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Best gift is one of health and fitness

Jan. 22, 2010 --      Be careful. Be very careful. A warning accompanies Patrick Air Force Base Fitness Center's newest exercise class, Zumba. It reads: "This class and its international music may cause a severe urge to dance along with an extreme sense of happiness." The wildly popular class is not the only exercise class the Fitness Center offers to help with your fitness goals for this year.
     Workers at the Fitness Center are ready and willing to help.
     "Due to the overwhelming request by our patrons and keeping up with the latest industry standards in fitness, we have expanded our Group Exercise classes to include Zumba, which embraces rhythmic Latin beats and easy-to-follow moves for one exciting hour of calorie-burning and body toning," said Leiane Roche, Assistant Director, Fitness and Sports Center.
     The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Add some Latin flavor and international zest into the mix and you've got a Zumba class!
     "One of the best gifts you can give yourself is the gift of health and fitness, and it's our job and our utmost pleasure ­ to help you get that way," said Ms. Roche.
     She also said cycling, pilates, water aerobics and a "boot camp," described as a high energy total body conditioning that incorporates sport specific drills, are just a few other exercise classes offered at the Fitness Center.
     Classes are scheduled for one hour, Monday - Friday, and are open to all eligible ID cardholders.
     The Fitness Center also offers Incentive Programs, which include the Cardio Challenge and the Shark Attack Swim Challenge. Participants may join incentive programs at any time and provide variety to your activity routine to prevent boredom and help you overcome plateaus.
     Contact the Fitness Center at 494-4947 for more information on any of these programs or classes.