The Central Park Gym

 Nice to have a gym that’s two and half miles long and a half mile wide. None of this shoulder to shoulder stationary bike business competing for elbow room.

You can join a yoga class on the Great Lawn, do some push-ups on a bridge and sit-ups by Bethesda Fountain, its pretty angel keeping time.

It’s a spare gym without lockers, your hoodie hooked round your waist…an ID slipped inside a sock since less is more as you stretch and bend, trot and sprint while squirrels serve as trainers.

They scoot ahead in their gray active wear lecturing on the benefits of nuts, but when the occasional biker zooms by, run for cover.  

Who needs a TV hooked to the ceiling when there’s so much to see. Just this morning I met a mutt named Otis and a Beagle called Nell, both clearly on the gym’s hospitality committee.

Of course there was that couple bickering on a bench, but then another twosome tooled by holding hands, representing the flip side of a fulfilling fitness partnership.

Snackbars are everywhere with smoothies to hot dogs, ice cream and pretzels as big as your head. If you need a break, you can eat in a row boat while your beloved works his lats, manning those oars as you lovingly feed him.

And what I enjoy most is Nature’s playlist looping birdsong like a Beethoven Sonata, showering you in peace as you head home to start your day.

Yes, the Central Park Gym has everything, and just think, membership is free.

Can’t beat that, now can ya?  




About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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18 Responses to The Central Park Gym

  1. Definitely can’t beat that! We are having a lovely day here so you probably are too. There is nothing as wonderful as nature on a wonderful day! Enjoy!

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  2. You described your gym in a most delightful way. Surely no one could beat it. I loved your squirrel trainers, hospitality committee, looping birdsong, and all FREE!

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  3. On my bucket list, a grand visit to Central Park. Thanks for this post, hope you are well.

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  4. skinnyuz2b says:

    I love your positive vision of everything. You make us want to get up off our butts and get active with nature. And here I was yesterday vacuuming and mopping to get in shape. Not quite as rewarding.
    I need one of those squirrel trainers!


  5. You know how jealous I am that you have Central Park as your playground. it is one of my most favorite places on this planet.

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