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Weekend Fitness Round-Up : April 24-26

Enjoy the warm weather and some spice to your weekend fitness routine with these fun events going on around NYC!

Friday, April 24th

Saturday, April 25th

What: Run for the Wild

Where: Bronx Zoo

When: Race starts a 9am

Why: For starters, I’ll be there, but it’s also a great way to get fit for a cause! The Wildlife Conservation Society’s is hosting its first Wild5K run/walk to help save the gorillas. There will be post-race festivities and Earth Expo showcasing eco-friendly products and information. Plus, Run for the Wild entry fees include complimentary Bronx Zoo entry and a free Congo Gorilla Forest ticket.

More info: click here

What: Extreme Stiletto (Defense) Workshop

Where: World Martial Arts Center (14th and 6th)

When: 10:30am-12pm

Why: As a follow up to the popular Stilettos and Self Defense workshop, this class promises to cover more in-depth techniques like how to get out of grabs and off the floor. It also includes a bonus segment of learning how to design a “complete 20 minute workout that you can take with you on the road or use without having to leave your home. No equipment, no gimmicks, no bull.”

More info: For women only! $40, RSVP at and for more information, click here

What: Fierce Yoga

Where: The Fierce Club, 269 Elizabeth Street just south of Houston

When: Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga classes schedule to every hour, on the hour, between 10am-6 pm

Why: A day of complimentary yoga, massage, music and more!

More info: No reservations necessary, check out event details here

Sunday, April 26th

What: Earth Day at Central Park

Where: Central Park, at the Bandshell

When: 12-4pm

Why: It will be beautiful outside and you’ll more than likely all ready be at Central Park! The activities are designed for you to learn about the Park’s Conservancy environmental initiatives through live performances, projects, demonstrations and crafts.

More info: click here

What: MORE / FITNESS Marathon and half marathon

Where: Central Park, the marathon will start on East Drive near 92nd Street, the half-marathon will start on East Drive near 71st Street

When:  Marathon starts 7:40am, Half-marathon starts 8am

Why: Update on the NYRR website says: “Due to popular demand, the 6th annual More® Magazine | Fitness® Magazine Marathon + Half-Marathon has reached capacity and is now closed” so if you haven’t already registered, sorry, looks like you’ll be on the sidelines soaking up the sun and cheering!

More info: For more information click here

What: Mimosas and Massages for MORE Marathoners

Where: lululemon athletica, East 66th Street location

When: 11am-4pm

Why: Lululemon Athletica is celebrating all of the marathoners and half-marathoners with “lulu-style” mimosas and massages. They say that whether you ran the race or cheered on a friend, come by the store for a drink and a dose of relaxation. Store front neighbors, Molton Brown will be in the store offering complimentary mini-spa treatments from their new Body Therapies collection.

More info: For more information visit the lululemon athletica website

*Update: Sadly, due to the extremely intense workout I did on Wednesday night, (which has left me sore and unable to straighten my arms even two days later!), it looks like I will be unable to attend the Run for the Wild 5k which I’ve already registered for. But it looks like fun and would still recommend anyone in the NYC area to go!


An Earth Day Workout

Attention New Yorkers, if you’ve looked at the forecast for this weekend, we’re finally going to see temperatures in the 80’s and this means I’m breaking out of the gym and heading outside! (I can’t help it, getting a workout while getting a tan … it’s in my Floridian blood to be drawn to the sun!)

But since today is Earth Day, why don’t you jump the gun and celebrate by taking your workout outside today! From a jog around Central Park, or jump roping in your apartment complex’s courtyard, take a moment to welcome the warmer weather and appreciate the outdoors – which can sometimes feel like a scare resource in the concrete jungle.

Incorporate your day’s strength training outside as well. Break up your cardio with one minute intervals of push ups, calf raises, walking lunges, sit-ups and squats (one exercise per interval – complete as many repetitions as you can for a full minute).

Now you’re not only appreciating the outdoors, but you’re saving power and electricity as well by using your own body weight and energy to fuel your workouts. No better way to celebrate Earth Day than with an environmentally-friendly workout!

Here are some other great links with Earth Day workout suggestions:
Strength training in the park from Fit Sugar
Bike to work, play at the park and other ways to celebrate from That’s Fit
The Central Park circuit from NY Running Fitness Examiner