August is the peak of summer in New Orleans, and this month’s fitness classes focus on workouts that will heat you up and cool you down. From HIIT classes followed by ice-cold beer, to road races with snowballs at the finish line, you’ll leave these classes feeling invigorated and refreshed.
Join NOLA Tribe Yoga for a high-energy, sweaty yoga class on the outside patio of The Drifter Hotel. Once a motel, and now a funky boutique hotel, The Drifter has an outdoor pool and bar complete with a disco ball, tropical-themed wallpaper, and Frosé. Admission to yoga includes all-day pool access and a free Mural Cerevza, a refreshing beer brewed with watermelon, lime, hibiscus, and agave. Bring your own mat, or rent one for $3.
When: Saturday, Aug. 3, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Where: The Drifter Hotel, 3522 Tulane Ave.
Insider’s Tip: Bring your bathing suit and a towel to enjoy a dip in the pool after class.
Hugging the shores of the Mississippi River lies Crescent Park, one of my favorite places to run in New Orleans. On August 31, stop by the park for a family-friendly 5K race celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride. Proceeds from the race benefit benefit PFLAG New Orleans, and like most New Orleans road races, there’s a party after that includes complimentary beer, snowballs, coffee, and jambalaya. Registration and packet pickup begins at 8 a.m., and the race starts at 9 a.m.
When: Saturday, Aug. 31, 9 a.m
Where: Crescent Park, 30 N. Peters St.
Cost: $25 with pre-registration here.
Insider’s Tip: Located just blocks from the French Quarter, Crescent Park is a great destination to run any day.
There’s a reason why 100+ people attend Domineaux Yoga’s classes: they provide yoga to the community by the community. Led by Adrione Domino and Kenisha Thibodeaux in partnership with Abstract NOLA, this hour class is suitable for all levels of practitioners, even those brand new to yoga. You’ll practice yoga to classic tunes off ‘No Limit Records’ courtesy of DJ Jess, and afterwards, you can shop local goods from New Orleans vendors. Bring your own mat, or swing by extra early to borrow one.
When: Friday, Aug. 23, 7 p.m.
Where: The Historic Carver Theater, 2101 Orleans Ave.
Cost: $10, purchase tickets here.
Insider’s Tip: Domineaux Yoga also hosts donation-based classes at The Carver Theater each Monday at 5:30 p.m. Find our more here.
HIIT classes (or high intensity interval training) always amaze me with how much cardio I can fit-in within a single session. Hosted by the Body Shoppe at Port Orleans Brewing Company, this 45-minute HIIT class will build strength, mobility, and flexibility, ensuring that you’ll earn your beer after. Wear tennis shoes, and bring a mat. This class takes place every Wednesday in August.
When: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 14, 21, and 28, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Port Orleans Brewing Co., 4124 Tchoupitoulas St.
Insider’s Tip: Is brunch more your thing? Join Body Shoppe for “Crunch + Brunch” at Copper Vine in the Central Business District on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 9 a.m. Champagne and bites to follow.
Looking for a way to cool off and sightsee in New Orleans? NOLA Paddleboards offers seventy-five minute group paddle sessions down Bayou St. John, a peaceful stretch of water that winds past Creole cottages and towering oak trees. You’ll meet at the foot of Esplanade Avenue, receive a mini paddleboard lesson, and then be on your way. Advanced reservations are required.
When: Session take place each Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday at 10 a.m. Advanced registration is required here.
Where: Moss Street near Esplanade Avenue intersection
Insider’s Tip: Try paddleboard yoga with NOLA Yoga Loft on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 9 a.m. Find out more here.