© Episod / Al Bindurand (@albin)
Get ready for a fit summer! Great news for Parisians staying in town: renowned coaches are leaving the gyms and studios to offer fantastic outdoor classes, including yoga, boxing, aquagym, and running, set in unique (and shaded, of course) spots all over Paname. It's time to sculpt a fabulous body for the back-to-school season while others are lounging on their beach towels (#sorrynotsorry). Check out the schedule for your sweat-filled summer right here.
Yoga under the Canopy
The concept: Donation-based classes where you pay what you can/want at the end. Perfect for those on a tight budget who can't afford a retreat in Bali.
The spot: Nelson Mandela Garden facing the Saint-Eustache Church, next to Canopée des Halles. It's centrally located and easily accessible via Vélib’ or Navigo: no excuses!
Sweat session: Enjoy a vinyasa class led by the tattooed star coach from Klay (closed for renovations all summer), Samuel Ganes. Sun salutations, cobra pose, warrior pose... Bring your mat, a water bottle, and get ready for an energetic 1.5-hour flow. Afterward, treat yourself to a giant cookie at La Guinguette d’Angèle, the trendy and healthy canteen on Rue Coquillière.
Meet every Tuesday from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM at the sculpture "Tête" in front of the Saint-Eustache Church. Find all the information on facebook.com.
© Episod / Al Bindurand (@albin)
- On a rooftop. Calling all yoga-loving early birds: EPISOD, the well-known immersive sports club for fit Parisians, takes over the beautiful rooftop of the Deskopolitan coworking campus in the 11th arrondissement. Enjoy your practice on yoga mats spread over 300 m² of green terrace. It's the perfect detox after indulging in rosé the night before. Next session: Wednesday, July 26th, at 7:30 AM. 226 Boulevard Voltaire, Paris 11th. More info on episod.com.
- With the OLY Be app. This fantastic app, created in 2015 by Gaëlle Frizon de Lamotte, offers inclusive Yoga for all with prices starting from just €9. Book a class in three clicks and head straight to the nearest spot near your home or work, such as parks or hotel terraces. Find the detailed schedule on olybe.com.
- At La Villette. Whether you prefer gentle Hatha, powerful Vinyasa, or relaxing Yin, each session is different but always in a good mood. Join the classes on the lawns of La Géode every Sunday from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM for accessible yoga classes for everyone. More info on facebook.com
Aquagym in a Fantastic Seine-based Pool
The spot: An amazing barge docked at Port de Javel, just across from André Citroën Park. Code name: Annette K, in tribute to the famous Australian swimmer Annette Kellerman, a pioneer of synchronized swimming and inventor of the one-piece swimsuit.
Sweat session: A floating gym with large windows overlooking the Seine and state-of-the-art equipment to sculpt your body to perfection: elliptical trainers, treadmills, rowing machines, free weights, etc. Enjoy group classes (Pilates, boot camp, etc.) and a cross-training area. The ultimate highlight? A beautiful open-air Olympic pool heated to 28°C with three swimming lanes for laps, aquagym classes, or simply chilling on the deck chairs with the Eiffel Tower in sight. Goodbye, mental stress!
We love: The healthy food options available, including vitamin-packed smoothies, granolas, and chia puddings. Don't forget the sauna, massages, and dietary consultations that complement these amazing facilities. It's the spot of the summer!
Single entry: €27. Port de Javel Bas, Paris 15th. Visit www.annettek.fr for more information.
© Annette K
Jump Rope at Bercy
The concept: Haven't heard of Urban Challenge yet? It's time to fill this unfortunate gap and quickly try out the leading outdoor coaching program. This amazing app allows you to book classes in Parisian parks with carefully selected coaches, including former Paris firefighter corps or high-level athletes.
Sweat session: Try a boot camp at Parc Monceau, a run at Tuileries, or a trail in Montmartre. In just three clicks, choose your training based on your mood for the day. New to the schedule: jump rope, a stylish and complete practice. Start with some warm-up jumps, then follow a circuit training with choreographed jump sequences. It's fun and you'll burn loads of calories without even noticing!
Running on La Coulée Verte. Start with a light jog to reach Hector Malot Garden and follow it up with an energetic street workout featuring various cardio and strength exercises. Coach Agnes is fantastic! Join every Sunday from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM at L’Appart fitness, 13 Rue Daval, Paris 11th.
© Urban Challenge
Boxing Outdoors with the Coaches from Temple
The concept: This summer, the coaches from Temple, the most exclusive boxing club in Paris where ultra-V.I.P.s train (five locations in the capital), are leaving the ring to offer masterclasses in places like Parc Monceau, Jardin des Tuileries, and Champ-de-Mars.
Sweat session: Small group classes (max 10 people) for personalized coaching and adjustments tailored to participants' levels, featuring a non-contact format where punches are thrown at self-standing bags or focus mitts that absorb the impact (all equipment provided). The circuit training is designed to work all muscles and core stability. In short, it's a highly cardio workout combined with technical and mental aspects. You'll come out exhausted but with a big smile.
Great deal: The +1s can participate for free. Now, all you need to do is motivate your partner or best friend to put on a pair of gloves and join you. Any grudges to settle?