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Free fitness classes offered by Live Well NKY

Free fitness classes offered by Live Well NKY (WKRC)

COVINGTON, Ky. (WKRC) - If you haven't quite reached that shape up goal for the summer, you can get some free help!

Live Well Northern Kentucky is a program that is now active in several Northern Kentucky neighborhoods.

It's now in Covington, Florence, Fort Mitchell, Ludlow, and Newport.

These are areas where it's been shown that everyone could use a little support and inspiration to move towards better health.

The team in Newport is offering free fitness classes you can attend in Beuna Vista Park.

It's not the usual place to see people moving to music, but at the “RIPPED” class…

“It's an acronym that stands for Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance, and the ‘D’ is for diet and nutrition,” said Elizabeth Young, a Group Fitness Instructor Campbell County YMCA.

Instructor Elizabeth Young of the YMCA and dozens of others are getting together for “Fitness in the Park” because: “Not everybody can afford to get a gym membership or have a pass to a yoga studio,” said Mary Singler of NKY Health Department Health Promotion.

So instead, those gyms and studios, they are coming to you.

Moms such as Sophia Depenbrock say this partnership, along with educators from the Northern Kentucky Health Department say it's been a great way to send families a message that your health matters.

“I do, I do, sometimes I bring friends with us, or drag our friends over with us, but I think it is a good message,” said Sophia Depenbrock, a Newport resident.

The goal is to get more people moving in a way that's not threatening and is affordable.

The idea behind this is that it's a workout anyone can do, and there's quite a variety that you can try, all at no charge. If you are looking for just a way to connect, that's another good thing too, all ideally to get you out and about in your own community.

The next fitness class in the park is as soon as Saturday morning when you can bring the kids.

The hope is you'll realize that fitness can be fun and doesn't have to be far away.

The RIPPED class is just one program and they have everything from yoga to CrossFit.

The classes run through September 16th.

You can learn more about them at this link.

The NKY Health Department did some surveys to target neighborhoods, this one is in Newport, but there are other activity programs in those other neighborhoods we mentioned such as Covington, Fort Mitchell, and Florence.

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