Worcester to Offer Free Boot Camps, Yoga & More this Summer

Worcester to Offer Free Boot Camps, Yoga & More this Summer

WORCESTER – The City of Worcester is offering residents a way to get their body ready for beach season during beach season. 

The City’s Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) — partnering with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and YWCA Central Massachusetts — are offering a a free, 17-week Summer Fitness Series in 10 city parks from June 3 through September 28.

Class types offered will be 180 Boot-Camp, Capoeira, Dance Fit 4 U, Fit Circuit, Pilates Yoga Blend, Tai Chi, Walking for Wellness and Yoga for All Levels.

Participants will have the ability to track their personal weight loss and physical activity goals on the program’s website: www.worcesterma.gov/summer-fitness.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and YWCA Central Massachusetts on a program that promotes health, wellness and active lifestyle choices,” said Dr. Matilde Castiel, commissioner of HHS. “With the variety of classes we’re offering, there is something for everyone.”

Locations for the classes will be: Tacoma Playground, Green Hill Park, Vernon Hill Park, Kendrick Park, Cristoforo Columbo (East) Park, Oread Castle Park, Beaver Brook Park, Coes Pond Park, Blackstone  Gateway Park and University (Crystal) Park. Classes are available on a drop-in basis and do not require prior sign-up.

“This program offers Worcester residents an opportunity to engage in physical activity and become a healthier overall community,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus. “By offering these classes city-wide, we’re also giving people a chance to experience 10 of our amazing public parks.”

The program is made possible through a three-year, $45,000 grant from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.

YWCA will provide and coordinate the fitness classes. 

“At Blue Cross we’re passionate about programs that support healthy living. This free series offers a great chance for Worcester families to take part in fun, outdoor activity all summer long,” said Jeff Bellows, vice president, corporate citizenship and public affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts. 

“YWCA is excited to partner with the city in offering fitness classes in the parks. It is our hope to see many people participate throughout the summer, where they can not only engage in physical activity, but also make connections to other people and information to become more healthy throughout the year,” said Patty Flanagan, director of wellness and health equity at the YWCA.

180 Boot Camp6:30-7:30 p.m.Tacoma PlaygroundA
Capoeira6:30-7:30 p.m.Green Hill ParkF12+
Walking for Wellness6:30-7:30 p.m.Vernon Hill ParkF
Yoga For All Levels*10-11 a.m.Kendrick ParkA
Pilates Yoga Blend*10-11 a.m.Kendrick ParkA
Dance Fit 4 U6:30-7:30 p.m.Cristoforo Columbo (East) ParkF
Capoeira6:30-7:30 p.m.Oread Castle ParkF12+
Yoga For All Levels*10-11 a.m.Beaver Brook ParkA
Pilates Yoga Blend*10-11 a.m.Beaver Brook ParkA
180 Boot Camp6:30-7:30 p.m.Coes Pond ParkA
Tai Chi10-11 a.m.Blackstone Gateway ParkA
Fit Circuit11 a.m.-NoonUniversity (Crystal) ParkA
F – Family friendly for all ages
F12+ – Family friendly, ages 12 and up
A – Adults only   
* – Alternating weeks

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