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Wednesday, May 31, 2023

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield kicks off 12th Season of Fitness at Canalside

  • 2023 Line-up Features New Puppy and Goat Yoga, Fitness Cruises and more

Buffalo, N.Y. (May 31, 2023) — The 12th season of Fitness at Canalside, presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York, will kick off this week, offering free daily and weekly fitness classes on Buffalo’s beautiful waterfront.

Since the series began in 2011, it’s welcomed over 100,000 Western New Yorkers to get healthy at Canalside. The 2023 Fitness at Canalside schedule offers the “fan favorites” of the last 12 years, while embracing new fitness trends, like puppy and goat yoga, salsa dancing, boxing and more.

“Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield continues to find new and exciting ways to engage the community with events and activities that promote positive physical and mental health,” said Michael Ball, vice president, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York. “As we kick off our 12th season of Fitness at Canalside, we’re pleased to offer the community an even closer look at Buffalo’s beautiful waterfront with fitness cruises, among several weekly and special classes designed to get more people moving.”

The 2023 schedule will also feature a charitable element with participation in many classes benefiting Big Big Table, a local charity dedicated to addressing food insecurity in our region.

In addition to free fitness classes, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Blue Bikes are back at Canalside and available to rent daily with no membership required. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield members can show their ID card for a free hour Blue Bike rental.

Fitness at Canalside kicks off with the summer’s first Zumba class on Tuesday, May 30 at 6 p.m. Fitness classes are free and open to individuals of all ages, regardless of fitness level or experience. 

A full calendar of fitness classes can be found at Classes are weather-dependent. In cases of inclement weather, individuals can check Buffalo Waterfront’s Facebook page for updates.

Shannon Connors Fitness    Mondays 6:00PM - 7:00PM   
Zumba Tuesdays 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Next Level Fitness Wednesdays   6:00PM - 7:00PM
La'Movement Fitness Thursdays 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Heal Buffalo Classes  Fridays 6:00PM - 7:00PM


Fitness Cruises* June 12, July 10 and August 21 6:00PM - 8:00PM
Puppy Yoga* June 13, July 11, August 11 and 29     6:00PM - 7:00PM  
Salsa Dancing  June 30, July 21, August 4 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Boxstar Training  June 3 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Body of Wealth  June 10, July 15  10:00AM - 11:00AM
AE Fit June 17, July 22 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Afrochick Yoga  July 1, July 8, August 26  10:00AM - 11:00AM
Miss Body Language Fitness      July 29 10:00AM - 11:00AM   
Goat Yoga August 19  10:00AM - 11:00AM
Santosha Yoga  September 2 10:00AM - 11:00AM
Buffalo Bike Tours* June 11, July 9, August 13 10:00AM - 11:00AM

*Registration required at, benefits Big Big Table.

About Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York is a trade name of Highmark Western and Northeastern New York Inc., an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Since 1936, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York has helped millions of people lead healthier lives. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield offers a full range of insured, self-insured, and government programs and services covering businesses, families, and individuals, as well as dental and vision plans and stop-loss coverage. Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield employs nearly 1,400 people and serves as a key economic driver in the region. As a community-based, not-for-profit health plan, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield contributes significantly to organizations that strengthen and enrich the health of the community.

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Amber Hartmann
Highmark Health