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May 1st, 2012, 03:05:28 Administrator

Group fitness classes popular at Fitness Forum

“For the first time in my life, I can’t wait to get to my workout class!”, says Christie Peebels of Alto Pass. Each weekday around 4pm, the parking lot at Fitness Forum in Anna begins filling up.  In the group fitness room people are gathering their barbells and dumbbells, and finding their spot, in anticipation of one of thepopular group fitness classes going on this winter and spring at Fitness Forum. One of the most popular classes is “BootCamp” which is instructed by Brenda Rendleman.  “Why do I think our classes are so popular this year?” says Rendleman, “One reason is that no other place in Union County offers classes like
these.  They are exciting, fun, energetic, and best of all they get results.”  Jerri Schaefer of Anna agrees, “No other form of exercise has ever helped tone my
arms, legs and stomach like these classes do.”Rendleman adds, “Also, these classes do not require a lot of coordination or dancing skills.  All it requires is some fortitude.”Christie Peebels  agrees, “At first I was hesitant about joining for fear of failure, thinking the classes would be too hard. But I  put my fears aside and tried it. I found that Fitness Forum is a fun, friendly family oriented fitness club with professional instructors.  No one made me feel inferior. And although the classes are indeed challenging, we are working as a group.  A group with great camaraderie, that promotes self esteem and endurance, and drive to succeed. And now, I
wish I would have joined the fitness club much sooner.”

“Another reason our classes have increased in popularity” Rendleman continues to say, “is these classes are the new wave of fitness. The workout often
combines interval training, and many other exercises using weights and/or body weight to lose body fat, increase cardiovascular efficiency, and increase
strength. And you can be at just about any fitness level and be able to participate, and get a good workout.”

“Our group fitness classes provide social support for those taking part.”  Adds Rebecca Houseright gym owner and group fitness instructor.  “An advantage of bootcamp or one of our other classes like Tabata or Holy Butt, is that the large group dynamic will often help motivate participants. They are designed to push  people a little bit further than they would normally push themselves in the gym alone.”

“The group support is a Big one for me!!” says Brandi Sadler Caraker of Cobden.”I’ve found myself not sticking with a workout on my own, but now with these classes I have a group that is encouraging and supportive of me! If i miss one class I am getting calls “missed you at class tonight so better see you at the next one”…. It is the push I need to keep me on track with my fitness goals!!!”

Tori Kaufman of Anna concurs, “I love attending the fitness classes at Fitness Forum because they make me feel alive.  These classes really help relieve stress and make women feel better about themselves. All the people in the classes are very helpful and make you feel accepted. I have always lived by the motto that NO ONE CAN MAKE YOU  FEEL INFERIOR WITHOUT YOUR  
CONSENT and at fitness forum I never feel inferior.Thank you Fitness Forum and the wonderful teachers in the fitness classes.” Chiming in, Jerri Schaefer adds “What I enjoy most about these classes is the sense of accomplishment.  I appreciate how everyone made me feel like part of your fitness family after the very first class.  I look forward to coming each week.”Brandi Sadler Caraker says she could’nt agree more, “I’m so glad I started these classes!!! I love the feeling of accomplishment I get when I finish a class! Also as a mother of two small children it is a very nice ‘Mommy Time’ for me. These classes are
not only awesome for my body but I have found them to be a HUGE stress relief!!! I’m so grateful that I worked up enough courage to attend that first class, now I*m not sure I*ll ever stop!!!”

Natalie Miller of Anna is another instructor at Fitness Forum. Miller’s class is called ‘Holy Butt’, a workout that includes plyometrics, squats, lunges, and a variety of other calisthenic exercises with an emphasis on training the lower body.  “I have been taking group fitness classes at Fitness Forum for over a year. Throughout the course of this year, I have lost weight and inches, toned up and gained strength, and found a new confidence. Now, I am an instructor and it feels great to help others accomplish what I had accomplished. Also, being in a group fitness class is FUN! We laugh and have a good time while getting a great workout.”

“We do laugh and have a great time.” Adds Houseright, “we are always joking around.””Brenda is known for being pretty tuff.  But some of the ‘tuff’ things she says are funny.Like, ‘this hurts me as much as it hurts you’, and ‘come on you guys! this isn’t REST
camp!, or this isn’t TALK camp!'”

Heather Craig agrees, “Not only do you get a great workout, you get to laugh and enjoy
yourself with other beautiful ladies.”

Houseright says that she loves teaching the classes and is very pleased  with their popularity.  “I love a full class! On a few occasions, unfortunatley we haven’t had enuff room to accommodate everyone wanting to participate.”  And allthough mostly female, we do have some male participants, and they are welcome and encouraged to join in.  “I’m thrilled to be able to share my enthusiasm about fitness and exercise with everyone, male & female, all ages. Best of all, these classes are helping people get into a routine
of regular exercise. So don’t be intimidated or be afraid. Don’t wait. Come join us today.”

As Christie Peebels said, “I agree with Rebecca, Don’t wait or be hesitant about joining like I was.  I wish I would have joined Fitness Forum much sooner.”


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