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A comprehensive list of free waterfront workouts in New York

If you can get to the west side of Manhattan after work, you are golden – there’s something about the Hudson River that makes everyone want to get healthier! And if you’re like me and absolutely love Williamsburg, I have a great option for you too!

I have an option for you nearly every day of the week, and I will update as I find more for you.

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14th Street Park overlooks the water and is full of people that love watching us dance in public.

The Sweat Sessions

The Meatpacking District’s Sweat Sessions offers 3 classes Tuesday evenings, each class offered by a different local fitness studio. You need to RSVP for those in advance, and they fill up quickly. When you arrive, there will be a line to check in- which consists of you turning in your printed ticket to the event, so set a reminder now to make sure you print out your ticket! – and to sign a waiver. After the class, there is some free recovery food offered.

When I went to the 7pm ((305)) Fitness class (read more about that here), we were given drinkable strawberry yogurt after class. I’ve seen every kind of fitness offered for this – pilates, yoga, HIIT, Zumba, you want it, they offer it! I have signed up for classes based on my ability to arrive in time from work, but if you finish at 5pm, I encourage you to try all the classes you can! The last chance you have to participate is on August 29th, with either yoga, dance cardio, or HIIT. The HIIT class is with Fhitting Room, who I’ve taken a free class before and LOVED, but the RSVP for that is currently closed. If it reopens, you have to jump on it! Sign up for one of the three classes now!

ClassPass’s “Lean with Christine” Community Bootcamp

Christine’s boot camps are the most perfect way to kick start the last day of the weekend. These outdoor tush-kickers take place at Pier 46 along Hudson River Park at 11 am on Sundays. The workout was intense, and the view ain’t half bad either. (See the group photo at the top? So many happy exhausted faces, thanks to Christine!)

Not a bad view for a Sunday morning boot camp, yea?

You are supposed to sign up through ClassPass, but I just DM’ed Christine on Instagram and she told me to just show up with a mat, water, towel, and sunscreen. I would also suggest sunglasses and a hat to prevent the discomfort of having the sun in your eyes during core work. There are bathrooms and a water fountain right at the pier, which is super important and convenient for a hot outdoor workout.

The class was broken down into four sections: the warm-up, core work on the mat, interval training stations, and stretching/cool down. The class felt very personal, with Christine’s fiance participating and taking photos, her friends cheering her on, and her mini Bluetooth speaker pumping the jams as loud as it could. Christine and her supportive fiance are getting married quite soon (congrats, you two!) so her fabulous weekly workouts will be on a brief hiatus soon, but don’t worry – I will let you all know when they resume, and we will go together! The next one will be on Sunday, September 3rd. Make sure you are there!

If you’re feeling like taking a chance…

To take these ClassPass Community Bootcamp classes, you are supposed to sign up using your ClassPass account, technically… but I don’t have ClassPass. I just found out there are more free ClassPass Community Bootcamp classes for us to explore! In the same spot as Christine’s, you can find Michael Ringer’s HIIT classes Thursdays at 7 pm and Saturdays at noon.

Flexing with the woman, the myth, the legend herself – Christine! Kudos to her for these guns!

Thanks, lululemon!

From here on out, all classes/events are offered by lululemon, who is KILLIN’ IT as a company, offering all the free fitness my heart desires. Thanks to all the money saved for fitness classes I feel like maybe I can almost afford some clearance leggings!

Healthy on the Hudson

HOTH has a partnership with lululemon for classes in Hudson River Park on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until the end of September. They are giving me so much hope because everyone else is making me feel like Labor Day is the end of all the fun! Tuesday nights are offered at Pier 46, which is by Charles Street west of the Village. This is the same location as Christine’s Sunday boot camp classes! Similar to the Sweat Sessions, Healthy on the Hudson’s Tuesday night classes feature a different fitness studio for each class. Wednesday nights are off Moore Street in Tribeca, at Pier 25. All of the upcoming Wednesday night classes are taught by an instructor from Mile High Run Club. For either night, you have to sign up in advance (both nights share the same Mind Body sign-up). All of the classes are from 6:30-7:30pm.

