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Sturbridge church latest to offer fitness classes

January 17, 2011
STURBRIDGE — "Fitness" has been the word of choice in town this month.

Last week, some town employees attended the first course of an eight-week program offered by Sturbridge's official insurance provider, and today, Jan. 19, will mark the first class of "Fitness Boot Camp" at the Sturbridge Federated Church.

Certified personal trainer Julie Gerrish is inviting residents to attend one of two six-week courses that will begin this week. Starting today, the Fitness Boot Camp class will run on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 9 to 10 a.m. According to Gerrish, this class will offer high energy, full-body workouts that focus on all of the major muscle groups, improve speed and agility, and bolster balance and coordination. An emphasis will be placed on proper form and commitment to safe, fun exercise. Participants will be required to bring an exercise mat and a bottle of water to all classes, and they are only asked to attend one of the Tuesday or Thursday sessions per week.

The second class, "Fitness Fusion," will be held in a group setting each Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. This class will begin with a warm-up session, followed by core and strength training exercises that have less of a cardiovascular emphasis than the Fitness Boot Camp classes. Participants will learn about methods through which mobility and flexibility can be improved, as well as about core stability and muscle strengthening exercises. Required materials include an exercise mat, a bottle of water, and an appropriately sized stability ball.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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