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Parks Summer Fitness Series

The Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series offers free fitness programming from June 5 through October 1 in Boston parks. Join us for both in-person and virtual classes led by certified fitness instructors. Please consult the complete class list below.

Note: There will be no classes held on Monday, July 4 (Independence Day), and Monday, September 5 (Labor Day).


Everyone is welcome at our free classes, regardless of your fitness level. For more information and cancellations, check Facebook and Twitter at @bostonparksdept and @healthyboston.

This initiative is a partnership between the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Public Health Commission. It's sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Fitness Class Descriptions

Fitness Classes
305 Dance

This heart-pumping dance class incorporates easy-to-follow movements that non-dancers and dancers alike will enjoy as you take fitness to the dance floor. Designed to empower people to move through the world more boldly and joyously, classes are nonstop. They infuse dance cardio with high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and toning, resulting in a total-body workout.

Afrobeats Dance

Learn technical skills and fundamental movement via a choreographed routine. Afrobeats is a catch-all term for the various Afro-pop and fusion music that has modernized and transformed within Africa. It has also caught the hearts of the diaspora and has become the name of the dance and rhythmic technique. Classes develop and build core strength, stamina, rhythmic sensibility, and most importantly, community. The class is at an intermediate level.

Dance Fit

A cardio-dance-based class that will get your heart pumping and hips shaking while combining strength moves to get you stronger! Move and dance to the beat while breaking a sweat and torching calories.

Line Dancing

Line dancing is a fun activity that has all the necessary elements to improve cardiovascular health. 

Barre

Get your heart pumping to this classic Ballet format with a Neo-Soul twist! With infusions of Dance, Yoga, and Pilates, we will strengthen the core, sculpt the body, and increase flexibility to your favorite beats. All levels welcome.

 
Pre- and Postnatal Friendly Barre

This Ballet-inspired class will focus on deep breathing, core strength, stamina and recovery to address common changes associated with pregnancy, childbirth, and the postnatal period. Whether you are expecting, post-partum, or simply want to improve body strength and awareness, this class is for you. 

Fusion Fit

A workout that aims to hit all the major muscle groups in one single session. A typical class will include exercises for back, legs, chest, shoulders, arms, and core. Get ready to squat, jump, hold planks, and wall sits and stretch it all out at the end! Incorporating weights into the exercises will be cued, but not necessary to perform the exercise. Options to modify will be offered throughout each class.

Hiit

This class is a total body workout that will get your heart rate pumping and will include a six-minute warm up followed by blocks of body-weight exercises that target the upper body, lower body, core, and cardio for a full-body experience. We will end with a cool down and some stretching. Bring some water and a yoga or fitness mat if you have one. The class is high intensity, but modifications will be offered for all fitness levels. 

Kick It

A 13-round fitness method that is music driven and kickboxing inspiring. This group fitness class is filled with high intensity intervals with kickboxing, boxing, rhythmic components, and a meditative cool down. 

Pound

Using lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, this class transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out. You bring your energy and we will provide the sticks!

Strength Training

This all-levels class is designed to increase physical strength and mobility through bodyweight exercises! The circuit style workouts will work all major muscle groups so you feel it from head to toe. All movements will have modifications to progress down or up depending on how you feel.

Chair Yoga

A gentle form of yoga that can be done seated or standing on the ground while using a chair for support. Focus on opening all the joints and loosening up tight muscles.

Frog Pond Yoga

Yoga is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice that originated in ancient India. Instructors will provide flow movement for people of all levels. 

Gentle Yoga

This class incorporates simple flowing sequences to warm up the body, as well as slower paced movements focusing on alignment, strength, balance, and flexibility. Designed for all levels, this class will provide a balanced combination of sustained poses with attention to basic alignment and therapeutic principles.

Family Zumba

Family Zumba gives you and your family a chance to be active together. It’s a full-body workout, combining all elements of fitness — cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy, and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class. While many of the types of dance and music featured in the program are Latin American inspired, this class also contains choreographed moves to Soca, Dancehall, Afrobeats, and Hip-hop.

Zumba

A total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy, and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class.

Zumba® Tone

This class combines body-sculpting exercises and high-energy cardo work infused with Zumba moves to create a calorie-torching, strength training fitness party. Participants learn how to use lightweight toning sticks to enhance rhythm and work their whole body.

Map of Classes

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