New York Sports Clubs' Hunger Games-Inspired Workout Challenges Gym-Goers (and Movie Lovers) to "Train Like a Tribute"

--New York, Boston, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia Sports Clubs debut class to coincide with film premiere--

Mar 19, 2012, 09:00 ET from New York Sports Clubs

NEW YORK, March 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- In celebration of The Hunger Games' blockbuster debut on March 23rd, the New York Sports Clubs (NYSC) is launching the first-ever "Train Like a Tribute" Hunger Games-inspired workout.  With ticket presales for The Hunger Games movie setting records nationwide, the screen adaptation of the New York Times best-selling novel is on track to become the biggest pop-culture craze since Twilight.

"Train Like a Tribute" invites attendees to master skills crucial for survival in The Hunger Games' notorious Arena: archery, tree climbing, speed work and strength training.  The vigorous, cleverly-coined cardio and weight-infused exercises, including "Katniss Kickbacks," "Sprint to the Cornucopia" and "Peeta Presses," allow class-goers to channel lead characters Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Melark with killer archery skills and powerful strength moves. 

Designed by Eric Salvador—former Marine and one of the creators of NYSC's new Ultimate Fitness Experience (UXF)—the 50-minute class channels the high-energy, competitive spirit of the Games and mirrors Salvador's UXF small group training class rolling out at NYSC this spring.  In true UXF form, each "Train Like a Tribute" session will conclude as the master trainer or "Game Maker" declares the student who has completed the most rounds of exercise the winner of the workout.

"Knowing that the Hunger Games is all about survival of the fittest, we chose to model the workout after the New York Sports Clubs' UXF classes which subscribes to the same 'ultimate athlete' mentality," said Salvador. "Similar to UXF, the heart of the 'Train Like a Tribute' Workout is a 15-minute metabolic conditioning circuit that combines one exercise from each skill set into a non-stop, high-intensity workout routine."

The "Train Like a Tribute" Hunger Games-inspired workout will roll out in New York, Boston, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia Sports Clubs the week of March 19th. The class will be offered free of charge to both members and nonmembers into April.

For additional information on the "Train Like a Tribute" or UXF small group training classes, including class schedules and club locations, visit

About New York Sports Clubs:

New York Sports Clubs is owned by Town Sports International Holdings, Inc., a leading owner and operator of fitness clubs in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions of the United States and, through its subsidiaries, operated 160 fitness clubs as of December 31, 2011, comprising 108 New York Sports Clubs, 25 Boston Sports Clubs, 18 Washington Sports Clubs (two of which are partly-owned), six Philadelphia Sports Clubs, and three clubs located in Switzerland. These clubs collectively served approximately 523,000 members. For more information on TSI, visit

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