Exercise classes start this month


Winter exercise classes will start later this month in Greene County.

The Greene County Department of Recreation is offering a variety of classes that start the week of Jan. 17 and include six-week sessions of Hatha Yoga, Turbo Kick, PiYo, CIZE, P90X and Zumba.

Morning and evening classes will be held on the upper level of the 4-H Building at the Greene County Fairgrounds in Franklin Township, and at the Mon View Roller Rink and Community Center in Greensboro. Individual classes can be attended at a cost of $5 per class.

New this year, anyone interested in attending multiple classes can purchase a “Hopper” punch card for $50. The card enables attendees to go to any 12 classes they choose during the six-week timeframe and save $10 off the regular cost.

All class attendees should plan to wear sweat-absorbing clothes and good support shoes and bring water and towels. A minimum of nine participants is required to hold a class. Classes may be canceled due to participation or inclement weather, and announcements will be made on WANB Radio.

The fitness classes are sponsored by Greene County commissioners. For more information or to register for any of the classes, call the Department of Recreation at 724-852-5323, or visit www.co.greene.pa.us.

The winter exercise class schedule at the fairgrounds is:

• Sundays from Jan. 17 to Feb. 21; Hatha Yoga at 1:45 p.m.; Zumba at 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.

• Mondays from Jan. 18 to Feb. 22: Turbo Kick at 5:45 p.m.; PiYo at 7:15 p.m.

• Tuesdays from Jan. 19 to Feb. 23: CIZE at 5:45 p.m.; P90X at 7:15 p.m.

• Wednesdays from Jan. 20 to Feb. 24: Turbo Kick at 5:45 p.m.; P90X at 7:15 p.m.

• Thursdays from Jan. 21 to Feb. 25: Hatha Yoga at 5:15 p.m.; Zumba at 7:15 p.m.

• Sundays from Jan. 24 to Feb. 28: P90X at 4:45 p.m.; PiYo at 7:15 p.m.

Schedule at the roller rink is:

• Tuesdays from Jan. 19 to Feb. 23: Hatha Yoga at 10 a.m.; Zumba at 5:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m.

• Wednesdays from Jan. 20 to Feb. 24: Hatha Yoga at 3 p.m.; P90X at 5:45 p.m.; CIZE at 7:15 p.m.

Hatha Yoga is a gentle style of yoga exercise that is great for beginners and senior citizens. It improves balance and overall health, while increasing flexibility and circulation. Attendees should also bring yoga mats, and shoes will not be worn during the class. Instructor Virginia Wainwright will teach all yoga sessions.

Zumba combines Latin and international music with dynamic, yet simple exercise moves. Benefits of Zumba include efficient calorie-burning, muscle toning and cardiovascular improvement. New instructor Melissa Brewer will lead classes.

Turbo Kick, led by instructor Ashley Donaldson, is a fast-paced, high-energy cardio program billed as kickboxing with an edge. Participants will receive the full benefits of kickboxing accompanied by a few extra bursts of 90-second intensity intervals, all set to the latest dance music. Turbo Kick focuses on relieving stress, burning calories, losing weight and building cardiovascular health.

PiYo is a hybrid athletic workout combining Pilates moves with yoga poses in continuous, fluid movement. Features of PiYo include deep breathing, stretching, strength training, conditioning and dynamic movement. The program will also help participants build and add flexibility to muscle, increase cardiac health and the range of motion in joints, improve balance and energy and reduce stress. Attendees should bring their own yoga mats. Meghan Phillips will instruct the Sunday classes, and Donaldson will lead the Monday classes.

Billed as the “end of exercise,” CIZE is a newer dance fitness program that breaks down a full dance routine into step-by-step moves. While learning the dance steps, participants will burn fat and calories.

The cardio program is recommended for any fitness level, and no prior dance experience is required. Tuesday sessions in Waynesburg will be led by Donaldson, and Phillips will instruct the Wednesday sessions in Greensboro. Donaldson, Phillips and new instructor Chaley Knight will each lead sessions of “P90X Live.” The workout builds strength and tones lean muscle with a cutting-edge mix of resistance training, cardio, martial arts, yoga and more.

Attendees should bring a yoga mat and one set of hand weights, weighing one to 10 pounds, depending on comfort level.

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