Get Outside! Fitness Programs

Get Outside! Fitness Programs at Shelby Farms Park offer a chance for the whole family to get fit, stay active and enjoy being in nature! This project is funded under a Grant Contract with the State of Tennessee. Get Outside! Fitness Programs are part of Shelby Farms Park's Health + Wellness Programs, which are made possible by Baptist Memorial Health Care.

Classes are subject to occasional time or date change or cancellation. Classes may be cancelled due to severe weather.  Please check the calendar for most updated schedule.  

Note:  All Get Outside Fitness classes are cancelled from December 23 through January 5. 

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New: Free Couch-to-5K Walk/Run Program

This exciting program, led by a seasoned track coach/health + wellness educator, will introduce inexperienced exercisers to a program that will get them across the finish line of a 5K! The program allows participants to progress at their own pace, and participation is free. Participants who attend 13 of the 20 sessions will receive a free race entry to the new Greenline 5K on November 11!

When: Tuesdays + Fridays from September 5-November 9 | 7:30am-8:30am
Where: Meet at the Hyde Lake Wheel House at the First Tennessee Foundation Visitor Center (6903 Great View Drive North)
Cost: Free

For more information and to register for the Couch-to-5K Program, please email Christina Fortenberry at


Nature Boot Camp

Strength training and obstacle course
This group fitness class promotes hard work, fat loss, and team effort. Beginner exercisers are welcome to attend this class, but be prepared to work hard! The class is designed to push exercisers farther than they can push themselves alone. The class uses bodyweight exercises such as push-ups, squats, lunges, and burpees interspersed with running and competitive stations. In addition, the instructor uses medicine balls, resistance bands and bars to intensify the workout. Participants work in small groups to complete each station.

When: Thursdays at 7am | The final class in 2017 will be on October 5.  Classes will resume January 18, 2018.
First Tennesse Foundation Visitor Center

Better Body Boot Camp

Bodyweight strength training
This group fitness class is 60 minutes of bodyweight strength training and high impact exercises. The instructor pushes the participants by incorporating full-body exercises in addition to muscle isolation exercises. Therefore, this class is not designed for first-time exercisers. Be ready to work hard, sweat, and push through this challenging training session. Expect to “come in strong and crawl out stronger.” 

When:  Fridays at 7am  | There will be no class on November 24.

Note:  Classes will begin at 7:30am starting in October. 
Where:  First Tennesse Foundation Visitor Center


Family Zumba

Dance based fitness class
Zumba® Fitness is a Latin Dance based fitness movement. By incorporating rhythms such as Salsa, Merengue, Cumbia, Bhangra and other world music, everyone is welcomed and united through dance, culture and fitness. You don't need to have rhythm or be a dancer to participate.  Just have a love for fun and burning calories.

Every other Saturday at 3:30pm (October 21, November 4, November 18)
Where: First Tennessee Foundation Visitor Center

Strength + Balance

Strength training and basic movements
This fitness class is designed for our Wise Trek population (ages 50+) and for people with type 2 diabetes. Participants will be working with light hand weights, resistance bands and small inflatable balls. Classes start with a brief warm-up followed by strength training and light cardio, and finish with a cool down and stretch. Chairs are available throughout the workout if you need a short break

When:  Tuesdays at 1:30pm 
Where: First Tennessee Foundation Visitor Center

Adults + Kids Yoga

Basic yoga
An all-levels class that will move, groove, and flow to upbeat music. With a different sequence and peak pose every week, this class will stay interesting and challenging as we move and breathe our way to happier hearts and more relaxed bodies.

With good humor and lots of laughter, learn how to advance your practice without taking yourself or your practice too seriously. This is a perfect class for people new to yoga, or students who want to re-connect with their fundamentals. Emphasis is placed on a strong foundation practice that you can build on for years to come. Basic postures, as well as transitions, like step-throughs and chatturangas, will be covered in depth. 

