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NYC fitness centers offer private birthday parties

For a birthday celebration that’s really to your health, consider a group fitness class. Boutique studios and training facilities in NYC offer fitness fiends the chance to celebrate their birthdays with private parties, customized classes and even their own playlists.

Throwback Fitness introduced the opportunity after regular clients asked if classes could be blocked off for their birthday parties.

“Usually the people who come in quite frequently, they know the types of games we play, and will come to us and request what they want to do,” said Brian Gallagher, co-founder of the midtown studio, which hosts one to two birthday parties a month. “We completely customize it to whatever they want, [even] their playlist.”

Rego Park native Bernadette Chan has marked her birthday over the past few years with a fitness event — one year it was a 10K in Prospect Park, another a session at Yoga to the People. This past weekend, the graduate student took a small group of friends to the indoor cycling studio Peloton Cycle in Chelsea for her 31st birthday.

“My workouts are the best parts of my days,” Chan said. “I can’t think of celebrating another year of life not working out, and I want to share that with the people I care about. There’s certainly a health component but there’s a gigantic fun component to it as well.”

And at $30 or $35 a pop, a fitness class is easier on the wallet than your typical night out.

“The way I see it: You go out to a fancy dinner you’ll spend much more than the $35 it costs to take a class at a nice boutique fitness studio,” Chan said. “I’d rather do a more affordable and less fancy meal after as a trade-off.”

If you’re looking to book a fitness birthday party in NYC, here are four places that can accommodate.

305 Fitness

Influencer types have been planning their birthdays (as
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Influencer types have been planning their birthdays (as well as bachelorette parties) at this Miami rave-inspired cardio dance studio, which has two Manhattan locations. Custom T-shirts are usually the norm, as is Champagne to drink post-class. Private parties can have up to 40 people, are booked outside the normal class schedule and start at $350 (price varies by location and time). Book at least two weeks in advance to get a preferred class time. 18 W. Eighth St., 33 E. 33rd St.,

Brooklyn Zoo

The training facility hosts birthday parties several times
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The training facility hosts birthday parties several times a week for all ages. They can be tailored based on interest, though most tend to involve parkour and their popular ninja warrior class. Other activities include break dancing, trampoline and tumbling. Private parties start at $500 an hour for up to 14 people and should be booked three to four weeks in advance (the venue is already fairly booked for May). 230 Bogart St., East Williamsburg, 347-987-3228,

Throwback Fitness

For fitness circuits inspired by drinking games like
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For fitness circuits inspired by drinking games like beer pong and flip cup -- and that can include booze, if you want -- there's Throwback Fitness. Other workouts are inspired by dodge ball, basketball and trivia games. The gym can host private parties for at least 10 people, for $30 a person, booked one to two weeks in advance. Groups fewer than that are welcome to join a regularly-scheduled class. 303 Fifth Ave., Suite 207, 610-844-5364,


The Flatiron boxing studio has quickly become a
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The Flatiron boxing studio has quickly become a go-to for private events, like bachelorette parties. For $34 per person, up to 40 people work on their jabs and hooks during the 45-minute session. Birthday boys and girls and their friends can join a regularly scheduled class, or book a private class at least a week in advance outside the class schedule. 28 W. 20th St., 646-666-0756,


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