BEST OUTDOOR FITNESS CLASSES IN NEW YORK CITY

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BEST OUTDOOR FITNESS CLASSES IN NEW YORK CITY

It’s the summer of 2021 (or maybe you’re reading this from the future) and you are PUMPED to attend as many fitness classes as possible. Especially after a year of living with COVID and a harsh winter that prompted a 10-minute pep talk just to leave the house. And now that the weather is warmer, it’s the perfect time to attend an outdoor fitness class in New York.

As someone who struggles with depression and anxiety, working out is my lifeline during hard seasons. And although I’m still a noob in regards to avant-garde workouts like infrared spin classes, I’ve experienced some pretty stellar outdoor fitness classes throughout New York City.

So if you’re looking for a good time while sweating up a storm, check out my curated list of the Best Outdoor Fitness Classes in New York. (Classes & Photos Updated 5/3/2021)

1. Brooklyn Bridge Park Summer Fitness Program

BEST OUTDOOR FITNESS CLASSES IN NEW YORK CITY

Price Range: FREE

Is there anything better than a workout with the Manhattan skyline in front of you? I think not! This series of fitness classes is held at different locations in Brooklyn Bridge Park, completely FREE, and includes Zumba, Sunset Yoga, Bootcamps, Pilates, and Family Fitness Classes.

But you’ve got to be quick because spots fill up FAST! Registration for the following week opens up every Tuesday at 10:00 am.

2. beRevolutionarie at Arlo Hotel’s Well + Fit

BEST OUTDOOR FITNESS CLASSES IN NEW YORK CITY
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Price Range: Treat Yo Self aka $35

This class is my self-care for the entire week. It includes a killer workout, surprise treats, and access to a beautiful hotel rooftop. Although it’s not the most expensive workout class out there, it is a quick jump in cost from the free classes available at Brooklyn Bridge Park. But let me tell you, IT IS WORTH IT.

Get there early to secure the best workout space and bring your own mat!

3. Zumba with Dodge YMCA in Downtown Brooklyn

Price Range: FREE

Another free series of classes in Brooklyn, this Zumba class is high energy with low stakes. It’s held downtown next to a park so it’s not too terribly public which I like because I don’t like being watched while failing at choreography. Besides being a great workout, it’s super fun and you get to know the other participants if you attend regularly.

Even better, it’s lead by the fabulous McQueen Fitness who also leads the pilates class for Brooklyn Bridge Park!

4. Pilates BKLYN Rooftop Classes

Price Range: Budget-Friendly

To be fair, I’ve only attended one class at Pilates BKLYN but the instructor was SO nice on top of the classes being purposefully affordable. I mainly list this studio because I truly appreciate their mission to make fitness classes affordable for all!

Check out their Rooftop BRUNCH Pilates at Greenpoint Beer!

5. Waterfront Yoga with Glass House Yoga

Price Range: $25

Photos do NOT do this place justice!! This studio offers outdoor classes at the Greenpoint Terminal Market with unparalleled skyline views while their indoor space is under construction. Sound-blocking headphones, sanitized mats, and yoga blocks are provided, making this yoga experience unlike anything I’ve done so far!

Feeling the sun and wind on my skin while listening to the instructor’s voice and soothing music was WOW. I highly recommend taking a class by the uber-talented Alex Wolk!


Do you have an outdoor class you think deserves to be on this list? Leave a comment or send me a DM on Instagram!

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