KALAMAZOO, MI — People who want to experience Kalamazoo’s local fitness scene without the price of walk-in classes will have a chance with Workout Wednesdays at Bronson Park from June 1 through August 31.
Workout Wednesdays are free weekly workouts from 5:30-6:30 p.m. led by local fitness instructors. This year the event is sponsored by Gazelle Sports.
“There are different ways to improve your health, and why not get out when it’s free, my goodness,” said Gazelle Sports store manager Joe Trupp. “Take part in something not offered in every city.”
Trupp first heard about Workout Wednesdays when he saw people congregating in Bronson Park on his walks home from work last year. This led him to create an initiative with the assistant store manager to see how they could get involved.
“I had no idea why they were happening, who was even doing it,” Trupp said.
He said he wondered why something that was so active and had so much to do with movement got away from him. After looking into the matter, Trupp said he wanted to know why they weren’t part of it.
A total of nine organizations will be featured in the Workout Wednesday series, with the first being Rose Wellbeing, a company focused on helping corporate and community wellbeing. Mia Leibold, founder and owner of Rose Wellbeing, has been participating in Workout Wednesdays for two years.
“Workout Wednesdays have an impact because of the community aspect,” Leibold said. “It’s very rare that you have the opportunity to come together and have free movement.
Her class will focus on fusion which combines cardio, strength and stretching. A variety of classes will be offered, including yoga and dance fitness.
Kalaazoo Baree, a subset of Kalamazzo Backyard Yogis, will host on June 8. Traditionally, their barre classes are held at Bent9 Hot Yoga & Fitness, located at 825 South Westnedge. Guess whose Dancing, known for their ‘Twerk Werk’ class, will be hosting a dance fitness class the following week on June 15.
Leibold appreciates the diversity brought by the different classes.
“Music is always fun and an opportunity to try something you’ve never done before,” Leibold said. “If you go there every Wednesday, it will be different.”
Intentional Yoga will host two classes on June 22 and August 17. They offer hot yoga, power flow, sculpting, fire and ice, and slow flow at their studio located at 6800 South Westnedge. Bronson Athletic Club will host on June 29, the club offers a variety of group classes for members.
“It’s super unique. If you go every week, you’ll get something out of it and it will be different from the week before,” Leibold said of practice Wednesdays.
Just Move Fitness will host July 6th. Individuals can access other Just Move Fitness classes in person at 626 Romence Rd. or virtually through a “choose what you pay” option. The fitness organization is the only one featured that has a free option outside of workout Wednesdays.
“The price of studio classes can sometimes make you forget why we should all be moving and why we should all be collaborating with each other to spread wellness around Kalamazoo and promote wellness,” said Leibold.
Fit Bella Vei will collaborate with Rose Wellbeing on June 1 before a solo class hosted by Fit Bella Vei founder Carmen James on July 13.
“I’m going to teach a whole song through some moves, and then we’re going to jump over to her, and she’s going to instruct it, and then it’ll come back to me and we might pick a fun artist like Beyonce or Shakira,” Leibold said. .
Leibold continued, “She and I have very different clients and people that we serve as a community, so it will be a good first class for her and I to join forces.”
The full schedule of featured fitness dates and organizations can be found on the Downtown Kalamazoo Partnership Website.
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