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Adult fitness program extending reach

3/20/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Ariel Hakim

A group of women are shown enjoying a recent boot camp class taught by Cindi Wilson, at front, at the Richfield Recreation Center.
Photo courtesy of Richfield Parks and Recreation
RICHFIELD VILLAGE — Richfield Village is upping its game this year with new exercise offerings in its adult fitness program.

“‘We’re all about fitness’ is our new goal,” said Ruth Jocek, director of Parks and Recreation.

Jocek said men and women can take unlimited advantage of four different classes led by Cindi Wilson, a certified trainer, for a month for $45. Wilson’s classes are offered continually, so participants can begin any time without having to wait for a new session to begin, said Jocek.

They include Basic Boot Camp Training (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:45 a.m.), Ultimate Boot Camp Challenge (Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.), Cardio Fusion (Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:45 p.m.) and PiYo (Fridays, 9:15 a.m.).

“Boot camp is not only for the young and fit, but for those who need to get in shape. It is not as bad as it sounds,” said Jocek. 

Attendees should bring a yoga mat to PiYo, a cross between Pilates and yoga that brings together a fluid combination of both to focus on core training and muscles, according to Jocek.

The set monthly fee for attending any number of Wilson’s classes is the same for those who live in or outside Richfield Village, and the classes are special because participants can attend six times a week and get a variety of workouts, said Jocek. Wilson’s classes, which are open to all adults, are held at the Richfield Recreation Center, located at 3333 Brecksville Road.

The center is also host to a variety of other new and ongoing fitness classes, most of which last one hour each, said Jocek. Later this spring, center officials expect to launch Power, Tone and Stretch with its newest instructor, Lonnie Harris, who is also a personal trainer, said Jocek.

Also, a popular ongoing class takes place Thursday evenings as participants join teacher Chris Kopy for Bodies in Motion — Walk Live, said Jocek. Attendees follow Kopy for an aerobic 3-mile walking-in-place workout that lasts 52 minutes, according to Jocek.

Another “hot” program at the center is Barre FX, Jocek said. A ballet-influenced body sculpting workout, participants are guided in a core-based high energy/no-impact class offered Monday and Wednesday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday evenings, she said.

Among its other offerings, the center also continues to hold Zumba classes several times a week for a “great workout with fun music,” Jocek said.

Jocek said one thing that sets the programs offered by Parks and Recreation apart from other gyms is it does not charge membership or joining fees. Also, programs offered on a monthly basis can be prorated, she added.

A full listing of current offerings, including price and links to registration forms, is located on Richfield Village’s website, www.richfieldvillageohio.org, under Parks & Recreation. (Click on “Programs” and “Adult Programs — Fitness.”)

To attend a class, participants can just show up, although Jocek recommends calling ahead to let them know you are coming. Participants also can register ahead online through the village’s website or by stopping by the center.

The registration process for Barre FX is a bit different than for the center’s other classes, but that can be done through the village’s website, Jocek noted.

For additional workouts this spring, Richfield also boasts 5 miles of walking trails, Jocek added.

Jocek said the “We’re all about fitness” goal is meant to highlight the flexibility and diversity of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

For more information, visit the website, call the Richfield Parks and Recreation Department at 330-659-5818 or email recreationdept@richfieldvillageohio.org.

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