Saturdays at 9:30am | Note: Classes will not take place on November 11.

Saturdays at 11am | Note: Classes will not take place on November 11.
Where: First Tennessee Foundation Visitor Center
NOTE:  The final Kids Yoga class in 2017 will be November 4.  Classes will resume in January 2018. 

kids karate

Kids Karate

Learn skills such as kicks, punches, blocks, stances and more to improve balance, physical awareness, discipline and coordination.  Class is taught by certified karate instructor who has 7th degree black belt.

Ages:  Children 5-12 years old
 September 23, September 30, October 14, October 21, October 28
Time:  9:30-10:30 am
Where: First Tennesse Foundation Visitor Center
  Space is limited.  To register, email Christina Fortenberry  at 
What to wear:  Athletic clothes such as longer shorts and/or spandex running tights.  No jewelry, please. 

Kids Dance

Dance classes for kids ages 6-14 
This class introduces a structured environment that allows children to use their imagination while learning about their bodies' mobility. We will be dancing, learning about rhythm, playing games, and expressing ourselves through movement by exploring different styles of dance through multiple 6-week sessions. Pick and choose your sessions or join them all!  No prior experience is needed. Experienced dancers also welcome!  

In this class we will be exploring the many different styles of modern dance. We will study elements of energy, space, and time in depth as you learn body mechanics, gain strength and flexibility, and increase range of motion and coordination. During the series, we will learn about Lester Horton, Jose Limon, Martha Graham, Isadora Duncan, and Merce Cunningham techniques of modern dance. Modern feet and arm positions, rolling up and down, flat backs, laterals, leg swings, stags, and prances are just a few of the steps we will be learning. We will also explore how to use our emotion through our dancing, the creative side of dance, learning composition, improvisation, and developing a basic understanding of the choreographic process. This class is for any beginner or experienced dancer.
Dates: October 22 + 29, November 5, 12 + 19
Time: 3pm-4pm
Location: Yurt at Woodland Discovery Playground

Upcoming 6-week sessions will include:
Modern, Ballroom, Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip-Hop

tai chi

Relieve stress and increase flexibility by participating in Tai Chi classes led by a certified instructor Richard Link, a Senior Trainer at Tai Chi for Health Institute. Tai Chi is an ancient practice that is enjoyable and safe for every fitness level. The slow, meditative movements of Tai Chi increase strength, range of motion and coordination. Classes can be enjoyed either sitting or standing. Comfortable shoes and loose clothing are recommended. Please bring a personal water bottle. This is a great fitness opportunity for our Wise Trek population (ages 50+) and for people with type 2 diabetes.  

When: Wednesdays at 3pm
Where: First Tennessee Foundation Visitor Center

Lakefront fitness

Strength training and general conditioning

This fitness class is a combination of strength training and conditioning designed to increase power, muscular endurance, cardiovascular fitness, and coordination while building muscle and burning fat. Equipment such as medicine balls, resistance bands and weight bars are used to target each participant’s ability. Come experience overall improved fitness while being coached by trainers from NBS Fitness in Memphis.

When:  Fridays at 12pm 
Where: First Tennessee Foundation Visitor Center

mental fitness: happiness wellness series

During this "mental fitness" workshop you will learn to clear your mind of stress from the work week and get recharged to tackle life's challenges and curve balls with a happy and upbeat attitude. Each week’s session is unique and covers a range of topics like Nature of Stress, Tendencies of the Mind, Meditation, Secrets of Breathing, Overcoming Depression & Anxiety Naturally, Raising Ones Energy, Finding Balance in Life and many more. The sessions combine simple yoga, breathing techniques, meditation and relaxation, and practical wisdom.

When:  Saturdays at 10:45am | Note: Classes will not take place on November 11 or December 9
Where: Yurt at Woodland Discovery Playground
Who: Ages 18+ (no prior experience required; experienced practitioners may benefit, too)



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