One of the many perks of living in this great big city, are all the wonderful free things to do—especially when it comes to fitness classes. Over the summer, Bryant Park hosts its beloved free yoga in the park, but did you know that free classes like that exist all year-long?
Shape Up NYC is a group fitness program located across all of the five boroughs—and their classes are entirely FREE! The initiative “aims to reduce health inequalities across New York City by targeting classes in high-need neighborhoods such as the South Bronx, Central Harlem, and North and Central Brooklyn,” shares their website.
Ranging from aerobics, bootcamp, Zumba, and more, each class is led by a volunteer fitness instructor, sure to hype you up for whatever physical activity your tackling.
Don't let winter stop you from reaching your fitness goals! @ShapeUpNYC offers free indoor and outdoor volunteer-led fitness classes every day! Visit https://t.co/gTLbucBmWN to find a class near you and to become part of our Shape Up community. pic.twitter.com/bp0eHCzzCE
— NYC Parks (@NYCParks) January 5, 2022
Shape Up NYC is the perfect program to try in the winter as tons of classes are hosted inside recreation centers or virtually so you won’t have to fight the cold!
This winter they’re offering over 70 new classes across 40 new sites to engage more New Yorkers of all ages. Learn to tap dance at Rhythm & Style Tap or practice mindfulness when you attend the Stretch & Breathe classes that will calm your body and sync your breath as you learn to lengthen your muscles.
For classes hosted inside recreation centers, you’ll only need to bring a government issued-ID and a lock (if you so choose) for your belongings.
For safety reasons, all classes are limited capacity to ensure social distancing. Face masks must be worn during all indoor classes & proof of vaccination must be shown. Outdoor classes require face masks for those unvaccinated.
Pre-registration is required for indoor classes and walk-ins are welcome for any outdoor classes that aren’t full.
Sessions are hosted both mornings and nights, so you’re sure to find a class that works in your schedule. Browse all the current classes now and register here. You can even filter by neighborhood to find the classes closest to you.