Fit + frugal: 6 free exercise classes at Railroad Park happening now

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Free exercise classes in Railroad Park are back! Photo via Railroad Park, Nik Layman

“Get Healthy on the Railroad” is back for another season of free exercise classes in Railroad Park. With diverse offerings like Zumba, hip hop cardio and yoga, there’s something for everyone. So lace up those sneakers, grab a friend and head to the park!

Free exercise classes at Railroad Park:

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The full schedule has something for everyone. Photo via Railroad Park, Nik Layman

The classes run Monday–Friday through October 29, and are completely free thanks to the generosity of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. We’ve got the scoop on how to stay fit without spending a dime.

1. Monday: Bootcamp at 6PM

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Hitting the hills at Railroad Park. Photo via Railroad Park, Nik Layman

This workout will get your blood pumping! Perfect for anyone looking to tone up and build endurance, this class is not to be missed.

  • Where: Classes typically meet on the lawn between 15th and 16th Streets.

2. Tuesday: Senior Fit at 8AM is a unique morning exercise class at Railroad Park

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Senior fit is a specialized class on Tuesday mornings. Photo via Railroad Park, Nik Layman

This class is specifically designed with movements to improve strength, balance, endurance and flexibility. Regular activity is important at any age, but this session has a focus on low-impact movements that are especially beneficial for older adults.

3. Tuesday: Hip Hop Cardio at 6PM

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Good vibes only at hip hop cardio. Photo via Railroad Park, Nik Layman

Come for the music, stay for the great workout. You’ll feel the burn as you dance through hip hop choreography with a killer playlist.

  • Where: Classes typically meet under the Regions Bank 17th Street Plaza Section B.

4. Wednesday: Zumba at 6PM

This Latin-inspired workout combines dance moves with basic aerobic steps for the ultimate calorie burner. The classes are easy to follow, and beginners are encouraged to try it out—you won’t even realize you’re exercising!

  • Where: Classes typically meet under the Regions Bank 17th Street Plaza Section B.

5. Thursday: Yoga at 6PM

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Biiiiig stretch. Photo via Railroad Park, Nik Layman

Find your Zen with these weekly yoga classes, designed to quiet your mind and enhance balance and flexibility. First-timers and experienced yogis alike are welcome to join.

  • Where: Classes typically meet on the lawn between 15th and 16th Streets.
  • Important Note: Don’t forget to bring your own yoga mat to class.

6. Friday: Family Fun at 6PM

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Fridays are for family fun. Photo via Railroad Park, Nik Layman

Bring your crew out for some classic family fun every Friday evening. First up is a light stretching session, followed by a team-focused game like kickball or soccer. It’s the perfect way to get your weekend off to an exciting start, while reinforcing healthy habits for the entire family.

  • Where: Classes typically meet under the Regions Bank 17th Street Plaza Section B.

Our tips for attending free exercise classes at Railroad Park:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama has made staying healthy in Birmingham easier than ever. We’ve got a few tips for getting the most out of your workout.

  1. Arrive early: No need to register in advance, but please arrive a few minutes early to complete the class participation waiver.
  2. Check for updates: We all know how unpredictable Alabama weather can be. Railroad Park will keep an eye on the sky and post by 4PM on their Facebook page and website if class gets cancelled.
  3. Bring your friends: All ages and levels of experience are encouraged to attend classes, so gather some friends! Children are also welcome, but those under 10 must have an adult with them for supervision.

“I can’t think of another program in the region that serves as wide a portion of the population. It’s completely accessible, in that it’s free to participate and it’s designed to serve all ability levels and exercise tastes.”

Camille Spratling, executive director, Railroad Park Foundation.

Can’t make it IRL?

If you can’t make it to Birmingham’s living room, then you are in luck. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is also bringing a selection of free exercise classes right to you! Find on-demand workouts like Vinyasa flow, bootcamp and hip hop cardio on Railroad Park’s website.

Ready to get healthy on the railroad with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama? We’ll catch you at the park!

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