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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
  • 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.

- Did you hear about that free Usher concert for the Sugar Bowl this weekend? Yeah? Do you need some friends to go with you? NOLA Social Ride bikes from Morning Call at City Park (56 Dreyfus Drive) to Jackson Square for the concert on Wednesday evening (Dec. 30). There’s also a longer, faster fitness ride at the same time Wednesday and a New Year’s Eve ride on Thursday (Dec. 31).

- Group fitness franchise OrangeTheory holds a grand opening party for its first New Orleans location (4141 Bienville St.) on Thursday evening. I’m not sure who goes to the gym on New Year’s Eve, even for a party, but more power to you.

- Franco’s annual Ice Man Dip & Dash happens at 11 a.m. Friday (Jan. 1) in Mandeville. You haven’t tried every hangover cure until you’ve tried running four miles and diving into a frigid lake.

- The 109th Jackson Day Race (Jan. 3) echoes the route Jean Lafitte and his pirates took to the Battle of New Orleans in January 1815 with a nine-kilometer road race. Lafitte was undeterred by construction on the Wisner Boulevard bridge, but runners will use Marconi Drive on the west side of City Park instead. Tonight (Dec. 28) is the last night to register online.

- YaYa (Yoga and You Anywhere), a new yoga studio, opened at 2628 Metairie Lawn Drive in Metairie last week. A variety of classes are offered for a suggested donation of $15 each.

Happy new year!

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