Group exercise class outside on the Plaza.
May 14, 2019
Albany, NY

Free Evening Fitness Classes at the Empire State Plaza

Free Evening Fitness Classes at the Empire State Plaza
Pre-Registration at Now Open

RoAnn Destito, New York State Office of General Services (OGS) Commissioner, today announced the third year of the popular summer program, Fitness at the Plaza presented by BlueShield of Northeastern New York. This year, the free Tuesday and Thursday evening workout classes at the Empire State Plaza will run from June 4 through August 29.

“We at OGS are thrilled to continue offering this free, post-workday exercise program that for the past two years has been helping people keep fit at the Empire State Plaza,” Commissioner Destito said. “BlueShield of Northeastern New York is a generous sponsor of healthy activities throughout the year here at the Plaza, and we are grateful for their continued support of Fitness at the Plaza.”

"Our community has embraced the unique elements that Fitness at the Plaza offers," said Nicky Chlopecki, Manager, Community Relations, BlueShield of Northeastern New York. "We're excited to continue our partnership with the Office of General Services to offer another season of free, outdoor fitness classes in the heart of downtown Albany."

Fitness at the Plaza classes are free and open to individuals of all ages, regardless of fitness level or experience. The classes will be held outside from 5 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday on the grassy area between Agency Buildings 2 and 3, weather permitting. The rain location will be in The Egg Center for the Performing Arts’ Hart Theatre Lounge. Classes will not be held the week of July 4.



  • HIIT with Catrina K Fitness every Tuesday: These high-intensity interval training fitness classes involve high-intensity bursts of body weight movements followed by short intervals of rest and are designed to keep burning calories long after the class ends. Although the classes are challenging, they are designed to accommodate people of all fitness levels. Catrina is a certified personal trainer and corrective exercise specialist whose career as a trainer began following a personal weight-loss journey. It involved changing her eating habits and learning to love fitness and resulted in the loss of 70 pounds. Years of studying movement and weight loss have given Catrina the confidence and knowledge to help people have a healthy relationship with food, achieve their weight-loss goals, and avoid injury while doing so.
  • Sunshine Flow with The Hot Yoga Spot every Thursday: This flowing yoga class is perfect for people of all levels and experience. Students will grow stronger and more flexible and balanced each week with an instructor who will always offer modifications to make the sessions perfect for everyone.


All participants will be required to sign a waiver to participate. Attendees are encouraged to pre-register at to sign the waiver and to be contacted regarding schedule updates. Walk-ins are also welcome. Class participants are encouraged to bring a personal exercise mat.