Both men and women looking to improve their fitness are doing exactly that this summer through boot camp classes offered by Next Page Fitness.

The head-to-toe workout, which is held at Gravel Pit Park, offers participants a chance to increase muscular strength, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, and core strength.  Everything is timed and all intervals are vary from one minute to a short 15 seconds using High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T).  H.I.I.T. workouts burn fat and gain muscle simultaneously. H.I.I.T optimizes your workout time by using a series of short, high-intensity intervals.  “One of the best parts of H.I.I.T. is that it boosts your metabolism and will continue to burn hundreds of calories hours after exercising,” said Dawn Page Turiczek, owner of Next Page Fitness.

Classes began the first week of May but you do not have to attend all sessions to participate. Additionally, any fitness level is welcome. All ages are welcome and a discount is offered for families. However, if an individual has not been physically active, he or she should consult their physician before starting any fitness program.

“Everything we do is on timed intervals,” she explained. “So if an Olympic athlete showed up during a one-minute interval, he or she may do 30 repetitions of a bicep curl, while a beginner  may only do 6 repetitions in that minute.  Each person works at their own pace. We use will use suspension bands, which a person is lifting their own body weight, you can vary that weight by where you place your feet. So, every person can adapt each movement to his or her own needs.”

Dawn Page Turiczek is a lifelong North East resident. She earned her Health & Physical Education degree from Edinboro University and has been teaching for 19 years. She is an avid triathlon competitor, and completed two Tough Mudder Races, which are 10-12 mile adventure races.

It’s important to her as a teacher and a mother for people to get involved in a fitness program, whether it’s boot camp or something different.

“People need to realize the value of physical fitness,” she said. “Whether it is a walking program or an activity such as a boot camp, being physically active changes the quality of a person’s life. The benefits of being physically active are incredible. Not only does being physically fit help maintain a healthier lifestyle it does wonders for a person’s mood, self-esteem, mental health, and overall wellbeing.”

Page said with today’s youth, very few kids go outside and “play” anymore.

“Very rarely do you see kids in a pick-up game of football, basketball or kickball. Too many kids go home and sit on the couch and play video games or sit at the computer all night. We need our youth to get outside and be active, for some students the only physical activity they get is during school at PE class. We need adults and parents in the community to be good role models and show students the value and importance of exercise.”

Next Page Fitness – Boot Camp is held Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Gravel Pit Park from 6 – 7 p.m. and also Saturday morning from 8 – 9 a.m. in the back of the park in pavilion F near the softball field. All are welcome and the first class is free. Just show up and try a class out and see if it is for you. First-time participants should arrive 15 minutes early as everyone must sign a waiver, anyone under the age of 18 must have an adult sign the waiver before attending class.  

Check out Next Page Fitness on Facebook. Any questions, please contact Dawn Page Turiczek at 392-8831 or sunshine44dmp@yahoo.com

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