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Healthy St. Pete adds new classes to free fitness programs

Every Tuesday and Saturday, free fitness classes are held at various parks throughout St. Pete.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — One size doesn’t fit all when it comes to fitness. Some people like to lift weights, while others prefer a workout class. 

Healthy St. Pete, a division of the Parks and Rec department and initiative of St. Pete Deputy Mayor Dr. Kanika Tomalin, is trying to make a healthy lifestyle accessible to everyone.

One of the ways they're doing that is with their free Fitness in the Park programs. Every Tuesday and Saturday free fitness classes are held at various parks throughout St. Pete.

"We're really trying to have a movement of health and wellness and build a culture in our city," said Kim Lehto of Healthy St. Pete.

Recently, three new classes were added to the free fitness lineup: Hoola Fit, Tai Chi and Cardio Tennis.

By combining tennis drills with agility training and body weight exercise, cardio tennis is a full body workout.

"What it's going to do it work your legs, your arms, it's going to get that heart rate up," said Cardio Tennis Coach Rob Perry. "You're going to feel everything after your cardio tennis session."

Other Fitness in the Park programs are yoga, dance fitness and boot camps.

Visit the Healthy St. Pete website for a complete list, locations and times.

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