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JBLM Fitness Resolution Fair

Kick-start that New Year’s fitness resolution

Northwest Guardian

Published: 02:19PM January 11th, 2018

Northwest Guardian/2017

Zumba instructor Fernanda Green led participants at the 2017 JBLM Fitness Resolution Fair during a 20-minute workout at the Wilson Sports and Fitness Center on Lewis North Jan. 7, 2017.

If you go

What: 2018 JBLM Fitness Resolution Fair

When: Saturday from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

Where: Wilson Sports and Fitness Center, 11596 D. St. and 41st Division, Lewis North

With the start of every new year, some Americans make a resolution to lose weight, be more fit or a combination of both. For members of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community, keeping that resolution in 2018 begins Saturday at the annual JBLM Fitness Resolution Fair.

The JBLM Fitness Resolution Fair is hosted by the Wilson Sports and Fitness Center on Lewis North from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

The fair, which is free to attend, will feature fitness classes offered across JBLM — including Zumba, Strong by Zumba, MixxedFit and indoor cycling.

Event coordinator Mallory Loy said the event has been popular because participants enjoy taking the classes and seeing what is new.

“It’s just nice to be able to get the word out with this event that (the JBLM community is) able to take these classes free at most of the facilities,” Loy said.

One new fitness class is Strong by Zumba. Zumba, a dance-fitness course incorporating hip-hop, samba, salsa and other Latin American genres of music, has grown in the past decade. With Strong by Zumba, the class is generally shorter and has a faster pace — similar to high-intensity interval training.

“It’s kind of like circuit training more than a CrossFit or functional fitness class,” Loy said.

Loy said participants will also have a chance to try out a functional fitness workshop to train muscles by simulating common movements done at home, work or sports with an emphasis on core stability.

“We’re hoping to reach out to more patrons with that (workshop),” Loy said.

Similar to last year, participants can try out a fitness class during a 30-minute trial. There will be 15-minute transition periods between classes, which provides participants a chance to cool down before tackling another class.

Loy said she encourages JBLM newcomers to attend the Fitness Resolution Fair, in case the highlighted classes weren’t offered at their previous installation.

“You want to change it up,” Loy said. “It’ll introduce them to something they might not have done before.”

The first 150 participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt. Fitness-related prizes also will be given away during the fair. Some of the prizes are yoga mats, towels, jump ropes and workout gloves.

For more information, call 253-967-7471.

Dean Siemon: 253-477-0235, @deansiemon