Fitness lovers in Manchester will be the first outside of London to be able to join a growing outdoor workout community whose grassroots sprouted in the capital.

Our Parks, a non-for-profit initiative which partners with local councils to organise and run free workouts in parks and green spaces, will launch classes at Get Living’s New Maker Yards’ neighbourhood at Middlewood Locks later this month.

Founded by entrepreneur and fitness expert Born Barikor, Our Parks’ mission is to make exercise more accessible for everyone, getting people training together to support healthier and happier communities. After launching in London in 2014 where Our Parks now works with 18 boroughs running more than 300 classes a week, Born and his team have chosen Manchester for their first regional city.

The programme of weekly classes being offered at Middlewood Locks will suitable for all fitness levels and will start on Monday 23 September along the canal:

  • Monday, 18:30 – 19:30: Boxercise – a high intensity work-out incorporating pad work and conditioning
  • Wednesday, 18:30 – 19:30: Bootcamp – body weight exercises and interval training to increase strength and stamina
  • Sunday, 10:00 – 11:00: Run Club – a choice of a 5km or 2.5km route encouraging people to run together and explore Manchester’s parks and green spaces

All equipment is provided. Classes can be booked at

Get Living’s partnership with Our Parks began at its East Village neighbourhood which housed athletes during the 2012 Games and inspired founder Born who wanted to continue the Olympic spirit.

Born Barikor, Founder of Our Parks, said: “As our second ever location East Village plays an important part in the Our Parks story and we can’t wait for the next chapter in Manchester. Manchester’s blessed with some beautiful parks and green spaces which we’re keen to tap into and use them as an opportunity to get hundreds of people socialising through fitness within their community.

“Summer might be over, but we’ll be at Middlewood Locks every week keeping heart rates up, bodies warm and smiles on faces – we’re looking forward to meeting lots of new faces!”

Kim Quickfall, general manager at New Maker Yards by Get Living added: “Health and wellbeing are fundamental to our neighbourhoods. Having seen the way Our Parks has helped fostered a sense of community at East Village we’ve been keen to support the team’s expansion to Manchester and bring classes to New Maker Yards.”

Build-to-rent operator Get Living launched the first phase of 275 homes for rent at the New Maker Yards scheme on the canal at Middlewood Locks earlier this year. For more information and current pricing visit

To find out more information about Our Parks, download the app to book classes at New Maker Yards, Middlewood Locks, visit


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