Seaside Heights is known for its expansive boardwalk, Casino Pier rides and great Jersey Shore food options, but did you also know there is an outdoor “gym” overlooking the water?
Next to the Ocean Club Restaurant, Debby Richard – a certified group fitness instructor who founded Dream Fitness in 2020 when gyms closed due to the pandemic – offers spin, yoga, Pilates and Zumba classes on the boardwalk. Plus, inside the neighboring pool club is an aqua aerobics class you can try.
Dream Fitness is open June 24 through Labor Day, so now is the time to get outside, get yourself moving and try one of these cool classes!
It may seem a bit unusual to see a collection of cycle bikes on the boardwalk, but every morning, and on Monday nights, there are spin classes open to the public. We had a chance to try it, and it’s quite an experience! Spin class in a gym tends to be high energy with loud music and powerful instructors. Spin class on the boardwalk is all that and more, because you have the beautiful ocean waves splashing down right in front of you, birds flying overhead, the breeze blowing off the water and the sun shining down on you.
The instructors are great, and this isn’t an ultra-competitive atmosphere. Think sing-alongs and dancing. You definitely work your legs and your core as you “jump” from first to second to third positions. Thankfully, the ocean breeze keeps you from feeling too hot and sweaty.
Debby ordered all new bikes this season, but there are only 10, so riding is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Yoga on the boards is another great option that’s both serene and a great workout. The schedule is not announced yet. Insider tip, if you do go: BYO yoga mat and towel to make the class more comfortable.
For aqua aerobics and Zumba the class times are so early that you shouldn’t be overwhelmed by the heat. Bring extra water anyway! Then, stay for the day relaxing on the beach or enjoying all the Boardwalk has to offer.
The classes are on the boardwalk next to Ocean Club Restaurant (2 Ocean Terrace, at the south end of the boardwalk), while aqua aerobics is accessed through the gate next to the restaurant. Classes are $20 drop-in. You can buy a 5-class punch card for $80. All classes are open to the public and no registration is necessary. Bring sunglasses and sunscreen — maybe even a hat — plus a 16-ounce water bottle that fits into the cup holder on the bike.
Classes will be held through Labor Day weekend. For more information, check their Facebook page, email Debby at email@example.com or call 908-872-8518.
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