Kathryn Durdaller, of Rockville Centre, during an outdoor class at...

Kathryn Durdaller, of Rockville Centre, during an outdoor class at BEACHFIT Training in Oceanside. Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

Forget sweating it out at the gym. Take an outdoor workout class under the sun. Whether it be tai chi, cycling or yoga, fitness instructors are holding these classes all over Long Island and welcome drop-ins. Here are five workouts you can do al fresco this season. 


133 Hands Creek Rd., East Hampton

Don Lenzer moves through an introductory Tai Chi class held...

Don Lenzer moves through an introductory Tai Chi class held on the grounds of Longhouse Reserve. Credit: Elizabeth Sagarin

Learn the ancient martial art of tai chi at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton, where classes are taught inside the gardens.

“We move around depending on what flowers are in bloom,” says instructor Katherine Henderson. “Being outside is natural to the art form because tai chi is founded in nature. It really enhances the experience.”

The hourlong class starts with a warm-up followed by some qigong martial arts, into a simple tai chi form concluding with a tai chi sword routine, substituted with wood and bamboo.

“This class is all about movement meditation,” says Henderson. “It’s an excellent way to relax, slow down your breathing to get yourself focused on your body. Your mind and body become one.”

Paul Hollander, of East Hampton, has been practicing tai chi for over 40 years and currently participates in Henderson’s class.

“The strength in your legs increases as well as your balance,” says Hollander. “You move slowly and you have to think a lot about what movement comes after the next.” 

LongHouse also provides yoga, waking meditations, sound meditations, art classes and more.

When Thursdays and Saturdays at 10 a.m.

Cost $30

More info 631-329-3568, longhouse.org


Riverhead and Mattituck Locations

Molly Boeckman of Cutchogue and her son Harbor, 3, attended...

Molly Boeckman of Cutchogue and her son Harbor, 3, attended a workout session at Stroller Strong Mamas in Mattituck in December 2023.  Credit: Randee Daddona

Stroller Strong Mamas has made it possible to exercise with kids. The program offers a variety of parent and me classes at the Stroller Strong Mamas Mattituck Studio, Stotzky Memorial Park in Riverhead and the Stroller Strong Mamas Riverhead outdoor location.

“All kids of adult participants are welcome to join in the exercises,” says instructor/owner Rachel Goodale. “You are giving your body what it needs while setting an example for your children and bonding with them. We are a strong community of like-minded parents coming together. It is really powerful energy.”

The Stroller Strong Mamas classes involve a series of cardio, body weight and strength exercises including deep core and interval training while moving around the park or working in the studio. Kids who aren’t interested in joining in are welcome to bring their bikes and scooters to ride at the park or toys to play with.

“They're functional exercises for when you are lifting your kids off the floor and you can use the proper form with real strength,” says Goodale. “We can easily modify or advance movements. I try to make every class welcoming for every level.”

Erin Niemczyk, of Wading River, who is a mother of two, has been regularly taking SSM classes since October 2022.

“I wanted to get healthier so I could be less tired when I’m playing with my kids and live a healthier lifestyle. These classes have helped me do that,” says Niemczyk. “Plus, it gives them extra one-on-one time with me, which is something I can’t get enough of.”

When Classes are offered 7 days a week

Cost $15-$20

More info 631-766-6672, strollerstrongmamas.com


174 Daniels Hole Rd., East Hampton

Natalie Cohen Gould, of Comeback Fitness, leads an outdoor spin class in East Hampton.

Put on a pair of silent disco headphones and jump on a cycle as the Comeback 45 spin class gets rolling at Comeback Fitness outside the Clubhouse in East Hampton, where more than 15 classes are held each week.

“The first song or two, you are winding into your energy and preparing for the ride,” says co-founder/instructor Natalie Cohen Gould. “You’ll gradually climb to the top of a hill through resistance and sprinting.”

The 45-minute workout session is open to all fitness levels.

As a former triathlete, Sally Murphy, of East Hampton, starts each day with a morning spin class. “The vibe is really good. You can make it as easy as you want or as hard as you want,” says Murphy. “Plus, spin class doesn’t hurt your knees and it keeps me young.”

When Classes offered weekdays and weekends; closed Wednesdays.

Cost $40

More info comebackcycle.com


90 Colonial Dr., East Patchogue

Karen Marvin, left, wearing white, owner and instructor from South...

Karen Marvin, left, wearing white, owner and instructor from South Shore Paddle Boards, with fellow paddle board enthusiastic paddle boarders in the water off the Long Island Yacht Club in Babylon. Credit: James Carbone

Get out on the water at Sunset Harbor by taking a 75-minute class with Long Island Stand Up Paddle Boarding in East Patchogue. Equipped with a board, life vest and a paddle, beginners can learn how to approach the sport.

“You start by being taught how to properly paddle. It’s not like being in a kayak; it’s more like paddling a canoe,” says owner Joe Sup. “You have to switch hands — right hand on top, then left hand on top. The key is to get used to it like dribbling a basketball.”

How to turn is another important lesson.

“Turning is not done by just paddling on one side, it’s paddling reverse left, reverse right so you can turn quickly instead of making a big loop,” says Sup. “We go over these logistics, so the participant has these skills down before they get going.”

There are even tips given on how to properly stand up on the board, which is attached to the rider’s ankle.

When Daily 10:30 a.m., noon and 2:30 p.m., plus 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays

Cost $47

More info 631-326-7926, longisland-sup.com


2888 Long Beach Rd., Oceanside

Matthew Jozwicki, of Long Beach, during an outdoor class at...

Matthew Jozwicki, of Long Beach, during an outdoor class at BEACHFIT Training in Oceanside. Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa Loarca

Experience a total body workout during a TRX FIT training session outside BeachFIT Training in Oceanside. Participants work out with slam balls, kettlebells, sandbags, resistance bands and rowers to get their blood pumping.

“I can have a beginner who has never worked out in their life, right next to a triathlete doing the same moves. It’s all based on your angle and position to the anchor point,” says general manager Christina Boccio. “We’re all core, all the time focusing on strength, flexibility and mobility — pretty much maximizing all your muscles.”

A group of three-to-five people rotate at four different stations with an instructor overseeing the class.

“It’s an alternative to private training,” says Boccio. “The only thing you have to bring is your energy.”

Essie Tully of Long Beach gets in a Sweat Circuit session 3- 4 times a week and is pleased with the results. “I truly look forward to coming each time. I would come twice a day if my schedule would allow it,” says Tully. “I look forward to not only the varied workouts and the challenge, but seeing my community of fellow beachfitters,” she says. “It's a home away from home!”

When 50 classes per week; times vary

Cost $35

More info 516-207-0786, beachfitlongisland.com


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