TUNING UP: New Yorkers and out-of-towners can try to get their heart rates up by taking free outdoor fitness classes like pre-morning rush hour tai chi in Bryant Park and post-work pilates in Riverside Park. Boat tours, kayaking and other water-infused activities will be up for the taking on City of Water Day on July 20, and Central Park Conservancy members can hit the park twice a week for free cardio or yoga-inspired workouts and FITiST members can try a variety of boutique workouts.
The New Amsterdam Fencing Academy offers open fencing Mondays and Wednesdays, along with adult classes on those same nights. Equinox members are getting into Stacked, a new high-intensity interval workout that uses sandbags and other muscle-defining props. For any extended cooldowns, Creative Juice has opened juice bars in Equinox’s 20 New York City clubs. People’s Pops has introduced cold-brewed coffee pops and peach with aged bourbon vanilla ones at its Chelsea Market, High Line Park and East Village outposts. Another chain, Juice Generation, has added Dynamic Do-All shots that are meant for specific boosts such as the Daily Skin Nutrition one co-branded with celebrity dermatologist David Colbert. B Spa has opened an Allen Street location where a stem-cell facial infusing macromolecules is the newest service. Exhale Spa is all about dry brushing this summer, especially its Glow Body Scrub treatment. If a weekend stroll qualifies as exercise, FIAF sponsors the annual Bastille Day on 60th Street on Sunday.
And on weekends in Union Square Park, Wink reps have passersby have a go at beanbag toss to win frozen vegan desserts.