Fitness Free-for-All

From Zumba on the Esplanade to yoga overlooking Jamaica Pond, these local parks offer plenty of (gratis!) ways to enjoy your daily workout en plein air.

free workouts in boston parks

Practice your postures along the Charles on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. The class is just one of many free fitness offerings on the Esplanade starting in July. (photograph by j. kiely jr.)

Blackstone Park

Whether you already have a partner or are looking to find one, this three-hour salsa lesson is ideal for all experience levels and ages.

Mondays, 5 to 8 p.m.

Christopher Columbus Park

Bid adieu to the workweek with rounds of jumping jacks, pushups, and lunges in the morning sun.

Fridays, 6:30 to 7:30 a.m.

The Esplanade at the Hatch Shell

Thumping beats and a concertlike setting have turned this easy-to-follow workshop into one of the largest outdoor Zumba classes in Boston.

Tuesdays starting in July, 6 to 7 p.m.

Franklin Park

Just in time for summer wedding season, learn choreographed steps and upbeat moves with a group of your closest friends (or strangers).

Wednesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Madison Park

The best early-morning eye opener? A vigorous round of al fresco HIIT, which combines bursts of intense exercise (high knees, running, and more) with brief periods of rest.

Mondays, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Rose Kennedy Greenway

Ali Baldassare’s signature Pilates boot camp mixes cardio drills with core-strengthening exercises designed to tone the whole body. BYO mat.

Every other Monday, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Symphony Park

This class in the Fenway teaches the mind-body moves of tai chi, created for self ­defense but now used as a stress ­reducer. It’s even being studied as a med-free way to fight chronic pain.

Tuesdays, 10 to 11 a.m.

Jamaica Pond (Pinebank Promontory)

At this all-levels class, you can perfect your tree pose while watching the sun set over a glistening Jamaica Pond. BYO mat.

Tuesdays, 6 to 7 p.m.


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