BlueCross BlueShield Free Fitness

BlueCross BlueShield Offers Largest Variety of Free Fitness Yet

Fitness at Canalside, Presented by BlueCross BlueShield Expands to 33 Classes

Buffalo, N.Y. – BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York is expanding Fitness at Canalside this summer to offer more than 30 free fitness classes, the largest series since the program launched in 2015.

Drawing thousands of individuals from across Western New York each year, Fitness at Canalside offers a broad range of classes that appeal to all ages and fitness levels. Led by the areas most recognized coaches, classes are offered from sunrise to sunset every day of the week.

In addition to returning fan-favorites, BlueCross BlueShield is adding a variety of new classes to the roster, including Rise Fitness Pilates, Generation POUND, BikeorBar HIIT, Kids Get Moving – Creative Movements, Studio J’s Kids Dance, Shannon Connors Fitness, Boxstar Training, Get Livin’ Bootcamp, SilverSneakers Dance and Chair Yoga, Silent Disco with La’ Movement, Himalayan Institute Meditation, Yoga with Steve, Soma Cura Yoga, Core Velocity Yoga, and Graceful Warrior Yoga.

CoreFit Athletics Bootcamp is also joining the lineup, and will be offered at 6 a.m. on Tuesday’s.  This is the earliest class that’s ever been offered as part of the free series.

“Getting fit has never been so fun,” said Julie R. Snyder, Vice President, Corporate Relations, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. “As the official health plan of Canalside, we’re excited to kick off another season of outdoor fitness with more free classes than ever before.”

Fitness classes are free and open to individuals of all ages, regardless of fitness level or experience. Participants can share their experiences on social media through #BCBSFitness.

BlueCross BlueShield Blue Bikes are also back for 2019 and are available for rent daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Individuals and families can pedal and explore downtown Buffalo and the waterfront – no membership needed. BlueCross BlueShield members will receive their first hour for free by presenting their member ID card.

A full calendar of fitness classes and information about all of the activities taking place this summer can be found below and at bcbswny.com/play. All classes are weather dependent.

Fitness at Canalside Schedule:

 

Day and TimeProgramDescriptionDates
Monday,

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Chair + Mat YogaChair + Mat Yoga helps busy youth, adults and seniors find peace and happiness through yoga-inspired sessions, mindfulness and creative expression.5/27-8/26

*No class

7/29, 8/5

 

Monday,

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Rise Fitness- Hatha YogaRise yoga classes are designed with you in mind. Whether it’s your first time or 100th, at Rise we work as a team in a non-judgement zone. We set goals to meet, and then RISE above those expectations.6/3-8/26

 

Monday,

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Kids Get Moving- Creative MovementsKid’s Get Moving Creative Movement is a wonderful way for children to be confident and active. We encourage kids to lead healthy self-expressions to grow self-esteem and establish an active, healthy lifestyle in all phases of their lives.5/27-8/26
Monday,

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Jada Blitz Fitness

 

Jada Blitz Fitness will incorporate a wide variety of equipment and exercises, including body weight and free weights. This class is flexible to serve the needs of all participants. It will get beginner in shape, challenge the athlete and both men and women are welcome!5/27-8/26
Monday,

7:00-8:00 p.m.

Himalayan Institute MeditationMeditation, a method for acquiring a clear and tranquil mind, is the heart of yoga practice. Discover a new level of peace within yourself.6/3-8/26
Monday,

7:00-8:00 p.m.

Kids Generation POUNDGeneration POUND was created not just as a workout geared towards kids, but a MOVEMENT that aims to change the concept of health and fitness for today’s youth. Get ready to make fitness about self-expression, empowerment, self-love and FUN! How? By introducing alternative ways to MOVE, ROCK, PLAY and MAKE NOISE.5/27-8/26
Monday,

7:00-8:00 p.m.

Barre CentricJoin us on Monday nights to strengthen and lengthen your muscles at Canalside! Barre Centric classes fuse together ballet, yoga, Pilates and functional training in a fun and effective way. Our classes will lead you through isometric exercises to fatigue your muscles, followed by deep stretches to lengthen the muscles!5/27-8/26
    
Tuesday,

6:00-7:00 a.m.

Core Fit AthleticsCore Fit Athletics is a combination of cardiovascular conditioning, strength training and stretching. This class is a fully functional session that mixes traditional callisthenic and body weight exercises with interval training and strength training.5/28-8/27
Tuesday,

10:15-11:15 a.m.

SilverSneakers

Dance

Strength. Confidence. Flexibility. This class takes the best from yoga and pilates, and combines them into one fusion class designed to relax the body and mind with peaceful music and invigorating movements.

 

5/28-8/27

 

Tuesday,

5:30-6:00 p.m.

Shannon Connors FitnessCome join certified group fitness dynamo Shannon Connors and her team as they work you out in this full-body, high energy workout designed to work every muscle in your body. BEGINNER TO THE MOST EXPERIENCED FITNESS ENTHUSIASTS can enjoy this one!  Just bring your mat, a water bottle and your energy!5/28-8/20

*No class 8/6 & 8/27

Tuesday,

6:00-7:00 p.m.

