Fit­ness classes re­turn to fall sched­ule

The Weekly Vista - - News - LYNN ATKINS latkins@nwadg.com

Fit­ness classes, held at three dif­fer­ent POA fa­cil­i­ties, of­fer a va­ri­ety of ex­pe­ri­ences for POA mem­bers. As mem­bers set­tle into their fall sched­ules, fit­ness in­struc­tors pre­pare for lots of new stu­dents.

“I feel like there’s go­ing to be a huge in­flux,” in­struc­tor Lucy Quarti said. “We’ve al­ready had some great turnout for classes this fall.”

Classes are of­fered at Rior­dan Hall, the Met­field Club­house and soon, at the newly ren­o­vated Branch­wood. All sum­mer when Branch­wood was closed, classes usu­ally held there met at the High­lands Club­house, in the room that was once the restau­rant’s din­ing room. Branch­wood’s wa­ter classes moved to the pool at Kings­dale.

When Branch­wood re­opens, it will have a large room for an ex­er­cise class which, re­cre­ation di­rec­tor Joan Glubczyn­ski pointed out, is a big im­prove­ment over their old space — a base­ment rac­quet­ball court. Branch­wood also has the only in­door pool in Bella Vista.

There’s a va­ri­ety of classes to serve a wide range of abil­i­ties. At Rior­dan, a Sil­ver Sneaker Clas­sic class uses small hand weights and balls as par­tic­i­pants work on range of mo­tion. While at Met­field, an in­door cy­cling class is de­signed for a more am­bi­tious clien­tele look­ing for a car­dio work out.

Lucy Quarti teaches sev­eral types of classes, in­clud­ing To­tal Body Work­out, which uses some Pilates moves.

“It’s my pas­sion,” she said. Peo­ple who take her class are bet­ter able to face the chal­lenges of every­day life. They may find their bal­ance im­prov­ing as well as their fit­ness level.

Her stu­dents are very loyal. They en­joy com­ing to her classes, she said.

“I try to foster a class where we pull for each other and be­come friends. At the end of ev­ery class, we come to­gether and do a chant. That’s what keeps them com­ing back.”

Stu­dents can be­gin at any time. She tries to make sure ev­ery­one feels at home and lets them chose when they want to par­tic­i­pate or when they would rather just watch.

“It’s hard to walk in and be the new girl,” she said.

Pam Hu­dac was sur­prised to find her­self lead­ing a wa­ter aer­o­bics class. When she moved to Bella Vista, she didn’t own a bathing suit, but she tried a class at Branch­wood and got hooked. Af­ter earn­ing her cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, she teaches a class called Power H2O, which will re­turn to Branch­wood as soon as the in­door pool there re­opens.

“If you want to work hard, you get a hard car­dio work­out, but you don’t have to do the power moves,” she said.

Hu­dac has a back­ground in mu­sic and spends hours de­vel­op­ing her playlists for classes. She has a lot of playlists — some cover an era, like the ’40s or ’50s; oth­ers con­cen­trate on a spe­cific artist or genre. All her playlists are de­signed so stu­dents can ex­er­cise to the beat of the mu­sic.

She doesn’t en­cour­age con­ver­sa­tion dur­ing class, but she does en­cour­age sing­ing.

She thinks the mu­sic is part of the rea­son she has loyal stu­dents who come back time af­ter time. But she has also seen some im­pres­sive re­sults.

Her stu­dents have re­ported inches fall­ing off and stamina grow­ing. Their doc­tors are happy with their blood work, and some di­a­betes pa­tients re­port their num­bers im­prov­ing.

“One lady told me she got a hole in one,” Hu­dac said. That stu­dent, Hu­dac said, thought im­prove­ments in strength and range of mo­tion im­proved her golf game.

There are two ways to pay for classes, Glubczyn­ski said. Some in­sur­ance com­pa­nies pay for Sil­ver Sneak­ers or Sil­ver and Fit classes. For other types of classes, a stu­dent can buy a punch card which gives them 10 classes for $30. The punch card can be used to try out all of the classes, she said.

Some peo­ple chose to pay for each class as they go. Pay as you go classes cost $4, but mem­bers with­out a photo ID will also be charged a $2.50 fa­cil­ity fee each day.

The best way to find out when, where and how much each class is, is at one of the fit­ness cen­ters, Glubczyn­ski said. The num­ber for Rior­dan Hall is 479 855-8170. Met­field is 479 855-8165. Branch­wood, which is due to open some­time this month, is 479 855-8181.

Lynn Atkins/The Weekly Vista

A Sil­ver Sneak­ers fit­ness class at Rior­dan Hall is just one in a wide range of fit­ness of­fer­ings at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in the vil­lage.

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