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Sculpt Your Ass at the Metropolitan Pool

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During most of the year, NYC can be your gym. You can run on the sidewalks, ride along bike paths, or even just run up and down stairs in a park until your ass feels like it’s going to fall off. And if you don’t feel like actually working up a sweat, you can just walk everywhere to not feel like a fatass. Then there’s the few months of winter, where it’s difficult to leave your warm blankets, let alone thinking about biking anywhere.  So if you’re feeling antsy or lazy during the winter, buy a jump rope to use in your apartment. If your ceilings aren’t tall enough to jump rope, join the Metropolitan Pool.

The Metropolitan Pool is that stone building on Bedford in Williamsburg that wafts a chlorine smell onto the sidewalk sometimes. In addition to a giant lap pool, they have cardio equipment, a weight room and a class that combines yoga, dance martial arts and several other trendy work outs. It’s not the kind of gym that has a juice bar with their own brand of fake Gatorade, but it’s got everything you need for a good work out. Oh, and the best part: it’s $75 a year to join. That means it will cost you $6.25 a month.

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Metropolitan Pool
261 Bedford Avenue between Metropolitan and N1 Street [Williamsburg, Brooklyn]

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After years of denial, Kiley has finally admitted to baring a striking resemblance to Velma from Scooby Doo. Instead of traveling in a van hunting ghosts, she prefers wandering on foot in search of tacos, cheap beer, and fake birds. Growing up in Portland, Kiley enjoyed the balance of urban and green spaces. Then she spent her four years at Ithaca College, and found herself craving more sprawling asphalt in her life. So she moved to Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where most of the buildings look like they're about to collapse. Kiley's favorite activities include: getting lost, crafting, sewing, biking, and geeking out at museums. Her love of taxidermy probably makes her a terrible vegetarian, but she doesn't care.

1 Comment

  1. Paul
    October 8, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Excellent tip, but it gets even better. You can get the same deal at any of the cities recreation centers. Also that 75 dollars gets you access to every rec center in the city, not just the one where you sign up.