I’m an advocate of all kinds of outdoor activities. I’m thrilled that so many people are starting to take their exercises outdoors. For lots of us it’s more fun and motivating to do it with others. And for all of us, there are questions as to how. That’s why I provide a wide array of Nancercize services and products–customized classes for groups and individuals; workshops to train professionals and nonprofessionals train to give Nancercize classes; publications such as a customized, site-specific fitness guide and map and my book, “Nancercize: 101 Things to Do on a Park Bench;” and design consulting for communities and landscape architects. Contact me for details and to hear about my reasonable rates. I have a sliding scale based on your budget and needs.

Join us—and join the movement to the outdoors!

How You Can Enjoy the Benefits of Nancercize:

  • Try a free public class in northern Manhattan (see below and this short video).
  • Take a private, individual class with me. I’ll custom-design a program just for you in a park or other outdoor space–even your own backyard–near you (New York City Area).
  • Take a private group class with me. I’ll custom-design a program just for your group of 4-19 people in a park or other open space near you, including corporate parks, atria, courtyards, shared schoolyards, walking trails, and plazas (New York City Area).
  • Get trained to lead a group of your own. I would be happy to train you to lead Nancercize groups in your community, school, or workplace via in-person or tele-workshops. Get fit and help others get fit at the same time.
  • Already a fitness trainer? Join one of my in-person or tele-workshops and I’ll share with you what I’ve learned in 7 years of outdoor fitness training. Expand your reach with a tried-and-true Nancercize branded program.
  • Customized fitness guide to your park. To accompany and support your custom-designed Nancercize fitness program, I’ll create a customized, site-specific fitness guide and map (here’s a sample) that you can use along with my book, “Nancercize: 101 Things to Do on a Park Bench.”
  • Design consulting We usually use what furniture and features are there. With a little creative thinking, this usually works pretty well. But over the years I’ve thought about how it would work better for individuals as well as groups. If you are a community group or landscape architect who wants to incorporate slight design modifications as an alternative to the expense of constructing “adult playgrounds,” I can help.
  • Public speaking, presentations and demonstrations. Often these are “Walk-and-talks” where I give a talk and then a demonstration. See media page for more info.
  • Ask about my fitness and weight management programs. Physical activity is key but other lifestyle habits such as nutrition, stress, and sleep are important too. So, I provide comprehensive education and coaching to groups and individuals both face-to-face and by phone and webinars, based on the sound science in my book “Dare to Lose” and my extensive experience.

Take My Classic Nancercize Class

Fort Tryon Park, northern Manhattan, near the 190th St. stop on the “A” line

Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7:30 AM- 8:30 AM
Saturdays: 8:30 AM-9:30 AM – with an optional walk to a nearby Green Market.

Get a free taste of Nancercize. I personally teach my Classic 60-minute Nancercize Class (aka “My Morning Fitness Class”) three times a week in beautiful Fort Tryon Park. Join me for this free year-round class in which we spice up a 1-mile walk around the park with equipment-free strengthening and stretching exercises. We use only your own bodyweight and park furniture and features. Thanks to Fort Tryon Park Trust for funding.

How to get there: We meet at the entrance to Fort Tryon Park near the “A” train 190th Street subway stop (take the elevator up; do not use the tunnel). Alternate transportation: M4 bus line to Margaret Corbin Circle. We meet year-round. Events are cancelled in heavy rain, temperature or wind chill below 20 degrees F, or with weather or air quality advisories.

Click here to download map.

Take My Free Yoga Walkabout Class

Inwood Hill Park, northern Manhattan.

September 18 – October 25, 2017 (and again in the spring of 2018)

Mondays and Wednesdays: 11:00 AM-12 noon. 

Meet at the flagpole at the entrance to Inwood Hill Park, where Seaman and Isham intersect, near the 207th St. stop on the “A” train.

For people 60 years of age and up. Walk through the park, adding yoga-based stretching, strengthening, and balancing exercises. Never boring! Thanks to City Parks Foundation for funding.

Email me at nancy@nancercize.net to register and for more info.


Take My Free Forest Fitness Class – NEW(ish)!

Inwood Hill Park, northern Manhattan.

Starting September 30, 2017 until the funding runs out.

Wednesdays 12- 1 PM.  Meet outside the Indian Road Café at 218th St. and Indian Hill Road (Broadway buses and #1 train 215th stop).

