After this harsh, long winter spent traversing street glaciers and shuddering with fear in the mornings, I declare, in the words of Beyoncé Knowles Carter, a little sweat never hurt nobody! Check out these awesome FREE fitness classes happening in the beautiful, sweltering outdoors of NYC this summer.
Sharpen your animal instincts! Shaolin Five Animal Kung Fu hosts free beginner martial arts classes 1pm-3pm every Saturday. Meet at the entrance to Riverside Park at 108th Street; come early to make sure you don’t miss the group after they enter the park.
And get free as a bird...with Pilates, cardio, toning and stretching classes every Friday morning at the Audubon Center at Prospect Park!
Return to the water, and kayak on the Hudson river. Head to the Manhattan Community Boathouse this summer for free kayaking on Saturdays. The walk-up program is first-come, first-served and starts at 10 a.m. The boathouse is located at 72nd St. on the Hudson River.
Get your morning yogi on, every Thursday at 8.30am in Washington Square Park, with Yoga Vida!
Or show summer what's UP with CrossFit Bootcamp with Brick NY. North square of Union Square Park, also on Thursdays, 6pm.
Enjoy the sun while it lasts, and visit the amazing NYC parks website for countless more opportunities! Yay for free fun and fitness. You'll have a little extra cash for rooftop drinks too ;)
By Aya Sato