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Monday, January 4, 2016

The New Orleans Exercist: New Year's Week

Posted By on Mon, Jan 4, 2016 at 5:14 PM

click image Dancing Grounds rings in the new year with a round of $5 classes. - COURTESY DANCING GROUNDS
  • COURTESY DANCING GROUNDS
  • Dancing Grounds rings in the new year with a round of $5 classes.

What do knights wear to work out? Under Armour. (Sorry.) Learn to be a literal weekend warrior with medieval fighting club Ordo Procinctus on Sunday (Jan. 10). If your tastes are more contemporary, there are barre activities, free swimming and a distance race this week. 'Tis the season for January specials:

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Monday, December 28, 2015

The New Orleans Exercist: Ye-ah!

Posted By on Mon, Dec 28, 2015 at 5:39 PM

click image Bottoms up to 2016. - COURTESY FRANCO'S ATHLETIC CLUB VIA FACEBOOK
  • COURTESY FRANCO'S ATHLETIC CLUB VIA FACEBOOK
  • Bottoms up to 2016.

Here is my New Year’s resolution advice to you: forget about Jan. 1 and work out today. You’re ahead of the curve, baby! Now take a deep breath and enjoy a moment of calm before the New Year’s resolution crowd descends on your favorite gym, club, studio, box, bike path, desolate snowy mountaintop, etc.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

The New Orleans Exercist: Don’t hibernate yet

Posted By on Mon, Dec 14, 2015 at 5:27 PM

#FinishStrong in 2015 at one of the year's last road races on Saturday, Dec. 19. - COURTESY NEW ORLEANS TRACK CLUB
  • COURTESY NEW ORLEANS TRACK CLUB
  • #FinishStrong in 2015 at one of the year's last road races on Saturday, Dec. 19.

'Twas the week before Christmas, and not a creature was stirring without logging it on their fitness tracker. Each week, the New Orleans Exercist brings you news and events for active living in the Big Easy, but fewer of them this week than usual:

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

The New Orleans Exercist: Hoof it

Posted By on Wed, Dec 2, 2015 at 4:57 PM

click image Keep fur out of your face with a chic set of antlers this holiday season. - KITTY TERWOLBECK/FLICKR
  • KITTY TERWOLBECK/FLICKR
  • Keep fur out of your face with a chic set of antlers this holiday season.

Sometimes you promise to work out today and don’t make it until tomorrow. Sometimes you set your alarm to wake up for a run at 7 a.m. and don’t put pants on until after lunch. And sometimes your Monday fitness column is published on Wednesday. We roll with it, friends. We persevere. The second best time is now. Each week, the New Orleans Exercist brings you news and events for active living in the Big Easy:

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Monday, November 16, 2015

The New Orleans Exercist: Little hikes + City Surf

Posted By on Mon, Nov 16, 2015 at 6:13 PM

Hike It Baby organizes hikes for the very, very new to fitness and their parents. - COURTESY HIKE IT BABY
  • COURTESY HIKE IT BABY
  • Hike It Baby organizes hikes for the very, very new to fitness and their parents.

Each week, the New Orleans Exercist brings you news and events for active living in the Big Easy. Winter is coming, so now might be a great time to try surfing. I’m not kidding, but Hike It Baby is — they organize free hikes for people with little kids. And if you’ve been looking for an excuse to try out the New Orleans Boulder Lounge, Tuesday’s charity climb could be just the ticket.


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Monday, November 9, 2015

The New Orleans Exercist: How to master a new sport without even trying

Posted By on Mon, Nov 9, 2015 at 5:20 PM

click image How many ruckers would a rucker ruck at the seashore? - COURTESY GORUCK
  • COURTESY GORUCK
  • How many ruckers would a rucker ruck at the seashore?

Each week, the New Orleans Exercist brings you news and events for active living in the Big Easy. You may never have heard of “rucking” before, but you’ve almost certainly tried it. This week, you can become a champion! Plus, a table tennis tournament and a fun hangout to help the whole family learn to bike safely.

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Monday, November 2, 2015

The New Orleans Exercist: Bounce house

Posted By on Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 5:26 PM

click image Does dodgeball on a trampoline count as four dimensions? - COURTESY ELEVATION STATION
  • COURTESY ELEVATION STATION
  • Does dodgeball on a trampoline count as four dimensions?

Each week, the New Orleans Exercist brings you news and events for active living in the Big Easy. If rotten Halloween weather put a crimp in your workout plan, do not fear: here are free barre, biking and yoga this week, scheduled perfectly to serve as cross-training and recovery for the Crescent City Fall Classic. Plus: bounce over to the Northshore for the grand opening of a giant trampoline emporium. I refuse to believe this is just for kids.

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Monday, October 26, 2015

The New Orleans Exercist: It’s a mind game

Posted By on Mon, Oct 26, 2015 at 5:41 PM

click image Happy decorative gourd season. - SEAN LOYLESS/FLICKR
  • SEAN LOYLESS/FLICKR
  • Happy decorative gourd season.

Each week, the New Orleans Exercist brings you news and events for active living in the Big Easy. This week: it’s Halloween! Celebrate with the Jazz Half Marathon & 5K and a costumed volleyball tournament. Plus, discovering the sport of “cognitive running,” fitness activities at the All Saints’ Day Saints game and some puns I worked really, really hard on:

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Monday, October 5, 2015

The New Orleans Exercist: Oktober all over

Posted By on Mon, Oct 5, 2015 at 5:34 PM

click image Winning the 5K, the beer stein-holding competition, the costume contest and life in general. - COURTESY NEW ORLEANS TRACK CLUB
  • COURTESY NEW ORLEANS TRACK CLUB
  • Winning the 5K, the beer stein-holding competition, the costume contest and life in general.

Each week, the New Orleans Exercist brings you news and events for active living in the Big Easy. Fall is finally in the air, and we’re digging out the long sleeves for our morning workouts. Grab the lederhosen and the Bavarian barmaid costume while you’re in the back of the closet, because New Orleans’ Oktoberfest kicks off this weekend with a 5K race. Plus, HigherPower’s wine ride returns. It’s free — just buy your own drinks (you were going to do that on Friday anyway).

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Monday, September 28, 2015

The New Orleans Exercist: World’s Longest 5K

Posted By on Mon, Sep 28, 2015 at 5:32 PM

Gleason Gras' "World's Longest 5K" course runs 3.7 miles along Bayou St. John.
  • Gleason Gras' "World's Longest 5K" course runs 3.7 miles along Bayou St. John.

Each week, the New Orleans Exercist brings you news and events for active living in the Big Easy. Fall means festival weather, charity 5K races and Gleason Gras, which is both and then some: it’s more like a 6K. (We all know New Orleanians don’t slack on festivals.) Plus: free yoga and drinks.

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