B Loved: Planet Fitness
I have to admit, it took me a while to warm up to the idea of joining a gym in Harlem. I fought it for a while, holding on to a crappy midtown membership and joining my company gym. I finally gave in to the irresistible $19 a month offer at Planet Fitness, figuring that for minimal investment, I could end up all the better by having a gym 5 blocks from my apartment. Low and behold, I was right! Some refer to my most-visited place in Harlem (5 times a week!) as Club Planet Fitness, based on the vast number members, some of which will eye you down unrelentlessly and ask for your number if they muster the courage. It is fun, however, to run into friends, foes, old college buddies, and potential crushes every now and then. But the club/reunion atmosphere can be avoided all together if you go for the morning routine. It’s like a relaxing pit stop before you take on the day. For all of my Harlemites trying to get fine in ‘09...I highly recommend Club PF.