From the traditional to the out-of-the-box, our editors pick their favorite places to work up a sweat in New York this season.
There’s a new glass cube structure in Hamilton Fish Park and, no, that’s not the latest Apple store. It’s the world’s first public outdoor squash court — completely free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
This is more than just another exercise class — the yoga-cardio workout is wonderfully cathartic, and strengthens your body as well as your mind. Fans include Naomi Watts and Christy Turlington Burns.
Kayaking on the Hudson River
Manhattan Community Boathouse offers free kayaking sessions plus free classes for beginners during the summer. Sample lessons: “Turns: Techniques for Maneuvering Your Kayak” and “Rescues: A Step-by-Step Guide for Recovery After a Capsize.”
Why should Cirque du Soleil have all the fun? Sign up for lessons in a wide range of aerial activities, from flying and static trapeze to silks and trampoline, at Trapeze School New York.
For a truly scenic run, head to Prospect Park where you can hit the 3.35-mile running lane or the smaller dirt-covered paths. Once you’re under the forest shade and jogging along waterfalls and ravines, you’ll forget you’re in the urban sprawl of New York City.
Channel your inner Katniss Everdeen and be a badass archer at Gotham Archery, which hosts locations in both Manhattan and Brooklyn. The intro class includes bow rentals.
Open Track Nights
Train alongside your fellow runners on Thursday evenings at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island. The track, which features beautiful views of the skyline, is certified by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and meets Olympic standards, too.
OK, so there aren’t any rodeo schools in New York City. But if you’re hankering for a touch of the Old West this summer, there are plenty of places to test your mettle with a mechanical bull, among them Viva Toro in Williamsburg and Johnny Utah’s by Rockefeller Center.
Ping Pong Plus
Close out the night at SPiN, the ping-pong club co-founded by actress Susan Sarandon. You can work up a sweat on the table and then cool down with a signature cocktail, like the Marty Reisman, a mezcal concoction named after the champion player.