8/29/2014 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas –
The Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph Rambler Fitness Center added two weekly morning classes to its group exercise catalog earlier this month, one a fan favorite and the other for the first time.
Zumba, a Latin-inspired dance fitness class, was previously offered during the evening, but Rambler staff members decided to start one at 11 a.m. every Monday in room 128 based on feedback.
"Our clients had been asking for an earlier time and we wanted to give them the option," Rey Salinas, Rambler Fitness Center fitness programs manager, said. "Those who work regular business hours can go for midday stress relief, while those who work late can get some exercise when they get off."
Lynette Gotay-Cui, the morning Zumba class instructor, said she normally has 30 to 40 participants during the Rambler's evening editions, so she's excited about bringing it to another audience.
"Zumba is not about perfection, but participation," she said. "As long as you are moving in the right direction and having fun, you are succeeding."
She said going to at least five 55-minute sessions can ensure participants get comfortable with the class.
Attendees should wear fitness shoes with minimal treading and bring water and a towel, Gotay-Cui added.
For the Rambler's new "Pedal and Pump" class, held 9 a.m. every Tuesday in room 158, interval strength training is fused with traditional cycling.
According to instructor Holly Middleton, classes consist of high-intensity pedaling for two or three minutes followed by light weight training with dumbbells, resistance bands and body weight on the floor for the same amount of time.
The cycle is repeated for 45 minutes.
"This is a joint-friendly version of interval training for people who want to lose weight and burn a lot of calories," Middleton said. "The idea is not letting the body plateau (by resting) and to keep it guessing for optimal cardiovascular benefits."
Participants should dress in breathable clothes that don't fit too loose, she said.
Running or cross-training shoes are recommended over cycling shoes, and participants should bring water, a towel, weights and a mat, the latter two of which can be borrowed from the Rambler facility.
Both classes are $3 per session, and anyone 16 years of age and up with JBSA-Randolph access can register for them.
Salinas said the classes are intended for people of all fitness levels.
Ten- and 20-point passes are available at the fitness center for $25 and $50, respectively, which saves members 50 cents per class. One group exercise class costs one point.
For more information, call the Rambler Fitness Center at 652-2955.