Published on: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 News

Exercise classes at the recreation center

Now that the weather is becoming less than ideal, exercising outside will be more of a challenge. Here are a few options you may want to consider: Karate, Zumba, Ladies Bootcamp or Teen Fitness. Each of these classes is held at the Takoma Park Recreation Center on New Hampshire Avenue.

The practice of martial arts not only boosts physical fitness and teaches self-defense skills, it also improves discipline, focus, confidence and mindfulness. Classes typically cover basic kicking and punching techniques, kata and some sparring drills. Students can expect to be encouraged to challenge themselves while in class. You have will have the opportunity to take advantage of more than 40 years of combined instructor experience.

As a result of taking this class, students said they felt stronger, more agile and confident. You are welcome to observe the class. Stop by the Takoma Park Recreation Center on Mondays or Wednesdays between 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The Isshin-Ryu Karate Club has been practicing at the center since 2008.

Looking for an upbeat exciting class that will get your heart rate going? You may want to try our Zumba class. Laura Stewart is a certified Zumba instructor with more than four years of experience. A combination of Merengue, Cumbia, Soca and Reggaeton dance moves, along with some upbeat Latin style music, will move you through the class and make you forget you are exercising. “I love this class,” said Debbie Gibbs, a long- time student. “The music, the instructor and the convenience of the location are the reasons I keep coming back.” Laura will cue you through the workout, so you will know exactly which way to turn and travel. Bring your energy and feel free to sing along to the music and have fun while you burn calories and make new friends.

Ladies Bootcamp is one of the best classes at the Recreation Center. This class is led by a professional trainer, Tony Sharpe from KJ Fitness. Tony has been a trainer for more than 10 years. He will start you off with a dynamic warm up and some indirect stretching. Leg, core and upper body exercises will follow. Some exercises are body-part focused, and others will work the total body. Tony will finish the class with a cool-down session to bring your heart rate back down. Teri Tucker, a faithful student said, “The comradery between classmates is the best thing about the class. It’s like a family.” She loves the way the ladies motivate and encourage one another through the challenging workout.

Youth between the ages of 12 and 17 years old are eligible to join our Teen Fitness class. Stop by the Takoma Park Recreation Center on Mondays at 6 p.m., and our staff will be happy to assist you through a workout. If you are trying to be a part of your school or community team, this class will help you get in shape, improve your footwork and build strength. Exercises using your own body weight by doing pushups, sit ups and dips is a staple of this class along with other challenging exercises that include our floor ladder and hurdles.

Please feel free to stop by the Recreation Center and take a class or sign up for our Fitness Room. Just stop by the front desk, and a staff member will be happy to assist you. There is a complete listing of classes in the enclosed Winter City Guide. Registration for most classes begins Friday, Dec. 14 for Takoma Park Residents and Friday, Dec. 21 for Nonresidents. We look forward to seeing you at the Takoma Park Recreation Center located at 7315 New Hampshire Avenue.

This article appeared in the December 2018 edition of the Takoma Park Newsletter. The Takoma Park Newsletter is available for download here.