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It's a good time to exercise outdoors

Participants in Jodi Lederer's boot camp exercise at

Participants in Jodi Lederer's boot camp exercise at the playground in Long Beach. (Sept. 24, 2011) Credit: Dmitry Gomberg

Summer's gone, but now's a good time to exercise outdoors. And there are classes designed to give you a taste of something different -- from hula-hooping to music to spinning in the crisp fall air.


WHEN | WHERE 8 and 9 a.m. Saturdays through Oct. 22, 790 Shore Rd. and corner of Pacific Boulevard, Long Beach

INFO 516-225-9420,

COST $15 per session

INTENSITY Moderate (beginners welcome)

Personal trainer Jodi Lederer leads students through exercise drills with the beach as a backdrop, often incorporating the boardwalk or playground into the routine. Expect to throw a medicine ball, play a few exercise-related games in the sand -- and yes, drop for some push-ups.


WHEN | WHERE 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 and 20 at Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport

INFO 631-742-9441,

COST $35

INTENSITY Mild to moderate

This one-hour spinning class goes outdoors for a pair of evening sessions that will be lit by a bonfire overlooking Northport Harbor. Owner/instructor John Hinrichsen says the workout is both physical and mental. "We're not just about pushing the body," he says. "Building the fire is a metaphor about building your life. What is the spark that ignites your passion?"


WHEN | WHERE 9:30 a.m. Saturdays through mid-November, various locations, organized by Cruisin' Canines Club (join the group at

INFO 516-221-7877,

COST Free (park admission fee may apply)


Joining a walking group is a great way to get fit -- and socialize. The Crusin' Canines invite their pooches to stretch their legs, too. The group, organized at, gets together weekly at dog-friendly parks, beachfronts and other areas for a leisurely hourlong leashed walk.

"We don't walk at a fast pace, and we take water breaks so slower dogs can catch up," says Suzanne Johnson, club founder and certified dog trainer.


WHEN | WHERE 11 a.m. Oct. 15, 29 and Nov. 5, Westwood Park, Foster Avenue and Home Street, Malverne

INFO 516-841-3923,

COST $10 suggested donation

INTENSITY Moderate (beginners welcome)

This Vinyasa class focuses on linking breath and movement -- the setting is leafy Westwood Park. The routine includes stretching, strengthening moves and exercises that emphasize balance, says instructor Mary Clare Chiofalo. You'll also be lying on the ground (bring your own yoga mat).


WHEN | WHERE 6 p.m. Oct. 18, continues Tuesdays through Dec. 20 (classes move indoors, depending on the weather), WellNEST Studio, 51 Division St., Sag Harbor

INFO 631-899-4270,

COST $25 per class

INTENSITY Mild to moderate

It's an unusual way to get a workout, swinging weighted objects around while dancing to music, but "poi is a great form of exercise," says instructor Susan Blacklocke. Students build upper body strength, burn calories and work on balance and coordination.

ALSO TRY On Wednesdays beginning Oct. 19, The WellNEST Studio also host one-hour hula-hooping classes geared toward students of all ages. "It is just fun to get into the groove of the movement and the music," says instructor Samantha Ruddock. The workout helps slim the waist, tone the arms and lift the rear end ($25, 631-899-4270,


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