These Long Island fitness classes pair workouts with food

You expect a workout to target your muscles. But some workouts around Long Island target your taste buds as well.

These out-of-the-box workouts are all about good health – and fun – and offer ways to spice up fitness routines with food or drink included in the price.

These sport and edible hybrids include post-paddle oysters, an after-yoga cocktail, an after-run feast, and barre and brewskis.

Amanda Christensen of East Northport uses beer as a weight on the barre course at Lithology Brewing Company. Photo credit: Morgan Campbell

“The essence of our offering is a combination of yoga / barre / healthy eating and drinking,” says Paula DiDonato, owner of The Giving Room, whose upcoming yoga pop-up at sunset saves space for a drink after the last pose.

“It’s summer. People are looking for rest, meditation, beauty,” says DiDonato, 58. “This is a nice way for people to connect after class.”

“Exercise is a way to make the community fun,” says Jackie Gatto, 30, co-founder of Long Island-based Barre & Beer. “People tell us that at our events they sweat, laugh and drink.”

Here are four workouts with delicious twists.

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This mellow pop-up fusion course for all fitness levels sets up in local breweries. It combines elements of Pilates, yoga and dance with craft beer. Yes, participants sip the soapy water during class while an instructor guides them through movements that build strength and balance. No, it’s not about getting tipsy.

“You only have a sip of beer every now and then. You also drink water, ”says Teresa Mira, 30, a site manager from Locust Valley, who lives in Brooklyn and attended the course. “I like to dance and barre exercises combine elements of it. The beer definitely makes everything funnier and more sociable.”

THE INFORMATION Next class on Aug 22 at 10:30 am, Darling Brewing Co., 76 W. Main St. Unit C, Patchogue. Fee: $ 20 to $ 30. Make a reservation through


First comes the upper body training in the great outdoors. Then it’s time for salty oysters and crunchy champagne.

That’s what this scenic stand-up paddle or kayak (your choice) along idyllic Mattituck Creek is all about, says Cherryl Bradley, 57, owner of Adventure Paddleboards and Kayaks, who runs the two-hour event.

“Mattiuck Creek is one of the finest paddles in North Fork,” she says. “The combination with the local oysters and wine results in a full, sensual experience.”

THE INFORMATION On reservation for groups of six or more people. Fee: USD 95 per person. 631-377-0162,


“Our races are about fun and fitness,” said Mike Polansky, president of the Greater Long Island Running Club. “And afterwards there is usually a party.”

It continues on September 5th, when the group presents a five-mile “Mardi Gras Run to the Great South Bay Brewery”. The race, originally scheduled for mid-February, will take place seven months later, but the group’s runs were still at that time.

The 8:30 a.m. race promises a flat and quick tour of local neighborhoods, followed by a post-race party, GLIRC notes. The food (sandwiches and snacks) is “all you can eat”. The beer is “everything you can (safely) drink”.

THE INFORMATION Next event on September 5th at 8:30 am, Great South Bay Brewery, 25 Drexel Dr., Bay Shore. Fee: $ 60. 516-349-7646,


Enjoy sunset yoga by the pool in the sound

Enjoy sunset yoga by the pool at Sound View Greenport. Photo credit: Paula DiDonato

In addition to regular yoga classes by the pool with a view of the water at the Sound View Greenport Hotel, the Giving Room regularly offers a one-hour sunset class that ends with a glass of wine, beer or a margarita.

Drinks, accompanied by a fire ceremony, come after class at the beach bar on the property, not during, DiDonato notes. In other words, no downside schnapps.

THE INFORMATION Next event on August 26th at 6:30 p.m., Sound View Greenport, 58775 CR-48, Greenport. Fee: $ 30. 631-765-6670,

By Joe Dziemianowicz
Newsday special

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