How Do You View?

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This is the amazing space. Get over here. NOW.

The new lululemon Williamsburg has partnered with the jaw-dropping William Vale Hotel to bring us lucky folks rooftop workouts, overlooking the East River and all of Manhattan and Queens. The view does not compare. It is incredibly gorgeous. The roof has “grass” which I think is really AstroTurf, but it feels too real. Lululemon partners with a different Williamsburg fitness studio each week to bring a 1-hour 10am workout on Saturday mornings. You are supposed to sign up in advance on their weekly Eventbrite page, although I’ve only been checked in once. I’ve found that the Eventbrite page has “sold out” before, but not everyone shows up. If you run into this issue, just contact the event organizer via Eventbrite and request to be added to the list.


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My first class with Laughing Lotus Yoga

They provide the mats, towels, a water jug, and sometimes, post-workout fuel from a local business in the neighborhood. I love these classes so much. They are so relaxing with this most amazing view and the classes have all been spectacular. My favorite so far was a pilates class, although I have also had great yoga and HIIT classes too. The William Vale Hotel is located near McCarren Park, and yes there are Citibike docks a block away. When you enter the hotel, go through the lobby to the elevator and ask to be taken up to the Westlight roof. When you get there, go back towards the bar, go outside, and take the stairs up one flight to the roof.



The Sweat Sessions

Hudson River Park’s 14th Street Park (10th Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets)

ClassPass Community Bootcamps

Pier 46, 412 West St, New York, NY, 10014

Healthy on the Hudson: Tuesdays

Pier 46, 412 West St, New York, NY, 10014

Healthy on the Hudson: Wednesdays

Pier 25, West St & N Moore St, New York, NY 10013

How Do You View?

Westlight @ The William Vale Hotel, 111 N 12th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249





Free workout TONIGHT in SoHo!

Happy August! Not sure how time has flown by so quickly, and I have SO MUCH to share with you all! I am so sorry for not posting in what feels like an eternity, but stay tuned as there is much to learn, my friends!

My favorite and most consistent free workout, as mentioned in a June post, is the weekly free classes at lululemon SoHo. Each month, they feature a different New York fitness studio and bring in one of their ambassadors from the studio to teach an in-store class. You walk into the store, sign a waiver, and watch as all the to-die-for leggings and sports bra racks get pushed to the side, clearing the floor for an intense workout. Bring a bottle of water, which can be refilled near the cash register. As if a free amazing workout isn’t enough, lululemon also provides some sort of snack or drink as a post-workout snack. Last time I was there, a beauty store across the street came by with samples for us!


Camille Ford, guest instructor at tonight’s lululemon Workout Wednesday

Tonight at 8pm, Camille Ford of SASS Method will leading a full-body workout class that “combines intensive low impact cardio, strength training, and meditation for sustainable fitness and real results.” I am so bummed I cannot make it tonight, as her fitness class sounds incredible! If you go, please let me know, and please let lululemon SoHo know that their biggest fan Julianne sent you!


RSVP not required, but suggested.


lululemon athletica SoHo Broadway
481 Broadway

August 23, 2017 @ 8pm

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Dance your booty off *FOR FREE* with ((305)) Fitness

I am so excited to try out the closest thing to Florida in NYC – ((305)) Fitness! This Miami-themed studio has a reputation for being an absolute blast. They use dance cardio, interval training, and isolated toning – sounds like my heaven. However, if 5-6-7-8 means nothing to you, their website says it’s great for dancers and non-dancers alike, as the teachers break everything down step-by-step. And, in true Miami fashion, there is even a live DJ to bring the party!

Maybe if I close my eyes, I can pretend I’m actually back here on Miami Beach!

