Where to Find Outdoor Workouts in Philly This Spring

Now that the weather’s finally warming up, it’s the perfect time to exercise in the open air.


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Center City Fit at Dilworth Park is one of many outdoor workouts to try this spring. Photograph by Melvin Epps for Center City District

Spring temperatures and later sunsets are the perfect ingredients for socially distant outdoor workouts. A number of gyms and pop-up fitness groups are holding outdoor workout classes as a safe way to get active (and enjoy the weather!) amid the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve compiled a list of local outdoor fitness classes — ranging from boot camp to spin to yoga — to help you pack your spring with group workout classes.

Benny Bridge Crew

This running group meets at the east side of City Hall at 6:35 a.m. every Monday morning, rain or shine, for a run across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. It’s free with no sign-up necessary. Follow their Instagram for the latest.

 

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Body Rock Bootcamp

This Queer Eye-featured gym offers near-daily ways to exercise outside. At the Schuylkill Banks under the Walnut Street bridge, there’s an outdoor boot camp on weekdays and at West Philly’s Saunders Park, there’s a high-intensity funk bag (or sandbag) training on Thursdays and Saturdays. Check the schedule for registration information and for the latest on the classes.

 

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BPM Fitness

Once a month at Baldwin Park, BPM Fitness offers a Bootcamp and Brews class, complete with (provided) Bluetooth headphones for pump-up music listening and drinks for post-workout (socially distant) happy hour. Classes are once a month and announced on BPM Fitness’ website, along with sign-up information.

Center City Fit at Dilworth Park

Socially distant, all-levels fitness classes will take place at Dilworth Park starting on April 12th. Throughout April and May, a rotation of boot camp, Zumba and HIIT classes led by instructors from Optimal Sport 1315 Walnut take place weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays at 6 p.m. No pre-registration is required, see the online schedule for the latest information.

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An outdoor workout at Dilworth Park. Photograph by Melvin Epps for Center City District

Citywide Athletics

There’s no designated class leader at this roving pop-up fitness class, instead, different members lead the class each week, allowing for plenty of variety in the types of workouts. Classes occur at different outdoor spaces throughout the city on Fridays at 6:45 a.m. Locations, which in the past have included the Rail Park and Jefferson Square Park, are announced on Instagram a few days prior.

Core Fitness

This gym offers an outdoor boot camp at the Art Museum steps on multiple mornings throughout the week. Classes consist of bodyweight exercises like squats, planks and push-ups, in addition to challenges that make use of the surrounding area. Check the schedule for dates, times and to sign up.

KG Strong

This South Philly gym is brining its yoga classes back to the breezy rooftop at Bok. Classes take place on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, May through October, and go for an hour. Check KG Strong’s website for more details.

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An outdoor class with Lumos Yoga & Barre. Photograph courtesy Lumos Yoga & Barre

Lumos Yoga and Barre

This Fairmount studio has a full, daily schedule of outdoor fitness classes happening at the Spring Gardens park at 18th and Wallace streets. Find the full rundown and registration information on the website, where you’ll see that classes include barre, yoga, HIIT and Pilates. Beyond the regularly scheduled programming, Lumos also hosts special fitness pop-ups and wellness events in the park.

Monarch Philly

The pandemic brought us Monarch Philly, which began last June as a way to bring community and outdoor movement to Fishtown-area parks and public spaces. The classes run every day at different outdoor spaces throughout Fishtown. Check its website for the latest class schedule, location information and to sign up.

November Project Philadelphia

This volunteer-run, 6:25 a.m. morning workout consists of running-based circuit training and bodyweight exercises. Classes are free and take place on Wednesdays at the Art Museum steps and at a rotating outdoor location on Fridays. Friday’s workout location is announced on their Instagram the day prior. Follow on Instagram for the latest updates and class location information.

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One of RippedPHL’s outdoor workouts. Photograph by Shot by Wave

RippedPHL

Every day, RippedPHL hosts an outdoor fitness class at L’anima’s patio. Classes combine strength and plyometric cardio – weights are included but guests should bring their own mat. Check online for daily outdoor class scheduling.

Stonewall Sports Philly

Stonewall Sports Philly, a philanthropic community sports organization, hosts both yoga classes and a running group at Marconi Plaza in South Philly on Saturday mornings this spring. Outdoor classes start on April 17th and continue weekly on Saturdays through May 22nd. Check their yoga class schedule and running group schedule for the latest.

A Strength Haus outdoor class. | Photo courtesy Strength Haus instagram.

Strength Haüs Fitness

Strength Haüs Fitness’ kettlebell workouts take place at different outdoor spaces throughout Philly on Sundays. Classes are free (but donations are accepted) and focused on accessible strength training for all. DM Strength Haüs on Instagram to get added to their email list, which is the key to finding out the location and time for that week’s workout.

Tailored Training Narberth

This Narberth studio holds Saturday morning classes in Sabine Park. The all-level classes are personal training-inspired and combine strength and cardio exercises. Registration information is available online.

 

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The Wall Cycling

Manayunk’s the Wall Cycling Studio opens its outdoor space, known as “The Yard,” on April 12th with cycling classes and rebounding classes including a barre-style workout and a music-dictated bouncing workout. Sign up opens online a week before class.

Tuck Barre and Yoga

Tuck Barre and Yoga offers plenty of opportunities to get in an outdoor workout. Daily barre or yoga classes are held at Smith School Apartment’s rooftop, while locations like Cira Green and Tuck’s Haverford studio parking lot are home to outdoor classes on select days. Sign-ups and class details are available online.

 

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Unity Yoga

This yoga studio — with locations in Manayunk and Chestnut Hill — hosts a Saturday morning class in the fresh air in Chestnut Hill’s Pastorius Park at 10 a.m. This all-levels class is their only current outdoor offering, but they said they plan to add more to the schedule as the weather continues to warm up. Visit the website to register.

Urban Movement Arts

This local dance studio holds outdoor, all-levels dance-inspired fitness classes at spaces including Clark Park and Seger Park on select days of the week. Check the schedule online for the most up-to-date class details and to sign up.

 

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Yoga at Schuylkill Banks

The favorite warm-weather tradition that is yoga at the Schuylkill Banks by the Walnut Street bridge returns starting on April 8th. Classes occur on Thursday evenings and weekends this year with advanced registration required. See its Facebook page for the latest updates and the link to register each week.

Yoga Home

Conshohocken studio Yoga Home is kicking off outdoor classes season on April 8th, with plans to host the first of the series at Sutcliffe Park. Classes will be hosted Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 9 a.m. Visit their website to view the calendar and to register.