What is the gym like at The Peninsula New York?

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Located on the hotel’s top floor and overlooking Manhattan, The Peninsula New York’s staffed gym offers an energetic atmosphere and professional-grade exercise equipment. Floor-to-ceiling windows overlook Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan and allow natural light to flood the bamboo-floored space. While it’s available to both hotel and spa guests, the gym also has a large membership of local residents.

This spacious gym provides ample workout room. Life Fitness cardio machines — including six cross-trainers, eight treadmills, three recumbent bikes and two upright bikes — all have individual TVs and are pre-set with headphones and towels. We loved the upscale yet sanitary headphone presentation; each pair comes individually wrapped in plastic and placed in a Peninsula New York-logoed bag. A variety of weight training machines and free weights will let you get in a full-body workout, if that’s what you’re after, and you’ll find low-impact equipment such as stability balls, medicine balls, resistance bands readily at your disposal. Lively background music and flat-screen TVs will keep you occupied while you work up a sweat.

If you prefer a more hands-on workout, the gym also offers personal training and has a separate glass-enclosed studio that offers a variety of classes during the day, including yoga. You can even take an aqua aerobics class; check the website or at the front desk for a daily schedule.

Don’t worry if you forget your fitness gear at home; the Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel’s gym will loan you complimentary workout wear for the day, along with robes, slippers, towels and a locker. You’ll also be able to read newspapers and magazines while you hit the treadmill, and get refreshed with chilled bottled water, citrus-infused water, green apples and chilled towels post-workout. If you’re a hotel guest, you’ll get access to the heat facilities in the locker rooms at The Peninsula Spa, so cap off your exercise session relaxing in the sauna or steam room.

You must be 18 or older to use the New York hotel's gym, which is open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; should you need to squeeze in a workout past closing, the gym can stay open later upon request.

Jonathan Crook

The fitness center offers the latest in cardiovascular and strength training equipment and a sun-lit movement studio with daily complimentary group fitness classes. Weather permitting, complimentary outdoor sunrise yoga classes are held three times per week at 7 a.m. on the Sun Terrace. The fitness center’s personal trainers are also available to customize indoor or outdoor training sessions so that guests can enjoy city views while engaging in a tough workout.

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