After the marathon, we at The Morningsider are always inspired to start a new fitness regimen – especially with the impending holidays.

Earlier this year we provided you with a round-up of some great Harlem yoga studios, which we’ve noticed are flourishing in the area.  However, everyone is different when it comes to fitness, and if yoga isn’t your “thing,” consider these fitness options which are all conveniently located in the neighborhood.

Started by Kris Buxenbaum, Strivers Fitness is a private training studio located at 228 West 139th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Buxenbaum himself has a variety of training under his belt from dance to martial arts which has lead to his belief in a holistic approach to fitness. The programs at Strivers “are based the use of resistance and instability for postural, core, functional strength and agility while maximizing power and endurance.” They specialize in many forms of skill-based training from core and stability to kickboxing to muytai conditioning and more. For more information on Strivers Fitness please visit their website or call 917-361-2535. 

Harlem Capoeira Fitness is a community-based organization that has been in practice for almost a decade and offers classes at two different locations in Harlem, the Wadleigh Secondary School for Performing Arts at 215 West 114th Street and the Harlem YMCA at 180 West 135th Street. Capoeira is a Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, sports, and music. It is known by quick and complex moves, using mainly power kicks and quick leg sweeps, with some ground and aerial acrobatics, knee strikes, take-downs, elbow strikes, punches and headbutts. For more information as well as class schedules please visit their website here.

Brownstone Fitness specializes in private personal training and small group sessions and is run by husband and wife team Hans and Bernadette Hageman. Both Hans and Bernadette have a number of certifications and fitness specialties from yoga and pilates to bodying building and judo. Brownstone Fitness is dedicated to creating personalized training programs that focus on your needs and goals, as well as working on your own self image through teaching you “how to create a vision of yourself as a healthy, dynamic, powerful person.” For more information on Brownstone Fitness please visit their website or call 866-992-9172.