By Vanessa Checchio
Hoboken is the hometown of Frank Sinatra and the world’s capital of parking tickets. But it’s also becoming a home for New Yorkers looking for a piece of the city (okay, yes, we know it’s New Jersey) that’s a bit quieter, and bit more neighborhood-like, and — let’s be honest, a bit easier on the wallet. With an abbreviated buzz of NYC and a population of about 50,000, Hoboken is the place to be for movers, shakers, and anyone else who likes to get their blood pumping.
For the fitness-minded, Hoboken has as many fitness-friendly locations as it does people. Sure we have a few New York Sports Clubs and a Crunch Fitness, but it’s the other multitude of fitness studios that set us apart. (Some with a view of the Hudson while you workout!) Barre classes, CrossFit boxes, boutique fitness studios, HIIT based gyms, yoga studios, martial arts facilities, we’ve got ‘em all covered.
Whether you’ve never been to Hoboken or you’re a seasoned Mile Square vet, some of this city’s greatest fitness spaces are hidden gems inside old warehouses and loft apartment buildings, so they can be easily overlooked or hard to find. Have no fear — this is your starter guide to finding your fitness favorites in Hoboken.
If you like…
Heart pumping, music blasting, lungs working, muscles screaming with a little bit of rest in between
Make your way to Intrepid Gym, the High Intensity Interval Gym located on the brink of Hoboken and Jersey City
At Intrepid, both your muscles and mind will be put to the test. A mix of high intensity intervals and Olympic lifts such as cleans and jerks, the coaches at Intrepid carefully go through the movements and motivate you through the 45-minute long classes. The best part? You can see what you’re in for on the website, which always has the workouts for the week ahead posted on Sunday night — and although some of them may only take up to 10 minutes, no piece of equipment goes untouched. Squats, wall balls, deadlifts, kettle bell swings, pull-ups, did I say squats? They’ll all be part of your sweat sesh. Intrepid also offers other classes such as Boot Camp, Olympic Lifting, Rowing, and Yoga.
New to HIIT?
No worries at all. Try coach Nick’s beginner class on Tuesday night at 8:30pm, or if you just need a little extra push, try one of coach Cody’s classes throughout the week that are always full of energy, in your face motivation, and occasional dance breakouts to the pumping music.
Other places you can HIIT it at:
If you like…
Constantly varied, functional movements executed at a high intensity also known as a little workout called CrossFit
Get your Nanos into CrossFit Hoboken and get ready to feel strong as F
CrossFit Hoboken, one of the first CrossFit boxes to ever hit New Jersey, is a 10,000 square foot gym complete with squat racks, ropes hanging from the ceiling, enough pull-up bars to accommodate a 20 person (sometimes more) class, and top-of-the-line coaches pushing you to your limits through a WOD and admiring your sweat once you’ve finished. Aside from being a CrossFit box, CFH is also a USA Weightlifting nationally recognized gym, with their coach, Ryan Erasmus, hailing from South Africa and holding a World Champion medal at his weight class. Their programming is meticulously thought-out, their coaches are seriously motivating, and their classes leave you breathless in the best way possible. Aside from the normal WOD, CFH also offers Strength classes, Yoga for Athletes, and their newly developed CrossFit Kids.
Never step foot in a box?
CFH offers not only a free trial class to beginners, but also a fundamentals program for new clients, which teaches the foundational movements of CrossFit. Not to mention we hear the Coach who runs Fundamentals, Coach Alex, is serious eye candy.
Other boxes you may want to visit:
If you like…
Feeling empowered by a bunch of badass women during classes like Naked Ride, Sweata Weatha, and Candy Barre, and many others in a boutique studio setting
Put on your favorite tights, and get ready to Work it Out
Work it Out, also known as WiO, is a haven for women of all shapes and sizes, skill levels, and goals. The schedule is full of a multitude of different styled classes like spin, barre, and weight training, with WiO’s signature twists like blended classes. And with instructors motivating you from the minute you walk in the door, it’s hard not to walk out of this boutique studio feeling empowered, fresh, and proud of your damn self. Their first studio opened in 2010, making WiO one of the original boutique fitness studios on the scene in Hoboken, and their shine has yet to dull. Blended style classes show clients it’s entirely possible to get your butt kicked on a bike — and then with strength training — all in a 55-minute long class. Five years and two studios later, WiO’s classes are still packed with motivation and fire.
Not sure you want to ride naked?
Don’t worry, you don’t actually have to be naked to do this. Naked Ride is WiO’s version of a straight-on Spin class. No frills, no weights, just straight cruising through hills, sprints, and any other obstacles that come your way. Grab a seat in Steph’s 7am Ride class, or if you feel like channeling your inner ballerina, plié into Candy Barre with Casi on Thursday nights.
A few other boutique studios you may want to check out:
If you like to…
Get your sweaty flow on while centering your brain and letting yourself feel present in the moment
You should definitely add Powerflow Yoga to your agenda
With over 20 classes a week that range from 60-90 minutes, PFY is super accessible to the early bird or the night owl. When you walk in, you’ll feel relieved from the every day stress, as the warmth hits you and the front staff welcomes you to get in your practice mindset. Besides Hot Power Vinyasa flows, PFY also offers Jivamutki inspired flows and even yoga for athletes. (Which is a good thing considering how many of them there are in Hoboken!) The studio sits on the 5th floor of a building that faces the skyline, so while you’re enjoying your practice you can also enjoy the view of beautiful NYC. Flow your way through class, be present in the heated moment, and end it off with a cooling eucalyptus-toweled Savasana.
Need a flow that’s quick and to the point?
Try Kate’s 60 minute Hot Power Lunch flow to get your practice in while taking a little breather from work, or end a crazy day with a hot candlelit flow with Emma.
Other studios you might want to flow at:
Or maybe you have commitment issues and want a mix of it all! That’s totally okay too. Starting in May, the town of Hoboken holds free fitness classes on Pier A, called Fitness in the Park, and run by a different gym throughout the town each week. That means you get to sprint, squat, stretch, and sweat while overlooking the NYC skyline and enjoying the summer weather.
Wellness is fitness’s right-hand man, and for that reason there are spaces in Hoboken devoted to just that, wellness and well-being. Spaces like newly opened Celebrate Life Studio and Zen Space offer programs like Yoga, wellness retreats, and meditation classes, as well as make it available to rent out the space if you have an event of your own planned.
If you’re looking for some specialty gyms in Hoboken, here are a few that might spike your heart rate:
Pilates: Kure Pilates with Krystal
MMA, Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, and Wrestling: Edge Wrestling
Personal Training: The FIT Lab Inc.
Kickboxing: CKO Kickboxing
Powerlifting and Sports Conditioning: Iron Arena
Zumba and Dance: Sassy Cap Dance N’ Fitness
Vanessa Checchio has been in the fitness industry for the past 6 years as a CPT, fitness coach, SPIN, and Zumba instructor. After quitting her corporate job and persuing her passion for spreading fitness and wellness, she created bachata & barbells, a health and wellness company based out of Hoboken, New Jersey. She teaches a variety of classes including HIIT, circuit training, spin, and bootcamp style classes, as well as trains a variety of private clients. When she's not in the gym throwing weights around or pushing clients through classes and PT sessions, you can find her running around the town of Hoboken with her pitbull, Nola, searching for the perfect Americano.
She's been featured in The Daily Record, HobokenGirl.com, and has contributed to the websites Aloha.com and SpotMeGirl.com.