Saturdays 10-11 AM. Meet at Payson Playground at Payson and Dyckman Sts. (Broadway buses and “A” train Dyckman St.).

Walk through the newly marked trails in Manhattan’s only natural forest in this 94-acre park. You won’t believe you’re in NYC! We’ll learn about the trees and other flora and fauna, a little history of the area, adding some simple stretches along the way. Free Map and Fitness Guide included. Thanks to Moving Forward Unidos and Partnerships for Parks for funding.
Email me at nancy@nancercize.net to register and for more info.


Take My Free Green Gym Class in Morningside Park

Morningside Park, Harlem, April 19, 2017 – ongoing

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: time varies (this class is now convened by people from the community)

Meet at the W. 123rd St. Recreation Center, near the 125th St. stop on the “A/C/B” line.

This class teaches you how to use the Green Gym Fitness Guide and Map, which I created in collaboration with the Friends of Morningside Park and the Partnership for a Healthier New York. The free map coordinates with the 12 banners illustrating exercises and stretches which we’ve also installed in the park. Each class incorporates all 12 exercises designed to improve strength, flexibility, coordination, endurance, energy, and balance. On your own, choose any of the three various fitness routines explained in the guide.

Email me at nancy@nancercize.net to register and for more info.

Join in Green Gym Day

November 4, 2017 at 10 AM (Completed for this year. Come back in 2018!)

I created Green Gym Day in 2013 as a day for everyone to get out and get moving in our parks. You never know what Green Gym Day will bring, but you can always count on is a long hike through scenic northern Manhattan Parks. Be sure to join us for the next Green Gym Day, either in NYC, or electronically wherever you are via Skype. It’s easy to sign up on our website: www.GreenGymDay.org. Our first year (2013) was a wonderful success, with a Nancercize Workshop, Yoga, Tai Chi, Zombie Tag, ping-pong, and a Flamenco class which included my debut performance as a flamenca! Read these articles about it:

101 Ideas for Playing Outdoors—Make Every Day a “Green Gym Day”
“Small Miracles: Can We Make Every Day a Green Gym Day?”
“Join the Outdoor Exercise Movement with Green Gym Day”

Since then Green Gym Days have been 6-mile “urban hikes” through 6 northern Manhattan parks and include breathtaking views, including over the Hudson River to the New Jersey Palisades. In 2014 and 2015 we were joined by our special partner, Moving For Life, who contributed dancing stretch breaks during the 3-hour hikes. Unbenownst to me, a cartoonist from the New Yorker Magazine came along and featured us in his impressions of the day: http://bit.ly/GGDAYNewYorker

Take a look at this short video I made of Green Gym Day: http://bit.ly/GGDAY2014

Our fifth Green Gym Day is planned for November, 2017. Email me for details.

Ask me about my innovative “Sketch & Stretch” class.

With funding, I can again offer my Sketch & Stretch class, combining art and movement.  Going waaaay back to my undergraduate degree in art, I teach participants to make quick sketches of bodies in motion — your body and those of your classmates. Express yourself and stretch your mind, body & spirit in a new way.  Originally funded by  SU-CASA, a community engagement program supported by public funds from the New York City Council in partnership with the Department of Cultural Affairs, the Department for the Aging, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. LMCC.net. For more information call 419-962-6292 or e-mail nancy@nancercize.net. Also in the works: “Walking with Words” — using the act of walking to jog memories and spur creativity and expressive writing.


Try These Additional Free Warm Weather Classes

I invite you take these free classes in Fort Tryon Park that I also coordinate. Dates vary from year to year; come back and visit this page in the spring for actual dates. Or email me at nancy@nancercize.net

Sunset Yoga

Wednesdays, 6:45 PM– 8:00 PM
Starts again in May, 1028 with a  variety of certified local Yoga Instructors
Bring your own towel or mat.
Location: Abby’s Lawn

Sunrise Tai Chi Classes
Wednesdays, 6:30 AM – 7:30 AM
Starts again in May 2018
Location: Linden Terrace

Parent & Me Yoga
Saturdays, 9:00 – 9:45 AM
Starts again in May 2018
All ages are welcome—from infants on up!
Bring your own towel or mat.
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The Fort Tryon Park classes are offered at no cost because they are sponsored by The Fort Tryon Park Trust, Elephant Rock Foundation, and the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation. Please pre-register for all classes at Nancy@Nancercize.com.

Coming soon: Nancercizers talk about their experiences