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Guide to Health & Fitness Classes in New Orleans in January

Dancing Grounds (Photo courtesy of Dancing Grounds)

Whether you’re living in New Orleans or just visiting, January is a the perfect month to get started on your fitness goals. Though New Orleans is known for being indulgent, we know how to take a step back and hit the refresh button (that is, until Mardi Gras starts on Jan. 6). This January, you’ll find studios and gyms filled, and fun fitness classes that will help you get into the healthy spirit while also experiencing local culture. Check out these diverse workouts this month in NOLA.

The Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden (Photo: Paul Broussard)

1. Yoga in the Sculpture Garden

Here’s the perfect itinerary for a peaceful Saturday morning in New Orleans. First, attend an 8 a.m. outdoor morning yoga class surrounded by art in the New Orleans Museum of Art’s tranquil sculpture garden. Afterwards, grab a hot cafe au lait and beignets at Morning Call in City Park adjacent to the garden. Then, head back to the museum to tour its exhibits when doors open 10 a.m. If the weather is cold, yoga classes will be held inside. Be sure to bring a yoga mat.

When: Saturday, Jan. 5, 9, 12, 26, 8:00-9:00 a.m.

Where: 1 Collins Diboll Circle

Cost: Free for NOMA members, $5 for non-members

Dancing Grounds (Photo courtesy of Dancing Grounds)

2. Dancing Grounds Complimentary January Classes

The most joy I’ve ever had while working out was at Dancing Grounds. Located in a historic cottage on St. Claude Avenue, this studio offers a bevy of movement-based classes, from hip-hop to ballet and bounce fitness to queer-friendly pilates. Inclusiveness is at the heart of Dancing Grounds’ programming, and their schedule is filled with workouts for every age and fitness level. The best part? Classes from Jan. 2-7 are free. No matter when you’re visiting New Orleans, this is an essential stopover to learn a few dance moves.

When: Check out the menu of daily classes here.

Where: 3705 St Claude Ave.

Cost: FREE from Jan. 2-7; $12 for a single class drop-in after

3. The 504th Anniversary Run

Every Tuesday at 7 p.m., the 504th run club meets in a different neighborhood for their weekly jog through the Crescent City. The route is always a surprise, and so is the distance: you’ll jog three to five miles through a thoughtfully-planned course with stops at local establishments along the way. Run leaders share personal stories and history of the neighborhood, and you’re bound to make a friend from this gregarious group. On Tuesday, Jan. 8, the club is hosting its anniversary run starting Parleaux Beer Lab, a brewery tucked away into the historic Bywater neighborhood.

When: Tuesday, Jan. 8, 7 p.m.

Where: Parleaux Beer Lab, 634 Lesseps St.

Cost: FREE

CrossFit NOLA (Photo courtesy of Kyle Ehrenreich)

4. CrossFit NOLA

For the health-minded traveler who has a consistent CrossFit workout, CrossFit NOLA offers a $30 drop-in rate for visitors that includes a t-shirt as a local keepsake. For locals interested in kicking off a new workout, they also offer a free class at their Mid-City location each Saturday at 9 a.m. to introduce you to the workout. With three locations throughout the city, CrossFit NOLA is easily accessible no matter where you’re staying in the city.

When: Check out CrossFit NOLA’s class schedule here.

Where: Three locations: 8422 Burthe St. (uptown), 540 N Cortez St. (Mid-City), 1309 Magazine St. (downtown)

Cost: $30 special drop-in for travelers, FREE each Saturday at 9 a.m. at 540 N Cortez St.

At the western edge of New Orleans lies the manicured estate of Longue Vue House and Gardens (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

5. Yoga With a Vue

The stunning grounds of Longue Vue House and Gardens are the perfect place to enjoy a peaceful yoga class. Eight sprawling acres filled with lush Louisiana foliage give way to a historic estate and museum. On Saturday, Jan. 20, the Pilates & Yoga Loft will host yoga in one of these gardens (or in one of its historic cottage if it’s raining). Plan to stay after to tour the gardens, and make sure to bring a mat.

When: Sunday Jan. 20, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Where: Longue Vue House and Gardens, 7 Bamboo Rd.

Cost: FREE for members, $10 for non-members

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