We're Open, Tallahassee: John DeRae hosts free workouts for mind, body in Cascades Park

Posted at 7:01 PM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 19:01:59-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — With the economic uncertainties from the coronavirus, we here at ABC 27 are shining a light on businesses that are doing their part to help out the community while keeping their business open.

John DeRae Laster is a local trainer, empowerment coach, and weight loss specialist who believes great health and wellness should be accessible to everyone.

Every Monday he leads free, socially distanced workouts in Cascades Park for mental health and physical fitness.

DeRae says he was inspired to do these classes.

"I just love being in the community, helping individuals," said DeRae. "Seeing people push themselves to the best of their ability. If you're actually coming out there, going out of your way when the classes are free, you actually want to be there. Anyone is able to come out to the classes. There is no age restriction. It's fun and family-friendly."

When he isn't busy hosting free workouts in Cascades Park, he's finding other ways to encourage a healthy lifestyle here in the Big Bend.

"I have prerecorded videos in my personal app that I have that I'm able to program for individuals to their needs," DeRae said. "I'm going to push you the best way I can and you're also going to learn a lot about yourself. Staying healthy is very important and this time to keep our immune systems up."

To learn more about John DeRae Fitness, or to register for a class click here.

If you're a business supporting our community, we want to hear from you.

ABC 27 has made it easy to submit your own business.

This is not just Tallahassee. South Georgia small businesses, we want to hear from you too!

Click on the We're Open, Tallahassee tab at the top of the ABC 27 website. Then, tell us your story by filling out the section to the right.

It's our way of letting people know you are open for business, and how they can support you.