Summer is right around the corner and the pressure to get the beach body is on. However you do not have to worry, MaseTV is bringing you a list of free or affordable ways to get in shape.
Shaping Up has never been this easy! Shape Up NYC offers free fitness classes every week at dozens of locations across the five boroughs. Shape Up NYC classes are taught by expert fitness instructors who know how to make fitness fun. Class offerings are varied and include aerobics, yoga, pilates and zumba.
Shape Up NYC is a FREE program. You do not need to be a member of a recreation center in order to attend a class, though you must bring a lock for classes held at recreation centers. You can search by location, or browse the list of classes to find an activity or place that’s right for you!
There are hundreds of free running clubs in NYC. Here are my top 5!
Lululemon: Free weekly runs at each Lululemon store. “These are lead by their run ambassadors, like me,” says Gerchberg, “so the coaching level is very high, in my humble opinion.” Perk: they email you the day before with what to expect each upcoming workout.Various times, all store locations. www.lululemon.com
Meatpacking District Running Club: The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers and apparel company Icebreaker joined forces to start this weekly club that takes runners through a one-hour long coached workout in the Meatpacking District and along the Hudson River. Sports Center trainers split people into two groups based on run length. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., Meatpacking District, www.chelseapiers.com
Niketown Running Club: Led by Nike running coaches, this club, which meets three times per week at the 57th Street store, splits into several groups by pace and distance and sometimes includes drills like intervals, hills, or sprints, mostly in Central Park. (There’s also a run club at the Flatiron location.) Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 p.m., Saturdays, 9:00 a.m., Midtown East,www.meetup.com
North Brooklyn Runners: This Williamsburg and Greenpoint running community hosts several runs a day of varying paces, distances, and levels. (Think McCarren park and over the Williamsburg Bridge.) And while it’s free, the club’s no joke—its members finish lots of races, and it ranked at the top of NYRR’s standings in 2012. Multiple times and locations, www.northbrooklynrunners.org
Paragon Sports: Free weekly, all-level runs led by a Paragon coach and pacers leave from the Union Square store. Runs vary between pacing, distance, and intervals and the day’s workout is posted on the group’s Facebook page in advance. Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m, Flatiron,www.paragonsportsrunning.com
Free Yoga Classes
If you are looking to embrace the practice of Yoga here are my top 5 free suggestions!
Bryant Park Yoga
In Bryant Park around 42nd St and 6th Ave.
Free. Mats are provided on first come first serve.
Tuesdays 10am – 11am; Thursday 6pm – 7pm. May 1st – September 27th.
Prospect Park Yoga
In Prospect Park’s Long Meadow near the 9th Street entrance. Park Slop, Brooklyn.
Thursdays 7pm – 8pm. May 24th – Spetember 6th.
Target Community Garden Yoga
117th Street between 1st and Pleasant
Saturdays 10am – 11am, May through September
Yoga to the People
St Marks Place, 27th Street, 38th Street and Williamsburg
All classes donation only.
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