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Outdoor fitness and yoga you don’t want to miss this August


nyc beach volleyballIf you haven’t yet downloaded your copy of our Healthy Summer Guide to New York, time is seriously running out. So do it, really.

In the meantime, here are some August outdoor fitness highlights to make planning summer’s final hurrah easy.

From outdoor yoga with a Manhattan skyline backdrop to Brooklyn Bridge-framed beach volleyball, these events will help you remember the sunny season’s end with a sweaty smile.

SWEAT IN THE SQUARE
Thursday, August 9 @ 7 a.m.
This marks the last installment of Union Square Park’s Summer in the Square. Join the morning running club at 7 a.m. with a trainer from CLAY, hop into an 8 a.m. Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp class, or take CLAY’s Power Hour class at 9 a.m., which includes cardio, strength training, and plyometrics. Free, www.unionsquarenyc.org

SALUTE THE SKYLINE
Sunday, August 12 @ 10 a.m.
Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City may seriously be the city’s best outdoor yoga venue. Flow through your vinyasa with teachers from The Yoga Room while gazing at the Empire State Building and passing kayakers, and breathing in the cool breeze off the river. Free, www.the-yoga-room.com

SUNSET SPARRING
Tuesday, August 14 @ 6:30 p.m.
Lole and Fitist’s summer series on Pier 25 has featured some of the city’s best yoga and fitness instructors. This week, Aerospace founders Michael Olajide, Jr. and Leila Fazel will teach a boxing-barre combo, which is perfect if you’re feeling inspired by the debut of women’s boxing at the Olympics. Free, Click here for info on Facebook

REVOLUTIONARY RACE
Sunday, August 19 @ 8 a.m.
Run JackRabbit Sports’ Battle of Brooklyn 10-Miler in Prospect Park on your own or with a relay team of friends. While the race commemorates a battle of the Revolutionary War, your only fight will be with the park’s big hill. $35–40, www.jackrabbitsports.com

Wanderlust NYC 2011
We went to Wanderlust NYC 2011 and it was a blast. Photo: Well+Good

SET AND SPIKE
Wednesday, August 22 @ 4:30 p.m.
Metrobeach Sports hosts open beach volleyball clinics in Brooklyn Bridge Park’s sandy waterside courts on Wednesday evenings through August 29. They’ll teach you the fundamentals so that next year, you’ll be ready for a league. Free, www.brooklynbridgepark.org

**BONUS**
Sunday, September 9 @ 1 p.m.
Extend your summer bliss into September when Wanderlust returns to the city for the second annual Yoga in the City festival at Pier 63. The all-star line-up includes Elena Brower, Schuyler Grant, Dana Flynn, YogaWork’s Chrissy Carter, and Pure Yoga’s Kay Kay Clivio. Free with registration, www.nyc.wanderlustfestival.com