Where to Find Outdoor Workouts in Philly This Spring and Summer
Now that the weather’s finally warming up, it’s the perfect time to exercise in the open air.
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Rising temperatures and later sunsets are the perfect ingredients for outdoor workouts. (Talk about that serotonin boost!) That’s why we’ve compiled a list of local outdoor fitness classes — ranging from boot camp to yoga — to help you pack your spring and summer with group workouts.
Ed. Note: This guide will be continuously updated as more outdoor workouts are announced.
This season, Alchemy X and the Navy Yard have partnered to bring you free mat Pilates and yoga from 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday. Sessions take place at the Navy Yard’s League Island Park, and you can register here.
This running group meets at the east side of City Hall at 6:05 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.
This West Philly gym offers near-daily ways to exercise outside. At the Schuylkill Banks under the Walnut Street bridge, there’s outdoor boot camp on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 6 a.m., as well as on Mondays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. Check the schedule for registration information and for the latest on the classes.
All-levels fitness classes have returned to Dilworth Park, thanks to presenting sponsor Rothman Orthopaedics. Expect free interval training led by instructors from F45. The 45-minute classes take place weekly on Mondays and Tuesdays at 6 p.m, through the end of July. No pre-registration is required; see the schedule for the latest information.
There’s no designated class leader at this roving pop-up fitness class. Instead, different members facilitate the class each week, allowing for plenty of variety in the types of workouts. Classes occur at different outdoor spaces throughout the city on Thursdays at 6:45 a.m, with locations announced on Instagram a few days prior.
This fitness group offers outdoor boot camp classes on the Art Museum steps on multiple mornings throughout the week. Workouts consist of body-weight exercises like squats, planks and push-ups, in addition to challenges that make use of the surrounding area. Check the schedule for dates and times, plus how to sign up.
On Wednesday, May 24th, F45 Training Bala Cynwyd will be teaching two free workouts in LOVE Park. The 45-minute training sessions start at 4:15 and 5:15 p.m., and will be featured by CBS for Mental Health Awareness month. Register here.
On select Saturdays this summer (June 3rd, June 24th, July 8th, and July 22nd), Fairmount Park Conservancy will host free, 45-minute boating via kayak and rowboat out of the FDR Park boathouse. Sign up for a time slot on the spot (no pre-registration required) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Join trainer Lonnie Perry for “The HIIT Factory,” HIIT-style workouts that are suitable for all fitness levels. Classes take place at 6 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Clark Park, as well as at 10 a.m. on Saturdays at the Art Museum.
Manayunk-based Goals Fit offers indoor and live-streamed workouts, but they also run outdoor boot camps throughout the week near the studio, as well as at the tracks at Roxborough High School and Plymouth Whitemarsh High School. See the schedule and sign up here.
Hike + Heal is a local collective for women and woman-identifying individuals meant to support overall wellness. The group offers monthly hiking opportunities on Philly-area trails. Sign up for their newsletter for upcoming hike details, and check their other offerings (like outdoor meditation and pop-up yoga sessions) here.
With Homewerk Fitness, enjoy “ParkFit,” a 60-minute strength and conditioning workout with kettlebells, bands and your body weight every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Classes take place in Maja Park. Register for class here, and subscribe to Homewerk’s email list to find out about additional outdoor pop up classes this summer.
On select Saturdays throughout the summer (May 21st, June 4th, and June 25th), this local instructor will teach 45 minutes of mat Pilates on the rooftop of Cira Green. Classes are at 9 a.m. or 10 a.m. depending on the date. Book your spot here.
This South Philly gym is bringing its yoga classes back to the breezy rooftop at Bok. The 60-minute classes take place at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month, from May through September. Plus, each flow supports a different local nonprofit. Register here.
Lumos Yoga & Barre’s all-levels outdoor yoga classes at Corinthian Gardens are back for another year. Practice runs 6-7 p.m. on Tuesdays and 10-11 a.m. on Sundays. More info and registration how-to here. Bonus: This spring/summer, Lumos is also hosting special outdoor classes once per month (June 5th, July 17th, August 7th, and September 11th) from 6-7 p.m. on the Compass Greater Philadelphia roof deck (1430 Walnut Street). In the event of rain, class will be held the following week. Sign up for those here.
This local nonprofit is hosting $5/donate-what-you-can yoga at Smith Playground (2100 South 24th Street) every Thursday from May 18th to July 6th. The 60-minute classes begin at 6:30 p.m. Pre-registration is required; do so here.
This season, there’s plenty of ways to flow with Monarch Yoga outdoors. They’re hosting yoga classes on the roof deck of their building multiple times per week, at Winston on the Water (325 North Christopher Columbus Boulevard, Suite 100) from noon to 1 p.m. every first Sunday of the month, in Sculpture Courtyard (1714 North Mascher Street), and at Mural City Garden (2211 Frankford Avenue) every Thursday at 5 p.m. starting May 18th. Peep the full class schedule here.
