Spotlight On: Waterfront Wellness
Like most cities, Baltimore is full of a wide variety of exercise classes, programs, and opportunities to get out, get active, and try a new activity that you may not have considered approaching before. The sheer magnitude of subscription gyms from crossfit to pilates, yoga studios, and community sports leagues can be incredibly daunting to even begin parsing through — especially if you’re not really sure where you want to begin. And even once you start considering or just want to try something out before you commit, most of those places may offer free trials (often entrenched in hidden fees and credit card entrapment), it’s rare to find many opportunities for free fitness in the city.
That’s where Waterfront Wellness provides a unique opportunity to explore some fitness classes, without the commitment. Accessible to all fitness levels, Waterfront Wellness, is a Waterfront Partnership initiative that offers free fitness classes at West Shore Park. In conjunction with Medifast and Octavia, the summer series consists of yoga, dance, and intense full body workouts for every type of fitness person to enjoy. While classes take place mostly on the weekends, there are a couple classes offered Monday and Tuesday on the current schedule.
“The view is wonderful and it feels like a safe, contained area to partake in the various fitness initiative Waterfront Wellness offers. I appreciate the fitness open to the community as a whole and everyone is welcome to participate,” says Christine Barnabic, a Baltimore resident for 18 years, who has participated in Waterfront Wellness programs for over seven years.
Christine takes advantage of the Sunday morning yoga class as a way to kick off her morning before heading to the farmer’s market; because what would make a better Sunday morning than Yoga in the Inner Harbor followed by fresh Maryland produce?
For many, approaching a new fitness class can be intimidating, but Christine has walked away from taking new classes, having felt welcomed, and has consistently returned.
“The teachers for the classes were very nice. They interacted well with the participants” she explains, “I also liked how [Waterfront Wellness] offered Monday Dance. The instructor was fun and explained the steps well and it was exciting to then dance the steps to the songs, it put a smile on my face moving to the fun beats and danced in the grass.” Along with the Monday dance class. Christine also frequented the Tuesday HIIT class.
Regardless of your fitness levels or current exercise routine, the ability to drop into a class to get a taste of what kind of classes you might be interested in, leaves no excuse but to try one out.
Check the Waterfront Wellness site for updates on class schedules, times, and to register: https://www.baltimorewaterfront.com/waterfront-wellness/