“Let’s get physical, physical!”
Olivia Newton-John had the right idea: Physical fitness is an important aspect of a healthy lifestyle.
With summer coming to an end (how is it already August?) now is the perfect time to use the great outdoors as your personal gym.
Summer in the Parks presents Healthy Moves: a series held in local Detroit parks that provide free fitness classes in a family-fun environment.
We have all the information you need, including dates, times, and locations for free workout classes that’ll get you moving!
So grab your leg warmers and spandex leotards and “get physical” at some great events held in the parks.
Detroit Experience Factory Tours
Art & Architecture Walking Tour
Run by the Detroit Experience Factory, the Art & Architecture Walking Tours are a great way to get connected to the city’s rich, artistic history while keeping your body moving.
Walk through downtown, exploring unique structures and art pieces around the area. The tour is one hour and covers The Belt, One Campus Martius, the Spirit of Detroit, and the Guardian Building.
The tours are held every Monday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. and Friday from noon – 1:00 p.m. The group meets in Campus Martius Park next to the fountain.
For more information on how you can register for this event, check out the Detroit Experience Factory page and click on the “Art & Architecture” section for a complete calendar of tour dates and times.
Best of Downtown Walking Tour
Take a tour through some of Detroit’s most historical buildings, unique shops, delish restaurants, and residential developments.
The locations include: Campus Martius Park, Theater District, Second Baptist Church, Greektown, and the New Paradise Valley District. The free tour is an hour and is mostly contrived of walking, a great way to get active!
The tours are held every Saturday form 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. The group meets in Campus Martius Park, next to the fountain.
For more information on how you can register for this event, check out the Detroit Experience Factory page and click on the “Downtown Walking Tour” section for a complete calendar of tour dates and times.
First Responders 4 Fitness: Workout Wednesdays
Located in the heart of Cadillac Square, First Responders is a group of metro-Detroit trainers dedicated to supporting healthy communities through free physical fitness classes.
These events are open to all age groups and abilities.
This event happens every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Registration opens at 5:00 p.m. before each event.
T’ai Chi Collective
Summer in the Parks welcomes The Great Lakes Taiji Association, a group devoted to promoting the exercise benefits of Taiji practice.
This includes education classes, performances, and new information that demonstrate the various styles and local clubs for Taiji.
If you’re looking for a unique exercise opportunity, check out this event held in Campus Martius Park on August 27.
The event goes from 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Boll Family YMCA
Start your morning off right with a Yoga session provided by Boll Family YMCA.
This free session is held outdoors, in Campus Martius Park every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Want something a little more intense? Check out Pound Workout, also sponsored by Boll Family and contrived of 100 exercise activities paired with a cardio jam session and music that’ll get you moving.
This event takes place on Friday, August 9 and goes form 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Whitney Harrison Beach Body Workouts
As a certified fitness professional, Whitney knows how to get your body moving and grooving with workouts that’ll turn a homebody to a beach-body!
As a Nike Detroit employee and a Detroit Native, Whitney is ready to bring free fitness classes to the downtown area.
Classes are held in Campus Martius Park on August 6, 13, and 20. The classes will start at 10:30 a.m. and end at 11:15 a.m.
Bedrock Wellness Center: Strength & Cardio Bootcamp
Bedrock Wellness Center brings a Strength & Cardio Boot Camp to Cadillac Square every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Participants will have the chance to work out in the great outdoors, building up muscles and a sweat!
Citizen Yoga: Community Sessions
Every Sunday, from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 pm., Citizen Yoga will provide free classes to end your weekend in relaxation and boost your weekdays with energy.
We had a chance to speak with Kayal Mouser, the Brand Manager at Citizen Yoga, to gain insight on the importance of community events, especially those that promote fitness!
“Citizen Yoga grew out of a need to equip people with necessary and effective coping mechanisms that can be applied in any facet of daily life,” Mouser explains.
“Grounded in connection, Citizen Yoga exists simply for every student to feel seen. Our goal is to empower the individual by teaching a safe, alignment-based practice that students of all levels can maintain throughout their lives. To fulfill our mission of empowering all people, we are active participants in the movement toward mental wellness. Our instructors and wellness practitioners partner with outreach programs to enrich the communities where we exist with educated physical and mental health alternatives.”
Located in Grand Circus Park, be sure to bring your yoga matt, water bottle, and inner peace!
Pulse Fitness: Fitness in the Park
Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Pulse Fitness brings an exercise opportunity full of stretching, strengthening, and sweating.
We sat down with Tracie Gajewski from Pulse Fitness to talk about their partnership with the Healthy Moves program:
“Pulse Fitness is an Elite Training Studio that’s based on positive and personal relationships with our clients and community,” said Gajewski.
“We believe in the importance of health & fitness, along with educating others on making physical activity a part of their daily lifestyle. Being healthy and active breeds positivity and stimulates not only the body but the mind as well. We had the opportunity this year to work with Healthy Moves and it has been so amazing to engage with the city! This program allows the people working and living in the city to enjoy the benefits of working out, it promotes positive energy in the community and continues to build a connection to Detroit for those outside of the city.”
She added, “It’s so important to continue to educate and drive health and fitness; the Campus Martius Park Events allows everyone that access. The future keeps getting brighter in Detroit and with these programs; health, wellness and fitness can continue to make their mark.”
Check out Cadillac Square for your opportunity to work out with the team from Pulse Fitness.
With so many free opportunities and events to attend, make this summer count by attending the many free outdoor workouts in some of Detroit’s most beautiful parks.
Kick it into gear and get pumped by checking out the Summer in the Parks website for a complete calendar of Healthy Moves events.