Step Out, Be Fit
Step Out, Be Fit is our new weekly “column” where we’ll feature a free outdoor fitness class paired with a nearby activity, restaurant, or bar to check out after class! Why? Because it’s just more fun that way. Get ready for your fittest – and funnest – summer yet!
Not having a gym membership is no longer a reason to not to get fit in Buffalo. Over the past few summers, Buffalo has become home to an array of free, $0, won’t-break-the-bank, outdoor fitness classes. Regardless of where in the city – or outside of the city – you’re living, working, or playing, on any given day you can find a free fitness class to shake up your current workout routine, have fun with friends and family, or take your first baby steps into fitness.
Workout: KettleBell AMPD
The Canals Lawn at Canalside
Saturday, June 25
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Activity: Taste of Diversity Festival
Corner of Grant St and Lafayette Ave
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Shake off your Friday “turn down for what” headache and lethargy with a heart-pumping, muscle-aching, perspiration-sweating with Canalside’s KettleBell AMPD class, sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. The class early Saturday morning is all about working out to the beat of music. You’ll swing around some kettlebells all while pumping up the jams.
After you’ve spent some time recovering from class (we recommend chilling in a lawn chair overlooking the water), head over to the West Side for the annual, one-day Taste of Diversity Festival. The Festival has been going strong since 2003, celebrating the West Side’s unique variety of ethnic foods and vendors. The West Side is home to a populous and entrepreneurial immigrant community, best experienced through food and music.
Spend the day and treat your ears and dancing feet to the likes of Tigrena, an Argentine Tango group; the Egyptian belly dance group Oasis; Wendell Rivera and Latin Jazz Ensemble; and Colombian folklore dance with Amor and Heritage; and more! When you need some refreshments, there’s a whole host of local vendors you can sample. Try out Abyssinia Ethiopian (a personal West Side Bazaar go-to), Boualivone Serixay for pad thai and bubble tea, Pure Peru, and Yakisoba’s for Japanese food. I’d say with Taste of Diversity’s extensive vendor menu, you can eat through a pretty decent chunk of the globe this Saturday.
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