Free fitness classes begin on the Lafitte Greenway – Mid-City Messenger

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Free fitness classes begin on the Lafitte Greenway – Mid-City Messenger


Free yoga classes will be held Mondays through April. (Friends of Lafitte Greenway photo)

Free outdoor fitness classes have begun on the Lafitte Greenway. Friends of Lafitte Greenway will provide free outdoor fitness classes three days per week on the Greenway this spring.

This series features yoga, hip-hop kickboxing, and Fitlot strength training. The classes are for all levels and all body types, and beginners are encouraged to attend. Classes run through April 28. 

Classes are free to participants thanks to support from the Greater New Orleans Foundation and FitLot. Get Fit the Greenway is presented in partnership with the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORD).

Spring 2022 Get Fit the Greenway schedule

  • Mondays, 6:10 p.m. – Yoga with the Ohm Well (Great Lawn – 2101 St. Louis St.)
  • Wednesdays, 6 p.m. – FitLot Strength Training (501 N. Galvez St.)
  • Thursdays, 6 p.m. – Hip Hop Kickboxing with NDO Energy (Great Lawn – 2101 St. Louis St.

See here to register for the classes.

Friends of Lafitte Greenways is partnering with Blue Bikes NOLA to encourage active lifestyles. Participants in any Get Fit the Greenway fitness class will receive a free Blue Bikes ride. More information about Blue Bikes at bluebikesnola.com.

“The Greenway is a place for healthy living, connected to community, to nature, and to our bodies,” said Sophie Harris Vorhoff, executive director of Friends of Lafitte Greenway. “We’re proud to provide free community fitness on the Greenway, and to partner with Blue Bikes to support active lifestyles.”

Blue Bikes has four stations on the Greenway, noted Geoff Coats, CEO of Blue Krewe, the local nonprofit that operates Blue Bikes. “The Lafitte Greenway is one of our city’s premier green spaces that connects communities to outdoor recreation,” Coats said. 

Participants in any Get Fit the Greenway fitness class will receive a free Blue Bikes ride. (Friends of Lafitte Greenway photo)

The Lafitte Greenway is operated in partnership with NORD, which offers a variety of activities on the Greenway, including Movies in the Park and Easter Eggstravaganza and Halloween Spooktacular. 

Movies in the Park will feature “Finding Dorie” on Friday (March 25) at 6:30 p.m. Registration is required. Click here to register.

Easter Eggstravaganza, to be held April 9, is a family-friendly Easter egg hunts featuring the Easter Bunny, face painting, space walks and field games as well as eggs filled with candy and prizes.

“NORD is happy to continue its partnership with Friends of Lafitte Greenway,” said NORD CEO Larry Barabino Jr.  “We look forward to another great season of free outdoor fitness classes along the Lafitte Greenway.”

Thousands of participants from the Greenway’s neighborhoods and beyond have enjoyed the free, outdoor fitness classes. This is the seventh year that Friends of Lafitte Greenway has offered the Get Fit the Greenway series. The organization reached 2,148 participants with fitness classes on the Greenway in 2021.

“By offering no-cost community classes, we get an opportunity to teach more community members how to thoughtfully use the FitLot Outdoor Fitness Park and fully benefit from the space as a no barrier public health resource.” said Adam Mejerson, Executive Director of FitLot.

There are even more fitness classes offered on the Greenway. NORD provides free fitness classes through FitNOLA at the Greenway Station 436 N. Norman C. Francis Parkway, the former Brake Tag Motor Vehicle Inspection Station that opened as a public pavilion in 2022. See here to learn about the FitNOLA schedule.

I loved getting to see the community come together to work out and enjoy the beautiful greenway!,” said Bianca a 2021 Get Fit the Greenway participant. “It’s part of what a healthy society and community looks like, and I am grateful that we have these opportunities in New Orleans on the Greenway.”

Participants are encouraged to bring a water bottle, a towel, and a yoga mat for yoga class. More information about the series is available at lafittegreenway.org/getfit.



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