First free fitness pop-up classes in the park start next week

March 30, 2017

Spring Training Starts April 4


Molly Albertson

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PHILADELPHIA (March 30, 2017) –  Spring Training at Dilworth Park returns next week with a variety of free outdoor activities Tuesdays through Thursdays, April 4 through May 25. Top-notch trainers will lead free outdoor classes to help you get in shape while experts from Rothman Institute will offer tips on stretching and injury prevention. For the first time, Spring Training includes Center City retailers featuring special discounts on new fitness-wear looks for the season. will be the place to go to for weekly updates on fitness tips, discounts from local shops, and class schedules.

All fitness classes are led by experienced trainers from Optimal Sport Health Clubs. The schedule for next week will be:


Saturday, April 1

The Air Grille, operated by Brûlée Catering, will open alongside Dilworth Park Café with a menu of grilled foods, burgers, fries, sandwiches and salads. The Air Grille will serve lunch this spring, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Dilworth Park fountain will be turned on to welcomes spring, creating a dancing water feature near City Hall.


Tuesday, April 4

Noon: Take a moment to breathe, relax and quiet your mind while building up muscle strength and balance with yoga. Bring your own mat.

6:00 p.m.: Challenge your routine with the high-intensity approach of a boot camp class.

Wednesday, April 5

1:00 p.m.: Silver Sneakers makes fitness fun for boomers and beyond with exercises designed to increase muscle strength and range of movement for seniors.

6:30 p.m.: City Fit Girls Running Club, an all-levels running and fitness community for women, meets near the information center.


Thursday, April 6

6:00 p.m.: Get your body going with Zumba, an all-out, super calorie-burning dance party set to Latin and pop music.


New this year for Spring Training, Center City’s active-wear and sports-gear stores are getting in on the action. The hottest new spring fitness looks and gear will be popping up at Spring Training at Dilworth Park. The Spring Training Retail Guide is an online collection showcasing local retailers’ specials and promotions for fitness-related purchases. Participating retailers include Under Armour, Athleta, New Balance, and Philadelphia Runner. Check the website each week for new fitness tips from trainers from Optimal Sport Health Clubs, and for updates on new promotions in local shops.


Plus, all season long, you can fuel up with healthy offerings from the Dilworth Park Café. Rehydrate with a refreshing fruited agua fresco. Grab a fresh salad or healthy snack to refuel after your sweat session, for lunch or dinner. The café is open this spring from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, and 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.


Find special health and fitness tips designed to keep you informed and in shape, a list of Center City’s best places to find workout and athleisure clothing, and all updates on activities at the park at Follow @CCDParks on Twitter to see updates on pop-up classes, great looks for spring workouts and more with #SpringTraining.


Spring Training at Dilworth Park is presented by Rothman Institute, with program partners Optimal Sport Health Clubs and City Fit Girls.


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