Looking for gym with the best classes in Park Slope area
Sorry for the length but I'm trying to be as detailed as possible...
As I don't do cardio machines and weights (need a class to get motivated!), I'm only interested in the class portion of a gym. I like variety and prefer classes that tend to push you to your limits. Not too concerned about whether the trainers and desk staff are friendly or what the vibe is. Don't really care about the aesthetics of a place either. I just want good classes that are not super-crowded (in Equinox, many times there was only 1.5 feet separating me from my neighbors!). I tend to gravitate towards the dance and martial arts-based classes. I also don't swim as exercise so it doesn't matter if there's a pool. And I prefer to keep expenses to $100/month or less.
Currently I have a membership at NYSC. When I lived in Manhattan, there were about 12 NYSCs within a 20-minute walk from where I lived (which was one of the main reasons why I belonged to NYSC). Now there is only one in Park Slope (with very limited classes) that's within walking distance from me. So I'm investigating to see whether there are alternatives.
I know there's a Crunch in Prospect Heights and Fort Greene. As I know there can be variations between Crunch locations, any input on quality of those classes? What are the classes like at the Armory and Prospect Park Ys? The classes at Crunch sound more like my speed, but the Y is closer to me as I live in South Slope.
I don't know anything about the classes at Harbor Fitness, Eastern Athletic Club or Body Reserve, but not super interested as there's only one location (I like variety). Any others that I have missed?
Just for reference, here are my impressions of the 4 gyms I belonged to when I used to live in Manhattan.
1. Equinox -- best variety and quality of classes but very expensive and crowded
2. NYSC -- mediocre classes, but made up for it in the # of locations; occasionally will find great teacher and will travel for the class
3. Crunch -- good classes but not as many locations as NYSC
4. YMCA -- mixed bag; some classes were good and some were pretty mediocre; not as many locations as Crunch and NYSC and Equinox