Well, I have some terrific news for you! The studios, located in the Village and Midtown East, are offering free classes with brand new teachers over the next few weekends. All you have to do is sign up and they will contact you by next Tuesday, July 25th to let you know your class time. This is a #steal since classes are usually $32! Who’s coming with me?!


((305)) Fitness Locations:

THE VILLAGE: 18 W. 8th St, NY, NY 10011

MIDTOWN EAST: 33 E. 33rd St, NY, NY 10016


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Train like an athlete for free!

It feels like I’ve tried a million different workouts since moving to New York, but one sticks in my mind the most: F45 Training. Imagine a playground for adults (but kids at heart) that makes you stronger. That’s what you get here. This is an Australian studio that just opened in Flatiron/Chelsea that is a 45-minute workout of functional training, meaning that you strengthen your body for everyday tasks.

  1. Philosophy. Fitness is important not because it’s “bikini season” or because you want a hot butt. Yes, working out consistently and properly will make you toned and lean, but the way we look is really based on what we eat. Fitness is important for our hearts, our joints, and our bone density, for example. I don’t want to use a walker when I’m older, and my scoliosis gets in the way of my youth. Something that I love about F45 is the “functional” part. They don’t tell you to squat for looking hot; you squat because it is a full-body strengthening exercise. YES. F45, you are the best.
  2. Best trainers in the world. The two trainers I worked with the most, Gareth and Dina, are not only extremely knowledgeable and helpful, but WOW are they supportive! I went to their classes before work every day, and their uplifting and motivating personalities made my mornings. They would cheer me on, they would correct and improve my form, and they would stand by me to make sure not only I understood the correction but that I implemented it. The classes are small training sessions, so it feels like you’re getting nearly individualized attention even in a group class.
  3. Switching it up daily. Each day is themed differently than the next. For instance, on Sundays, they only have “Brooklyn” classes, which are focused on boxing. Each day’s classes have a different name and a different focus for the 45 minutes of exercises. Not only that, but the day’s workout has many different components. You cannot get bored, and the only way to get through the 45 minutes is by having fun (seriously). You only have to do this one hard exercise a few times and then that’s it, you’re done!…until you begin the next hard exercise!
  4. FYI. I did their two-week trial after they opened in May, and I am STILL thinking about it every single day. Let me warn you before your heart breaks like mine: it’s $400+ a month for unlimited membership. That is the ONLY reason I stopped going because if rent and food weren’t essential to living (water is free in New York), I’d just give them all my money. But that doesn’t work for those of us broke in New York!

They also have a great shower/locker room, fully stocked with everything you need. This is an excellent small business and I could sing their praises all day, every day. 

Email and let them know Julianne S. from “How to Be Broke in New York” sent you for your free trial. Good luck not getting too addicted!

F45 Training: 123 W. 20th St., 1E, New York, NY 10011


UWS Free Trial: CorePower Yoga

What is your favorite kind of exercise? I love bootcamp/HIIT classes, but most of all, I love diversity in my fitness! That’s why finding great free fitness opportunities has been so much fun for me – I have learned so much and am so excited to share the new wisdom!


My favorite free yoga ever: with my friends and students in Kigali, Rwanda summer 2015!


When I am given the amazing gift of a free trial at a fitness studio, I take full advantage. CorePower Yoga, a west coast-based studio, recently opened on the Upper West Side, and I barely missed a day during my two-week trial. It is seriously THAT good – and after talking to other students after class, the addiction is rampant!

