Last week's snow might have delayed them for a day but, the very next morning, the clients of The Village Health & Wellness Center were back and ready to go.
Upstairs in a ballet-studio styled room, Ally Lentsch led her class through a series of yoga/Pilates/modern dance-inspired exercises.
It was classes like this one that helped Lentsch.
“I lost 87 pounds (and) never once touched a machine,” she said.
Group fitness classes are offered at most gyms.
Though the sessions can vary in skill level, they can be useful to those new to exercising.
“Group fitness classes are usually choreographed,” Lentsch said.
Therefore, “participants do not need to know how to develop a safe and effective workout or which machines to use or for how long; it is already done for them,” according to Dr. Shawn Dolan, an American College of Sports Medicine contributor.
Group fitness is a chance to socialize with people that share your goal of getting and staying healthy.
These people can also keep you accountable for your routine.
They keep you motivated.
Once you get use to exercising, there is another point to take into consideration – keeping your routine ever-changing.
“Many of the body's physiological systems (like the muscular systems) adapt to an exercise program within approximately six to eight weeks,” according to Jessica Matthews, American Council on Exercise contributor.
Once these systems adapt, your process slows down.
Matthews does point out that this is fine for those comfortable with their current weight level.
For those still set on a goal, group fitness can help.
Oftentimes when gyms provide classes, they provide an array of them.
At The Village, for example, there are classes that vary from aquatic aerobics and cycling to Pilates and yoga.
“A variety of class formats will keep you motivated and interested, as well as give you different instructor styles, music selection and interaction with other participants,” Dolan stated.
Of course, you don't have to join a gym to gain these experiences.
A trip to the store can provide you with the tools you need for your own workout experience such as equipment or instructional books.
If you don't want to do it alone, talk to a friend, co-worker or classmate.
Then, set up a time and pick out some activities that will keep you two moving.
Sometimes, areas host marathons or similar events.
On Saturday, the Savannah River Cancer Foundation will host a Zumbathon Charity Event.
“Zumba is a fitness format that is easy to follow. It is both for beginners and advanced students to come together and work toward good health and release the stress of the day (while) learning great international dance moves,” said BraYan Negrete, Aiken's and North Augusta's Gold's Gym instructor.
Classes will be taught during the event.
It will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at H. Odell Weeks Activities Center, 1700 Whiskey Road.
Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Savannah River Cancer Foundation's office, 235 Barnwell Ave. N.W., or at the event.
All proceeds will go toward supporting cancer patients.
For more information, call Jamie Turner at 803-649-5433 or visit www.savannahrivercancerfoundation.org.
If you play basketball or dodgeball, try doing either one while jumping on a trampoline.
At Columbia's HiWire Trampoline Park, activities like these are just part of the experience.
Jumping on a trampoline requires you to use your core and recruit your muscle groups, according to general manager Sally Holloway.
On Wednesday, the Smith-Hazel Recreation Center will take 12- to 16-year-olds on a field trip to the park.
The cost is $31 per person, food not included.
The trip will last from 2 to 7 p.m.
Registration ends today.
For more information, call 803-642-7634.
The HiWire Trampoline Park is open every day except Sunday.
For more information, call 803-563-6230 or visit www.hiwire.info.
It is recommended with any form of exercising to warm up before and cool down afterward, Lentsch said.
If you are trying a new routine, consult a doctor or a trained professional.
Stephanie Turner graduated from Valdosta State University in 2012. She then signed on with the Aiken Standard, where she is now the arts and entertainment reporter.
• Always warm up before you exercise and cool down afterwards. On average, take around 10-15 minutes for a warm up and 5-10 for a cool down.
• Drink plenty of water.
• Wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
• Change up your routine to avoid plateauing.
• Maintain a healthy diet.
• Consult with a doctor or trained professional when concerns or questions arise.
- Tips provided by The Village Health & Wellness Center.
Staff Photo by Stephanie Turner Abby Lentsch teaches several classes at The Village Health and Wellness Center like her BarreAmped class pictured above.×
Staff Photo by Stephanie Turner Abby Lentsch's student Caro Pellecuer also teaches at The Village.×
Submitted Photo The HiWire Trampoline Park in Columbia has more than 60 trampolines. A local group of 12- to 16-year-olds will visit this park on Wednesday.×
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