Following a trend of public, outdoor exercise programs, a number of local venues are offering their own free events aiming to get residents outside and active during the summer.
In the City of Tonawanda, the Parks and Recreation Division is presenting three programs — a cross-training bootcamp, a Zumba class in the park and a “sculpt & abs” class — through the end of August at the Niawanda Park bandshell on Niagara Street.
Recreation Director Amanda Lofft said the exercise programs started last year when the department was approached by Buffalo Athletic Club for Women and WNY Boot Camp. They were allowed to run programs at the park, which were a huge success, she said.
This year, the department is partnering with the BAC for Women again for the Zumba class, and offering the other two with a staff member who’s also a personal trainer, Lofft said. Other fitness groups have expressed interest, and there may be more added in the future.
“It’s something we’re looking to do more of. It is a huge trend,” she said. “... It’s fantastic when you get 100 people out there taking part in your programs. It’s just a perfect fit for that.”
Lofft recalled seeing about 200 people at the Zumba class last year, and 30 already at the recent first cross-training class.
“It fills up the schedule at the bandshell, and the classes are very popular,” she said.
The cross-training bootcamp will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday and Aug. 11, 18 and 25. The Zumba class will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 27, and the “sculpt & abs” class take place 8 to 9 a.m. Thursdays through Aug. 28. All classes takes place at the Niawanda Park bandshell on Niagara Street in the City of Tonawanda.
Also for the second year in a row, the Lockport Community Market will be offering a free public yoga class from 7 to 8 a.m. Saturdays in July and August at the Canal Street gazebo, said Heather Peck, program manager from Lockport Main Street Inc. (The market itself is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays through Sept. 27.)