Here's what our Customers have to say about us...

So much fun I forgot I was even doing burpees!
Such great energy and makes you feel comfortable regardless of your fitness level
Taking this class was an actual necessity. And it blew my freakin’ dreams
When you’re having this much fun (all the while listening to some seriously sick 80s hip hop), it feels like being a kid again
I’d like to call that class ‘murderous fun’
Their perfect Yelp rating speaks for itself. Excellent workout studio—one of the best and most creative in NYC
If you haven’t tried Throwback Fitness, you don’t know what you are missing!
I wish time travel existed already so I could bring back Brian and Ryan and have them introduce Throwback to my 15 year old self, because this class is a game changer!
You find yourself smiling at the end of class not even knowing where the time went by
I definitely recommend you try this workout and judge for yourself. I’m glad I did because I’m hooked!
I’d definitely recommend this to newbies or anyone looking for something fun and different
Brian and Ryan are knowledgeable, encouraging and most of all so friendly! I was so impressed with the personal experience
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And here's what the Press has to say...


OCTOBER 2, 2018

Profession to Passion: From Finance to Fitness »

“Brian Gallagher and Ryan Wilke quit their investment banking jobs to pursue their dreams of opening a fitness studio in the heart of New York City!”

Muscle & Fitness


Workouts You've Never Tried: Throwback Fitness »

“Although there were times when I was gassed, I was having fun and continued to push forward”

Daily Mail

APRIL 14, 2017

Row your way to that ripped body! »

“Great for basic fitness, playful and fun, this class is a good option for those who like rowing but do not want to spend a whole class doing it”

Self Magazine

OCTOBER 1, 2016

Reset Your Fall Workout Plan With These 4 Moves »

“Competing against yourself at the gym (or at home!) will help you work harder and achieve your fitness goals”

Well+Good NYC

JULY 28, 2016

How To Turn Your Summer Barbeque Into A (Really Fun) Workout »

“There’s something about running around like kids again that makes for better relationship-building”

About Health

DECEMBER 18, 2015

Try a 5-Move Throwback Fitness Partner Workout »

“Throwback Fitness has been called ‘summer camp for adults’ and that makes us happy! ”

AM New York

DECEMBER 16, 2015

NYC Fitness Pros Share Their Healthy Tips For Traveling »

““Turn your workout into a game,” suggests Throwback Fitness owner Brian Gallagher”

The Chalkboard Mag

OCTOBER 1, 2015

The Sweat Life: The 6 Best NYC Fitness Studios To Try Now »

“Not only is it a calorie scorcher, but you are part of a team, which makes you feel like you’re back at recess or playing high school sports.”

ABC News

AUGUST 27, 2015

Workout Routine Inspired by Childhood Gym Class »

“ABC’s Nikki Battiste heads to Throwback Fitness – a workout class that incorporates old-school games like dodgeball and capture-the-flag into a high-energy workout.”


AUGUST 18, 2015

This Gym Turns Phys-Ed Class Into a Workout »

“The workout delivers is a great bonding experience”

New York Daily News

AUGUST 13, 2015

How To Survive An Intense Workout Class In 10 Steps »

“Yes, you want to be focused, but it's also time to meet people by taking advantage of the engaging environment.”

Men's Journal

JULY 6, 2015

10 Great Cardio Workouts That Don't Require Running »

“With interval workouts, you can reap even more cardio benefits than you would on a treadmill, says co-owner Ryan Wilke.”

Men's Fitness

JUNE 4, 2015

The 50 Best Gyms In America »

“If you’re looking for a gym with a classic feel to it, look no further than Throwback Fitness.”

Racked NY

MARCH 25, 2015

Ten Botique Fitness Workouts That Rival Climbing Mount Everest »

“Competitive rowing and games like dodgeball and flip cup are much more tiring than you think”

Racked NY

DECEMBER 24, 2014

The Year in Sweat: New York's Best New Fitness Spots in 2014»

“Midtown South's Throwback Fitness went hardcore on fun”

Well+Good NYC

OCTOBER 13, 2014

Class Action: Throwback Fitness »

“Now only if our 13-year-old selves could’ve been that motivated”

Men’s Journal

AUGUST 1, 2014

Strength in Numbers: The Rise of Group Fitness Classes for Men »

“Guys respond to competition. No one wants to lose to another guy when there are five girls around”


APRIL 3, 2014

The Most Awesome #TBT Fitness Trend »

“Afterward, I felt like I had somewhat redeemed my lackluster elementary-school self and couldn’t wait to get more friends on board for a fun, coed activity that doesn’t involve drinking. Cowabunga to that!”

Well+Good NYC

FEBRUARY 24, 2014

Throwback Fitness to open a studio that reminds you of gym class »

“Their workout concept pairs rowing with CrossFit-inspired resistance training and team drills that harken back to childhood games and sports.”

