July is here even though a lot of our summer bodies aren’t. However, now that the temps in New York are hitting a high for the summer, it’s time to start wearing less and going out more, which is probably the best reason to do outdoor fitness.
You’re gonna sweat anyway. You might as well earn it by burning a couple calories, and enjoying the open air, greenery, and company of new friends at these free and low-cost outdoor fitness events that make the most of The Bronx’s abundant parks, gardens, and creative spaces. And after, head to a nearby eatery where you can grab a healthy-ish bite to eat and gripe about how sore you are.
From yoga to track, and Asian fusion to Jamaican vegan, check out Bronx outdoor fitness events to help you get a head start on those summer seventeen body goals along with six restaurants that won’t wreck your summer sixteen waist.
Sweet Water Dance & Yoga at Willis Ave Community Garden / Ceetay
When: Every Wednesday at 6:30pm until 8/24/2016
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 333-2552
Hosted by the Sweet Water Dance & Yoga company located on Gerard Ave, in partnership with the New York Restoration Project, this once weekly Zumba class held at the Willis Avenue Community Garden (401 E 143 St entrance) requires no experience or partners. When class is over, you can keep on your dancing shoes for the 15-minute walk (0.6 mi) over to Ceetay (129 Alexander Ave). The light fare at this Mott Haven Asian fusion restaurant and sushi bar will let you indulge in flavors from the far east guilt-free.
Beer + Bend at Gun Hill Brewery / Vegan Delight
When: Every Saturday at 11am
Admission: $10 per class; Register here
Beer and Bend knows one of the best things about yoga is the flexibility in the practice, which means staging classes at a craft brewery isn’t just convenient, it’s necessary for fitness and beer-lovers. The indoor-outdoor space at Gun Hill Brewery (3227 Laconia Ave) is the scene for Saturday morning yoga classes and also serves as the chill spot for students once they’ve rolled up their mats. After downing a pint of Hamilton Rise Up Rye, make your way over to Vegan Delight (3565 Boston Rd). The 18-minute (0.8 mi) walk will be worth it for the Jamaican-style ital (natural), vegan, and vegetarian hot entrees like jerk tofu and brown rice and peas.
True Image Yoga at Van Cortlandt Park / Moss Cafe
What: Vinyasa Yoga
When: Dates and times vary; For the complete schedule click here
Admission: $5 suggested donation; RSVP via Meetup, email@example.com, or (347) 703-9903
Contact: Instructor, Veronica Saravia
Instructor Veronica Saravia of True Image Yoga teaches vinyasa yoga classes suited for all levels at Van Cortlandt Park on the lawn in front of the House Museum (6036 Broadway). Power vinyasa is vigorous, yet accessible. With modifications provided throughout, students are advised to explore the limitations of their bodies. A power yoga session deserves an energy-boosting dish made from farm fresh ingredients like a red quinoa and kale salad or pan roasted rainbow trout. For that and more, walk 20 minutes (0.9 mi) to Moss Cafe (3260 Johnson Ave) where the menu always looks like a ‘January-eaters table.’
Note: Indoor location available in case of rain
Wave Hill / The Cafe
What: Tai Chi Chuan, Hatha Yoga
When: Weekly; For the complete schedule click here
Admission: $25 non-members, $15 members
Since you receive a $2 discount for registering online for any of Wave Hill’s (649 W 249 St) outdoor fitness classes, you can put that savings toward an amazing lunch at The Cafe — located right on the grounds at Wave Hill. It uses local, seasonal ingredients for made-to-order dishes like a pan seared salmon filet or chef’s grilled cheese. There is also a salad bar and prepared sandwiches for something quick and easy. And on Sundays, for a limited time, Moss Cafe takes over their kitchen to make super healthy vegetarian and vegan selections from scratch!
Note: Online registration closes at 8am on the day of the session. Cancellations must be made by 3pm the Friday before or no refund will be issued.
Van Cortlandt Track Club / Short Stop Cafe
When: Every Saturday at 8am until 4/25/26
The Van Cortlandt Track Club is a Bronx-based running club that welcomes recreational and competitive runners of all experience levels as they run through and around the Bronx-Yonkers border in small groups based on pace and distance. At the end of the hour run, meet up with clubbers for the regular post-run breakfast at Short Stop Cafe which serves diner-style food including a traditional Irish breakfast.
Poe Park / 301 Cafe
What: Shape Up NYC: Stretching and Toning, Hatha Yoga & Meditation
When: Every Thursday, 10am; Every Thursday 12:30pm until 12/29/16
Contact: Lucy.Aponte@parks.nyc.gov or (718) 365-5516
If you prefer a slightly more traditional setting without sacrificing a great view of the green landscape, attend fitness classes held at the Poe Park Visitor Center (2640 Grand Concourse) which features floor to ceiling windows. Shape Up NYC is a drop-in fitness program across the five boroughs that uses a variety of workout styles. Stretching and Toning exercise classes at PPVC work on total body fitness through dance movements. Hatha yoga and meditation classes focus on whole body fitness for strength, health, well-being, and balance. Students are taught yoga techniques to initiate relaxation and influence changes within their physical and emotional responses to stress. Follow it up with a healthy lunch that won’t put stress on your body or your wallet and head to 301 Cafe (301 E Kingsbridge Rd) located just 6 minutes (0.3 mi) away for fresh fruit smoothies and salads.