Fitness instructors Amy Eller (Zumba), Kem Davidson (substitute for Zumba and Piloxing), Shelly McManus (Yoga) and Rebecca Mannon (Piloxing). Davidson serves as a substitute teacher for Zumba and Piloxing and is also certified. photo by Kim Cameron

Kremmling is fortunate to offer an array of fitness classes The varied classes can tone, strengthen, provide cardio, and increase flexibility. The classes are all taught by certified instructors that are passionate about helping others meet their fitness goals. The classes are $7 for a session.

Zumba
Zumba is taught by Amy Eller and is offered on Mondays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Bumgarner Building at 116 North 3rd Street. Zumba offers a high energy dance class that is fun and easy. It is for all ages and fitness levels and has a wide appeal.

Eller also uses the word happy to describe the class and says, “I love the positive energy that is involved in the class, and I fell in love with Zumba in the first class I ever took.” Eller became certified in Zumba instruction last May and encourages everyone to give it a try. “I don’t want anyone to feel intimidated. It is easy to learn, adapt the moves, and the benefits are amazing.”

Piloxing
Piloxing is taught by Rebecca Mannon on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Bumgarner Building at 116 North 3rd Street. Mannon is the original fitness instructor for Zumba and Piloxing and has continued to teach Piloxing, a mixture of pilates and boxing. “I love teaching this class,” said Mannon who hopes to see attendance in her class increase.

“It is low impact and a great cardio workout that increases your heart rate. It focuses on core fitness and has the ability to burn a lot of calories while also strengthening and toning.”

Piloxing is appropriate for all ages and fitness levels. It is done with weighted piloxing gloves and bare foot. “Exercising in bare feet is so beneficial and has fixed so many of my problems,” Mannon stated. “I just love how the class has impacted people in a positive way and the friendships that develop from the classes.”

Yoga
Shelly McManus currently offers three different yoga classes that focus on unifying the body, mind, spirit through breathwork and asanas. (yoga poses)

Rockin’ Chair Yoga is offered on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. at the Cliffview Assisted Living Center. Happy Toes Yoga is offered from 5:30-6:45 p.m. at the Allington Inn on Tuesdays, and Family Yoga is offered from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. on Saturdays at the Allington Inn. Rockin’ Chair Yoga is geared toward senior citizens and the atmosphere is light, airy and fun. The seniors do most of the poses while seated; however, they are encouraged to stand during parts of the class. The class often ends with the playing of instruments and essential oils, which the seniors love. Happy Toes Yoga is an all levels yoga class that focuses on individual practices.

“Each person is at a different place in their practice. Although I lead the class, it is up to them to decide which variation of the pose they want to practice that particular night. It’s really rewarding when I hear people say, ‘I couldn’t do that pose before, but I can now.’ The benefits of yoga are many including balance, stress relief, sleeping better, flexibility, strength, and coordination,” says McManus. Family Yoga is similar to Happy Toes Yoga, but encourages parents to bring their children over 5 with them.

The cost for the family is $7 with the Last Time ‘Round Thrift Shop picking up the cost of the children. McManus has two yoga certifications. Her first is a 35 hour teacher training certification and the next is 200 hour certification that she traveled to India to receive from yoga masters.

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