work-out-2Organizers hope to get 100 people out for a free workout at Riverside Gardens Park Monday night. (Photos by Peter Lindner; click to enlarge)


Who needs a gym when you have Riverside Gardens Park?

The Red Bank slice-o-heaven overlooking our beautiful Navesink River has quietly become home to a series of boot-camp style fitness classes for all.

Every Monday night in July, trainers from Outdoor Fit in Tinton Falls have been putting on a free community workout in the park. The last one attracted several dozen people willing to bend, stretch and lift, al fresco, for an hour as sunset approached.

For the next one, on July 19, they’re hoping to attract 100 participants.

The class — led by certified trainers Mary Kiningham of Little Silver, Christa Lippert of Middletown and Keith Molloy of Ocean Township — features a combination of resistance training and cardio work, and is designed to intermittently increase the heart rate. Weights are used in combination with full body exercises such as push ups, squats and burpees.

There’s also a 45-minute special populations workout for people with disabilities.

The workout starts at 6p and will be repeated on July 26, weather permitting.