Tonganoxie free community fitness program attracts nearly 90 at first official session
Amy Myers, with megaphone in hand, belted out instructions and encouragement to nearly 90 people Sunday night at Chieftain Park.
At one point, she told participants they could run, walk or jog around an area in the park, but the path couldn’t include a trip to the ice cream table — at least not until later.
It was the first official night of Families Actively Strengthening Tonganoxie workout sessions. It also happened to be the same night as the Tonganoxie Recreation Commission Ice Cream Social.
The 89 participants, though, stayed the course and did the rest of the workout before enjoying some much-deserved dessert.
Myers, an instructor at Free State Fitness, will be leading the community workouts starting at 6:30 p.m. weekly into October.
The free workouts, a partnership between the fitness club and TRC, is an effort to get the community more active.
“It’s great,” Myers said about the first official night of workouts and the turnout. “I love it.”
About 40 people turned out for a practice run Aug. 23 at the park.
Organizer and TRC board member David Frese was ecstatic to more than double participation for the first official workout. He hopes numbers can continue to climb this coming Sunday during Labor Day Weekend and beyond.
Anyone can sign up for the exercises and people of all exercise levels and ages are welcome to attend. Sunday’s workout attracted people ranging from elementary school students to retired residents.
Lisa Large, a TRC board member, participated in the workouts. Her favorite exercise involved making the full motion of a basketball jump shot — bending the knees and then jumping straight up to “shoot the ball.”
Large said the workout was fun, partly because of some of the funny comments participants were making as they made their way through the exercises.
Of course, participants could take breaks when needed and modify the exercises to best suit their level.
People who attend three of the exercise sessions will receive free T-shirts. They just need to sign in each week they are there and fill out a waiver form.
Myers plans to incorporate new exercises into each week’s hourlong fitness program.
The next FAST workout session will start at 6:30 p.m. this Sunday at Chieftain Park.
“Just come out and try it,” Large said.