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Take advantage of ‘Anytime,’ ‘Zumba’

Another year, another New Year’s resolution to attempt to lose weight and stay in-shape. Allow the opportunities in 2012 to stick with it.

Anytime Fitness has a deal students should check out if they want to keep their New Year’s resolution of keeping fit alive. While the Baker Center is free to students, the hours may not be fitting for students who have to work late or would like to get up early and work out before class. For just $36 for a yearly membership (because students get a 10% discount with student I.D.), students can have access to Anytime Fitness, a 24-hour gym that has treadmills and ellipticals with TVs attached to them, various machines and free weights as well.

Located at 1209 N. Belt Highway, Suite f (near Panera Bread), Anytime Fitness is a suitable gym for everybody, according to manager Amanda McGinley.

“It’s so convenient,” McGinley said.

Once a member is added, he or she will be given a tiny gray key that unlocks the door once it is waved near the sensor, giving access to all members at any time of the day or night. Plus, once the key has been activated for 30 days, the member will be able to use the key at any Anytime Fitness locations.

Not only is Anytime Fitness convenient, it also offers personal trainers (which costs extra) if you need a little more motivation, a masseuse (separate cost) to help you relax afterward, tanning beds (which costs $15 extra) and classes which are included in the membership.

“Once you’re a member, you can take classes like aerobics, Zumba, cardio-strength, kickboxing and pilates; we have a ton,” McGinley said.

If students would rather just take a class, however, they might find what they are looking for at Zumba in the Room-ba at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Griffon Indoor Sports Complex. (Note: People should show up around 30 minutes prior in order to get through registration; donations are encouraged).

Zumba is a Latin dance that incorporates aerobics with several types of dances including salsa, hip-hop and merengue.

Zumba in the Room-ba is an event open to the public that will raise money for YWCA Choices program, which provides life skills training for seventh grade girls, and could possibly break the current record (held by Missouri Western) of 498 people Zumba-ing in a room for one hour in the “Guinness Book of World Records.”

According to Jennifer Bagley, the head honcho of the event, Zumba will draw a sweat, but it’s still a fun, easy workout.

“Zumba is the best kind of workout because you don’t know it’s a workout until it’s over and you’re sweating,” Bagley said. “It’s just fun; you’re constantly moving, and if you’ve never done it before, it’s not so difficult that a newcomer would be overwhelmed.”

Soccer player Abby Widrig, who attended Zumba in the Room-ba last year, would agree with Bagley when it comes to Zumba being a decent workout.

“It was a nice change of pace from running, yet I still (got) a good workout,” Widrig said.

In addition, this event is a way to meet new people and find a permanent class to join in the future. After the event ends, the instructors will be available for chit-chat and will be handing out information regarding their classes.

So think of Zumba in the Room-ba as a fun gateway to opportunities of keeping in-shape.

“I would say give it at least one try. I wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it, but I really did,” Widrig said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

Click here to see the video of Zumba in the Room-ba last year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBGpujY9-VE

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