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5 Outdoor Workouts That Will Make You Ditch Your Gym

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    With summer in full effect, we’re looking to (safely!) soak up as much sun as possible, which leads to an important question: Why would you ever want to spend precious daylight hours holed up in a treadmill-laden, over-air-conditioned gym? Besides, when it comes to the variety of outdoor workouts offered — from trapezing in the clear skies to boot-camping at historical landmarks — the options are truly limitless. In short, no matter what kind of workout you’re seeking, there’s an awesome outdoor class for you.

    We’ve rounded up five very different workouts from across the country that will immediately send you to the gym to put a three-month hold on your membership. And, because exercising is always a little easier when your gear fits the part, we’ve paired each class with a sweat-friendly outfit from SIX:02. Whether you’re an urban adventurer or a wannabe aerialist, prepare to breathe in the fresh air.


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    For The Urban Warrior: Bust A Move On The Brooklyn Bridge
    Face it: Running on a treadmill feels sad, especially when you know it’s 72 and sunny beyond the gym’s walls. That’s your cue to take your interval running routine up a notch on the Brooklyn Bridge — the breathtaking view of Manhattan’s skyline is incentive enough to skip the snooze button. With plenty of sprints across the bridge and strength-training exercises along the way (the workout cleverly utilizes the benches, fences, railings, and walls of the bridge), you’re guaranteed to arrive at the office pumped up.

    Brooklyn Bridge Bootcamp, Brooklyn Bridge, New York City; 646-354-0039.

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    Keep in mind that you won’t be at a gym with lockers, so your outfit should be as bare-bones as possible. An easy pair of cropped leggings and a no-frills top are key for summertime, while an abstractly patterned bra is a fun touch underneath a white tank top. Word to the wise: Invest in a solid pair of running sneakers — this class will have you on your feet nonstop.

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    For The Aerial Addict: Fly Through The Air With The Greatest Of Ease
    If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to fly, a trapeze class will make your dreams come true. Just imagine yourself suspended 23 feet above the ground with your arms and legs outstretched and your body elongated to superhero status. And, while you’re riding on the adrenaline of swinging midair, expect to tone your arms and legs with basic knee hangs, splits, planches, and whips (the instructors will show and tell).

    Trapeze School New York, locations nationwide; 212-242-8769.

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    Since you’ll be strapped into a safety belt, hanging by your knees from the bar, and likely to fall many a-time into the big safety net (phew!), be sure to fully cover up your arms and legs to avoid irritating exposed skin. Try a simple long-sleeve top and patterned, full-length leggings, plus punchy, comfy pool slides and soft socks for in between jumps.

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    For The Serenity Seeker: Flow With Thousands Of Yogis
    For an insanely meditative workout like no other, get your downward dog on with 2,000 yogis among Colorado’s naturally occurring red-rock formations. Be prepared to get swept away by the gorgeous setting and overwhelming feeling of camaraderie as you salute the sun at these early-morning classes, surrounded by fellow peace-of-mind seekers. Namaste.

    Yoga on the Rocks, Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO; 888-9-AXS-TIX.