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Parks Fitness Series

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

Register for our SERIES KICKOFF event on May 16!

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.

Note: There will be no classes held on Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day), Wednesday, June 19 (Juneteenth), and Thursday, July 4 (Independence Day).

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 of Massachusetts.

Summer Fitness Series Classes

2024 Summer Fitness

All classes are free and open to all!  Email fitness@bphc.org if you'd like the Zoom link without signing up.

Class Day Time

Eventbrite Link

HIIT Sunday 8 a.m. Sign up for HIIT
Afrobeats Dance Monday 5 p.m. Sign up for Afrobeats Dance
Bootcamp Tuesday 7 p.m. Sign up for Bootcamp
Yoga Wednesday 6 p.m. Sign up for Yoga
HIIT Thursday 7 a.m. Sign up for HIIT
Chair Yoga Friday 12 p.m. Sign up for Chair Yoga

 

Join an in-person class every week. Classes are free, but registration is required.

Class Day Time Location Neighborhood Eventbrite Link
Bootcamp Sunday 9 a.m. Iacono Playground Hyde Park Sign up for Bootcamp
Zumba® Monday 6 p.m. Christopher Columbus Park North End Sign up for Zumba®

Strength & Conditioning

Monday 6 p.m. Fallon Field Roslindale Sign up for Strength & Conditioning

Kick It by Eliza®

Monday 6 p.m. Brighton Common Allston-Brighton Sign up for Kick It by Eliza®

Tai Chi

Tuesday 8 a.m. Elliot Norton Park Chinatown Sign up for Tai Chi

Strength & Conditioning

Tuesday 5:30 p.m. LoPresti Park East Boston Sign up for Strength & Conditioning

Yoga

Tuesday 6 p.m. Winthrop Square (Training Field) Charlestown Sign up for Yoga

Zumba®

Tuesday 6 p.m. Mozart Street Playground Jamaica Plain Sign up for Zumba®

BCBS Family Zumba®

Tuesday 6:30 p.m. Hunt-Almont Park Mattapan Sign up for BCBS Family Zumba®

Salsa

Wednesday 6 p.m. O'Day Playground South End Sign up for Salsa
Afrobeats Dance Wednesday 6 p.m. Malcolm X Park Roxbury Sign up for Afrobeats Dance

Yoga

Wednesday 6 p.m. Medal of Honor Park South Boston Sign up for Yoga

BCBS Line Dancing

Wednesday 6:30 p.m. Franklin Park Dorchester Sign up for BCBS Line Dancing

BCBS Chair Yoga

Thursday 10 a.m. Symphony Park Fenway Sign up for BCBS Chair Yoga

Zumba® Tone

Thursday 6 p.m. Billings Field West Roxbury Sign up for Zumba® Tone

BCBS Frog Pond Yoga

Thursday 6 p.m. Boston Common Downtown Sign up for BCBS Frog Pond Yoga

Walking Group

Saturday 8 a.m. Franklin Park Dorchester Sign up for Walking Group

Fitness Class Descriptions

Afrobeats dance

Afrobeats is a catch-all term for the various Afro-pop and fusion music that has modernized and transformed within Africa and has caught the hearts of the diaspora. Afrobeats has become the name of the dance and rhythmic technique. Classes develop and build core strength, stamina, rhythmic sensibility, and — most importantly — build community.

BCBS CHAIR YOGA

This modified, gentle yoga class prioritizes breathing and tuning into feeling their bodies. It’s designed for those who do not want to practice on the floor and prefer not to stand for long periods of time. Improve strength and flexibility with this accessible class.

BOOTCAMP

This class will develop your muscular strength, increase your muscular and cardiovascular endurance, and improve your agility through performance exercises that will keep you at your optimal fitness level. This is achieved through the combination of strength training, aerobic conditioning, and agility exercises. You will experience overall improvements with your physical performance with your daily activities, balance and flexibility, sleeping habits, in addition to helping you maintain a healthy weight.

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.

BCBS 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.

KICK IT BY ELIZA

Join instructor Olivia Porada for a high energy Kick It by Eliza class! Kick It is a music-driven, kickboxing-inspired fitness method with 13 rounds. The class brings high intensity interval training with kickboxing, boxing, rhythmic components and a meditative cool down. All levels welcome! All you need is a yoga mat, sneakers, water, and yourself.

salsa

¡Vamos a bailar! Learn the fundamentals of salsa on1 footwork and partnerwork in a fun and inclusive environment! At the end of class, you'll practice your new moves with your peers in a social dance setting. No dance experience or partner necessary. All levels are welcome!

 
 
strength and BALANCE

A total body workout with a focus on strengthening the core and limbs while amplifying the body’s movement through stretch, improving overall balance, posture, muscle tone and mobility. By learning how to move the body in a healthy way, one can reduce pain, improve body awareness, avoid injury and reinforce proper movement principles. Class begins in a chair to freely move every part the body and then transitions to standing weight bearing exercise to improve bone and muscle strength.

strength and conditioning

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.

TAI CHI

An ancient Chinese martial art that is used as a slow-moving exercise to achieve relaxation and stress reduction. Tai Chi offers benefits for the body, mind and spirit.

Yoga

This class will bring you through postures to align, strengthen, and promote flexibility in the body. Taught by Not Your Average Yoga teacher, you will be able to strengthen the body and the mind as you realize your spirit, impact, and self-worth. Classes will incorporate coping skills along with relaxation techniques.

zumba

We take the "work" out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you'll see why Zumba Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check. Super fun? Check and check. A total workout, Zumba combines 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

Zumba Toning incorporates weighted toning sticks or dumbbells, which come in 1-pound and 2.5-pound sizes, to the Zumba® workout that participants use almost like maracas. The toning sticks function like dumbbells to act as resistance weights.

WALKING GROUP

Just Walk" is a revitalizing walking program designed to invigorate both body and mind. Whether you're seeking a leisurely stroll through serene landscapes or aiming for a brisk pace to get your heart pumping, "Just Walk" offers tailored routes to suit every fitness level. Join us on a journey to better health and well-being, one step at a time.

 

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