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May 18, 2018

Imagine you’re dripping in sweat, out of breath, and leaning on your knees for some extra support. It might just be summertime in New York which means you should take your workout outside since it’s hot enough to do so. While you could workout indoors, why not enjoy the New York summer and take advantage of every corner of the city. Whether you want to do yoga outside or use a bridge as your personal treadmill, here are the top six places to workout outdoors in the The Big Apple.

The Sweat Sessions

You don’t have to go too far into your wallet to enjoy the great outdoors and still get a quality work out in New York City – enter The Sweat Sessions. Right on Hudson River Park’s 14th Street Park every Tuesday night at 6, 7, and 8 p.m. is the chance to let go of the stresses of your day and that one chocolate chip muffin you had for breakfast. The free weekly class is led by the best of the best of New York City fitness. Enjoy the views of the High Line during your boot camp and afterwards, enjoy complimentary healthy bites and drinks from local businesses. What more could you ask for?

Hudson River Park’s 14th ST Park , 10th Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets.

Uplift Studios

Grab your girls and head on over to the boot camp that will not only supplement your work out but your soul too. Uplift Studios’ mission is to empower women in all aspects of their lives and inspire and connect with one another. As a women-only workout studio, Uplift offers outdoor classes along the West Side Highway. Instead of bringing equipment, the classes use the environment around them such as benches and patches of grass to perform certain routines.

24 W. 23rd St, Floor 2

The Rise NYC

Here are three simple rules that define The Rise NYC: Anyone can do it, everyone is welcome, and you will have fun. While working out at 6:30 a.m. from Monday to Friday might not scream “fun” for everyone, the workouts are free and the community value of it is priceless. Three friends started this group and now, they’ve got enough members and a foundation to even have their own traditions to motivate its members. For example, at the end of every workout, the leader will pick the “rock”, or someone who worked extra hard that day. Once selected, everyone puts their hands over the rock’s head, says a few words to motivate everyone for the rest of the day and on the count of three, they all yell “Rise Up!” This might be even more powerful than your morning coffee.

20 Washington Square North

Flatiron Building NYC


Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp

Others might stroll across the Brooklyn Bridge for fun – but not this group. The Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp is dedicated to using the bridge as the most intense boot camp New York has to offer. Led by Ariane Hundt, self-proclaimed as one of the toughest trainers in the city, she’s been successful enough to expand the program to Germany and Austria. With Hundt and her boot camp, you’ll define your abs, slim your hips and thighs, lift your butt and burn about 800 calories. How? By running across the Brooklyn Bridge with a few pit-stops to work out other parts of your body using resistance bands, the actual bridge, benches, and your own body weight.

Meet in the little park (Printing House Square) at the start of the Brooklyn Bridge pedestrian path.

City Athlete

If you’ve always wanted to be an athlete, this is the outdoor program for you. City Athlete uses techniques from sports to not only get you stronger and faster, but also make you look like a professional athlete. They even have a youth program so the kid(s) in your life can also enjoy the strength training programs available. Keep in mind for when you go to travel light – there’s nowhere to put your bag while you work out since it’s outdoors. Your first class is free so go enjoy the great outdoors while your coach starts treating you like the athlete you were born to be.

Columbus Circle, Central Park

Circuit of Change

Need a workout class that’s a little less cardio and a bit more yogi? Not so intense but still good for you? Look no further than Circuit of Change, the work out that promises not only a physical transformation, but a mental one. However, it’s not a typical yoga class either. It combines martial arts, gymnastics, strength training and sprint intervals to push all of your boundaries. If you’re ever traveling across the world, there are even Circuit of Change studios in Africa, Australia, Europe, and more! So there really is no excuse to find the better version of yourself even when you’re not in New York.

57 West 16th Street, 4th Floor


Not in NYC? Check out our guide to the best gyms in San Francisco here

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