Monday night I went to a free trial class of a new running/ workout class in New York City called FitnessRuns.
They offer 30 or 60 minute outdoor classes at parks around the city that incorporate running + strength, drills or yoga.
I totally love this concept and I’ve been looking to switch up my workouts a bit recently so I was excited to try it out.
We ran from the meeting location down to a park where we did intervals of sprints, strength & cardio drills (squats, mountain climbers, jumping jacks, tricep dips, pushups, etc.) and then ran back to the original location and did a few cool down stretches.
I loved this type of workout, but to be honest I think the prices are a bit steep ($15+ for a 30 minute class & $25+ for a 60 minute class), especially considering the classes are held outdoors. On top of that, I actually live on Long Island, not in the city, so I’d have to take the train to the city as well ($15 RT) – that would make each class $30-$45 for me (= not worth it).
But…it did get me thinking that I can totally do this kind of workout on my own! (I know it won’t be quite the same as doing it with a group, but it does fit much better with my budget right now!)
Right in my neighborhood there are several small parks, plus the local high school with a track that would be perfect for this type of thing! Since I’m not training for anything specific right now I’m going to try to rotate this type of “run” into my workouts and see how it goes!
What do you think, would you like this type of workout?
Do you have a favorite strength/ cardio drill I should include?
**I have no affiliation with FitnessRuns, I just went to check out their free trial class. If anyone in NYC wants to check it out visit their website to get your first run free!**
I could see you turning this into a group thing near where you live and people can rotate leading the non-running portion with whatever “other thing” they like to do like yoga/pilates/fitness movements that I tend to stay away from. That could be really fun, actually… And a lot cheaper than paying upwards of $50 to get to a class in a park. If I’m not getting AC blasting, I demand a discounted rate!
I was totally thinking the same thing! Like putting up flyers and seeing if anyone wants to join me : )
And yeah, I’m sorry but $25+ for a class outside in a park that I doubt they’re even paying for a permit for or anything…way too much.
I’m already picturing you leading yoga and I can think of at least one person who’d probably be game for leading a crossfit section…
This sounded awesome! You know I’m always hesitant to run with people because well, yeah, you know, but the in between workout parts sound fun! …well, as fun as those things can be. I always do better with people to motivate me, so if you want some company for this let me know! (I’ll be sure and get there early so I have a head start on the running lol)
Yes! Let’s get together and do this sometime!
I love these kind of workouts! I am an avid fan of Tabata and boot camp which are similar, but generally don’t have as much running as a true running class would. Glad you enjoyed it! And also, I totally knew that was you in blue…your signature color 🙂
I really liked that this had the running incorporated because I felt like it kept my attention better…I tend to lose interest or focus with just the tabata or bootcamp stuff, this broke it up nicely!
Hmmm, I ran a track workout tonight and a guy there was doing a whole workout routine – squats, calf raises, planks, etc. I saw him each lap I ran and though – that guy don’t need no gym!
It sounds like a good outdoor workout, but $25 for a class outside? At least it’s motivated you to try it on your own 🙂
Sounds like a cool concept! But I agree. I feel like there is free stuff like this happening all over the city.
That does seem pricey considering they don’t have studio rent to pay and that my $25 annual running club membership entitles me to a weekly workout with my team that covers drills like that and running. I actually do workouts like that a lot on a nice day in the park. Burpees are evil but they’ll whip you into shape.
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