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FIT Class participants freestyle with different gym equipment.

This week I had the great pleasure of going to Legacy Martial Arts Studio to try out a few classes.  You might remember just a couple of weeks ago that I was at the studio with the local Army Drill Sergeants for a day of mixed martial arts training.  The owner of the studio, Robert Bentley, invited me back to experience some of his regular programs and learn more about the facility.

The studio is located in the strip behind Blockbuster Video at 36thand Broadway in Quincy, and it brings together some of the area’s best fitness classes for kids and adults.  This week, I was able to try two classes: FIT Class and Jiu Jitsu.  Jiu Jitsu is going to get a whole separate blog because I have a lot to say on the subject (such as: it’s awesome!), but today I wanted to talk about FIT.

FIT class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:15 pm.

Legacy’s FIT Class is a little hard to describe, because it’s designed to be different every time you go.  It’s a fun, 45-minute class that will get you moving and make you sweat.  The first thing I noticed when I walked in the door was the diversity of the group that was there.  There were teenagers through adults, and people who ranged from super-fit athletes to people who were just getting started on fitness programs.  Many of the people were there for weight loss, and others, like me, were there to add a cross-training component to their normal training schedule.

The class started with a warm-up jog around the outside of the mat.  Then Mr. Bentley announced that we were changing the jog to a high skip.  I can’t think of the last time I skipped, but I defy you to skip anywhere without smiling.  Skipping is a joyful movement, plain and simple.  It also does a good job of getting your heart-rate up and getting you ready to workout  with a good attitude.

After warm-ups, we moved on to partner exercises.   I paired up with Brenda Turnbaugh, who has been doing the class for several months.  I asked her what she liked the most about FIT class and here’s what she had to say:

“I was never much of a fitness “class” person. I workout hard and I like to do different things to keep it fun and keep my body guessing, and so many classes and trainers seem to be cut from the same mold. Same exercises, same reps, same EVERYTHING! In October, I gave in to a friend and decided to try FIT class at Legacy for a 90-day challenge. From the first class, I was hooked! Mr. Bentley said it would never be the same workout twice, and I can say that now after 3 months+, he was telling the truth. Each class is challenging in its own way, and it is now my favorite form of cross-training.”

Brenda Turnbaugh cross-trains at Legacy.

Brenda and I made our way through a variety of pairs exercises- short sprints, jumping jacks, tossing a medicine ball, a wheel-barrow race, and even a fireman’s carry challenge.  We were both having fun the entire time and it’s easy to forget how much you’re working.

One of the best moments in the class for me was the “Countdown Drill.”  The Countdown Drill is where everyone does sets of 10 jumping jacks, 10 sit-ups and 10 push-ups, then 9 of each, then 8 of each, etc. all the way to 1 of each.  I was one of the slower people in the class to do this drill, but when other people were done with their countdown, they would come over and join into my countdown until I was done too.  Then we went to someone slower than me and did their last few sets with them until everyone was done.  This spirit of camaraderie during this drill and other exercises made the class feel extremely welcoming and uplifting.

“Mr. and Mrs. Bentley and the Legacy Family make you feel welcome and wanted.  It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner just starting to exercise or a seasoned pro. Anyone showing commitment to their health is accepted with open arms,” explained Brenda.  I couldn’t agree with her more.

I’d highly recommend FIT class or any of Legacy’s classes for anyone who wants to start or enhance their training program.  It’s fun, it’s different every time, and it’s a great workout.  I can’t wait until next week to see how the workout changes!

FIT Classes meet at 7:15 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  See below for a FREE week offer.  Call 217-221-0700 for details.  There are no session “starts,” you may begin FIT class at any time.

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