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Union Square Gyms Offering Free Classes for a Week Starting This Weekend

By Noah Hurowitz | February 15, 2016 3:33pm
 Get in shape at Union Square SweatFest, which kicks off on Saturday.
Get in shape at Union Square SweatFest, which kicks off on Saturday.
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MANHATTAN — Fitness studios in and around Union Square are opening their doors with free classes for one week beginning Saturday.

Union Square Sweat Fest kicks off this weekend, with a host of pricey gyms and studios offering classes free of charge from Feb. 20 to Feb. 25 — including Crunch, New York Health and Racquet Club and Lululemon's HUB Seventeen.

The event returns after more than 1,000 people participated last year, according to Jennifer Falk, executive director of the Union Square Partnership.

“Union Square is the epicenter of the City’s health and wellness scene with its world-renowned Green Market, abundance of innovative fitness studios, variety of retailers with the best exercise and sports apparel and gear, and delicious eateries serving healthy meals and juices," Falk said.

Some of the participating studios will cost an entry fee, but here's a list of the classes that won't be charging anything at all:

Saturday, Feb. 20
► High-intensity interval training with Jenna Wolfe, 8 a.m. at Gibney Dance Studio, 890 Broadway at East 19th Street.
► Dance cardio with former Rockette Amanda Kloots, 9 a.m. at Gibney Dance Studio.
► Yoga with Kerri Verna, 10 a.m. at Gibney Dance Studio.

Sunday, Feb. 21
► Instructional basketball, ages four and up, 10 a.m. at the McBurney YMCA, 125 W. 14th St. between Sixth and Seventh avenues.
► Adult ballet, 1:10 p.m. at the McBurney YMCA.
► Bootcamp fitness for kids, 2 p.m. at Ivivva, 15 Union Square West.

Monday, Feb. 22
► Lunch crunch, 12 p.m. at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th St. between Second and Third avenues (not to be confused with the McBurney YMCA).
► "Punk rope" with Tim Haft and Shana Brady, 7 p.m. at the 14th Street Y.
► "The Fhitting Room," 6:30 p.m.. at Lululemon’s HUB Seventeen workout space, 114 Fifth Ave. and East 17th Street.

Tuesday, Feb. 23
► Tabata interval training, 7 a.m. at New York Health and Racquet Club, 24 E. 13th St. between Fifth Avenue and University Place.
► Core yoga, 1:05 p.m. at New York Health and Racquet Club.
► Zumba, 6:15 p.m. at New York Health and Racquet Club.
► Paragon Sports Pacers run, 6:30 p.m. at Paragon Sports, 867 Broadway at East 18th Street.

Wednesday, Feb. 24
► Powerwave Battle Roping, 8:15 a.m. at Crunch Bowery, 2 Cooper Square at East Fourth Street. 
► Fat-burning Pilates, 12:30 p.m. at Crunch Union Square, 113 Fourth Ave. at East 12th Street.
► Sole Power, fitness class incorporating tap dance and cardio, 6:30 p.m. at Crunch Bowery.

Thursday Feb. 25
► Winslow Way conditioning with Andia Winslow, a full-body cardio workout, 6 p.m. at Eddie Bauer, 100 Fifth Ave. at West 15th Street.

Participants should arrive to all activities half an hour early with a valid photo ID. Space is limited, and they're first come, first serve. For a full list of free and paid sessions from Feb. 20 to Feb. 25, check the Sweat Fest website.