Virtual Workouts and Socially-Distanced Fitness Events to Try This Week
Get ready to sweat, learn, and eat healthier.
If you’re lucky enough not to be driving a U-Haul on the busiest moving weekend of the year, you’ll have the chance to take advantage of back-to-back workshops this Saturday afternoon. Don’t miss TrillFit dance cardio in Roxbury, followed by kickboxing in South Bay Center and sunset yoga in Piers Park. And if you are moving, first, make sure to avoid Storrow Drive, and second, get your sweat on during the week instead. Tonight, catch a Lynx Fitness Club bootcamp at Statler Park, or a Wednesday evening yoga class with Coolidge Yoga or the Loring Greenough House.
Monday, August 24
Total Body Burn with Matt: Kick off your week with a 45-minute, full-body bootcamp workout in Statler Park led by Lynx Fitness Club instructor Matt. This class will burn out every muscle group with targeted cardio and strength moves. Expect to leave class with sore legs and the courage to take on the week ahead.
$10, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Statler Park, 243 Stuart St., Boston, eventbrite.com.
Tuesday, August 25
Eat Your Values…Then Your Veggies: There are hundreds of diet trends clogging our newsfeeds on any given day—from your cousin’s keto recipes to the high-protein pastas your roommate swears by. Clear through the clutter with the help of The Wellness Blueprint and nutrition coach Chelsea G. Whether your goal is losing weight or improving athletic performance, this hour long workshop will help you plan out your plates based on your personal dietary needs and values.
$5-$25, 7 p.m.-8 p.m., facebook.com.
Wednesday, August 26
In-Person Outdoor Yoga: Head to the South End with Coolidge Yoga’s Daniel Krulewitch for a community class out in the park. You’ll need a mat, a towel, a mask and a water bottle to take part—and social distancing between class members will be strictly enforced.
$20, 8 a.m.-9 a.m., Blackstone Square Park, 1525 Washington St., Boston, union.fit.
Get Movin’ on the Lawn Yoga Class: This all-levels, monthly restorative yoga class is part of the Loring Greenough House’s Get Movin’ on the Lawn summer series, sponsored by local realtors at The Muncey Group. Instructor Marlene Boyette will lead you through a series of standing, seated and supine yoga postures. All participants must wear a mask while they flow, and stay six feet apart from others.
$5, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., Loring Greenough House, 12 South St., Boston, eventbrite.com.
Understand Anxiety and Learn Tools to Squash It: This MEtreat workshop begins on a deep discussion with psychotherapist Dr. Leslie Bowman about our behavior and emotion during times of stress, and how to thrive during today’s uncertain climate. After this reflection, you’ll connect mindful movement and breath with a 45-minute flow designed to bridge your body and mind.
By donation, 7:30 p.m., eventbrite.com.
Thursday, August 27
Boston Waterfront Virtual 5K: The McCourt Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting patients and families facing neurological health challenges, has adapted their 5K fundraiser to a virtual format this year. Runners can race from Thursday until Saturday and share their route on social media with the hashtag #Waterfront5K. Anyone can participate, so grab the whole family and head out to raise money for a good cause. Registration includes a race tee, bag, and medal, plus a beer voucher to redeem at any of the race’s partner restaurants after you run.
$35, August 27-29, give.mccourtfoundation.org.
Outdoor Mindfulness Training for Young Adults: For many of us, getting outside into the fresh air is the most important part of the day—whether we can find time for a long hike or just a walk around the block. This class from Body & Brain Yoga Tai Chi uses a combination of strength training, meditation, tai chi and qigong to help participants slow down and reconnect with the natural environment. Group size will cap at 10 participants.
$10, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., Larz Anderson Park, Goddard Ave., and Newton St., Brookline, eventbrite.com.
Punk Rock Aerobics For Kidz (and Families!): Instructors from the cult-favorite workout class Punk Rock Aerobics are making the addictive, high-energy cardio workout accessible to the pint-sized crowd. Set to fun rock classics like The Ramones, Blondie and more, families can rock out together with moves designed for everyone ages eight and up. This class is in such high demand, almost every date has sold out a week in advance this summer.
$12, 4 p.m.-4:45 p.m., eventbrite.com.
Friday, August 28
Restorative Slow Flow and Social: Shake off the stress of the work week with an hour of modified twists, hip openers, backbends, balancing poses and more with Blue Circle Yoga instructor Lea Luniewicz. After you stretch into every shape imaginable, kick back for a socially-distant happy hour with your classmates. Plus: this week, Blue Circle Yoga will collab with VIPizza Boston.
$18, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., 200 Lake St., Brighton, facebook.com.
Saturday, August 29
Tai Chi for Stress Management and Heart Health: Harvard Medical School Professor Peter Wayne will lead this half-day wellness program for tai chi beginners, hosted by the Osher Clinical Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Besides learning the simple structures of tai chi, Wayne will also speak on the practice’s complex health benefits. After three and a half hours, you’ll leave with the tools you need to incorporate tai chi into your daily routine.
$15, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., facebook.com.
Serenity Is Bliss: First, relax and destress among the beautiful artwork at Ink Block while you flow through a relaxing yoga class with instructor Selena Natale. Then, keep the chill vibes going while you browse Plant.Bliss.Love succulents and Vital Tonics CBD products. All proceeds from this yoga and shopping event benefit the Loveland Foundation, which provides therapy support for Black women and girls across the country.
$10, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., Underground at Ink Block, 90 Traveler St., Boston, eventbrite.com.
Trillfit Cardio Dance: Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation has invited TrillFit dance instructors to Roxbury for a free cardio dance class to help the community get a safe outdoor sweat in. TrillFit’s HIIT classes blend hip-hop dance choreography with toning moves to make a full-body workout feel like a dance party. After class, refuel on-site with Caribbean-American food from Fresh Food Generation.
Free, 2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Bartlett Station, 2565 Washington St., eventbrite.com.
Kickboxing 45-Minute Workout: Each Warrior Fitness workout comes from martial artist Francis Huynh’s book Ageless Athletic Assassin. Grab the whole family this afternoon for one of Huynh’s accessible kickboxing classes, safe for kids ages six and up. In 45-minutes, you’ll power through stretching, punching, kicking, self-defense moves, HIIT exercises, and more. (Psst…you might even get to channel your inner Avenger with some nunchuks or batons.)
$10, 4 p.m.-5 p.m., AMC South Bay Center: Green Lawn, 25 District Ave., Boston, eventbrite.com.
HarborFit Yoga at Piers Park: Watch the sun set on August with this evening yoga class for all levels. You’ll catch spectacular views of Boston Harbor while you flow through instructor Casey Silva’s slow, stretching routine. Class will cap at 12 students, and masks are required throughout the workout.
Free, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., East Boston Piers Park, 95 Marginal St., East Boston, eventbrite.com.