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The Best Outdoor Workout Classes in Washington, DC

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Updated: 21 June 2017
DC can be a gorgeous, sunny place to get an outdoor workout in, and thankfully we have a number of classes to get you going. Many of these are free, so read on to see how you can spend some time outdoors and get some exercise clocked at the same time.

Sweat DC

If you like your fitness with a bit of fun, Sweat DC is the class to join. This pop-up style workout occasionally has classes on the rooftop of an apartment building or a park, and is a combination of cardio, weight training, and yoga elements all set to upbeat music. You can buy a drop in class, a package, or sign up via ClassPass.

Sweat DC
Sweat DC | Courtesy of Sweat DC

TriFit at Farragut

This summer series of three different workout classes, three nights a week run through September. Yoga on Tuesdays at Farragut Park, barre on Wednesdays at the Plaza at 2100 M, and Pilates on Thursdays at Farragut Park mean you can get many of your weekly workouts in with a dose of the summer air. Check out the website for more details.

Farragut Park, 1701 L St NW, Washington, DC, USA

The Plaza at 2100 M St. NW, Washington, DC, USA

Trifit | Courtesy of Golden Triangle DC

November Project

November Project runs year-round, but now is as good a time as any to start. They conduct workouts in the mornings on Mondays at either Meridian Hill Park or Capitol Hill, on Wednesdays at the Lincoln Memorial, and at other locations on Fridays announced via their blog. Choose from a free, endorphin fueled workout and join the tribe.

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REI Run Club

Starting at Wundergarten, a beer garden near REI’s flagship NoMa store, the REI Run Club organizes runs at 6.30pm on Tuesdays. This run is good for beginners and more advanced runners alike, with the club keeping a ten to 11-minute-per-mile pace for three miles. Also, is there anything better than ending a run at a beer garden?

REI community space at Wundergarten, 1101 First St NE, Washington, DC, USA +1 202 543 2040

REI Run Club
REI Run Club | Courtesy of REI

Stand up Paddleboard Fitness at Key Bridge Boathouse

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Stand up Paddleboard Fitness at Key Bridge Boathouse

If you are a seasoned SUP-er (Stand up Paddleboarder), Key Bridge Boathouse’s SUP Fitness class is a great next step. The 75-minute class on the Potomac combines SUP, paddle sprints, and weight training. They also have SUP Yoga classes if you want to take your yoga practice on to the water.

Key Bridge Boathouse, 3500 Water St NW, Washington, DC, USA +1 202 337 9642

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The Yards Park

The free workouts at the Yards Park range from boot camps, zumba, resistance training and more. What you are guaranteed is a good workout in fresh air, with waterfront views. Check out the schedule to pick your activity of choice.

Yards Park, 355 Water St SE, Washington, DC, USA +1 202 465 7080

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Toned Up Tuesdays

Join the free yoga sessions every Tuesday evening at The Park at CityCenter DC. Hosted by FlyBarre, all you need to do is RSVP and show up to this total body sculpting class.

City Center, 825 10th St NW, Washington, DC, USA +1 202 289 9000

TonedUp Tuesdays | Courtesy of City Center