8 Outdoor Fitness Activities to Try in Detroit This Summer

Enjoy the season with yoga, running, volleyball, dancing, and more
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Play volleyball and other sports with Come Play Detroit this summer. // Photograph courtesy of Shadia Amen Photography

Looking for fun outdoor activities to keep you moving this summer? Here are some of the classes and events around the city you can try out.

Play Volleyball at Z’s Villa in Valade Park

Detroit-based intramural sports league operator Come Play Detroit is hosting coed volleyball leagues at Z’s Villa every Monday and Thursday. Games run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Come Play Detroit also hosts a wide variety of other sports, including basketball, kickball, softball, and more. Details on Come Play Detroit’s events and leagues are available on the organization’s website. Participants must register in advance. $80+ for free agents and $440+ to register as a team. Through Sept. 29. Valade Park, 42 Piquette Ave., Detroit; comeplaydetroit.com

Rise and Grind at Beacon Park

Many different outdoor fitness classes are being offered this summer through the Downtown Detroit Partnership’s Rise and Grind program, including Cardio Boxing, Hip Hop Aerobics, Zumba, and HIIT. Held at 8 a.m. on Sundays, the classes offer a variety of different fitness moves and styles so there is something for everyone. Participants must register in advance. No cost. Through July 31. Beacon Park, 1901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; eventbrite.com

Unwind with Moonlight Yoga at Gabriel Richard Park

Relax with some night-time yoga with light-up batons, bracelets, and necklaces. Participants will be guided through a moonlight yoga session by experienced instructor Michelle Moten, of local wellness and lifestyle brand Urban Solace Studio. Participants must register in advance. $5. Aug. 3, 17, and 31. Gabriel Richard Park, 7130 E. Jefferson Ave., Detroit; detroitriverfront.org

Work Up a Sweat with Group Runs from RUNdetroit

Running gear and supply store RUNdetroit hosts group runs all year, meeting at the RUNdetroit store at 8 a.m. every Saturday. Runners can choose between 3-, 6-, and 10-mile routes. All ages, skills, and speeds — walking, jogging, running, and sprinting — are welcome to participate. No cost. Year-round. RUNdetroit, 441 W. Canfield St., Detroit; run-detroit.com

Learn How to Hustle at Beacon Park

Trainers from local dance studio N’Namdi Movement Center are coaching the Hustle and Flow events at Beacon Park from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday. The classes are open to all skill levels, and participants can drop in and drop out as they see fit. They’ll learn how to hustle, line dance, ballroom dance, and more with step-by-step instruction. Advanced registration preferred. No cost. Through Aug. 27. Beacon Park, 1901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; eventbrite.com

Slowdown with Tai Chi on the Detroit Riverfront

Enjoy the slow, flowing movements of Tai Chi while looking out at the Detroit River. Led by instructors with Urban Solace Studio, the classes are held at 10 a.m. every Wednesday. Participants must register in advance. No cost. Through Aug. 24. William G. Milliken State Park, 1900 Atwater St., Detroit; urbansolacestudio.com

Compete in Kickball on Belle Isle

The Detroit Kickball Association is running several coed adult pickup kickball leagues. The DKA encourages fun in a pressure-free environment and is welcoming to new and experienced players alike. Register in advance. $16. League games will be hosted at  4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on July 31 and Aug. 28. Belle Isle Athletic Fields, Vista Drive, Detroit, eventbrite.com

Ride Around the City with Detroit Bikes

Detroit Bikes Group has many different group rides for varying skill levels and speeds.  Previous rides include the Father’s Day Coney, Tacos, Ice Cream Ride and the Avalon 25th Birthday Bike Ride. Upcoming rides, like the 2022 Detroit Cycling Championship on July 16, can be found on the event calendar on the group’s Facebook page. No cost. Various locations;  facebook.com

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