This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of attending my first Workout in the Park, hosted by Self magazine in Central Park. The day is a great opportunity for people of any fitness level to try out new workouts, get some fitness swag, and spend a healthy Saturday in the sun.
There were three workout areas: the main stage, the quiet zone for mat work, and the toning zone. I started my workout in the quite zone, for a Pilates Fusion workout on the mats. Then I headed over to the main stage for Retro-Robics, featuring 90’s hip-hop moves, followed by a LaBLAST class inspired by dances featured on Dancing with the Stars. Some of the other workouts included Cardio Tai Box, Yoga Body Sculpt, a Masala Bhangra dance class featuring Bollywood dance moves and a sing-along Glee Club workout. All of the workouts were provided by Crunch, so if you want to try one of these routines, check the class schedule at your closest Crunch location.
Although I’m a regular runner and occasional yoga practitioner, I was definitely sore in the best way on Sunday. The event was a great reminder of the importance of trying new physical activities and mixing up your workout routine: there may be muscles you’re not using if you follow the same workout every day. The crowd was enthusiastic and the turnout for the event was pretty impressive. Although there were several hundred attendees, everyone seemed to be in a very good mood.
Starting today, there’s a whole new way to read Self magazine. The popular fitness and health publication announced the launch of their iPad app today, which will not only allow readers to get Self on their iPads but also interact with the content. The app itself is free, and features workout videos, weight loss plans and healthy recipes.
The first completely digital edition of Self magazine will be the April issue, the full version of which is available through in-app purchase for $3.99. In addition to health and fitness content, Self also offers a variety of celebrity interviews, fashion articles and beauty advice. The new interactive component of the magazine will allow users to watch how-to videos, get live Tweets and a regularly updated news feed.
For the past 17 years, SELF Magazine has been promoting women’s fitness during the annual Workout in the Park. This year promises to be better than ever with 17 different workout classes, including Kama Strength and LaBlast, to help women reinvent themselves into the healthiest and happiest versions of themselves that they can be. Famous fitness celebrities such as Allison Sweeney, author of The Mommy Diet, will also be at the workouts. Another new perk to this year’s schedule is that the Workout in the Park has added a new city to it’s tour: San Francisco, California.
Workout in the Park is more than just a fitness rally. Women from across the country meet up at the designated time and place to experience current trends in the fitness industry while also learning about the hottest beauty, health, and nutrition essentials that are in the market today. Even if it rains, nothing can put a damper on the Workout in the Park and the girl-power that it ignites in all of the participants.
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