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Getting Fit in the Mile Square: {Summer 2017 Fitness}

Most people find it hard to motivate to workout when it’s 35 degrees and raining cats and dogs. I, on the other hand, find it impossible to work on my physical fitness when the sun is shining and there are margaritas to be drank. Luckily, Hoboken offers us plenty of ways to get fit while enjoying every ounce of the summer sunshine.

Free Fitness

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Fitness, Yoga and Pilates in the Park

Hoboken offers free fitness classes all week long throughout the summer. On Mondays, you can participate in anything from kickboxing to Crossfit at Pier A. Yoga classes take place at Pier A on Tuesdays. On Wednesdays, there is a range of fitness activities under the 14th Street Viaduct. Yoga and Pilates is offered at Maxwell Place Park on Thursdays. Classes are an hour long and start at 7pm. They give you a great taste of what the gyms in the area have to offer while leaving plenty of time to enjoy a Cucumber Cilantro Margarita after!


The Hoboken Cove Boathouse is a non-profit public boathouse that runs free kayaking on weekends at Maxwell Place. Through September, this first come, first serve kayaking program provides you with kayaks, paddles and life jackets. Generally, everyone can ride for 20 to 25 minutes. (If there is no one waiting, it’s possible you can stay out even longer.) They also offer rivers trips that are announced via their email list. Kayaking offers you great fitness benefits and targets most of the muscles in your body.

Park Activities

Did you know there are 20 parks in Hoboken? Grab a basketball, your tennis racket or even a skateboard and head outside! Most parks are open from sunrise until sunset. Hit any of the various courts for an hour and you can burn upwards of 400 calories. How’s that for free fitness?

Fitness That Will Cost Ya

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There are various sports leagues that take place throughout Hoboken and the surrounding towns. You can get your kicks by playing on a competitive soccer team or your hits by playing in the various “just for fun” softball leagues. Most leagues cost upwards of $60 for the season, and your league fee usually includes a t-shirt. Both leagues are a great way to meet people to make some Hoboken memories with.

Local Races

If running is your thing, why not strap on your sneakers and enter a 5K? There are two of them that take place over the summer in Hoboken and even more races in our surrounding areas. Fleet Feet in Hoboken offers running meetups on Wednesdays at 7pm, and the Hoboken Harriers (HOHA) also run host runs from this location on Thursdays and Saturdays. This will get you on track to crush whatever mile marker you choose. They offer water before and after the run and are open to all running levels.


No matter whether you pay to play or free is the way you like to be, Hoboken in the summertime is the perfect backdrop for any fitness activity. It’s so easy to ditch the squats for the sangria — but when you can workout in the great outdoors, a drink is so much sweeter after a sweat session.

Written by Joanne Kornelli

Joanne has proudly been a resident of Hoboken for almost 10 years. Being a born and raised Jersey girl, she loves The Shore and her jean jacket. When she’s not producing video magic at her 9 to 5, she’s crossing off locations on her “Places I Want to Visit” list. One of her favorite travel memories is when she cried at the sight of the giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands. Because that’s what happens when all your High School AP Environmental Science dreams come true.