ZumbaZumba at Canalside is an hour-long dance fitness party. Join instructors Jen, Megan and Olivia as they lead you through different international rhythms for a great outdoor summer workout under the VIP tent. Zumba is simple and easy to follow (you don’t have to be a dancer), will get your energy up and is guaranteed to leave you wanting more!5/28-8/20

*No class  8/6 & 8/27

 

Tuesday,

7:00-8:00 p.m.

Graceful Warrior YogaGrace Warrior Yoga classes are designed to bring forth a unique experience filled with strength, power, grace and clarity. Yoga has a unique ability to connect the body and mind. This class is sure to bring about positive results that we are all looking for in our daily lives.5/28-8/20

*No class 8/6 & 8/27

 

    
Wednesday,

10:00-11:00 a.m.

Kids Josh and FriendsKids Josh and Friends is an adapted workout class that improves cardio endurance and burns calories. It is all about breaking a sweat and having fun. The class focuses on cardio endurance by starting with simple dance moves then building into more complex sequences, bringing everyone a great cardio workout.5/29-8/28

 

Wednesday,

5:30-6:30 p.m.

IMPACT Hip Hop Yoga

 

IMPACT Hip Hop Yoga is an all levels class which pairs breath with movement while building heat, improving endurance, and challenging your physical and mental stamina. Creative sequencing develops strength, mindfulness and safe mobility through poses and transitions.5/29-8/28
Wednesday,

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Garage Fitness HIIT and KickGarage Fitness HIIT and Kick is a high intensity fitness class, designed for all fitness levels from beginners to elite athletes that will ultimately challenge and motivate you.5/29-8/28

 

 

Wednesday,

6:00-7:00 p.m.

La’Movement FitnessJoin the Party! La’Movement Fitness is a class to get up, get active and get moving. Offering high energy and vibrant dance fitness classes, each class will be facilitated through a multi-cultural lens.5/29-8/28

 

Wednesday,

7:00-8:00 p.m.

LA Fitness CardioLA Fitness has steadily increased its presence by focusing on the one lifelong benefit valued by everyone: good health. Join us for a beautiful cardio fitness class at Canalside!5/29-8/28

 

    
Thursday,

10:00-11:00 a.m.

SilverSneakers  Chair YogaSilverSneakers Chair Yoga specifically accommodates all practices, ages and experience levels for seniors or those with limited mobility.5/30-8/29
Thursday,

11:00-12:00 p.m.

Studio J’s Kids DanceStudio J’s makes dance and fitness affordable and fun! We believe that learning to dance in a healthy, creative and nurturing environment expands imaginations, builds self-esteem, promotes self-discipline and establishes a sense of teamwork and cooperation. Most of all, we will give our students love, praise and encouragement to be their best.5/30-8/29
*No class 7/11
    
Friday,

10:00-11:00 a.m.

Everyone Can Dance

 

Sway. Stretch. Imagine. Laugh. This innovative dance program is open to all ages. Follow along and even learn how to improvise your own movement style.5/31-8/30

*No class 6/7, 6/21,  7/19 & 8/2

Friday,

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Soma Cura YogaFlow Yoga at Canalside is open to all levels and promotes strength, courage and a deep sense of calm. Stay grounded and learn to soar!5/31-8/23

*No class 6/21, 6/28, 7/12, 8/2 & 8/30

Friday,

6:00-7:00 p.m.

Kids Get Moving- Creative MovementKid’s Get Moving Creative Movement is a wonderful way for children to be confident and active. We encourage kids to lead healthy self-expressions to grow self-esteem and establish an active, healthy lifestyle in all phases of their lives.5/31-8/23

*No class

6/21, 6/28, 7/12, 8/2 & 8/30

Friday,

7:00-8:00 p.m.

Kids Fitness- Generation

POUND

Generation POUND was created not just as a workout geared towards kids, but a MOVEMENT that aims to change the concept of health and fitness for today’s youth. Get ready to make fitness about self-expression, empowerment, self-love and FUN! How? By introducing alternative ways to MOVE, ROCK, PLAY and MAKE NOISE.5/31-8/23

*No class

6/21, 6/28, 7/12, 8/2 & 8/30

    
Saturday,

10:00-11:00 a.m.

SowFit POUND FitnessSowFit POUND is a unique exercise method inspired by energizing, infectious and sweat-dripping fun while playing the drums.5/25-8/31
    
Sunday,

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Core Velocity YogaCore Velocity Yoga includes stretching, breathing and flowing in standing postures. Classes are perfect for all levels and take a classic approach to breathing and exercise.5/26-9/1

*No class 6/2

Sunday,

10:00-11:00 a.m.

BikeorBar HIITBikeOrBar HIIT is packed full of intense workout sets and full body movement that takes athletic interval training to the next level. Coach Lexi drives you onward and tests your technique. Walk in fierce and walk out fearless.5/26-9/1

*No class 6/2

Sunday,

11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

BoxStar TrainingBoxStar training utilizes non-combative boxing routines for people at any level, combining boxing and kickboxing workouts, fight conditioning and resistance training.5/26-9/1

*No class 6/2