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Westmont Park District Fitness Club gears up for 2014

WESTMONT – The Westmont Park District Fitness Club did not see the stereotypical rush of new faces during the first week of 2014, but it has plenty of programs and activities planned throughout the year to keep Westmont residents fit.

The family fitness facility offers its members not only basketball and racquetball courts, a cardio room and weight room, but also specialized fitness programs led by trained instructors, according to Membership Services Coordinator Jacqui Polz. 

“It’s a well-rounded facility,” said Polz, also a trainer and instructor at the gym. “The cost is great for everything that’s included.”

When it comes to preparing fitness programs at the facility, Polz said there are a few different ways to bring in new classes, including ideas from the park district, suggestions from members or proposals from the instructors themselves.

“We need to freshen up what we are offering,” Polz said. “We look at what the trends [are] in the fitness world.”

One of the newer classes, Bosu Body, is attracting a regular attendance, according to Polz. The class, which has been around for about six months, involves cardio, strength, balance and agility exercises.

“Most people just come in for that hour, so it’s all components of fitness,” Polz said. “Everyone who comes likes it.”

One member at the Bosu Body Class said the programs offer routines that she normally wouldn’t do on her own at the gym.

“You don’t normally push yourself,” Kim Glowniak said. “[The class] just makes you feel good and it fits exactly what I need with the strength conditioning.”

For another member, Nakia Skinner, it’s been months since she’s worked out at the gym but it’s the Bosu Body Class that brought her back.

“I like to be with other people because it motivates me,” Skinner said. “When I’m by myself, it’s too easy to just quit. When you’re with other people, their moving keeps you going.”

Looking forward to the coming months at the Westmont Park District Fitness Club, Polz said she doesn’t anticipate many changes in the offered classes. She said recent additions include more sessions of mat Pilates and yoga morning classes.

“We just added a couple newer classes and threw a couple in the [mix],” Polz said. “You mainly offer classes at your peak hours [and] all of our time slots are fairly full.”

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