Independent Health and the YMCA team up to provide classes for all ages and abilities across Western New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. (June 3, 2024) – From getting your heart rate up with a circuit training class to your first time stretching in a yoga session, the 13th season of Fitness in the Parks has a range of offerings to help everyone get outside for a fun and active summer.

The partnership between Independent Health and the YMCA will continue to provide more than 500 free fitness classes across Western New York, stretching from Lewiston to Jamestown, beginning June 3 and running through Aug. 31.

Classes open to all levels!

The no-registration format allows for participants of all ages and abilities to drop into any class at any location, making it a great opportunity for new and longtime participants alike to try a new class. The YMCA-certified instructors are able to modify exercises for seniors and those with limited range of motion or other health concerns.

“Get there a few minutes early, introduce yourself to the instructor and have that conversation on any concerns or movement limitations you have,” said Michelle Carbery, senior corporate wellness specialist at Independent Health and Fitness in the Parks instructor. “Fitness in the Parks is meant for all levels. Go in with no expectations. Just have fun and enjoy getting outdoors.”

June 3rd to Aug. 31st at these locations:

  • Delaware Park
  • Chestnut Ridge Park
  • Terminal B at Outer Harbor
  • Larkin Square
  • LaSalle Waterfront Park

Fitness in the Parks offers a wide variety of classes, including Barre, Meditation, Beginner’s Qigong, Tai Chi, and a walking class. For the complete schedule and class descriptions visit

Available classes and activities include:

  • Pilates (mat required) – Strengthen the body’s core muscles, including the abdominals and lower back, with this method of body conditioning. You’ll tone your body and increase flexibility.
  • Yoga (mat required) – Enjoy gentle, effective postures that promote stretching, strengthening and relaxation. Benefits include increased blood circulation, improved mental awareness, strengthened muscles and reduced stress.
  • Zumba® – This class features exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats.
  • Core & More – This progressive exercise program combines relaxation, flexibility and strengthening exercises to build muscle and stamina in core areas, keeping you strong for life.

Day-of cancellations, due to rain or poor weather, will be listed on the YMCA Buffalo Niagara and Jamestown YMCA Facebook pages.