MOUNT VERNON — Foundation Park Conservancy is proud to offer a variety of FREE physical fitness activities at the park this summer. All will be held in the Schnormeier Event Center and are sponsored by the Ohio Eastern Star Home and each of the fitness providers including Marshall Winkle, Crossfit 1808, Amber Hawkins, Nisha Maxwell, Shakti Fit, Mount Vernon’s YMCA and Step Into Fitness.

All classes will expect participants to remain socially distanced for the duration of the class. It is recommended that participants bring their own hand sanitizer. Restrooms will be available at the Schnormeier Event Center and are cleaned/disinfected 2-3 times daily. Participants must leave promptly after class; no congregating is allowed.

Schedule: Classes start the first week of June and go through mid-August.


Leader Tai Chi

Mondays and Wednesdays 10-11:30 a.m., Marshall Winkle.

Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that, today, is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Each posture flows into the next without pause, ensuring that your body is in constant motion. Tai chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. In fact, because tai chi is a low impact exercise, it may be especially suitable if you’re an older adult who otherwise may not exercise.


Mondays 5:30-6:30 p.m., Crossfit 1808.

Get back to the basics! Join 1808 to learn the basics of squatting, lunging, pushing, running and jumping. No experience needed. Build a solid foundation for yourself both physically and mentally. Come break a sweat, challenge yourself and leave feeling good!


Tuesdays 1-1:45 p.m., Amber Hawkins.

Perfect for everybody and every body, each Zumba® takes the “work” out of workout, mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, participants will see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Effective and fun, it’s a total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, flexibility and boosted energy.


Tuesdays 5:30-6:30 p.m., Nisha Maxwell.

Led by Nisha Maxwell, this is a fun, high-energy class for all ages. Participants will need an 18-gallon bucket/laundry bucket with rope handle, a 75cm yoga ball (large), and a set of drumsticks. Nisha will have a few extras for first-timers and sells drumsticks for $3 if needed. Come try this new experience!


Wednesdays 6-7 p.m., Shakti Fit.

YMCAThursdays 5 p.m., YMCA, YMCA Instructors.


Fridays 9-10 a.m., Step Into Fitness.

Participants will need to bring a mat. Yoga is quickly becoming one of the most popular workout regimes among those who are looking to gain flexibility, strength and even lose weight. It is great for reducing stress and allowing for greater relaxation. Yoga is said to have originated in India during the Golden Age, nearly 26,000 years ago. Yoga can do a lot for the human body and has been proven to increase health and body awareness allowing yoga participants to better control their bodies. From flexibility increases to better body alignment, Yoga can help with a variety of ailments.

One of last year’s instructors, Hannah Kelling, is offering the THRIVEKids program as virtual online program this summer for kids. Those interested can learn more at


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