With a new year comes a renewed desire to get in shape and achieve a healthier lifestyle.
Cookeville Leisure Services’ Fit Frenzy, a free event held Jan. 14 at the Cane Creek Recreation Center, helped many set the tone for 2017.
“We offered our fitness classes in small samples so you could try everything, all in one swoop, and pick out what speaks to you,” Jen Webb, special programs coordinator, said.
More than 170 attendees tried out Zumba, Bend, Cardio Sculpt, Step, PiYo, Dance2Fit, Cardio Core, Fit Yoga, Turbo, Strength Training and Conditioning, Yoga Flow, High Intensity Interval Training, Mindful Yoga and Spin 30. (Class descriptions are available at www.cookeville-tn.gov/ls/fitness/fitclassinfo.)
Cara Sheets, Leisure Services recreation superintendent, said that while a new year is typically the time for making fitness resolutions, those wishing to get in shape can start any time.
“It doesn’t have to be in January, but that’s a good time to start fresh,” she said.
“Lots of other people are doing the same thing, so you won’t feel like you’ve stepped into something where everybody is ahead of you,” she said.
Cane Creek Recreation Center fitness classes are offered daily at 180 C C Camp Road in Cookeville. They attract people of all ages and fitness levels. Drop-in classes are $3, with no membership fee or contract required. The first class is free. Fitness cards are available for $30, offering 11 classes for the price of 10. Thirty-minute Lunch Express classes are $2 and start at 11 a.m. each week day.
For a monthly schedule, visit www.cookeville-tn.gov/ls/fitness or call 931-526-7393.
“Our classes are ongoing,” Webb said. “You can jump in at any time.”
Webb noted the benefits of group fitness, such as social interaction and accountability.
“When you come here, you know your friends are excited to see you verses trying to work out at home where the dishes and laundry are waiting,” she said.
She offered these tips for staying on track with this year’s fitness goals:
“Plan ahead. Look at your calendar and add the classes you want to take – and tell somebody you’re coming. If you stick with it, in just a short time it becomes your habit.”