Two new outdoor gym workouts coming to York – and they’re free

A Move The Masses group in York. Photograph: Move The Masses
11 Mar 2020 @ 7.57 am
| Health & fitness

A group that promotes outdoor gyms and provides free pop-up workouts in York is creating two new versions – with the help of a city business.

Move the Masses promotes spaces all over the city where people of all ages and abilities can exercise for free.

They call these ‘Move Zones’ and create a range of workouts at each site, helping people by giving them a video workout to follow which explains how to exercise using the equipment. 

Now property developer North Star are sponsoring two new Move Zones – in Stray Road and Glen Gardens

Hundreds get fit

Photograph: Move The Masses

Move Zones are particularly useful to people who face barriers going to traditional gyms.

Typically these barriers include inability to pay or commit to paid memberships, a lack of physical or social mobility, and low self-confidence.

Since August 2018 Move the Masses has created workouts at 12 Move Zones in York providing opportunities for hundreds of people to stay mentally and physical fit – increasing wellbeing, breaking down barriers, and regenerating public spaces.

They also provide opportunities to attend free pop-up workouts led by their qualified instructors.

A spokesperson for North Star said:

  • As a socially responsible local developer, it’s important to us that we not only engage with, but also support the communities we’re in.

    Our gasworks development will have a large focus on mental and physical wellbeing for our residents and the wider community – including resident welfare sessions, a trim trail and large green space – so we were really keen to get behind an excellent initiative like Move the Masses.

Founder of Move the Masses Egg Cameron said: “Having local businesses support us means we can keep growing and developing our projects and increasing our reach in the city.”

For a map of all the Move Zones in York, to sponsor a Move Zone, or to find out more about the organisation, please visit the website