Ah, summer. It’s finally time to stash away the coats and sweaters and bask in the great outdoors. That’s why we’ve rounded up 6 free outdoor workout classes you can take in NYC this summer. Whether you’re a fan of yoga in the park or looking to do some burpees in the breeze, this list has something for everyone.
1. Yoga in the Park
Join thousands of yogis in Bryant Park and perfect your poses under the trees. Don’t have a mat? Don’t worry. The first 1,200 participants to arrive will be able to use mats courtesy of Gaiam, so be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes early if you don’t plan to bring your own.
2. Sweat Sessions
Sweat it out in Meatpacking at 14th Street Park with this year’s Sweat Sessions line up. Every Tuesday evening from May 22 through the end of August, you can choose from a variety of free 45-minute classes. Sweat Sessions offers classes in cardio, HIIT, kickboxing, pilates, and yoga. Plus, classes are offered at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm, so you can make it from work on time.
3. Run the Williamsburg Bridge
More of an early riser? Run the Williamsburg Bridge with The Rise NYC. The route starts at 6:30am. Since the group meets every Friday, they offer a variety of workouts to keep things fresh each week. Improve your endurance and increase your speed with incline runs, workout stations, and all-out sprints. The workout is tough, but the view is worth it.
4. HIIT it On the Hudson
On Wednesdays and Saturdays this summer, Brookfield Place is hosting a number of NYC fitness studios offering complimentary classes with views of the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan. Don't forget to treat yourself to a drink on the Waterfront Terrace after your hard workout! Sign-ups aren't available just yet, but keep an eye out for the line-up.
5. Waterfront Workouts
Brooklyn Bridge Park hosts a popular summer series known as Waterfront Workouts, where you can enjoy yoga, dance, barre, and more with one of the best views of the city. Or, work those arms and go for something a little more adventurous like kayaking on the East River.
6. Jump Into Double Dutch
It’s not just for the playground. Double Dutch Empire embodies the idea that jump rope is for everyone, and by the looks of their summer line-up, they’re looking to get everyone involved. Check out their website where you can find a number of free events. It’s great cardio and a fun way to bring out your inner kid.