Offering free exercise classes in the park, Transformation Tuesdays take off in Dearborn

No matter your mode of transportation, be it by foot, Dearborn's new bike share program, or automobile, if you're passing City Hall Park on a Tuesday evening, you're going to see a whole bunch of people working out in the sun. That's because Tuesdays in Dearborn are now Transformation Tuesdays.

From now until August 6, the public is invited to join professional trainers for a series of workout sessions. Each session starts at 5:30 p.m., goes for 30 to 40 minutes, is followed by a ten to fifteen minute break, and then a second session begins at 6:30 p.m.

The classes are free and open to the public, Dearborn residents or otherwise. Registration is available online or beginning at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall Park every Tuesday.

Like the organizations that are sponsoring the free events, it's a mix of workout styles that make up Transformation Tuesdays. Classes include Zumba, PiYo, kickboxing, Piloxing, bootcamp-style workouts, and more. Beaumont Health System, Fairlane Towncenter, Healthy Dearborn, the City of Dearborn, and First Responders For Fitness are sponsoring the series.

While the rest of the summer uses City Hall Park as its location, the kick-off event was held at Fairane Towncenter. DeJuan McTaw, a student intern at Beaumont who helped plan the events, says the spectacle of people exercising in the middle of the mall drew a lot of onlookers.

"People were watching from the upper levels, leaving work to watch," he says. "It was piquing lots of interest."

McTaw says that the first two events have already attracted 175 participants in total.

"Transformation Tuesdays are great because they're free. If people aren't already in the swing of things, this might help them start exercising or pick it back up," says McTaw.

"It could really get people inspired."

A full schedule of classes can be found here. Register for Transformation Tuesdays online.

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