DeKalb Park District offers fitness classes

By Chris Nelson

Who’s feeling guilty about a winter’s worth of inactivity or getting ready to put on a bathing suit and hit the beach come Spring Break?

Whatever the situation might be, the DeKalb Park District has several classes available to help accomplish fitness goals.

DPD aerobics and toning classes will help make the days on the sand a lot less traumatic. Even those just looking to get in shape for everyday activities have several varieties of classes that can help.

To make the situation even more appealing, the DPD is offering participants the opportunity to sign up for the remaining fitness sessions and pay only half-price.

For beginners, there is an aerobics class from 9:15 to 10 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays. Called “A Place to Start,” this aerobics class offers easy-to-follow routines to help newcomers ease into the exercise regimen. Babysitting is available to those who need it.

For participants with some aerobics experience, the DPD has many evening classes designed to challenge exercisers in a variety of ways. Classes are held every evening Monday through Friday, as well as on Saturday morning.

Low-impact classes are designed to challenge participants by working at a high cardiovascular intensity. The high-impact class is characterized by more fast-paced aerobics routines.

Complementing the aerobics classes are the toning classes. The toning classes serve to strengthen muscle groups rather than concentrating on cardiovascular endurance.

Two types of these classes are offered by the DPD, and each is available every evening Monday through Thursday. “Total Body Toning” is the name of the base toning class. “Toning with Weights” is the more challenging of the two, using weights to target muscular development in the arms, abdominals, hips, and thighs.

An unconventional approach to aerobics also is offered by the DPD. Called the “Water Workout,” this class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:45 to 8:45 p.m. beginning March 16 at the DeKalb High School pool. This class utilizes the natural resistance of water to enhance the traditional aerobics routine. Class is held in the shallow end of the pool, so participants need not know how to swim. Interested persons are urged to register early due to limitations on class size.

All classes, with the exception of the “Water Workout,” are held at the Hopkins Park Community Center in DeKalb. So those interested in toning up, slimming down, or just getting some exercise should call the DPD at 758-6663.