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Summer is prime time for getting outdoors and trying new exercises

Sarah Coburn knows what summer can do to family fitness goals.

The mother of two understands how easy it can be for parents to put exercise on the back burner as school vacation, family travel and summer concert season starts.

“I see the numbers get smaller in my gym,” said Coburn, owner of Power Fitness in North Tonawanda.

That’s why she and many other group fitness instructors in Western New York take things outside.

Coburn will teach “Power Hour at the Pointe” at 8 a.m. Saturday at Wilkeson Pointe in the Outer Harbor. She also will teach similar bootcamp-style classes at 5 p.m. Mondays in July, starting July 11, at the Niawanda Park bandshell in the City of Tonawanda.

“It will be a mix of aerobic and strength training,” she said, “and include simple, everyday things that everybody can do,” including squats, lunges, pushups and sidesteps. “It will be a nice opportunity to get out of the house, get fit with family and have fun.”

Coburn comes into the outdoor fitness mix at an exciting time in the Buffalo Niagara resurgence. There are more classes than ever – in more places and more styles.

“There’s a lot going on in the city,” Coburn said, “but it’s nice to be doing it in the suburbs, too.”

Bootcamp, cardio, Pilates, tai chi, yoga and Zumba classes are available in abundance, particularly in Erie County, and Canalside has added 10 new classes to its fitness itinerary this summer, making for a total 25.

That’s important, said Dr. Marc Fineberg, a sports medicine and active lifestyle physician with UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. He advised those with health issues to check with their doctor before tackling the classes, and all who jump in to try more than one.

“Unless you’re an experienced athlete training to compete in a particular sport or event, I strongly promote that people engage in multiple exercises that stress different parts of your body,” said Fineberg, also head team doctor for the Buffalo Sabres and a team physician with the Bills. “The ideal fitness program is a combination of low-impact exercise and resistance training – which helps build muscle and burn calories – and a realistic diet that’s sustainable.”

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York launched the Canalside classes three years ago with that idea in mind. They also want Fitness at Canalside to give those in the region a taste of fitness options to find their ideal fit.

“It’s a great way for you to try out popular fitness classes throughout Western New York for free,” said Moira Giammaresi, community relations specialist who leads the effort for BlueCross BlueShield in partnership with Canalside. “In the winter you’ll know what you like, so you can try them out at the studios.”

New classes include AcroYoga, Kettlebells, PiYo, Mindful Meditation, Family Power Yoga and Kangoo Jumps.

Kangoo Jumps is choreographed to popular music and involves bouncing in shoes provided to those who register in advance by email at “You can come and participate without boots, too,” Giammaresi said. “You have a blast dancing but it’s really an amazing workout.

“This summer, we’ve got you covered,” she added, “and now there are classes every single day, so you really have no excuse not to participate.”

Independent Health takes a similar tack with its Fitness in the Parks program, which spreads outdoor group exercise well beyond Buffalo’s borders.

Both fitness initiatives are free and open to everyone on good-weather days. Here’s a snapshot of many of the classes available in the region this summer. They are free unless otherwise noted.


(Through Labor Day. For more info, visit

Exercise Like the Animals. 9 a.m., Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Kid-friendly fitness class mimics the moves of animals of the world.

Pilates mat class. 5 p.m. Monday. Emphasis on the alignment, stability and mobility of your body.

Kangoo Jumps. 6 p.m. Monday. Safe, low-impact rebound exercise. Bounce shoes will be provided while they last.

Rev Fit. 6 p.m. Monday. Total body circuit resistance workout.

Barre Centric. 7 p.m. Monday. Group fitness combining principles from ballet, yoga and Pilates uses small isometric movements to fatigue the muscles and lengthening stretches to increase flexibility.

Fusion Aerobics. 7 p.m. Monday. Total body workout with a mix of cardio and strength using only body weight.

Tai chi. 9 a.m. Tuesday. Gentle stretching movements designed to improve circulation, balance, posture, flexibility and strength while also reducing stress.

Family Power Yoga. 5 p.m. Tuesday. Enjoy the benefits of yoga for the whole family.