  1. Their classes actually focus on the important stuff. As their name would suggest, CPY is very focused on the core, and as someone who uses fitness to thrive with scoliosis, I so appreciated this ongoing component in every single class (yes, there was an entire ab section in their hot yoga class!). Even during the quick portions of their classes, the instructors check and ensure students are always in proper form and alignment.
  2. CPY’s classes are varied enough, even if yoga isn’t your “thing.” f you’re reading this and thinking, “but I’m not a ‘yogi'” or perhaps even you don’t do/like yoga, that is totally fine. I actually only went to one true yoga class this entire time (Hot Power Fusion, and it was awesome). All the other days, I took Yoga Sculpt. If you are trying to get longer, leaner, and stronger, this is for you. It starts with some basic yoga flow then adds hand weights, and then comes a full body low-weight/high-rep workout. You will be so grateful for shirvasana (the “am I dead or alive?” section at the end). This is in a heated studio, and you will feel so great sweating out every lil’ toxin in you. Bring a mat-sized towel and a big cold water with you. Shirts are overrated, leave it off for this (something I’ve never done before).
  3. Their employees are eager to help. The in-person staff and the employees manning the phones at their HQ in Colorado were accommodating and kind, and my teachers offered constructive feedback during and after class.

I am so excited to share this opportunity with you all, and am EVEN MORE excited that CPY is going to open late summer/early fall in my lovely home of Williamsburg! *More details to come later – look out for a blog post in the future!*

If you want to try it out at their Upper West Side location, they are now offering post-opening free week trials, which you can sign up for HERE or by calling (917) 636-4440. IMPORTANT: You will have to put down your credit card information. If you are not wanting to become a member (perhaps at a discounted rate), make sure you call and CANCEL your membership before the last day of your trial.

CorePower Yoga Address: 2030 Broadway #202, New York, NY 10023



Free yoga + rooftop + #views? Yes please!

I hope you had a great July 4th! In true American fashion, you probably over-ate, right? (No judgement here!) The #FoodComa is real.

And in true New Yorker fashion, I am bringing you opportunities to enjoy summer in the city the best way — on a rooftop, of course!

For those that work or live in the Upper West Side, Lululemon and CorePower Yoga are bringing you THREE free workout events this month!

WHAT: Free yoga

WHERE: Rooftop of the Empire Hotel (44 W 63rd Street)

DATES: July 5th, 12th, and 19th

TIME: 5:30-6:30pm

Space is limited so RSVP to & let ’em know I sent you.

Enjoy! If you go and have a great time, please let me know!




Free weekly workouts with Lululemon

I just returned from Montréal, and in preparation for my trip there, I researched their local Lululemons. Why? Well, if you think Lululemon is only a high-end athletic brand, think again! 

Lululemons all across the world offer free fitness classes for the local community. Lulu in Montréal hosted a sub-festival within a festival (honestly the entire city was one big festival!) of a variety of fitness classes in Le Parc de Portugal. #ProTravelTip! 

I clearly got lucky to be in Montréal at the right time to participate in their fitness festival! Otherwise, I would have just attended one of the store’s weekly fitness classes. 

A great majority of lulus in New York are either run clubs or yoga meet-ups – which is great considering running through Central Park is AMAZING – but I’m more of a HIIT (high intensity interval training)/bootcamp kinda gal! Because of that, I am loyal to the Lululemon SoHo store because of their incredible “Workout Wednesdays.” Nearly every Wednesday they close down the store for shopping, clear the merchandise, and transform the store into a fitness studio! 

Each month, lulu SoHo showcases a different local boutique fitness studio and brings in one of their instructors to lead an intense and fun workout class. The ones I’ve tried so far have been with SoulCycle, ICE CrossFit, and Box+Flow. To make this even sweeter, Lululemon has even paid for its fit friends to take classes at these studios (yes, free SoulCycle DID happen!). The classes are at 8pm and there are usually snacks and drinks after too! I am excited for the new Lululemon to open in my home neighborhood of Williamsburg this summer, but joining the lulu SoHo community has been incredible. Let’s hope Williamsburg decides to do a different night of the week, right? 😅

Lululemon New York is offering free outdoor workout classes each Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the summer! You have to RSVP in advance for each session. Here you can find out more info and sign up! 

