Free fitness classes offered at Tawasentha Park

— File photo

After the ribbon was cut last spring to officially open the Fitness Court, a free outdoor exercise area in Guilderland’s Tawasentha Park, participants were led through a tutorial by MVP’s Stacie Hebert at far right. This spring, MVP Arena Community Partnership is offering a series of free classes at the site.

GUILDERLAND — The Fitness Court that opened in Tawasentha Park a year ago will be the site of free fitness classes this May and June.

The MVP Arena Community Partnership, comprised of MVP Health Care and Albany County, is hosting the classes.

In November 2021, when Albany County awarded naming rights for its arena to MVP Health Care, originally Mohawk Valley Physicians Health Plan, the contract included an annual $1.4 million over five years for the Innovation Fund that is to support community projects like the fitness facility.

The court was installed by the National Fitness Campaign, a for-profit wellness consulting firm supported by a consortium of health insurance companies, including MVP, which has a goal of building 5,000 outdoor fitness courts across the nation by 2030.

The town park is located at 188 Route 146. To register for classes, go online to Programs (

These free classes are being offered:

— Functional Strength Training on Wednesdays, May 1 to June 12 from 5 to 6 p.m.; 

— Functional Fitness on Thursdays, May 2 to June 13, from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.;

— Lifted Vision Community Yoga on Thursdays, May 2 to June 13, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.;

— Total Body Circuit on Tuesdays, May 7 to June 25, from 9 to 10 a.m.; and

— Tai Chi on Wednesdays, June 5 to 26, from 9 to 10 a.m.

— Melissa Hale-Spencer

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