Press release

Get Informed and In Shape at Dilworth Park

Spring Training Program, presented by Rothman Institute

PHILADELPHIA (April 5, 2016) – On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, starting this week, and continuing through May 26*, Dilworth Park is hosting a variety of free sports and fitness programs, conducted by experts in the field of personal fitness, thanks to the generous support of the Rothman Institute and Jefferson Health.

All of the events outlined below will take place outdoors at Dilworth Park. Now in its second year, Spring Training at Dilworth Park, programed by Optimal Sport Health Clubs, provides a convenient opportunity to get healthy at lunchtime or after work.

Tuesdays, April 5, 12, 19 and 26, at 6:00 p.m., Push the physical limits of your body with a high-intensity approach to fitness during a Boot Camp-style workout. Erik Strassman of Optimal Sport Health Clubs believes “something starts with having at least one goal.”

Then on Tuesdays, May 10, 17 and 24 at 6:00 p.m., CKO Kickboxing of 1616 Walnut Street hosts one-hour classes geared to allow each participant to work at their own pace. Classes limited to the first 72 people and are led by Gabe Perez, the head kickboxing trainer and a martial-arts practitioner and competitor since age 6.

Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. City Fit Girls Running Club meets at Dilworth Park for a weekly three-mile trek beneath the city skyline.

Yoga will take place on the Albert M. Greenfield Lawn at Dilworth Park on Thursdays at 12 Noon. Everyone should bring his or her own mat. These sessions, led by Optimal Sport Health Clubs, will take place on April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 12, 19, and 26.

Instructor David Hem, a graduate of Dhyana Yoga, believes yoga can be a life changer: “Yoga can help someone through the toughest obstacles and continue to bring participants to a place of clarity and personal truth.”

On Thursdays April  7, 14, 21 and 28 and May 12, 19 and 26 at 6:00 p.m., the proven calorie-burning program Zumba will feature Latin-style music and will be hosted by Dwayne Townsend, one of today's leading experts in both dance and fitness. Dwayne teaches weekly fitness classes both privately and at Optimal Sport Health Clubs.

As part of Spring Training at Dilworth Park, the free global event, World Tai Chi/QiGong Day, will take place on April 30, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., at the park. Master Jingshan Tang and his students from the Oriental Fitness Institute will lead workshops and demonstrations in QiGong and several Tai Chi styles.  

Since 1999, World Tai Chi/QiGong Day events have been held annually in over 100 cities in more than 80 nations on the last Saturday of April. Thousands of people around the world gather to practice and celebrate the art and health benefits of Tai Chi and QiGong.

Master Tang has been teaching Tai Chi and QiGong for over 30 years. For more information on Master Tang and World Tai Chi/QiGong Day, check out ORIENTALFITNESSINSTITUTE.COM and WORLDTAICHIDAY.ORG

For the most up-to-date information about all events taking place at Dilworth Park, please  visit DILWORTHPARK.ORG.  Also, follow Dilworth Park on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.

*No programs week of May 2, 2016. Programs and schedule are subject to change.

About Rothman Institute
Rothman Institute is a private orthopaedic practice dedicated to providing communities with high-quality, compassionate, and affordable musculoskeletal care that is grounded in evidence-based medicine, the results of which will exceed expectations. Rothman Institute orthopaedists treat patients at 20 locations in the Philadelphia-region, including orthopaedic urgent care clinics in Marlton, NJ and Limerick, PA.

With experts in orthopaedic sub-specialties including spine, hip and knee, foot and ankle, shoulder and elbow, hand and wrist, sports medicine, physical medicine and rehabilitation, orthopaedic oncology and trauma, Rothman Institute is internationally recognized for excellence in clinical treatment methods, research, education and technology.

Consistently recognized as national and regional “Top Docs,” Rothman Institute is proud to be the first practice serving as official team physicians for all four of the major professional sports teams in one city, the Philadelphia Eagles, Phillies, Flyers and 76ers, as well as several college and high school teams.

For more information about Rothman Institute please call 1-800-321-9999 or visit ROTHMANINSTITUTE.COM.

About Jefferson:
The newly formed organization, Jefferson, encompasses Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, representing the academic and clinical entities.  Together, the people of Jefferson, 19,000 strong, provide the highest-quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educate the health professionals of tomorrow, and discover new treatments and therapies that will define the future of health care.

Jefferson Health comprises five hospitals, 17 outpatient and urgent care locations, as well as physician practices and everywhere we deliver care throughout the city and suburbs across Philadelphia, Montgomery and Bucks Counties in Pa., and Camden County in New Jersey.  Together, these facilities serve nearly 73,000 inpatients, 239,000 emergency patients and 1.7 million outpatient visits annually.  Thomas Jefferson University Hospital is the largest freestanding academic medical center in Philadelphia.  Abington Hospital is the largest community teaching hospital in Montgomery or Bucks counties.  Other hospitals include Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience in Center City Philadelphia; Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia; and Abington-Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township. 

Thomas Jefferson University enrolls more than 3,800 future physicians, scientists, nurses and healthcare professionals in the Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC), Jefferson Colleges of Biomedical Sciences, Health Professions, Nursing, Pharmacy, Population Health and is home of the National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center.

For more information and a complete listing of Jefferson services and locations, visit JEFFERSON.EDU.

About Optimal Sport Health Clubs
Optimal Sport Health Clubs [OSHC] was created in pursuit of a mission to create a superior health club experience. Optimal Sport Health Clubs focus on the health and wellness of its members throughout the Philadelphia region. OSHC offers unparalleled guest service, pointed attention, professional fitness experts, an abundance of group fitness classes and state of the art equipment in pristinely maintained facilities with affordable rates that offer exceptional value. Be Bold. Be Optimal. Learn more at OPTIMALSPORTHEALTHCLUBS.COM.

About Center City District
The Center City District, a private-sector organization dedicated to making Center City Philadelphia clean, safe and attractive, is committed to maintaining Center City’s competitive edge as a regional employment center, a quality place to live, and a premier regional destination for dining, shopping and cultural attractions. Find us at CENTERCITYPHILA.ORG and on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.