De-stress Through Dance. 6 p.m. Tuesday. Each class will be unique, and explore free-form instructed movement to music made to inspire.

Zumba. 6 p.m. Tuesday. Colombian-based dance workout that pushes your cardio endurance. Squats and lunges are incorporated into hip-hop, salsa, samba, merengue and more styles of dance.

Hoop Dance/Rhythm. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Helps you burn up to 400 calories or more through steps, spins, swinging and twirling of the hoop.

Jada Blitz Body Boot Camp. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Fun, fast-paced workout to build endurance, strength and muscle tone.

Kidding Around Family Yoga. Noon Wednesday. Learn easy yoga poses along with breathing techniques. Storytelling will be incorporated. Bring your own yoga mat.

Hip Hop with Shawniece. 5 p.m. Wednesday. Easy-to-follow cardio dance class that focuses on using hip-hop moves and songs.

Mindful Meditation. 6 p.m. Wednesday. Decompress after work with mindfulness meditation for the beginner to advanced.

POUND Fitness. 6 p.m. Wednesday. Full body cardio jam combines resistance training with a constant simulated drumming motion with lightly weighted drumsticks, which are provided.

PiYo Fitness. 7 p.m. Wednesday. Combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of yoga.

Power Yoga. 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday. Builds on the foundations for patience with the emphasis on alignment of posture, physical conditioning and breathing. Power yoga does not follow a set series of poses, so classes can vary widely. Cardio is a focus.

AcroYoga. 7 p.m. Friday. Blends elements of yoga, acrobatics and healing arts. There is a base that remains connected to the ground, a flyer that stays connected to the base, and a spotter who helps the base and flyer maintain safety in the practice.

Kettlebell AMPD. 9 a.m. Saturday. Combines kettlebell moves and calorie-torching fun.

Systema. 9 a.m. Saturday. Russian martial art based in freedom of movement, breathing and nondestruction of your training partners. Humility, strength and courage are emphasized through tension release that creates a healthy, combative body. This method creates a calm body with enhanced situational awareness.

BLT. 9 a.m. Sunday. Intense class combines cardio and plyometric exercises to work out the butt, legs and thighs.

Vinyasa Yoga. 10 a.m. Sunday. Gentle yoga to gain a greater understanding of, and connection to, your body.


(Through August 27. For more info, visit

Bootcamp. 6 p.m. Monday, on the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Abbott Road at Southwestern Boulevard, Orchard Park.

Bootcamp. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Delaware Park, near the Amherst Street-Colvin Avenue green space.

Bootcamp. 6 p.m. Wednesday, Garrison Park, Garrison at Park Drive, Amherst.

Bootcamp. 6 p.m. Wednesday, Goehle (Widewaters) Marina, Cold Springs Road North and Lake Avenue South, Lockport.

Bootcamp. 10 a.m. Saturday, Buffalo RiverWorks, 359 Ganson St.

Cardio Kickboxing. 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Larkin Square pickleball courts, 745 Seneca St.

Cardio Dance. 11 a.m. Friday (starting July 8), 10405 Main St., Clarence.

Cardio Kickboxing. 6 p.m. Friday, Basset Park bandstand, 359 Klein Road, Amherst.

Cardio Kickboxing. 11 a.m. Saturday, Goehle (Widewaters) Marina, Cold Springs Road North and Lake Avenue South, Lockport.

Pilates. 10 a.m. Tuesday, Cheektowaga Town Park, between shelters 12 and 13, 2600 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga.

Pilates. 10 a.m. Wednesday, Artpark, South Fourth Street entrance, Lewiston. Park in Lot D near picnic shelter.

Yoga. 10 a.m. Sunday, Delaware Park near the Rose Garden.

Yoga. 5:30 p.m. Monday (except July 4), Larkin Square pickleball courts, 745 Seneca St.

Yoga. 6 p.m. Monday (except July 4), Westwood Park, 175 Pavement Road, Lancaster.

Yoga. 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Ellicott Park, Ellicott and Virginia streets, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.

