Wellness Wednesday Kicks Off in Downtown Syracuse

By Emily De Vito SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Clinton Square was filled with more than 25 people at 6:30 a.m. to kick off the 3rd annual Wellness Wednesday.  Certified instructors from downtown Syracuse’s Metro Fitness taught a sunrise Yoga class.  But the fun didn’t stop there.

At 12:15 more than 15 people gathered again at Clinton Square for a Zumba dance aerobic workout class.  Metro Fitness  owner Randy Sabourin said he turned to city recreation officials three years ago with the idea to start a midday Zumba class that would get a big group together to work out.

“Our first year was great and we had 40 or 50 people here,” Sabourin said.  “Last year was the first year we introduced sunrise yoga and that was very successful, and this year we are adding the hula hoop.”

With more than 3,000 people living in Downtown Syracuse, the two groups wanted to find a way to bring the community together in a fun and healthful way.

“It’s great for the community and it’s great for downtown if you live or work downtown,” Sabourin said.

Lynn Kwietniak, who led the Zumba class in Clinton Square, said that people can burn about 500 calories during a 30-minutes class.

“We’re doing squats, we’re doing lunges, jumping up and down so it entails everything, every part of the body literally from head to toe,” Kwietniak said.

But for those who live or work in Downtown Syracuse and have never taken fitness classes like these,  Kwietniak said to come on out anyway.

“If you’re not a fitness enthusiast that’s great because it’s at your own pace.  You’re here to have fun and any type of movement is better than none,” Kwietniak said.

Wellness Wednesday will run weekly through July 29.  All the classes are 30 minutes and free.  Sabourin also said that parking is free during the 6:30 a.m. yoga class and 5:30 p.m. hula hoop class.

You can find the full schedule on the Metro Fitness website.