Get fit outdoors, and for free

Live music and festivals, shopping and dining – when people think of RiverScape MetroPark and The Greene, that’s often what comes to mind.

But summertime is the perfect time to add fitness to that list as both venues offer free exercise options in a nontraditional environment. Five Rivers MetroParks’ Fitness in the Park series and The Greene’s Yoga on the Square sessions offer beginners as well as fitness enthusiasts a chance to shift their workout from the studio to the great outdoors.

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While being a newbie in the studio might be a bit daunting, just the opposite is true at these outdoor classes.

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“It’s not at all intimidating,” said Amy Fecher, co-founder of Indigo Yoga and Yoga on the Square instructor. “It’s a great first yoga class.”

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Joan Jones, co-owner and instructor at The Studio Fitness, agrees that fun and fitness go hand-in-hand at the RiverScape classes. The family-friendly environment of both venues means that the whole family can give it a try, from energetic preschoolers to their parents and grandparents.

The Greene’s Yoga on the Square series. CONTRIBUTED (Contributing Writer)

“We want all ages – from children to adults – and all ability levels to have fun,” Jones said. “Obviously, the more often you do a class, the more comfortable you will be, but our instructors give modifications, so anybody can do it.”

The free classes are also easy on the budget, providing an ideal opportunity to give something new a try. The Zumba classes also offers participants a taste of other cardio dance options, like LaBlast or R&B line dancing. First time yogis might take up the practice regularly while others might decide to dance off the calories.

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Neither venue requires advance registration. A bit of preparation, however, will go a long way toward having a pleasant experience.

“The weather is something to be mindful of,” Jones said. “Temperature and humidity can be factors, especially for a cardio class.”

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A water bottle is a must and a towel is also useful. Bring a mat for the yoga classes.

“Wear good shoes, comfortable attire and come with a great attitude,” Jones said.

While RiverScape provides a shaded space for the classes, participants at The Greene might also want to bring sunscreen.

While the fitness aspect is a priority, so too is camaraderie and community.

“Building a sense of community is really important to us,” Jones said. “These classes do that.”


A Zumba class at RiverScape as part of the Fitness in the Park Series. CONTRIBUTED (Contributing Writer)

RiverScape MetroPark – Fitness in the Park

The Greene’s Yoga on the Square series. CONTRIBUTED (Contributing Writer)

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