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Free Workouts in NYC You’ve Gotta Try This Summer

Written on June 17, 2014 at 10:23 am , by

Written by Macklin Stern, editorial intern

After such a long winter, there’s one thing we know for sure: it’s going to be really difficult to get us to choose an indoor workout over an outdoor one. Even in humidity-high NYC, we want to feel the sunshine while we sweat. 

Lucky for us, a bunch of top-of-the-line active brands understand where we’re coming from. And they get that our wallets are feeling pretty tight these days. Thankfully, our workouts won’t suffer from that unfortunate fact, because all summer long Lole, Discover Outdoors, and South Street Seaport are offering up fun, FREE (yes, we said free) sweat sessions. Here’s your breakdown: 

Hudson River Park Pier 25 in Tribeca: Lole, a global active-wear brand for women, is offering complimentary weekly wellness classes called “meet-ups.” From full-body workouts to yoga and dancing, add these meet-ups to your Google Calendar every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Going until August 19th, each workout will be led by popular fitness experts, including NBC’s The Biggest Loser trainer Brett Hoebel and Sadie Kurzban. Personally, you may see me trying to bust a move to some 305 Fitness on the July 1st. Sign up here to join

In Every Borough: Discover Outdoors will invade New York City with its annual Outdoor Rise adventure week. From June 21st through June 27th, they will sponsor more than 50 outdoor events across the boroughs, including kayaking trips, rock climbing ventures, hiking expeditions, and bike rides. While this one isn’t completely free, each workout is $5 or less, and the proceeds go to the Discover Outdoors Foundation, a nonprofit organization that benefits underprivileged inner-city youth through outdoor activities and education. We’re totally willing to sacrifice one day of Starbucks to help out a good cause and get our sweat on. Sign up here if you are, too. 

South Street Seaport: As part of their new SEE/CHANGE 2014 campaign, The South Street Seaport is offering a variety of activities that will keep you moving, including yoga and throwback aerobics, or “retro-robics” (super-neon spandex, anyone?). Classes will take place every weekday from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. until August 29th; just check the schedule to find your fit. And yes, this one is completely free, too. 

See, we’ve got your back. Now tweet us @FitnessMagazine and tell us what your favorite #summerworkout is!

Photo courtesy of Discover Outdoors

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Get Motivated: The Benefits of Outdoor Exercise

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Hiking Guide: What You Need to Know Before You Go 

Stay Cool Like Reggie Bush (His Secrets to Summer Fitness!)

Written on July 10, 2013 at 9:00 am , by

Oh, you know, just chilling with Reggie! Although he sported the Mesh Towel for the photograph, the pro swears by the Hoodie come game day.

Summer workouts are heating up and thanks to MISSION’s Enduracool products, cooling off is a snap—literally. Powered by Coolcore™, the patented technology is activated by moisture, perspiration and quick, whip movement to create an invigorating sensation so you can beat the heat during your workout, not throw in the towel. We put their Instant Cooling Arm Sleeves to the test recently with Detroit Lions running back (and recent daddy) Reggie Bush. Let’s just say burpees weren’t so bad with Reggie leading the pack! The fluorescent sleeves were refreshing from wrist to upper bicep. Bonus: they protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays if you’re taking your workout outdoors. Can’t beat that, runners! Here’s what we learned about the 2005 Heisman hunk after our mixed martial arts sesh—his fave off-the-field routine. And guess what? Reggie’s favorite body part on his bride-to-be is not what you’d think.

Favorite pump-up workout song before a big game?
“I Can Feel It,” Phil Collins.

Personal mantra to get you through a tough workout?
Hard work pays off.

Your pre-workout snack?
I usually workout in the morning, so usually something breakfast-y. Either fruit, bacon and eggs, cereal, something like that.

Your favorite female body part?
Wow, um…I mean, I’m going to think about, obviously, my fiancé. My favorite body part on her are her lips.

How do you keep in tip-top shape, besides football?
I like switching it up. I love doing fighting workouts. Training can get boring. It can get repetitive, so I think it’s cool to switch it up, to do a different type of sport, a different element. For one, you get to learn how to fight, you get to learn to defend yourself; it gives you an appreciation for what fighters and boxers go through. It keeps your mind, I think, interested in working out. You’re doing things you like to do and never realizing you’re getting a hard workout in, so you’re enjoying it. You should enjoy the workout. Obviously, the burn hurts, that part doesn’t feel good!

To get your hands on MISSION Athletecare’s cooling products for your next workout pop into a Dick’s Sporting Goods or Hibbett Sporting Goods near you.

Music Monday: Introducing FITNESS Editor’s Summer Playlist Picks!

Written on July 1, 2013 at 10:40 am , by

Now that summer is officially in full swing (and bringing the heat!), we really want your playlists to pop. And don’t worry, we get it – your tastes vary. Heck, they’re ridiculously diverse amongst our staff! To keep everyone’s earbuds happy, we’re plugging you in to the songs that make us sweat. Every Monday will reveal a new editor’s playlist – pick one who lines up with your preferred beats, download their top tunes and get back to enjoying your workouts.


Colleen Moody, Senior Web Editor

I’m gearing up to start training for my second New York City Marathon, so when it comes to my playlists, the faster the better! I need songs with a lot of energy, so I constantly resort to techno and pop. Because really, is anything else more motivating than Beyonce telling you that you run the world during a 19-miler in the dead heat of summer? I think not.

PS: Follow Colleen on Twitter for more of her faves!