Every month, Mural Miles leads free group runs that highlight Philly’s amazing street art. Expect to run about five miles, and see five or six murals along the way. Follow Mural Miles’ Instagram for upcoming location and date details.
Manayunk’s Never Give Up will host three outdoors workouts per week starting after Memorial Day and will run through Labor Day. Details are still TBA, so check the schedule for updates.
This volunteer-run, 6:25 a.m. morning workout consists of running-based circuit training and body-weight exercises. Classes are free and take place on Wednesdays at the Art Museum steps and at a rotating outdoor location on Fridays. Follow on Instagram for the latest updates and class location information.
OMM Yoga will resume hosting outdoor workouts starting Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day. Classes will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday mornings at the Schuylkill River Trail (behind CHOP Plaza near the South Street bridge). The group will also host sessions after work on Wednesdays (exact time TBA) in conjunction with Fit4Mom Philly (which also hosts outdoor workouts throughout the year!). In the summer, OMM typically runs yoga down in Ventnor, but details on that are currently TBA.
The local acrobatics brand is running one of its “Anti-Gravity Jams” on May 15th. The outdoor event — from 4:30-8 p.m. at Glendinning Rock Garden — teaches people skills in acrobatics, aerial, pole dancing, and high-lining (executing movement about 30 feet above ground). More TBA on Instagram.
This walking group is for women and woman-identifying individuals who are looking to get outside and meet new people. The walks happen on a weekly basis and leave from various locations in the city. Follow the group’s Instagram to stay in-the-know.
On the first Sunday of every month, the PHS pop-up garden in Manayunk is hosting 60-minute Vinyasa yoga starting at noon. Practice is taught by Nicole Suppa, and your ticket includes a complimentary botanical-inspired cocktail (alcoholic or zero-proof) and snacks. Snag a ticket here.
At various locations throughout the ‘burbs, Prana Collective — a group of local yoga instructors — holds outdoor yoga. Find the upcoming schedule here.
As part of its summer series, Remix Fitness is planning to run outdoor workouts at both the Horsham and Plymouth Meeting locations starting after Memorial Day. Enjoy an open-air class on Saturday mornings, Wednesday nights, and Thursday nights in Plymouth Meeting or on Sundays in Horsham. Remix will also be teaching outdoor classes Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at the Union League of Philadelphia’s Liberty Hill. More info on their website.
In addition to rec sports leagues, Stonewall Sports Philly hosts outdoor yoga classes and a running group, both typically on Saturday mornings. Check their yoga class schedule and running group schedule for the latest.
This summer, head to Drexel Square (located behind 30th Street Station) for free fitness classes led by Philly-area instructors. Currently on the schedule is yoga with Gwen Lewis, barre with Tuck Barre & Yoga, kettlebell flow with Word Life Yoga, and HIIT cardio with Paris Fit. Keep up with the schedule here.
Once the warm weather arrives, this Narberth studio holds fitness classes in Sabine Park. (Days and times are currently TBA.) Check their schedule for updates.
Tuck Barre and Yoga is planning to host pop-up yoga and bounce/rebounding classes at Smith School Apartment’s rooftop again this season, though dates and times are still TBA. The brand is moving its Point Breeze outpost to a new studio (complete with its own rooftop and outdoor garden!) at 22nd Street and Washington Avenue, and will host outdoor classes once the space is complete at the end of June. Tuck also hosts free outdoor barre every Tuesday (through October) at 5:30 p.m. at Drexel Square, the big grassy park at Schuylkill Yards — sign up here.
This yoga studio — with locations in Manayunk and Chestnut Hill — will host classes on the footbridge in Manayunk (intersection of Dupont and Baker streets) every Thursday at 6 p.m. starting June 1st.
From June 1st through September 4th, head to Race Street Pier for free fitness classes, thanks to Independence Blue Cross. Classes are held on Mondays and Thursdays at 6 p.m., and Sundays at 10 a.m., and will be curated by Three Queens Yoga.
Bolton Mansion in Levittown hosts outdoor yoga classes every Wednesday through May 31st, weather permitting. The 60-minute Vinyasa flow is suitable for all levels. More info can be found here.
The favorite warm-weather tradition that is yoga at Schuylkill Banks by the Walnut Street bridge has returned. These donation-based classes occur at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, as well as at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Register for a class here.
Starting on May 13th, Fairmount’s Yoga Habit will host 60-minute yoga at Corinthian Gardens every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Class will be held by the picnic tables near the Brown Street entrance. Pre-registration is required.
Conshohocken studio Yoga Home has already kicked off their outdoor classes. Get your flow on at 6 p.m. on Wednesdays at the A. A. Garthwaite Stadium and at 9 a.m. on Saturdays at Sutcliffe Park. Visit their website to sign up.
Philly-based yoga teacher Teagan Schweitzer hosts yoga classes in Rittenhouse Square every Tuesday 5:30-6:30 p.m., weather permitting. No sign-up needed. Keep an eye on Schweitzer’s Instagram for updates.