Mayor Menino Kicks off Fitness on the Plaza
Free boot camp and yoga classes offered all summer long as part of Boston Moves for Health
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June 04, 2012
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Today, Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Executive Director of the Boston Public Health Commission, joined several partners to celebrate the start of Fitness on the Plaza, a series of weekly summer fitness classes that are free and open to the public as part of the recently launched Boston Moves for Health campaign.  The rainy weather didn’t deter a crowd from coming out to enjoy introductory classes put on by instructors from Beantown Bootcamp and Health Yoga Life.  South Boston Yoga and The Sports Club/LA are currently the other partners taking part in Fitness on the Plaza.  The workout sessions that followed a short speaking program offered guests a taste of the full length classes that will officially kick off on Wednesday, June 6, with a morning yoga class sponsored by Health Yoga Life.

“Summer is right around the corner, and it’s one of the best times for people to get out and get active in our city,” Mayor Menino said.  “The classes that we’re offering every week on City Hall Plaza are a great way to get your exercise in before work and start your day off on the right foot.  Whether you’re pumping up with boot camp or unwinding with yoga, we want to give everyone a chance to get moving this summer.”

Fitness on the Plaza is the latest exciting program to roll out as part of Boston Moves for Health, an ambitious campaign to reduce obesity in Boston by increasing access to free and low-cost fitness and healthy living resources.  Boston Moves is being supported by generous contributions from lead sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Partners HealthCare, and the Boston Red Sox.  The Mayor has challenged the city to collectively lose 1 million pounds and move 10 million miles over the next year.

“We’re fortunate in Boston to have fantastic resources to help people lead an active, healthy lifestyle, but access and affordability are often issues,” Dr. Ferrer said.  “That’s why partnerships like these are crucial to the success of Boston Moves for Health.  As a free and convenient program, we hope that Fitness on the Plaza will encourage more people to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives.”

The free classes on City Hall Plaza will take place on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays throughout June, July, and August.  Fitness on the Plaza partners plan to offer classes at the following times:

  • Health Yoga Life: Yoga classes every Wednesday morning from 7:30-8:30am, from June 6 to July 25.  If the outdoor class is rained out, it will be held at Health Yoga Life’s nearby studio at 12 Temple Street.
  • South Boston Yoga and The Sports Club/LA: Teachers from these organizations will team up to put on yoga classes every Thursday Morning from 7:00-8:00am, from July 12 to August 30.
  • Beantown Bootcamp: Boot camp sessions starting at City Hall Plaza every Friday morning from 6:30-7:30am, from July 6th to August 31.  A more family-friendly afternoon session will take place Fridays from 2:30-3:30pm.  Boot camp classes will happen rain or shine.

Drop-ins are welcome at any of these sessions.  For a full calendar of free and low-cost community activities and events, visit

“The great thing about yoga is that it can be done anywhere, anytime, by anyone,” said Vyda Bielkus, Co-Founder of Health Yoga Life.  “We’re eager to help Boston move this summer, and we invite everybody of all fitness levels and yoga experience to join us.  Our teachers will offer easy to learn yoga poses that help build strength and flexibility.  Yoga is also a terrific stress reducer, and by reducing stress in our lives we make healthier choices.  Don’t miss this opportunity to try something new this summer!”

“We feel fortunate to be able to help Boston work towards achieving its fitness goals,” said John Wayman, Founder of Beantown Bootcamp.  “We take enormous pride in running our classes here, and the camaraderie we build between members and trainers is special.  The beauty of boot camp is that it’s a workout that can be performed any place, and it doesn’t involve much equipment.  We hope that participants will take the techniques learned in class and apply them at home or at a local park.  We’re excited to have people of all fitness levels join us for some fun and challenging workouts.”

The city is also working with staff at Fitcorp to arrange for an after-work fitness class on City Hall Plaza.  Once a date and time for the class are selected, details will be available on the Boston Moves website.

As part of today’s event, the Boston Public Health Commission gave away T-shirts to the first 100 people that registered on  Volunteers from the Commission were on hand to help sign people up and introduce them to the website.

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Mayor Menino, Executive Director Dr. Ferrer, and others kick off Free Fitness Classes on City Hall Plaza


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