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6 free (yes, free!) ways to work out outside all summer long


The city is teeming with open-air classes across the fitness spectrum, from Flybarre in Hudson River Park to CrossFit in Union Square. (Save your cash for vacay.)
Fhitting Room outdoor
The Fhitting Room will return as part of Lole and Fitist’s summer workout series again this year. (Photo: Lole)

You already added the outdoor boot camps and crazy-scenic yoga classes you don’t want to miss to your Google calendar. But what about Pilates on a pier and sunset dance cardio? Well, here you go.

These six summer series feature open-air workouts across the fitness spectrum, from Flybarre in Hudson River Park to CrossFit in Union Square. And many are taught by the city’s most in-demand boutique fitness instructors.

The best part? They won’t cut into your sweat-session budget at all, since every one is totally free. Of course, we can’t promise that you won’t be tempted to sign up for a class pack after. —Jamie McKillop and Lisa Elaine Held

1. Brooklyn Bridge Park summer event series
The park tucked under the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, which just gets more beautiful every year, hosts fitness classes most days of the week—like Outdoor Strength presented by Brooklyn Strength, sunset Pilates, Zumba, and hip-hop cardio—all featuring soaring views of lower Manhattan. DUMBO, various times, www.brooklynbridgepark.org

Zumba Brooklyn Bridge Park
Zumba in Brooklyn Bridge Park, with an amazing downtown view. (Photo: Alexa Hoyer)

2. Fitness Fest, presented by Apogee Life
The fitness mega brand hosts a free workout series that showcases its own brands and others, in various fresh-air locations around the city. Workouts include Vbarre, Movenze, Les Mills Body Combat, Power Pilates, and more. Check the website as classes will continue to be added throughout the summer. Various locations and times, www.meetup.com

(Photo: Shay Kostabi)
Shay Kostabi will be teaching ReXist360 classes as part of Apogee Life’s Fitness Fest and Lole’s Summer of Fitness  (Photo: Shay Kostabi)

3. South Street Seaport See Change Series
South Street Seaport is collaborating with Crunch Gym to turn the lawn at the corner of Front and Fulton Streets into a before-work outdoor fitness destination. Different classes take place every weekday at 7:00 a.m.: Yoga Mondays, Sunrise Salutations Tuesdays, Breakfast Boot Camp Wednesdays, Yoga-lates Thursdays, and Zumba Fridays. Financial District, www.seechangeny.com

4. Summer in the Square
Summer in the Square turns Union Square Park into a giant fitness playground every year, and the park has a stellar lineup this season. Every Thursday is packed with classes like CrossFit boot camps with Brick and Reebok, running club with Paragon Sports, and yoga with Om Factory. Plus, there’s lots of live music and classes for kids, too. Union Square, www.unionsquarenyc.org

Union Square fitness
Working out at Union Square’s Summer in the Square. (Photo: Union Square Partnership)

5. Summer of Fitness, hosted by Lole and Fitist
A selection of New York’s hottest boutique fitness studios and instructors are teaching each Tuesday at at this sunset series on a downtown Hudson River pier. Sign up for dance cardio with Bari Studio, boot camp intervals with The Fhitting Room, or ReXist360 with Shay Kostabi (to name a few). Pier 25 in Hudson River Park, www.facebook.com/lolenewyork/events

6. Summer on the Hudson
Riverside Park hosts this annual arts and culture festival that stretches along the river all the way from 59th to 153rd Street, and in addition to outdoor movies and concerts, it includes classes that get Westside residents moving. Take Pilates, Tai Chi, or yoga with a view, or get even more up close and personal with the river at an instructional kayaking paddle. Riverside Park, www.riversideparknyc.org

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