You wake up at 6am to get your butt out the door for a morning run before work. Gear on, you head over to the McCarren Park track, thinking “Man I am so freakin’ productive! Who’s a healthy Brooklynite? Me!”
You reach the track, start doing round one of your cool eight-lap regimen, and see what appears to be a bootcamp workout occurring in the far right corner of the track. Lap two comes around, and these people are now throwing medicine balls and marching in place. Lap 3: crunches while some ridiculously toned man in a turban looks down on them. Your mind goes from self-appreciation to “Dammit, no amount of laps are going to kick my ass like that!” Who is this guy?
Enter Kwesi “Kiki” Ananyi, the man probably responsible for half the gangly-looking hipsters in the hood. Thank you, Kiki. Without you veganism might be our only fat fighting hope.
Kiki is a local North Brooklyn resident, and has been providing rockin’ workouts in McCarren for over five years called Traditional Tribal Fitness, “everything from stretching, strength, yoga, you name it,” he says.
Want to get in on the burn? Just walk on over and tell him you’d like to join in—you can even give one class a try for free. No matter where you live in the ‘burg or the ‘point, it’ll take you about 10 minutes to get there. If it takes you longer, run faster. Just kidding. He’s there every morning, seven days a week starting at 5am. A sweet local treat for gym haters.