New York Opening: La Palestra at The Plaza Hotel

Founded by Madonna‚Äôs trainer Pat Manocchia, designed by Frank Gehry, and situated in The Plaza, fitness club La Palestra is monumental.

A purely Gehry angular staircase connects floors, while multi-level ceilings and mirrors mounted away from the walls create a whole different sense of depth. Many of The Plaza’s historical features were left intact (La Palestra is located on the lower levels), but a sense of stylish futurism nevertheless prevails. A rather serious place, it combines both cutting-edge and classical equipment with training that includes consultations with internists, orthopedists, and even what’s known as behavioral therapists–and we all know a few people who could use some help with that. 
 
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