Yoga. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Goehle (Widewaters) Marina, Cold Springs Road North and Lake Avenue South, Lockport.

Yoga. 6 p.m., Thursday, Ellicott Creek Park outdoor fitness center, 1 Ellicott Creek Drive, Town of Tonawanda.

Yoga. 10 a.m. Saturday, Bidwell Parkway at Elmwood Avenue, near the Elmwood-Bidwell Farmers Market.

Zumba. 6 p.m. Monday (except July 4), Bassett Park bandstand, 359 Klein Road, Amherst.

Zumba. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Day Road Park gazebo, 5014-98 Day Road, Town of Lockport.

Zumba. 6 p.m. Wednesday, Westwood Park, 175 Pavement Road, Lancaster.

Zumba. 10 a.m. Thursday, Cheektowaga Town Park, between shelters 12 and 13, 2600 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga.

Zumba. 6 p.m. Thursday, Day Road Park gazebo, 5014-98 Day Road, Town of Lockport.

Zumba. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Artpark, South Fourth Street entrance, Lewiston. Park in Lot D near picnic shelter.

Zumba. 10 a.m. Saturday, Goehle (Widewaters) Marina, Cold Springs Road North and Lake Avenue South, Lockport.

Yoga and Zumba. Alternating weekly, 6 p.m. Tuesday, outside the Chestnut Ridge Casino, Orchard Park.


Pilates. 11 a.m. Monday (except July 4), Lakewood Beach, Hartley Park Nature Center, 2 W. Terrace Ave., Lakewood.

Tai chi. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Lakewood Beach, Hartley Park Nature Center, 2 W. Terrace Ave., Lakewood.

Bodyweight Strength, 9 a.m. Wednesday, Lakewood Beach, Hartley Park Nature Center, 2 W. Terrace Ave., Lakewood.

Turbokick. 6 p.m. Monday (except July 4), Allen Park band shell, West Virginia and Elizabeth avenues, Jamestown.

Zumba. 5:30 p.m. Friday, Allen Park band shell, West Virginia and Elizabeth avenues, Jamestown.


Fitness in the Park. 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays through Sept. 24, Delaware Park tennis courts, near Elmwood Avenue.

Buns and Guns Bootcamp. 11 a.m. to noon, Saturdays, 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Sept. 24, Lincoln Park near the water tower, 1200 Parker Ave., Town of Tonawanda.


East Aurora pickleball. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through September, Healthy Zone Rink, 41 Riley St., East Aurora. Six courts under cover; must be at least 18 to play. $5.

Outdoor Fitness Fun. Geared toward 4- and 5-year-olds, 9:15 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 4, Veterans Park, 1717 Bedell Road, Grand Island. Fitness, games and more at Miracle Field in the park.

Family Total Fitness. For ages 10 and up, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 3, Veterans Park, 1717 Bedell Road, Grand Island. Pilates, yoga and strength training.

Zumba in Olean. 6 p.m. July 6 and 20, Aug. 3 and 31, Gargoyle Park, 101 Gargoyle Road, Town of Allegany. Fitness in the Parks event sponsored by the ReHabilitation Center and City of Olean.

Budding Tree Yoga Festival. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 10, Buffalo Outer Harbor Sculpture Park at Wilkeson Pointe, Coast Guard Station South Road, Outer Harbor. Eighteen yoga classes, wellness workshops, kids and family yoga. For more info, visit

Exercise Like the Animals. Kids fitness, 1 to 4 p.m., July 16, and Aug. 13, 20 and 27, Old Falls Street, Niagara Falls. For more info, visit

Paddles Up Niagara. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 30, Beaver Island State Park, 2136 W. Oakfield Road, Grand Island. Includes early morning and fun paddles, as well as educational programs and vendors. Register to paddle and find more info at

Buffalo Float Kayak fundraiser. 8 a.m. Aug. 21 along the Buffalo River, with an afterparty at Buffalo RiverWorks. To benefit the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital. $25 single registration, $45 tandem registration. Register at; for more info, call 730-0102.