Friday, May 2, 2014

Workout Before Work with Bryant Park FitClub

A lot of people think about fitness in the summer, whether to look good while sunbathing or to train for an upcoming marathon. Sometimes, there just aren't enough hours in the day for a fitness routine. As usual, Bryant Park is here to help. Introducing Bryant Park FitClub, a brand-new series of workouts before work. The workouts vary in style and targeted muscle groups, so everyone can find a workout that they enjoy.

Every Monday, starting May 12, join us for Pilates with Pilates on Fifth, a park neighbor. Studio owners Kimberly and Katherine Corp help you strengthen your core for better posture and lean muscle. The hourlong mat class, which is paced for an energetic workout for all age and skill levels, starts at 7:30am. Some mats will be provided, but bringing your own is encouraged.

Every Wednesday, starting May 14, The Rise NYC brings boot camp to Midtown. Workouts vary each week, and can involve circuit training, cardio, or the famous "deck of cards" drill, where each card's suit and number correspond to a different boot camp-style exercise (sit-ups, push-ups, and more). This community-driven, friendly boot camp uses smiles and high-fives for intimidation or in-your-face instructors here!

But won't I be sweaty? you might wonder. The answer is simple: both classes end early enough that you'd have time to cool down. Pilates concentrates on strength and flexibility, so you shouldn't get too sweaty; boot camp ends at 7:00am, which is plenty of time to shower at home or at your nearby gym.

Won't I be exhausted by noon? No! Morning exercise releases endorphins and revs your metabolism so that you'll be energized throughout the day. Other benefits of morning exercise include increased productivity, better sleep, and better eating choices. You'll feel ready to take on the world.

With Bryant Park FitClub, we can make this summer the healthiest that New York has seen! And while you're in the habit of waking early to strengthen your body, catch a Tai Chi class on Tuesdays and Thursdays to strengthen your mind!

Bryant Park FitClub: Pilates with Pilates on Fifth
Mondays, May 12 - September 22
7:30am - 8:30am
Fountain Terrace

Bryant Park FitClub: Boot Camp with The Rise NYC
Wednesdays, May 14 - September 24
6:30am - 7:00am
Fountain Terrace

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