Ditch the horse & carriage; take a Central Park Fitness Tour


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Staying fit while we’re on a New York City vacation is hard enough. Add in a major holiday like Christmas, Hanukkah or New Years and we got ourselves a problem. With so much to see, do and eat, exercise can easily fall off the itinerary. HellaWella found a unique way to stay fit and enjoy the city that never sleeps at the same time.

Central Park Fitness Tours offers customized guided fitness training tours in one of NYC’s major attractions and fitness hubs: Central Park. Veteran personal trainer and founder Patrick Populorum uses his theater and stand-up comedy background and Central Park know-how to entertain and enlighten as you work up a sweat.

“Each tour is customized for your fitness needs. I do walking tours, running tours, cross training tours, crazy fitness freak tours,” Populorum explained. “I guarantee people will finish the tour with new exercise ideas, a respectable understanding of the narrative of Central Park from conception to present day and a few funny stories to take home with them! Also, if they’re good, I may do a Shakespeare monologue or an Ogden Nash poem.”

Populorum wants you involved in the conversation. Feel free to point out things you find interesting so that he can add it into his narrative.

So where do you go on this Fitness Tour? Some of the spots include:

North Woods Tour: This cross-fit training tour spans 96th to 110th streets and offers a rugged and scenic tour of the park’s north end.

Center of the City Tour: Check out the Central Park’s most iconic landmarks while getting a rigorous resistance tour. Cross the same famous finish line as the runners of the New York City Marathon!

The Ramble Tour: Immersed in woods, this rugged terrain offers the most challenging workout for cross-country running along the trails and fun cross-fit training at Summit Rock.

“The park is just too big to cover in a day,” Populorum explained. “I basically divide the park into four quadrants and cover as much ground as we can in an hour and a half.”

Central Park is made up of a whopping 843 acres, so no Fitness Tour is alike. Grab some friends and take the tour twice. Populorum said each tour is unique depending on the people. “Some groups really get into the exercises, some the history; some end up dancing with the street performers,” he said.

Skip the horse and carriage ride
“I can’t say you will be holding hands, snuggling and kissing on my tour, but I promise you will burn some big calories so that you can feel better about going out to one Manhattan’s fattening restaurants,” Populorum said. “Also, it is not always pleasant being downwind of a horse.”

So true.

To book a tour visit www.centralparkfitnesstours.com.