Saturday, June 13, 2009

Millennium Park Workouts

Last weekend, I checked out the Millennium Park Workouts. Every Saturday morning they offer FREE Yoga, Pilates, Dance fitness and Tai Chi workout classes downtown in Chicago at Millennium Park on the lawn of the Pritzker Pavilion from 8am to 11am. The classes are run by the instructors from Lakeshore Athletic Club (at Illinois Center) and are courtesy of McDonald’s. Unfortunately, it rained today :(

Free Yoga classes start at 8 AM and focus on balance, flexibility, strength and overall health.

At 9 AM there are free Pilates classes to work on your core muscle strength, posture and flexibility.

Then at 10 AM there are free Dance workouts taught by some of the same dancers you see at Dance Chicago or Summerdance.

The schedule is as follows :

The Amaniyea Payne of Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago will teach the class on June 7, 14, 21 and 28. They offer an energizing African dance workshop where you move to the beat of the drum as you enjoy this cultural experience with live musicians.

The Hip-Hop Wake-Up Call will be taught by the Culture Shock Dance Troupe on July 5, 12, 19 and 26.
Dancers of all levels and ages are invited to learn the latest hip-hop moves from Chicago’s premier hip-hop dance troupe featured in Dance Chicago for many years.

Salsa! Salsa! Salsa! with Lisa La Boriqua on Saturdays in August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Enjoy dance fitness through Latin dances with this red hot mix of Salsa, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia and Cha Cha Cha.

The TAI CHI bonus class is at 7 am on the first Saturdays of each month, June 7, July 5, August 2 and September 6. Come out extra early for the elegant ancient Chinese soft martial art that has brought peace and discipline to people for centuries.

The BODY COMBAT™ class is at 9 am on July 19th. Les Mills and master trainer, Josef Matthews, leads a fiercely energetic program, inspired by many martial arts and is drawn from a wide array of disciplines, including Karate, boxing, Taekwondo, Tai Chi and Muay Thai. Its a total body workout.

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