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Spring Hiking Workshop at Sunrise Park Brought On the Smiles!

Photo by Donna Carney-Bastrzycki
Photo-Hike Workshop participants enjoying their hike.

It was a beautiful, sunny, warm and spring-like Sunday for our St. Patrick’s Day weekend family collaborative hike and workshop with Mat Jobin, owner of Reach Your Summit and the Town of Suffield Parks and Recreation Department, volunteer-Stephan Bastrzycki and Sue Mayne of The Trees for Suffield Initiative. We had a terrific turnout and important Leave No Trace Principles, hiking safety, the ten hiking essentials and trip planning were all presented during the first part of the workshop and then the group enjoyed the beauty of Sunrise Park for the hiking portion. Mat Jobin has a great deal of valuable experience shared from guiding groups for over 14 years with tacking solo pursuits and thru hikes. Mat presented a show and tell of the latest gear and reviews that can help make hiking experiences more enjoyable. After the presentation, we broke up into two hiking groups that took part in the led hiking portion of the trip where everyone was able to enjoy the beautiful flora, fauna and incredible trees at Sunrise Park. Sunrise Park is a true gem. At the end of the hike and workshop, participants enjoyed snacks and treats. We hope that everyone had a fun time celebrating St. Patrick’s Day weekend on our family day hike!

Register today for our Summer Fitness Programs

Are you looking to get in shape and stay fit this summer while making new friends? Take some time for yourself and make fitness and fun a priority. The Suffield Parks and Recreation Department has a variety of enjoyable programs that will help you and your family create lasting memories while helping you keep your fitness goals.

Family and Community
Ready to Run, and Fitness Walking Club

Are you ready to run or improve your fitness walking? Come join our informative and fun training program. Yes, running and fitness walking can be fun. All levels of runners/fitness walkers are welcome (beginners through advanced) This program is the perfect way to train for the upcoming Suffield Parks and Recreation 5K Run/Walk and 10K Road Race to be held on Saturday, September 9 and for other local races. This new running and walking group will also get you in overall great shape and help you make new fitness friends. The program will be held on Wednesday’s-July 5, 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9 and August 16 from 7-8 p.m. at XGT Fitness-138 Mountain Road, and the fee is $40.

Yoga and Mindfulness for Youth and Families (New!)

Our new children and family yoga offer a beneficial way to help you and your family improve health, build, confidence, flexibility, strength and de-stress. This yoga class designed for children and families is fun and has an athletic flow to get participants moving and encourages mindfulness. Please wear comfortable clothes that allow for movement The program is recommended for children ages 7-17 but parents, caregivers and adults are also welcome to register. The program will be held on Saturdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24 from 10:15-11 a.m. at the Suffield Senior Center and the fee is $40.

Adult Fitness
Energizing Vinyasa Flow Yoga – Summer
(NEW Saturday Summer morning program)

This new energizing Vinyasa yoga flow that will kick start your Saturday morning and inspire you to move through the rest of the weekend with intention and ease with a terrific workout. There will be a strong focus on proper alignment and linking movement to one’s breath to ultimately promote flexibility, increase mobility, build strength, balance and relieve stress. This flow will end with a sprinkle of core work and a final relaxation that will leave you ready to take on your day. This practice is a one- hour class and has been designed for all levels-from beginners to seasoned Yogis.

The program will be held on Saturdays, June 3, 10, 17, and 24 from, 9-10 a.m. at the Suffield Senior Center and the fee is $40. 

Intro to Cardio Kickboxing (New!)

Kickstart your summer and get fit with Cardio kickboxing. This class is a great fitness choice for those looking for a new and fun way to shed calories, improve balance, coordination, and flexibility. People who become easily bored with stationary cardio equipment will enjoy this class. This is a non-contact class. All fitness levels welcome. No martial arts or boxing experience necessary. You will learn proper form and techniques for all punches and kicks and be able to combine them together onto heavy bags. Additionally basic self-defense techniques and tips will be taught by Donna Calabrese-1st Degree Blackbelt-owner of Hits and Kicks-Suffield is the instructor.

The program will be held on Tuesdays-June 6, 13, 20 & 27 from 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. at Hits and Kicks- 11 High St, Unit 105, and the fee is $40.

Powerburn – Summer Shape Up! 

Get an incredible workout in this fun high intensity step class. The class is designed to help build lean muscle while burning tons of fat all while having a blast. It is a total body cardio and strength workout and is the perfect summer workout. Combining step, HIIT (high-intensity interval training), and dumbbells, this ultimate thirty-minute workout will get and help keep you in shape. Come get your heart pumping and the calories burning with a personal trainer. Beginners to Advanced are welcome. The program will be held on Thursday, July 6, 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10 from 10:30-11 a.m. at the Suffield Senior Center and the fee is $55.

Summer Tabata Bootcamp 

Get in shape and have fun in our Summer Tabata Outdoor Bootcamp. You will have a blast in this ultimate calorie burning high intensity class. Tabata is a form of HIIT that alternates between twenty seconds of intense bursts of work and ten seconds of rest in four-minute rounds. This class will have you burning calories even after you leave class.

The program will be held on Sundays-July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13 from 10:30-11 a.m. at the Senior Center Library and the fee is $55.

For more info and to register for all of our spring and summer programs, visit

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