New York, Feb 23 (ANI): A Columbia Law School student has revealed that she is willing to lie, finagle, beg and even flirt to get a year of free gym sessions.
Julia Neyman, 24, who blogs about her adventures on bunsofsteal.blogspot.com, says she travels all over to work out regularly at the city's legion of gyms, yoga studios and dojos for free.
"All want my nonexistent money, and they're willing to lure me with the offer of a free session, or sometimes even a free week," the New York Daily News quoted her as saying.
"But I've got an ace up my sleeve: desperation, and the willingness to travel all over the five boroughs to make sure my workout is gratis.
"When you have no money and want to stay in shape, you become pretty resourceful," said the former business journalist and aspiring litigator.
One month into her tummy-tightening trek, she's already muscled her way into a pile of free passes, worked out at a dozen gyms and taken a slew of comped classes ranging from yoga and Pilates to pole dancing and kick boxing.
After moving from Miami to Morningside Heights for law school last year, Neyman began shopping for a gym membership in Manhattan and quickly suffered sticker shock.
So she started picking up free passes here and there. Before long, she realized there were hundreds of gyms throughout the city that offered free trials or could be talked into giving her one.
So she challenged herself to use them for 365 days.
"Most people aren't cheap enough to do this for a whole year. But I am," she said.
Neyman recently went for a workout at Five Points Academy, a gym and martial arts school in Chinatown.
After talking her way into an hour-long kickboxing lesson, she held off the membership director with a promise she would think about joining.
Once out the door, she was already plotting her next free workout.
"Sometimes it's too easy," she said.
But it's not always so she discovered when she recently used up a weeklong pass at an Equinox in Manhattan, and tried to hit up another nearby branch days later.
"They gave me a talking to," she said.
At David Barton Gym in Chelsea, Neyman struck out when she tried to flirt her way into an extended pass.
"I realized the problem of working out at a predominantly gay gym: My gender had absolutely zero pull," she wrote on her blog.
A buff employee at the Equinox on 92nd St., where Neyman worked out, said "gym grifters" are common these days and that his branch was cracking down.
"Checking out two or three gyms I understand, but to do it for a year is just ripping people off," he said.
But Neyman's not going to be put off from her goal.
"I'm having a blast," she stated. (ANI)