SELF Magazine

DECEMBER 16, 2013

Team and Partner Workouts Are Taking the Fitness World by Storm (Plus, Here’s One to Try!) »

“‘Group fitness is still really individualized, so we wanted to create our own category called team fitness,’ says Brian Gallagher, co-founder of Throwback Fitness.”

Wall Street Journal

JANUARY 3, 2018

New Year’s Fitness Resolutions: The Smartest Way to Keep Them»

“Impatient to escape a mundane exercise routine of running, Andrew Feigelman stepped into Throwback Fitness in Midtown Manhattan, a retro gym that aims to make workouts a game—and felt like he was stepping back through time.”

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MSN / PureWow

NOVEMBER 20, 2017

5 Fitness Trends That Will Be Huge in 2018 »

“Studios like NYC’s Swerve Fitness and Throwback Fitness have been huge in big cities for months now, making them primed for a cross-country takeover in 2018.”

Well+Good NYC

APRIL 6, 2017

I Went On A Mission To Make Friends At Gym — Here's What I Learned »

“When I mentioned to someone that it was my first time in class, she excitedly started filling me in on what to expect—and two other girls joined the convo as well”

Well+Good NYC

NOVEMBER 10, 2016

These Are The Best Fitness Studios In The Country, According To Yelp »

“Those (very, very detailed) reviews don’t lie!”

Self Magazine

OCTOBER 31, 2016

7 Workouts That Changed My Fitness Routine This Year »

“Throwback Fitness is a boot camp workout that mixes both nostalgia and a team-focused mentality during recess-game cardio drills”

Men's Health

SEPTEMBER 30, 2016

19 Genius Training Tips You Should Steal From the Best Gyms In the Country »

“New York City has hundreds of gyms, but Throwback’s group fitness classes have the best Yelp reviews of any facility in the city”

AM New York

APRIL 26, 2016

NYC fitness centers offer private birthday parties »

“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. ”

Women's Health

DECEMBER 16, 2015

The Workout That'll Make You Feel Like a Gym Class Hero »

“This workout—brought to you by the trainers at New York City-based gym Throwback Fitness—turns your sweat fest into a game”

Business News Daily

DECEMBER 11, 2015

5 Businesses That Put a Unique Spin on Fitness »

“Throwback Fitness takes inspiration from your favorite recess activities like dodgeball and capture the flag to create a fun, more social way to exercise than what's offered at the usual fitness franchise.”

Business Insider

SEPTEMBER 24, 2015

I tried Throwback Fitness, the playground-inspired workout studio that's like summer camp for adults »

“Throwback Fitness is truly a social place. It's all about playing games and having fun while getting a full-body workout.”

Heath & Fitness CheatSheet

AUGUST 16, 2015

10 Of America's Top-Rated Gyms And Fitness Centers »

“For America’s most-populous city, the top-rated fitness center is Throwback Fitness.”

New York 1

JULY 6, 2015

Manhattan Gym's Workout a Real Throwback »

“We want people to come in and take them back to their gym class and recess days, without the anxiety of being the last picked in gym class.”

Club Solutions

JUNE 1, 2015

Those Who Workout Together, Stay Fit Together »

“Tierney believes the secret to Throwback Fitness’ success is the welcoming environment and accessibility”


MARCH 3, 2015

The 28 Most Innovative Gyms In America »

“No matter what your fitness level, by the end of class, you’ll be out of breath, dripping in sweat, and definitely cracking a smile”

Teen Vogue


This New Workout Program Just Made Your 4th Period Gym Class About 10 Times Cooler »

“There's no picking teams, just friendly competition and lots of high-fives”

Fox Business

AUGUST 5, 2014

Throwback: Fitness Inspired by Gym Class »

“Throwback is innovating the boutique fitness world by getting inspiration from the days of yore”

New York Post

MARCH 27, 2014

The 'House of Cards' effect? Rowing class all the rage »

“Once the loneliest gym machine, the rower has recently enjoyed a big popularity boost, and group rowing classes are now all the rage.”

SELF Magazine

DECEMBER 20, 2013

Presenting SELF’s Eight Days Too Late, But Still Totally Effective, 12 Days of Christmas Workout »

“Our friends at Throwback Fitness, an indoor rowing and fitness studio in NYC, created this holiday themed workout to keep you from puttin’ on the party pounds.”

Daily News

NOVEMBER 3, 2013

The latest exercise trend is rowing, which offers incredible workouts in a short amount of time »

“And over at Throwback Fitness in Chelsea, co-founder Brian Gallagher uses the competitive spirit of rowing to pit classmates against each other and encourage camaraderie.”

The New York Times


Rowing Revives in the Gym »

“One row-centric workout was modeled on the flip-cup drinking game, but instead of chugging beer, slowpokes did extra 100-meter sprints. (Fun, eh?)”

Well+Good NYC

APRIL 17, 2013

The Rowing Revolution »

“‘We wanted to meld the fun, exciting feel of spin classes with the intensity of CrossFit,’ says Wilke’s co-founder Brian Gallagher.”