Fitness with Jennifer Hale
Although I spend plenty of time inside of gyms and indoor workout facilities, I love when the weather allows me to take my fitness routine outside into the fresh air and sunshine. This off season, I’m pumped to try on an exercise group that puts in its sweat equity outdoors, against some of Mother Nature’s most beautiful New Orleans scenes. Best part is, the program is free and open to anyone who wants to improve their quality of life and fitness level.
The group is called Move Ya Brass and they offer activities for people in all stages of their fitness journey. The non-existent price tag means there’s nothing to lose when it comes to trying one of the classes.
Vocalist Robin Barnes founded Move Ya Brass after developing a life-threatening kidney issue and learning firsthand how important it is for people to have access to exercise, regardless of income level.
“Move Ya Brass became what it is out of necessity to save my life,” Barnes says. “Due to my kidney issues, my doctor highly recommended starting a cardio routine. Unfortunately, as a budding musician, I didn't have health insurance and definitely couldn't afford a gym.”
Barnes instead turned to social media and asked if anyone would like to join her the following Monday at City Park to start running.
“Ten strangers showed up, and we haven’t missed a Monday since,” Barnes says. “Now, we have hundreds of Move Ya Brass krewe members throughout the country. All races and faces.”
This startup group is now a movement that offers people access to so much more than running.
“It makes me so happy to say, thanks to our partnership with Crescent Park, we now offer free classes to the community featuring everything from cardio to sunrise yoga,” Barnes says.
If you’d like more information or a detailed schedule, log onto www.moveyabrass.com. Below is a sample of the free classes Move Ya Brass offers.
Stretch Ya Brass: Start your morning off with a stress relieving, soulful sunrise stretch. In just 45 minutes, you’ll release the tension in your mind and body, resetting yourself for the day.
Hip Hop Ya Brass: This high energy cardio class combines Hip Hop moves and Pop music to create a challenging but achievable dance fitness workout. You do not need dance experience for this class; all levels are welcome.
Bounce Ya Brass: This one-of-a-kind class teaches NOLA bounce moves in an aerobics format that’s open to all levels and ages. There is no need to be a dancer to get the best cardio workout of your life!