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.

MONDAYS      
CLASS TIME PARK LEVEL
180 Boot Camp 6:30-7:30 p.m. Tacoma Playground A
Capoeira 6:30-7:30 p.m. Green Hill Park F12+
       
TUESDAYS      
CLASS TIME PARK LEVEL
Walking for Wellness 6:30-7:30 p.m. Vernon Hill Park F
       
WEDNESDAYS      
CLASS TIME PARK LEVEL
Yoga For All Levels* 10-11 a.m. Kendrick Park A
Pilates Yoga Blend* 10-11 a.m. Kendrick Park A
Dance Fit 4 U 6:30-7:30 p.m. Cristoforo Columbo (East) Park F
       
       
THURSDAYS      
CLASS TIME PARK LEVEL
Capoeira 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oread Castle Park F12+
       
FRIDAYS      
CLASS TIME PARK LEVEL
Yoga For All Levels* 10-11 a.m. Beaver Brook Park A
Pilates Yoga Blend* 10-11 a.m. Beaver Brook Park A
180 Boot Camp 6:30-7:30 p.m. Coes Pond Park A
       
SATURDAYS      
CLASS TIME PARK LEVEL
Tai Chi 10-11 a.m. Blackstone Gateway Park A
Fit Circuit 11 a.m.-Noon University (Crystal) Park A
       
F – Family friendly for all ages
     
F12+ – Family friendly, ages 12 and up
     
A – Adults only      
* – Alternating weeks
     

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