“The body doesn’t wait for you. You gotta be on top of the body,” says Kwesi “Kiki” Morris, who spends eight hours a day staying on top of his. Every hour from 5 to 9 in the mornings, and 4 to 8 in the evenings, he leads his Traditional Tribal Fitness classes in McCarren Park. You bring the jump rope and mat, he teaches his unique mix of cardio, boxing, and yoga, which yields real results. This past Saturday, a former student who dropped by said Morris helped him whittle away 30 pounds, and a current student has already lost 10. Try one session for free on Sundays at 8 and 9 a.m. Afterward, one month of classes begins at $250, and drop-ins pay $20 per class, which meets at the McCarren Park track near Lorimer and Driggs in Greenpoint (traditionaltribalfitness.com; 917-450-7991).
Don’t live anywhere near there? Following are three more ways you can get in summer shape across the borough’s parks:
Boot Camp Fitness Brooklyn N.Y.C., co-founded by a former Army man and certified personal trainer, specializes in military-style agility drills and old school push-ups and sit-ups to increase strength, endurance, and muscle tone. Classes, which begin bright and early at 5:55 a.m. on weekdays, and 7:55 on Saturdays, are $18 per, but if you sign up three friends for an 18-class session, you get a free ride. The next round begins June 4 in Prospect Park and June 5 in Fort Greene Park. Classes are sometimes offered in Cadman Plaza, too, and year-round at their gym near the Atlantic Center Mall, where you can try out boot camp for free (www.bootcampfitnessnyc.com; 877-348-5665).
The husband and wife behind Dumbo’s The Fitness Guru, a pilates and cross-training exercise studio, will be offering free pilates, kickboxing, and plyometrics “Smack Down” classes three Tuesdays a month at 7 p.m. in Brooklyn Bridge Park beginning June 12. Pre-registration for each class is held at 6:30 on site; only the pilates class will be capped at 30 people. Mats are required for all classes (www.brooklynbridgepark.org, www.fitnessgurunyc.com).
The Brooklyn Botanic Garden will offer a five-class session of Hatha Yoga on the garden’s grounds beginning June 28, at 4:30 and 6:15 p.m. No previous experience is necessary. BYO mat or towel. Its Tai Chi classes, levels I-III, begin June 1. Both cost $55 for members of BBG, $62 for non (www.bbg.org/edu/adult/health.html).