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These Boston Fitness Studios Are Hosting Outdoor Workouts

Not ready to return to the gym? Here are some socially distanced ways to break a sweat in the sunshine.


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This week, most gyms in Boston are allowed to open their doors again—but if you’re not ready to step inside again just yet, know that you have options. An outdoor workout may sound much more enticing, and still help you find the motivation and camaraderie that comes with a group setting. (Anyway, at this point, you’ve probably exhausted every at-home exercise routine you can think of.)

Check out these fitness studios and instructors in Boston that are continuing to host outdoor workouts. Plus, don’t forget to visit our page dedicated to virtual workouts and socially-distant fitness events; it’s updated every Monday with new events and series hosted by your favorite instructors around the city.

 

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SweatFixx: The SweatFixx Southie location, inside Gold’s Gym, is gearing up to offer a split schedule of in-studio and outdoor classes during the week. In-studio workouts won’t start until July 20, but outdoor “Sculpt” and “Grit” classes happen on an alternating schedule every Tuesday/Thursday and Wednesday/Friday. If you’re still not keen on group workouts at all, the studio is also renting out rowers for at-home use during their live stream row classes, or just for your own fitness. Get on their email list for even more updates and offerings. 323 Dorchester Ave., South Boston, 617-581-5577, sweatfixx.com

YMCA of Greater Boston: If you’re looking for a way to contribute to the community, exercise, and keep your child entertained, the YMCA is a great one-stop shop. The Y is now offering outdoor group fitness classes and personal training (and the outdoor pool at the Waltham location is now open too). Sign-ups are required in advance, as well as face masks. Kids can enjoy early education programs as well as day camps, which were allowed to resume programming in Phase Two, and food pantry and developmental programs are available to volunteers. Multiple locations, ymcaboston.org

 

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Row House: Row with a view during this outdoor class. The staff at Row House at Lovejoy Wharf have pulled their rowers out onto the patio so participants can enjoy an outdoors experience that is relatively similar to an in-studio class: Expect music-driven rowing intervals mixed with low-impact, full-body floor exercises. Sign ups are online, but be sure to register quickly; classes typically reach maximum capacity. Morning and evening classes are offered, as well as a half hour noon-time class on Wednesday. All fitness levels are encouraged to join. 25 Lovejoy Wharf, Boston, 857-702-2769, therowhouse.com

Broncore Bootcamp: Bron Volney is no stranger to outdoor workouts. That’s how he’s made a name for himself here in Boston. Besides being a personal trainer at local gyms and for one-on-one clients at their homes, Volney also usually hosts packed, bootcamp-style workouts near the Government Center MBTA stop on Tuesday evenings. Now, though, they have decreased in size and migrated to a large, grassy area at the corner of Charles and Beacon streets on Boston Common. You can still expect grueling strength-training exercises, mixed with sprints, heavy bag carries, and ladder drills. Volney now offers morning and evening classes, as well as live and on-demand virtual classes. Boston Common, broncorefitness.com.

 

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Greenway Fitness Series: Although outdoor fitness series won’t look much like they used to for some time, at least we can relish in some rendition of them. The Greenway Fitness series started up on July 7 and features classes in parks throughout the Greenway on Mondays though Thursdays; additional classes are held on certain Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Offerings consist of yoga, cardio dance, strength, and conditioning circuits from studios like B/Spoke, Healthworks, Social Boston Sports, and Trillfit. There are different capacity restrictions for each class, so be sure to sign up in advance and check the schedule. Proper cleaning and sanitization measures will be taken, but bring your own equipment. Multiple locations, rosekennedygreenway.org

Redemption Strength and Conditioning: If you live in the North End, these outdoor classes are a great option. Hosted by coaches from Redemption Strength and Conditioning, they include morning and evening classes dedicated to everything from bodyweight to bands. Kettlebell classes are offered as well as an outdoor class called Grit, which fuses functional movement, strength, and cardio into one class. Sign up in advance and meet in Christopher Columbus Park, right across the street from the physical location of Redemption. Christopher Columbus Park, redemptionboston.com