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Free Fitness Classes at Parks around Boston

Slew of classes to choose from all summer

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Want to develop a summer exercise regimen, but worried you don’t have time or can’t afford it? Two summer fitness programs are offering a range of classes in Boston parks throughout the day, and best of all, they’re free. Today alone, you can take a class in Pilates, tai chi, or yoga at a variety of city parks, courtesy of the Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series and the P.O. Fitness Series, sponsored by the Friends of Post Office Square. The public fitness classes are offered every weekday from June through August.

It’s estimated that only about half of adults in Boston exercise regularly. But the range of locations, downtown Boston, Fenway, Allston-Brighton, the North End, the South End, and Jamaica Plain, where these classes are offered make it easy to fit one in before or after work. And classes are held as early as 6:30 a.m. and as late as 6:30 p.m., so there’s no excuse not to take part.

Early risers can improve their physical strength, flexibility, and posture with a Pilates class this morning at the Norman B. Leventhal Park at Post Office Square at 7:15 a.m. For those seeking a midday workout, try a class in tai chi, the ancient Chinese martial art, at 12:30 p.m. in Franklin Park, the 527-acre expanse that straddles parts of Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, and Roxbury. Or for an after-work de-stressor, try a class in vinyasa yoga, tonight at 6 p.m. at the Boston Common parade ground behind the Frog Pond Carousel.

Check below for a sampling of free fitness classes offered Mondays through Fridays this summer:

Monday

  • Bootcamp—7:15 a.m., P.O. Fitness, Norman B. Leventhal Park
  • Zumba—5:30 p.m., P.O. Fitness, Norman B. Leventhal Park
  • Zumba—6 p.m., Boston Parks Summer Fitness, Christopher Columbus Park

Tuesday

  • Pilates—7:15 a.m., P.O. Fitness, Norman B. Leventhal Park
  • Tai Chi—10 a.m., Boston Parks Summer Fitness, Symphony Park
  • Bootcamp—5:30 p.m., P.O. Fitness, Norman B. Leventhal Park

Wednesday

  • Yoga—7:15 a.m., P.O. Fitness, Norman B. Leventhal Park
  • Bootcamp—5:30 p.m., P.O. Fitness, Norman B. Leventhal Park
  • Line Dancing—6:30 p.m., Boston Parks Summer Fitness, Franklin Park

Thursday

  • Pilates—7:15 a.m., P.O. Fitness, Norman B. Leventhal Park
  • Tai Chi—12:30 p.m., Boston Parks Summer Fitness, Franklin Park
  • Yoga—6 p.m., Boston Parks Summer Fitness, Frog Pond

Friday

  • Bootcamp—6:30 a.m., Boston Parks Summer Fitness, Christopher Columbus Park

Find a complete calendar and class locations for the Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series here and the P.O. Fitness Series calendar here.

Irene Berman-Vaporis can be reached at imbv@bu.edu.

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One Comment on Free Fitness Classes at Parks around Boston

  • Karen Griffey on 07.02.2014 at 9:16 am

    What a splendid idea! Hooray for Boston Parks (and Recreation Commission??) for implementing such a convenient, healthy, and free program for exercise!

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