January 15, 2022


There's nothing like our health

Worcester Parks Summer Fitness Series boot camp Worcester Common

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WORCESTER — Knowing he was dealing with a group of people who all had varying levels of fitness, Rolando Cruz kept it simple Monday night at the “boot camp” workout on the Common behind City Hall. 

“If you can’t jog, just walk,” Cruz told the dozen or so people who braved the hazy, hot weather to get a good workout in. “If you can’t do the exercise, just skip it. Nobody’s watching.” 

Cruz, a physical education teacher and personal trainer who works out of the YWCA, is one of several instructors offering workouts, yoga, tai chi and other activities across the city this summer as part of the city’s Worcester Parks Summer Fitness Series. 

The series, a collaboration of the city’s Department of Public Health, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and the YWCA of Central Mass., is designed to get people out into city parks and back into shape. 

Trainer Rolando Cruz leads the workout Monday on Worcester Common.

Cruz broke the boot camp down into a few different stages. He started with some warmups and stretching, went through a few exercises, and then had participants combine some of the cardio with some of the exercises in succession. After a few rounds, heart rates were up, but so were spirits, and the people who came Monday seemed to enjoy it. 

“Worcester’s great for beer and food, but then you gain 15 pounds and you need something to do,” Molly Sneesby said. 

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