Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Work It Out, Bitches!

Who says you need a gym to work out in New York? To save money, many people are dropping their gym memberships- but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your work out! Try some of these tricks to be a Brooklyn Bitch on a Budget- With a Slamming Bod!

-Put together the ultimate work-out megamix. We suggest anything from Kanye West, Lady GaGa, Jay-Z, the latest Yeah Yeah Yeahs album, or an upbeat techno mix like Girl Talk or Hot Chip.

-Find a fierce workout outfit. Sometimes, things just seem a little easier when you’ve got your look down. Plus, is there anything more embarrassing than running into an ex-boyfriend or your boss when you’re wearing ripped booty shorts and a sweat-stained t-shirt from your high school drama club? Make the best of what you’ve got, but make sure to rock it hard.

-Scour your neighborhood for an epic set of steps. While we don’t recommend the subway, the Lorimer St stop has ideal stairs for sprinting up and down. The only problem with the subway is you risk more potential run-ins with people you really don’t want to see (see above). Churches, schools, and abandoned factories/service centers are often great resources. Do a couple sets of runs, up and down, until you feel that burn.

-While M and I are huge fans of “bed yoga” (i.e., the yoga you can do, drunk, without leaving the comfort of your bed) New York is a great source of free yoga classes. Check out some of our favorites:

-Lulu Lemon Athletica, at 15 Union Sq West at 15th St

-Yoga to the People on St. Marks Place near Third Ave (suggested donation)

-Yoga Sutra, at 501 Fifth Ave near 42nd St

-Integral Yoga Institute, 227 W. 13th St near Seventh Ave

-Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, 243 W. 24th St near Seventh Ave

As you can see, there’s plenty of yoga all throughout the area. Bring a friend, your yoga mat, and your sun salutation!

-Check local websites, like freenyc.com and freewillimasburg.com, as gyms often advertise for free lessons or classes. This is a great way to pick up new ways to work out, whether it’s with Pilates, kickboxing, or belly dance. The New York Restoration Project (NYRP) offers a series of free morning fitness classes in a beautiful Manhattan Garden.

-If you like to run, take advantage of the free running tracks available in all five boroughs. Brooklyn offers a track in Prospect Park along the Park Drive, and Van Cortlandt Park offers routes in the Bronx. Manhattanites have their pick of the parks, although we adore running along the East River for a truly beautiful view.

Nike even offers a free running club, which meets at Niketown New York (57th St and Fifth Ave), on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:30p, and Saturdays at 9a for runs through Central Park.

-Baseball and basketball courts are always free in all five boroughs, if available, so round up a few of your best ladies (or some guys you wouldn’t mind seeing sweaty) for a friendly afternoon match. If you feel like planning an event, be sure to visit www.nyc.govparks.org to see what kinds of permits you’ll need.

-Ever though of kayaking? Red Hook Boaters and the L.I.C. Community Boathouse offer free kayaking and canoeing on Sunday afternoons, full safety gear and basic instruction included. Below the Brooklyn Bridge in Dumbo, free kayaks are available every day until the end of October- so get boating!

-Get a bike. Okay, so it’s not exactly free, but we’ve got plenty of friends who are saving tons by forgoing their Metrocard for a two-wheeler. It’s a great way to get in shape, save the environment, give your wallet a break- and get some truly beautiful legs. Hello, mini-skirt! If you don’t have a bike, you can borrow one for free as part of Governor’s Island Free Bike Fridays.

-If you’d prefer to swim your way to sexy, check out the pools at Dry Dock (E. 10th between Ave C and Ave D), Recreation Center 59 (533 W 59th St between 10th and 11th Ave), and Lasker (W 110th St and Lenox Ave).

It’s not as hard as you think to go without that $100/month membership at your favorite gym chain. Stay true as a Bitch on a Budget and work out, our way!

Kisses,

M and B

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