Move to Improve
FOREST CITY— If you made the resolution to get active this year, then you will want to stop by Green Creek Baptist Church in Tryon on Saturday.
Three Rutherford County personal trainers are hosting "Move to Improve Fitness Initiative" in the Cobb Family Life Center at the church. Participants will get to experience three free sample fitness classes from 9:30 a.m until noon.
"This is a group effort to try to make the counties healthier. Our intention is to get people in the mindset of healthy living," said Felicia Hipp, personal trainer. "Exercise is always good. Our goal is to get people to move and improve their fitness level."
Hipp is a registered nurse, A.C.E. certified personal trainer and a certified lifestyle consultant. She is the guest speaker for the event and will also be teaching the Zumba sample class.
The other sample classes will include "Cardio Zone" taught by TG Baker and "The Power of Stretch" taught by Mandy Huffman.
"The most important part of this is trying to make the community healthier. The first of the year is a great time for something like this because people are starting to work out and think about those beach bodies," Hipp said.
The event is a result of a health and fitness grant that David Staley, event planner, received from the Polk County Community Foundation.
"I decided to apply for the grant because I exercise and I saw the need in the area. Both of my parents are diabetic and my whole family has health issues. Also, many people cannot afford gym memberships. I applied for the grant for these reasons," Staley said. "We have also been having some free Zumba classes already, which are paid for through the grant. One of the classes is at Zion Grove A.M.E. Zion Church in Rutherfordton and the other is in Tryon."
The goal for Saturday is to introduce people to different types of exercise.
"We have learned that different people like to exercise in different ways. We want to encourage them to try to find something they like that will get them moving," Hipp said. "Exercise is a great first step, even if the person is not willing to change their diet yet. Until you can let go of the junk foods, you can exercise and start to see your body change."
On Saturday, Hipp says that anyone and everyone from Rutherford and Polk counties are welcome.
"We are not sure how many people we will have, but the more the merrier. We are prepared for as many people who would like to come," Hipp said. "Some of the participants will be the people who are already taking the Zumba classes. That way there are people there that already feel comfortable with it."
Those that complete all three sample classes will be entered into a drawing for $150 in prizes from Hibbett Sports, Puzzle Creek, Plum Natural and Subway. Everyone who attends will receive a free, healthy lunch.
"Even if someone is not interested in doing the sample classes, they should still come anyway. This is a great opportunity to learn about the options," Hipp said. "This is also the perfect place to sample the classes. It is great to get to try something out for about 12 minutes before you find yourself in an hour long class."
Hipp says she is looking forward to working with whoever comes out.
"I am most looking forward to being able to touch someone to make them healthier. I wasn't always the healthiest person, but then I started working out and I felt so much better about myself," Hipp said. "Exercising offers the chance to boost your self confidence and start believing in yourself. I am always excited to work, meet and help people make decisions to live their best life."
Green Creek Baptist Church is located at 2382 Coxe Road Tryon. For more information, you can call David Staley at 828-429-6635.