Gym 105 is hands-down the best gym on the upper west side or all of New York City, for that matter. I have belonged to NY Sports, equinox, and have taken countless classes at everything from Cross Fit to fancy studios. While each of those places have their upsides, none of them come close to getting you fit and healthy like they do at Gym 105. What is so unique about Gym 105? First, the trainers are simply the best. Ari (who has trained me for the better part of three years) Antonio, Jaci, and Michael know more about strength training, conditioning, nutrition, and mobility than any four people I have ever met. And unlike some trainers at other gyms or boxes, they actually care about their clients. Ari, for example, is constantly tracking my progress and watching my form so that I make real gains without injury. Second, they intelligently combine weight lifting, high intensity interval training, and power/strength endurance routines, to get you both stronger and more fit. And when you need help with nutrition advice or recovery workouts they are there for that, as well. Third, they design programs to meet your goals - not some random WOD that they read on the internet that day. If you are looking to increase your back squat, they will do that. If you want to get a PR on the bench press, they have a plan for you. And if you simply want to get in the best shape of your life, their workouts will certainly do that. Fourth, they know that real improvement only comes when you are willing to challenge yourself - and that means pushing beyond what you think it possible. Every session here makes your stronger and more resilient; Every work out pushes you to your limit. Finally, and best of all, gym 105 is more than just a place to go exercise. It's a community of like-minded people who support each other to reach goals and physical potential. In fact, both my wife and son train here and love it, too! Gym 105 is the place to go if you are a 25 year old athlete who wants to maximize their performance, a 70 year old who wants to stay active or a 47 year old guy who wants to be healthy for the next 47 years (like me). If you want to get fit and healthy, don't waste another day...go to Gym 105!
Smart, focused and experienced trainers and a ideal space make this one of the best gyms in NYC. Weightlifting, kettle bells, body weight and ergs, all feature in a well thought out program that is designed for each individual. An intense but fun atmosphere to help everyone get the most out of their workout. Trainers know everyone and know how to get the most out of each athlete. A great gym and a great group of people Make your way up to 105th Street!
Gym 105 has changed my life. It's going to be difficult to write this review without using absurd amounts of hyperbole (it begins, oh boy). This place has had and continues to have such a profound impact on my life that I refuse to live anywhere other than on the Upper West Side. In an era where niche fitness reigns, it can be daunting/difficult to sift through the zillion types of gyms out there to find what will be the best fit. I feel blessed to have had a trainer who first trained me at a different UWS gym and later transitioned me to the gym that she trained at--once called Precision Athlete, now called Gym105. I took to it immediately and four years later, I'm as loyal as ever. It's going to be difficult to review a place that's so integral to my livelihood and my sanity, but I'll try my best. The success of Gym105, in my opinion, begins and ends with the people. At a gym this size these types of workouts, the relationships here are a huge part of why I've stayed. I know this to be the case for many other clients as well. Gym105 is a training-only gym, meaning that you pay for training sessions as opposed to a monthly gym membership. This also means that the trainers here are more important to the health of this gym than at most other places. And fortunately, trainers Ari, Antonio and Jaci are all their own brand of fabulous. I've had numerous coaches and trainers over the course of my sports-centric life, and these folks are as good as it gets. Though I've mainly worked with Antonio, I've trained with the others over the years at some point in time so can say this with complete certainty. They're all incredibly knowledgable and are always learning more. Exercise science is always improving, and they know it. The programming at Gym105 is top notch. It's a blend of strength, strength endurance, power endurance and interval training/circuits. Mix of lifting and HIIT with a good amount of kettlebell work. Lots of functional movements. Some commonalities with Crossfit but you won't find the requirements and hard lines found in Crossfit. There are usually a few programs written up on the board each day that the trainers will choose from. Seems like a WOD, but it'That said, they'll always make adjustments depending on a client's limitations/goals/other programming for the week. They know it all, so they will figure out what works for you. The general outlook here: work your ass off, push yourself and others (think tough love), don't let your mind get the best of you. Good vibes only. Gym105 isn't about pomp and circumstances. People come here to work out. Hard. No mirrors, no TVs, no silly ellipticals or treadmills. It's bear bones in the best kind of way. Gym105 is the antithesis of a globo gym. This isn't the place to come if you want a warm towelette to dab your forehead with before sauntering into a sauna. Not to say that those types of gyms aren't nice in their own way--everything serves a purpose. Just don't come here expecting that. So. About the other humans that make this place so great. What perhaps puts Gym105 over the edge its devoted community of clients. Due to the small size of the gym, its virtually impossible not to interact with the other gym-goers while you're there. Gym105 offers both private and semi-private sessions, the latter being half the price of the former. I started with privates given I knew nothing about this type of training at the beginning (that's mandatory for everyone when first starting out), but I've since switched exclusively semi-private (a group of 2-4, usually). Sure, it's cheaper, but the social and motivational components are just as important. Everyone knows each other and the energy is contagious. Lots of yelling, lots of encouragement, lots of results. A supportive community can be difficult to find in NYC. It's the great paradox of the city. Densest city in the world and the most anonymous one. So being able to interact with a group of down-to-earth, like-minded people on a daily/weekly basis is special. That's been my experience at Gym105. My brain is telling me to use the cliche "it's more than a gym, it's a family", so I guess cliches are cliches for a reason. My progress here? -I went from a 100lb deadlift to a 258lb deadlift -I can jump on a 30" box -I can row 295m in one minute -I went from hardly being able to lIft 20 pounds over my head to lifting 20 kilograms over my head....in each HAND -I'm fit instead of just skinny-fat -I'm just fully a better person for coming here and that alone should be enough of an endorsement If you come here, you'll need to work. You'll need to push yourself. You won't be pushed beyond your physical limits. Maybe your psychological limits, but that's where the real progress is made.
Smart, focused and experienced trainers and a ideal space make this one of the best gyms in NYC. Weightlifting, kettlebells, body weight and ergs all feature in a well thought out program that is designed for each individual. An intense but fun atmosphere help everyone get the most out of their workout. Trainers know everyone and know how to get the most out of each athlete. A great gym and a great group of people Make your way up to 105th Street!