Residents are encouraged to sign up for the fitness classes being offered at the city’s Parks and Recreation building in downtown Waxahachie.

Leading the instruction is Holly Cox of American Fitness Instructors and Trainers Association, who says that becoming physically fit is a lifestyle change and not a one-time activity.

“All of our classes can be modified to fit each person’s needs and limitations,” she said. “You know, when I first started doing fitness classes, I didn’t realize that I didn’t have to keep up. I tried to do everything that the instructor did and finish every single exercise at the highest intensity.

“That is really harmful if you are not ready for that,” she said. “Our instructors are going to guide you and if they see you struggling with the weight they are going to help you reduce it to a level where you can handle it.

“We are going to push you but only to your limit,” she said. “We are trained professionals and if we see a bad form or if you’re doing it wrong we are going to help you do it correctly.”

With five trainers, classes are offered mornings and evenings five days a week.

Body Pump is offered from 7-8 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and works the arms, shoulders, legs and back through use of a weighted bar or bar set.

Buns of Steel, a lower body workout, is offered from 7-8 a.m. Tuesdays.

From 7-8 a.m. Thursdays, a class Cox calls “20/20” is offered that works the upper body for 20 minutes and the lower body for 20 minutes with another 20 minutes of cardio.

Zumba, which combines Latin dance techniques and aerobics, is offered at 10:30 a.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The classes are open to men and women and any age 14 and older. Ages 14-18 must have a parent present.

Evening classes are high-intensity and run 30 minutes, with sessions scheduled at 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m.

“The evening people want a specifically designed class that is just for them … . Right now I have a group of girls who want a high intensity boot camp that is nonstop,” Cox said.

New fitness activities will be offered beginning in September and AFITA is polling the community to see what residents would like to have offered. Some of the response has been to add a yoga class, Cox said.

Classes are $5 per session. There are no contracts, but participants must sign a liability waiver stating that they are healthy enough to exercise. Cox encourages everyone to consult with a doctor before beginning a fitness program.

AFITA also works with members of the Waxahachie Senior Center five days a week, with a modified Buns of Steel offered Mondays and Zumba Gold offered Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cox works with seniors on the fitness equipment in the center’s workout room on Wednesdays. On Fridays, the group works with a ball, resistance bands and weights for stretching and toning.

Fitness classes at the senior center start at 8:30 a.m. and are free to members. Center membership for one year is $10 for Waxahachie residents and $15 for non-residents.

“We have a lady who started with us from day one and has been at every class that we teach,” Cox said. “We modified it because she could not get on the ground. She had knee surgery and a shoulder injury. So we modified her routines so she could do it in the chair. 

“Now we are on our second month and she is right on the floor with us and leading the group. She is up to two miles on the treadmill and does not walk,” Cox said. “She is jogging and she is in her 60s.”

The Parks and Recreation building is located at 401 S. Elm St., across the street from City Hall. The Waxahachie Senior Center is located at 122 Park Hills Drive, south of downtown Waxahachie off of U.S. Highway 77.

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