Whether you like to lift, dance, spin or stretch your way to a healthier lifestyle, Norris Recreation Center has a group class for you. And with 25 different choices offered this fall at convenient times throughout the week, it’s easy to find a routine that fits your schedule and personal goals. Your hardest decision will be what class to try first.
Are you looking for the mind-body experience? Choose between five different yoga classes and one Pilates class. Can’t decide between the two? Try PiYo, a class that combines the benefits of both formats into one 60-minute class.
If you prefer to spin the calories off, saddle up for 45 minutes of high intensity, low-impact spinning in Group Cycling. Or switch it up with Cycle-n-Core to spin but also, spend time doing exercises that target different core muscles.
Maybe dancing is more your jam. Attend Funky Fit Cardio Dance, a 55-minute routine that blends dance, speed, agility and functional flexibility for a total body toning workout.
Or perhaps you enjoy the variety of cardio interval training. Norris has several classes that do just that, including Cardio Conditioning, a 55-minute class of long segments of cardio interspersed with exercises focused on sculpting and building your core. On a less intense scale, Light Cardio takes you through low-impact cardio and strength training as well as flexibility and stretching exercises.
And if you love to pump iron, Norris has a few weightlifting classes, including L.I.F.T, a new addition to the schedule. This Lo-Impact Fitness Training (L.I.F.T.) increases endurance, strength and muscle tone by lifting weights. Or use weights, kettle bells and the power pump bar in the hour-long Total Body Sculpting class.
Even if you are interested in a class that seems too advanced, Assistant Superintendent of Recreation Ande Masoncup encourages you to attend.
“Follow the instructor the best you can. Do what you can at your level,” Masoncup said. “If you keep coming, you’ll learn and improve.”
But be sure to tell the instructor you are new, she added, so they can help you prevent injury and modify exercises when necessary.
Norris fitness instructors have more than 100 years of combined experience and hold certifications from one or all of the following: the Athletics and Fitness Association of America, the American Council on Exercise and Keiser Cycling. Additionally, yoga instructors have 200-plus hours of registered yoga teacher certifications.
“Our instructors know how to make exercising fun, challenging and to keep you coming back for more,” Masoncup said.
Group classes are available seven days a week at various times from 5:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. They are free to Norris members but don’t worry if you haven’t joined, you can pay a daily fee based on age and residency.
The group fitness schedule is available at www.norrisrec.org. For more information, call Masoncup at 630-677-0303.