Change up your routine with outdoor workouts at the San Antonio Botanical Garden

SAN ANTONIO – At the start of the pandemic, gym gurus were forced to find fitness opportunities outside of the gym.

Some have turned to home workouts while others have turned to the trails. For the most part, the outdoors was the safest place. Even though many people have resumed their gym routines, the San Antonio Botanical Garden, or SABOT, is still a place to turn things around when it comes to burning calories.

“We love to be outside, especially during COVID. It really showed us that we can think outside the box. You can get out and do things and still stay fit without the constraints of a gym, ”said Laura Reifenrath of Tribe Fitness.

Reifenrath leads the “Trek and Tone” course in the gardens every Saturday.

What is “Trek and Tone”? This is a group fitness class consisting of walking or interval running with strength circuits between each lap. The program was designed specifically for the partnership with the gardens.

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“No two classes are the same. The entire garden, 30 acres, is used. So, each week, there is a different place for our lessons, ”explains Katrina Flores, specialist in the Culinary and Well-being program at SABOT. “Our instructors work really hard to design classes where all fitness levels are welcome.”

According to Reifenrath, the goal of the class is to show that lifting weights or going to the gym isn’t the only way to be healthy and active.

“We’re here to show you things you can do with your body only, things you can do with a simple resistance band to see improvements and gain muscle strength,” she said. “You have to find a fitness that is right for you. If you’re not happy doing what you’re doing, you’re not going to stick with it.

SABOT also offers yoga classes in the morning and evening. Here is a link to their fitness program and reservations.

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