Take advantage of these free fitness classes in NYC before summer ends
Photograph: courtesy Bryant Park Corporation
We know. It feels like summer is slipping away from us. Proof: Our Fall Preview issue hits stands this week. But there's still time to take advantage of some summer offerings, like these free fitness classes taking place throughout the city. And lucky for us, many of them will last past Labor Day. Who needs a gym membership when you can workout for free?
Lolë Run Club
Beginner and intermediate runners meet up at this fitness brand’s Soho shop before heading out for a fun run around the neighborhood. The store will stow your personal items while you’re out. 112 Mercer St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-226-6820). Wednesdays at 6:15pm.
Bryant Park Yoga
We'll take doing the downward dog pose outside in fresh air (as opposed to a hot, sweaty studio) any day. This class, taught by Maya Magennis of Yogaworks, features mats provided by Athleta. Walk-ins are welcome, but you can also pre-register. Sixth Ave between 40th and 42nd Sts. Thursdays at 6pm.
Lululemon Sweaty Saturdays
Meet at the chain’s Upper East Side outpost, then head to Central Park for a weekly weekend alfresco boot camp that’s open to all fitness levels. Yes, Lululemon can be budget-friendly. 1146 Madison Ave at 85th St (212-452-1909). Saturdays at 9:15am.
Shake Shack Ride
Head to Jackrabbit Sports on the Upper West Side for a 20- to 25-mile bike ride that ends with a recovery meal at Shake Shack. The first beer is on the house! 140 W 72nd St between Columbus and Amsterdam Aves (212-727-2980). First Saturday of the month at 8:30am.
Shaolin Five Animal Kung Fu
Relieve some stress while channeling your inner Bruce Lee at this weekly Kung Fu class. The class (happening every Saturday through October) meets at the Riverside Park entrance at 108th Street each week at 12:45pm. Riverside Dr between and and 158th Sts. Saturday 1–3pm.