Each week this summer, the New Orleans Exercist brings you news and events for active living in the Big Easy. Here’s one of the best things about this town: no sweat judgement. New Orleanians do not laugh and point at the guy with wet pits and a basketball-sized damp patch on the back of his shirt. There but for the grace of A/C go we.
What do these week’s events have in common, you ask? No air conditioning. There will be sweat:
- The Lafitte Greenway
bike and pedestrian path is nearly complete, Mid-City Messenger reports
. An organization called FitLot
plans to install a community fitness park – like an outdoor playground for adults – near the Greenway and the Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center.
- Need a break from your paleo diet? The Northshore’s CrossFit 1606
hosts a community workout, brewery tour and beer tasting
at Gnarly Barley Brewing
(1709 Corbin Road, Hammond, 985-318-0723; www.gnarlybeer.com
) tomorrow (Aug. 15). Bring water, a jump rope and $5. The first 75 attendees get a free T-shirt to replace the one they just sweat through.
- Oak Street Yoga
hosts yoga in the courtyard
at Phillips Bar & Restaurant
(733 Cherokee St., 504-865-1155; www.phillipsbar.com
) at 6 p.m. Tuesday (Aug. 18). Five bucks buys you admission, watermelon salad and an aqua fresca, assuming that yoga on the ground at a college bar isn’t any kind of turn-off for you.
- New Orleans Track Club
holds a late-summer edition of its All-Comers Cross Country Meet
on Wednesday (Aug. 19) at Lafreniere Park (3000 Downs Blvd., Metairie; www.lafrenierepark.org
). Everyone is welcome to run or walk the grass course with a $5 entry fee.
- Hooping instructor Julie Merritt of JulieHooping
begins a new season of hoop dance classes
on Thursday (Aug. 20) at the Canal Boulevard Baptist Deaf Church
(5320 Canal Blvd.; www.neworleansdeafchurch.org
) It costs $15 per class, or $60 for six sessions. Save $10 when you sign up with a friend, and earn it all back after you both run away to join the circus.