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RiverWorks to host free Saturday bootcamp, outdoor fitness open house

Buffalo RiverWorks will host an open house for the fitness-minded from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The celebration is part of a five-year health and wellness partnership between Independent Health and Buffalo RiverWorks announced last December.

Events include a free 60-minute bootcamp class at 10 a.m. that mixes calisthenics and body weight exercises with interval and strength training. The session is part of Independent Health’s Fitness in the Parks program, presented in partnership with the YMCA Buffalo Niagara, now in its fifth year. Following the bootcamp, there will be an open house featuring free pickle ball and backyard games.

Visitors also may participate in a variety of outdoor, water-related activities including renting kayaks, paddleboards and water bikes, all of which are part of the new Water Extreme Zone at RiverWorks. Independent Health members will get a 50-percent discount on rental fees and others will get 25 percent off during the open house.

Read last weekend's WNY Refresh cover story about free and low-cost outdoor fitness classes here.

“We are pleased to join forces with Buffalo RiverWorks to provide the public with a number of fun, health-related options to celebrate the Independence Day weekend and showcase of one of our region’s most dynamic new entertainment destinations,” said Dr. Michael W. Cropp, president & CEO of Independent Health. “These events will also help participants burn off a few calories from the many picnics and family gatherings they have planned this weekend.”

Independent Health provides other community programs and initiatives including the newly launched Reddy Bikeshare program in Buffalo, the “Independent Health and Buffalo Bills Health & Wellness Challenge,” Healthy Options at Food Truck Tuesdays, the Independent Health Family Branch YMCA, and GO Bike Buffalo. The Independent Health Foundation also offers a number of signature programs including First Night Buffalo, Fitness for Kids and Kids Run, and Good for the Neighborhood.



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