By AFRO Staff

The popular Waterfront Wellness fitness series presented by Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore and Medifast® has relaunched for the 2020 season, offering access to a free library of virtual classes offered by local gyms, fitness organizations and instructors.

“Our goal with Waterfront Wellness has always been to make health and wellness easy and accessible for the Baltimore community. We decided to proceed with this year’s launch virtually to help the Baltimore community get moving at home until it’s safe to meet again in person,” said Laurie Schwartz, president of Waterfront Partnership.

Through this summer series, Baltimore-based Medifast and Waterfront Partnership hope to ignite healthy habits within the Baltimore community. Medifast is the company behind one of the fastest growing health and wellness communities, OPTAVIA®. Independent OPTAVIA Coaches offer an effective lifestyle solution that helps people reach their health and wellness goals, one healthy habit at a time.

“When a new employee joins Medifast, they become part of a dynamic, fast-growing community of people who share a passion for promoting health and wellness,” says Claudia Greninger, executive vice president of human resources at Medifast. “Waterfront Wellness allows us to expand that community and bring health to even more people through approachable, free fitness classes for local Baltimore residents.”

Participants who register online at have access to a free virtual library of fitness classes and resources from past Waterfront Wellness studio partners like Dance2Fitness by XPF, Yogaworks and Federal Hill Fitness, and from other local studios and organizations like Fit4Mom, Baltimore City Department of Recreation & Parks, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore, Creative Alliance, the Y in Central Maryland, Free City Yoga and more.

Once city restrictions are lifted, and it is safe for groups to gather in person again, Waterfront Partnership will issue an additional program schedule to registered participants for free fitness classes at West Shore Park.

Waterfront Partnership launched Waterfront Wellness in 2012 and has partnered with Medifast to provide free fitness classes to Baltimoreans since 2015. With over 2,500 participants in 2019, the program has reached nearly 12,000 people over the years.

Waterfront Partnership is the proud steward of Baltimore’s crown jewel, its Inner Harbor, and Waterfront. We’re lean, nimble, and effective; the only organization that wakes up every day, rolls its sleeves up, and gets to work on new ways we can make Baltimore’s Waterfront even more active, attractive, and appealing. We’re the hosts who greet visitors, the creators of programs and promotions, and managers of our beautiful parks. We encourage investment in Baltimore’s most celebrated asset so it can continue to grow, to serve as a place of pride, and be the place where Baltimoreans come together to recreate and to celebrate. For more information, visit