Archive for Thursday, September 27, 2007

Knockout workout

De Soto Parks and Recreation Department’s new equipment provides new fitness opportunities

September 27, 2007

The workout the eight woman went through Tuesday in the De Soto Community Center was designed for George Foreman and not Vaslav Nijinsky, one of its participants said.

"It's for those of us who don't have rhythm," said Julie Baldwin at the end of the De Soto Parks and Recreation class.

They might not have danced to the technopop playing stereo in the room, but instructor Kim Adkins saw that her charges kept their feet moving during the hourlong class. The class called fusion had its eight members rotating among different exercise equipment in the Community Center fitness room in between cardio stints using plastic platforms.

The class is a blend of athletic conditioning, strength training, core training and cardio activities, Adkins said.

Near the conclusion of each rotation, the class members gleefully joined Adkins in counting down the last seconds of the exercise. But that didn't mean they were having second thoughts about their decision to join the class.

"I love it," said Angela Jones. "It's great to have this in De Soto."

The class uses new equipment park and rec bought this summer. That includes a large punching bag, a suspended speed bag, slider, abdominal lounger and weight bench used for set ups.

"We change equipment every week so they don't get bored," Adkins said.

The class is offered from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Eight week class sessions started Sept. 10.

Although the class members did use dumbbells at a station they didn't use the new free weights parks and recreation purchased.

But Adkins makes use of them in other classes, including the power pump weight training class.

For more information on the classes offered by the city, visit its Web site at or call the recreation department at 583-1182 and ask for Justin or Jay.

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