brooklyn took home both of our highest awards: The Fit Guide 5-Star Award and our 5-Star Class Experience Award.
Rise Nation NoHo
Address 676 Broadway, New York, NY 10012
Versaclimbers have made a big comeback in recent years, in large part due to the success of Rise Nation - a 30-minute climbing concept that’s attracted the likes of Lebron James and Jennifer Aniston.
Our instructor at Rise Nation NoHo made a great first impression by not only asking our name, but how we preferred to be addressed. What followed was a blend of pulsating, high-energy climbing sets combined with personalized and positive coaching. Picture yourself in a dark room with club-like lights and sound, guided by a motivating instructor slash DJ who's pushing your limits as you climb to new heights.
The class may only be 30 minutes, but it packed a punch that earned it our 5-Star Class Experience award and fully lived up to their slogan, 'It’s more than fitness, it’s an experience.’
Rise Nation NoHo won The Fit Guide 4-Star Award and our highest 5-Star Class Experience Award.
Address 13 Gansevoort St, New York, NY 10014
The inspiration for LIFTONIC was to offer a ‘fresh alternative in a fitness world dominated by high-intensity cardio-based workouts’, and this is consistent with our in-person experience at the studio. The workout was a nice change of pace from the heart-pounding sweat sessions, offering more slow, deliberate, and loaded movements.
The coach expertly catered the class to all experience levels, all while maintaining a fun, positive attitude and providing a lot of care and attention to each client. Our evaluator liked the balance between taking strength work seriously, whilst ensuring the environment was inclusive and supportive.
Whether you’re starting out your strength training journey or are just looking for a change of environment, LIFTONIC is a great option.
LIFTONIC won The Fit Guide 4-Star Award and our highest 5-Star Class Experience Award.