On the particularly sweltering days, dropping into a gym for a workout can provide a welcome respite from the heat. But for all the other days of summer, it’s the last place you want to be. You’re looking to get your heart pumping along with some fresh air and sunshine. Luckily, if you’re a fortunate resident of the 70 Charlton residences, you have both options at your feet. There’s a beautiful, state-of-the-art fitness center right in the building, and the Healthy on the Hudson outdoor fitness series is only blocks away. (Keep in mind that many of the activities here require an RSVP or signup to participate. Check the Healthy on the Hudson website for more information.) Here’s a rundown of what they’re offering this season:
T’ai Chi | Pier 84
On most Mondays throughout the summer, New Yorkers are invited to learn the martial and meditative art of T’ai Chi in the open air courtesy of instructors from the New York School of T’ai Chi Chuan. The free classes are designed for all skill levels, and they can be as challenging or serene as one makes them. It’s a great way to burn some calories and shed some stress.
Yoga | Pier 46
Following along the theme of shedding stress, every Thursday night from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Hudson River Park joins with Shape Up NYC for an uplifting session of yoga by the riverside. The location is ideal for the practice, as the breeze off the water can have one forgetting they’re on the shore of a bustling metropolis. As with all of the selections on this list, the classes are free. Just be sure to bring a mat. And get there early to nab a prime spot.
HIIT with Lululemon | Pier 25
Every Wednesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Hudson River Park’s partnership with fitness brand lululemon brings you High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) classes on Pier 25. HIIT involves bursts of power and endurance followed by brief recovery periods. It’s an intense, calorie-busting workout designed for all fitness levels. Be prepared to sweat.
Outrigger Sessions | Pier 66
On most weekends, New York Outrigger hosts free paddling sessions on their large outrigger canoes out on the Hudson River. Not only is it a phenomenal workout, but you’ll have the chance to explore the city from some truly amazing vantage points on the water, and get some hands-on experience at an invigorating sport.
While these are the main fitness attractions in Hudson River Park, there are tons of other boot camp and aerobic classes that occur throughout the space, as well as mindfulness and meditation sessions. If you’re looking to sweat away your worries and get in shape, you’re covered. If you’re looking to center yourself and indulge in some soul-enriching deep breaths, you’re covered there, too. And all of it’s outside, on the water, and free.
Image courtesy of © Healthy on the Hudson