Work It Outdoors

Goodyoga.Photo: Courtesy of Goodyoga


Laughing Lotus, Tenth Avenue, nr. 14th Street; 212-414-2903
In warmer months, Laughing Lotus Yoga studio takes it outdoors with free one-hour Vinyasa classes held on a patch of greenery in Chelsea. A number of mats are available, but bringing your own is encouraged.
Dates: Wednesdays at 7 p.m. Through September 1.

Pier 1 at Brooklyn Bridge Park
Instructors from Brooklyn’s Fitness Guru studio lead this free one-hour Pilates mat class at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Class spots are limited (as are free mat rentals), so show up early to register.
Dates: Tuesdays at 7 p.m. Registration opens up at 6:30 p.m. Through August 31.

14th Street, Hudson Street, and Ninth Avenue
Combining martial arts and Afro-Brazilian dancing, this free Capoeira class is taught by Alvin Ailey instructor Tiba Vieira. It’s offered weekly at the Chelsea Triangle, which is located at the 14th Street, Hudson Street, and Ninth Avenue intersection.
Dates: Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Through August 18.


Printing House, 421 Hudson St., at Leroy St.; 212-243-7600
West Village gym Printing House is making use of its much-coveted sun deck this summer by offering a few rooftop yoga classes scattered throughout the week. There’s an hour-long “sunrise” Vinyasa class offered Wednesday mornings at 6:45 a.m., a more meditative class done by candlelight Tuesday nights at 8 p.m., and a heart-pumping, 90-minute Vinyasa class Friday evenings at 6:45 p.m.
Dates: Through September 17.
Price: Non-members can opt for the club’s daily pass for $50.
Reservations: Class availability is on a first come, first served basis.

JCC, 34 Amsterdam Ave., at 76th St.; 646-505-5708
The JCC hosts this rooftop Vinyasa yoga class in partnership with their 20s and 30s social group. Reward yourself with wine and snacks, which are offered after class.
Dates: Through August 26. For the schedule, go here.
Price: $15 for JCC members, $20 for non-members.
Reservations: You can purchase your ticket

Goodyoga, 73 Calyer St., nr. Franklin St.; 718-554-3968
Although a handful of the alignment-based Vinyasa classes are held on the rooftop throughout the day at this Greenpoint yoga studio, you’re often able to see the sun setting over the Manhattan skyline at the 8 p.m. class. The Thursday-night session, taught by the studio’s founder, Flannery Foster, includes live music.
Dates: The studio will be holding rooftop classes for as long as the weather permits. For the schedule, go here.
Price: The first class is free for all students, and then $15 per class thereafter.
Reservations: Sign up here.

Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp.Photo: Courtesy of Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp.


Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camp, Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Entrance; 646-354-0039
Locally renowned trainer Ariane Hundt offers a number of butt-kicking programs, including her daily Brooklyn Bridge Boot Camps. The session takes you through short intervals of running, squats, push-ups, and a number of other strength-training exercises, all done on the bridge.
Dates: Daily, see schedule here.
Price: $20 per class.
Reservations: Sign up online.

Brooke Marrone Fitness, Central Park, Central Park West at W. 67th St.; 508-981-6804
Peppy personal trainer Brooke Marrone is holding her Park Workout camps this summer in Central Park. The four-week session is a hybrid of Pilates and body conditioning, and is inclusive of all fitness levels. Classes meet in the Tavern on the Green parking lot.
Dates: Tuesdays, July 20 through August 10 at 7 p.m.
Price: $100 for the four-week session.
Reservations: E-mail

Starving Artist Boot Camp, Jaqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir and Carl Schurz Park; 646-245-4712
This budget-minded boot camp is led by personal trainer Dave duCille, who runs things more like a sports practice, with a short jog at the beginning followed by circuit training.
Dates: Regular classes are Monday and Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m., as well as a Saturday morning class at 9:30 a.m., while beginner sessions are held Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Through September.
Price: The first class is $10 for new students, and $25 per class after that. A six-class package can be purchased for $125.
Reservations: Sign up online.


HoopClass,Central Park, Central Park West at W. 69th St.
This Hula-hooping class for adults incorporates yoga moves and cardio for a high-calorie-burning workout. For the summer, they are holding weekly sessions in Central Park. To get to the class, enter the park through the walking path at West 69th Street and follow the path across West Drive to the bocce-ball courts.
Dates: Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Through September.
Price: $20 per class.
Reservations: E-mail

Aerialist Boot Camp
Pier 66, 26th St. at West Side Hwy; 212-304-3791
Artistic director of the Fly-by-Night Dance Theater Julie Ludwick is hosting a week-long Aerialist Boot Camp at the Chelsea Piers. The 90-minute classes consist of ascending and descending the trapeze, and a series of strength-building mat exercises alongside the Hudson River. Bonus: Proceeds from the camp go toward funding the Fly-by-Night Dance Theater programs and scholarships.
Dates: August 2 through 6 at 7 a.m.
Price: $150
Reservations: E-mail

Sea Kayaking
Along with a slew of other adventures, Outdoor Bound is hosting a couple of dates of sea kayaking on the Hudson River. Great for building upper-body strength, this event, which includes a workshop on the ways of paddling, is recommended for the physically fit. The classes leave at 8:15 a.m. and meet at 73rd Street and Broadway, before taking off for the Hudson Valley.
Dates: July 25 and August 21.
Price: $120.
Reservations: Sign up

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Work It Outdoors