Op­tions abound for fit­ness classes

Cycling, TRX and a bal­let-in­spired class are great op­tions for in­door fit­ness

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - DAILY LOCAL NEWS - By Michilea Pat­ter­son mpat­ter­son@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @MichileaP on Twit­ter

High-calo­rie hol­i­day din­ners are right around the corner for Thanks­giv­ing and Christ­mas so now is a good time to start think­ing of how to shed un­wanted pounds dur­ing the win­ter.

As the weather gets colder, peo­ple are start­ing to take their work­outs from out­doors to in­side. Since there’s strength in num­bers, group fit­ness classes could be the key to ex­er­cise suc­cess. A quick look in fit­ness mag­a­zines or at ex­er­cise trends would re­veal that spin, TRX and barre are some of the most pop­u­lar work­outs for 2016.

A new fit­ness stu­dio in Up­per Prov­i­dence called TORQUE hap­pens to of­fer all three. Owner Sum­mer Fatzinger said she chose the name TORQUE be­cause it means mo­men­tum — and mov­ing is ex­actly what peo­ple do at the fa­cil­ity.

SPIN CYCLING

At TORQUE, an in­door cycling spin class al­most feels like a night in a dance club. There’s dimmed light­ing and peo­ple ride to the beat of mu­sic. The in­struc­tor leads the class in up­per body move­ments as peo­ple cy­cle away but also acts as DJ for 45 min­utes to keep up the mo­ti­va­tion.

“It’s like a dance party on a bike,” Fatzinger said.

She said the dark at­mos­phere helps peo­ple not to be so self-con­scious when they’re cycling.

“When you take away those senses, when you take away that in­hi­bi­tion, when you take away that worry then you can get the most out of your work­out and you can ac­tu­ally let go,” she said.

The stu­dio also of­fers a Spin 101 class ev­ery first Tues­day of the month for be­gin­ners. The class is an in­tro­duc­tion to the fun cycling ex­er­cise and goes over po­si­tion­ing and how to set up the bike.

Meghan Callen, of Hat­field, said she was pretty ner­vous when she first took a spin class at TORQUE but quickly be­gan to en­joy the high en­ergy class.

“To take 45 min­utes out of a day to re­group, sweat it out to great mu­sic, push through the ob­sta­cles, and ride to­gether as a team of women en­cour­ag­ing each other, well, there’s just noth­ing else like it,” Callen said.

TRX SUS­PEN­SION

TRX sus­pen­sion train­ing uses hang­ing re­sis­tance bands and a per­son’s own body weight to cre­ate a to­tal body work­out, said Fatzinger.

TRX founder Randy Het­rick was a Navy SEAL com­mando and de­vel­oped the first ver­sion of TRX sus­pen­sion equip­ment as way to main­tain his phys­i­cal con­di­tion while on de­ploy­ment. All mem­bers of the U.S. mil­i­tary use a TRX con­di­tion­ing pro­gram ac­cord­ing to the TRX web­site www.trx­train­ing. com. The TRX web­site also sells sus­pen­sion equip­ment that can be set up at home.

BARRE

“Barre is like a bal­let-in­spired ton­ing ex­er­cise,” Fatzinger said.

Par­tic­i­pants of the class use a bal­let barre to do dif­fer­ent bal­letin­spired ex­er­cise that lead to lean and tight mus­cles. Peo­ple that take a barre fit­ness class use their own body weight as re­sis­tance and tar­get the mus­cles in their arms, thighs and abs.

TORQUE also of­fers fu­sion classes for peo­ple that want to com­bine spin and barre, barre and TRX or spin and TRX.

“What we do to­gether in a class at TORQUE is very sym­bolic of how we should all live our lives when we walk out of those doors, and I’m proud to know and be a part of this won­der­ful group of in­di­vid­u­als who make our com­mu­nity a bet­ter place,” Callen said.

Fatzinger said she opened TORQUE so it could be a safe place where peo­ple could es­cape the chal­lenges and ob­sta­cles of life.

“This isn’t just a work­out stu­dio. This is a place where peo­ple come to feel bet­ter about them­selves,” she said.

When the stu­dio opened in Septem­ber, some­thing called the TORQUE Move­ment be­gan. Fatzinger said peo­ple rec­om­mend some­one that’s go­ing through a try­ing time and needs some up­lift­ing for the move­ment. The nom­i­nated in­di­vid­ual then gets to take two weeks of classes for free. After that per­son com­pletes their two weeks then they rec­om­mend some­one else to take their place.

“This is just pro­vid­ing a small bit of hope and hap­pi­ness,” Fatzinger said.

TORQUE is lo­cated at 1610 W. Main St. in Up­per Prov­i­dence. Peo­ple can re­serve spots in the classes two weeks in ad­vance. Peo­ple new to the stu­dio get to take one free class. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the web­site at www.thetorque­move­ment.com or call 484-961-8295.

Ad­di­tional in­door cycling, TRX and barre fit­ness classes are of­fered in the re­gion. For ex­am­ple:

• Fit Ryde is an in­door cycling and fit­ness stu­dio in West Ch­ester. The stu­dio uses in­door bik­ing sta­tions that tilt and lean and peo­ple ride it to re­sem­ble an out­door road bike. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the web­site at www.fit­ryde.com/in­dex.html or call 516-425-3289.

• The Penn Oaks Ten­nis & Fit­ness Club in West Ch­ester has Barre Fu­sion classes avail­able. The classes are open to mem­bers and non­mem­bers. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the web­site at www.pen­noak­sten­nisand­fit­ness.com/barre-fu­sion or call 610-399-3800.

• Fo­cus Fit­ness Main Line is a fit­ness stu­dio in Bryn Mawr that of­fers spin and TRX classes. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the web­site www.fo­cus­fit­nessml.com or call 610-5255515.

• The Tone Zone is a fit­ness fa­cil­ity that has two lo­ca­tions in Conshohocken. The stu­dio has sev­eral types of barre and cycling classes. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the web­site at tone­zone4me.com or call 216-325-3340.

• Wy­omiss­ing Fit­ness and Train­ing stu­dio has spin and TRX classes. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the web­site at www.wyofit­ness.com or call 610-743-4039.

“To take 45 min­utes out of a day to re­group, sweat it out to great mu­sic, push through the ob­sta­cles, and ride to­gether as a team of women en­cour­ag­ing each other, well, there’s just noth­ing else like it.” — Meghan Callen, of Hat­field

For more healthy liv­ing sto­ries, visit the Fit for Life web­site www. pottsmer­c­fit4life.com.

MICHILEA PAT­TER­SON — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Sum­mer Fatzinger, owner of the fit­ness stu­dio TORQUE in Up­per Prov­i­dence, leads an in­door cycling class called spin. The class was done in a dark­ened room with en­er­getic mu­sic play­ing in the back­ground.

MICHILEA PAT­TER­SON — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

A group of women take an in­door cycling class called spin at the re­cently opened fit­ness stu­dio TORQUE in Up­per Prov­i­dence. The stu­dio of­fers TRX and barre fit­ness classes in ad­di­tion to spin.

MICHILEA PAT­TER­SON — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Women do re­sis­tance sus­pen­sion train­ing us­ing TRX equip­ment dur­ing a class at the fit­ness stu­dio TORQUE in Up­per Prov­i­dence. Par­tic­i­pants of TRX classes use their own body weight as part of their work­out.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO — MEGHAN CALLEN

In­struc­tor Julie Acree leads a barre fit­ness class at a re­cently opened stu­dio in Up­per Prov­i­dence called TORQUE. The mus­cle ton­ing class uses a bal­let barre.

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