The weather will determine which Lulu class I’ll be taking Wednesdays. My two amazing gal pals gave me a great birthday gift – my first pair of Lululemon leggings, which I can’t wait to wear to my next #WorkoutWednesday! Let me know if you want to workout with me & lulu!


Free outdoor event tonight in the Village

Winter is over, which means free fun outdoor events! WHO’S EXCITED? Mondays are the slowest day of the week, but I am excited to share an event I just found to kick off the week in style!

Head downtown tonight to Hotel Hugo’s rooftop cocktail bar Azul for their first movie screening of the summer. Tonight they’re playing Scarface (what a classic!), and they will have a different movie starting at sunset every Monday this spring and summer.

Check out the list of movies and let me know if you happen to go! I will update the blog with all the free summer movie screenings I find, so stay tuned!


Bar Address:

525 Greenwich St
New York


The two best neighborhood bars in East Williamsburg

The average age in Williamsburg is 28. Of COURSE there are awesome bars every 2 feet. Here are my two favorite neighborhood bars – both right off the Montrose L!

Duck Duck

🦆🦆 ! For anyone who knows me – local and visiting friends alike – this is my meeting place. They have 2-4-1 drafts and cheap wells from 4-8pm EVERY DAY! Yep- buy a $5 beer and get a second one free. They also have $6 beer-and-a-shot special all the time. As if this wasn’t enough, they give out cheese puffs. I didn’t know cheese puffs were the perfect bar food until Duck Duck. The music is perfect, the decor is great, it’s a crowd pleaser.

The Well


The Well’s back patio is AMAZING


I don’t think a more perfect place exists (besides Duck Duck, of course). So. Many. Drafts. AND a full cocktail bar. The inside is a nice lounge but the outside is what gets me – a huge patio beer garden that could only be found in industrial Williamsburg. This is my go-to spot on Tuesdays – they have $2 beer Tuesdays! – or after work on a beautiful day. Their happy hour includes a list of BOGO beers. Hang with friends on a picnic table while playing corn hole or check out one of their board games. It’s always a blast here!


Finding your neighborhood bar in New York

Living in New York generally means sacrificing large living spaces – so where can you unwind with friends? Your neighborhood bar becomes your living room. Every good New York sitcom friend group has their neighborhood bar, and so do I. And so will you!

  • How I find great bars: Google Maps has become my handy companion while walking through my neighborhood. If I pass a cool bar, I open Google Maps, click on the bar/restaurant, click “SAVE,” then add it to the “Want to Go” list. I have an extensive bucket list, organized in map form, of all the bars and restaurants I want to try in Williamsburg. Not sure I’ll ever finish, especially since I am a routine kinda gal (and have the entire rest of the city to share my time with!), but here’s to trying!
  • Don’t break the bank. If you’re going to relax after work in your “living room,” you can’t spend all your money there – after all, you still need to pay rent on your actual apartment. It will always be cheaper to drink at home, but you can unwind in this city without frantically checking your bank account later.
  • Find a bar with good selling points. Happy Hour? Free snacks? Daily deals? These are 🔑. It’s New York, after all. Don’t settle!
  • Don’t consistently splurge or it won’t be fun anymore. No, that cool speakeasy with $13 cocktails is not your home base. That is not sustainable. Make it a special occasion place. In fact, #protip, find a cool local speakeasy that you can bring your parents to when they visit. It’ll make you look like a put-together grown-up to your parents, and, since these bars tend to be dark, no one will judge you for bringing parents to their bar.
  • Tip your bartenders. If you found a spot and want to make it “yours,” get to know your bartenders. Tip them well and often. Seriously, tip 👏 well 👏. That means you tip on each drink – even the free ones. Be a good, courteous customer that they want to serve and enjoy serving. Having a good relationship with your bartender is the best – speaking of, Charlie at Duck Duck is the best. Treat Charlie like a queen.

Ready to make 6:30 on a Tuesday fun? Check out my post about the two best bars in my neighborhood to get you started. Let me know how it goes! Cheers!