Summer is right around the corner, and while that is a great motivator for many who are nervous about getting back into their bathing suits, getting into shape is important for so many other reasons. Being healthy is not just about having a six-pack. It’s about being able to maintain an active lifestyle and preventing various health problems. But exercise doesn’t have to be the monotonous treadmill at the gym. The following are wonderful places in Queens to get into shape.
These spots offer unique, fun fitness options for kids and adults, and now that the weather is getting warmer, be sure to enjoy some of the outdoor locations!
There are several locations in Queens, and each offers a different schedule of energizing classes such as Zumba, F.I.T. Boot Camp, and pilates. This is a women’s only gym, which creates a very supportive environment. Another plus, they have day care!
New York Sports Club has 6 locations in Queens that offer an amazing variety of classes in addition to the usual gym equipment. Try Zumba, cardio kickboxing, belly dance, Latin dance, yoga, pilates and much more! Check with individual locations about babysitting availability. Most of them have it!
The Y offers programs for all ages, from toddlers to adults. For the little ones (2-5), they have an indoor play area with balance beams, climbing areas For adults, they have traditional classes like yoga (regular and pre-natal), aerobics, and weight training. For those who are still children at heart, there are adult basketball, volleyball and paddleball leagues. They also have a pool and tennis court!
If you have children interested in baseball, softball or soccer, The Cage is a training facility to help them improve their skills. The offer clinics and summer camps for kids aged 6 through high school. There are two groups for the Kids Soccer Zone, which break down for ages 4-6 and 6-9. Because this facility is indoors, kids can practice rain or shine!
This wonderful gym is for children from 7 months to 7 years old. Each age-based class builds on the one before it, gradually teaching children various gymnastic exercises. While the focus is on gymnastics, they also have a class that teaches skills used in basketball, football and baseball while also teaching the games. Check out their summer schedule, which includes camps for children 2 and ½ through 9. Prospective students can take a trial class for free.
With two convenient locations in Astoria and Long Island City, The Yoga Room offers a variety of yoga styles, as well as pilates. They also have classes for new parents and their infants and toddlers. These classes are especially fun and informative, giving you an opportunity to bond with your child and with other parents going through the joys and trials of raising their little ones. For the adventurous yogi, they have Unnata Aerial yoga in which you are suspended from the ceiling in large pieces of fabric while doing traditional yoga exercises. After all of your hard work, treat yourself to one of their three types of massage. They also offer acupuncture and other kinds of body work. Their new student special is 1 month of unlimited classes for $49.
Like The Yoga Room, The Giving Tree Yoga Studio offers a great variety of yoga classes, including parent and infant/toddler sessions. They also have many amazing workshops that help you focus on your mental health as well, such as their upcoming meditation workshop on May 6th. They offer many kinds of massage treatments and Reiki. Their new student special is 1 month of unlimited classes for $80 or 3 classes for $25 (1 month expiry).
This Forest Hills yoga studio has classes for children (7-12) and adults, but it offers so much more. Children can take karate, and adults can take jazz dance, tai chi, belly dancing, and capoeira (a Brazilian martial arts form). New students qualify for an unlimited monthly pass for $59 (regularly $135). They also offer class cards ranging from 5-20 classes.
For those you who prefer to get your exercise outdoors, Queens parks have a lot to offer. From hiking and biking trails, to handball and basketball courts, your gym might just be a couple blocks from your door. And who can say “No” to a free work-out space?
- Forest Park borders Richmond Hill, Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Glendale and Woodhaven. They have a running track, baseball field and handball courts, as well as areas for biking, roller blading and hiking (trails varying in distance from 0.5-1.75 mi.).
- Astoria Park is on the waterfront and is a perfect location for numerous outdoor activities. They have an all-weather track, miles of tails for walking or running, a skateboard park, basketball and tennis courts, and the largest outdoor pool in New York City.
- Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village boasts a track, roller hockey rink, baseball and soccer fields, and handball, basketball and bocce courts.
- The Brooklyn Queens Greenway is a 40-mile path for bikes and pedestrians that meanders from Coney Island to Fort Totten. The path leads you through thirteen parks, two botanical gardens, the Aquarium and many other wonderful attractions. Follow this link to their guide, which provides detailed information about each section of the path (what you can see, where you can eat, etc.)
Now get out there Queens families and have fun while staying healthy!
By: Megan Ross