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April 26, 2011

Join the party! Give Zumba classes a try and support the animal shelter

Warren, RI – Zumba, a Latin-inspired cardio workout, is sweeping the nation by storm and Warren’s 426 Fitness center is offering free Zumba classes on Thursday nights as part of a fundraising effort for the Warren Animal Shelter.

Non-members and members alike are invited to Zumba-for-a-cause, an opportunity to shed pounds while helping rescued dogs and cats.

Zumba is unlike any workout you’ve ever done before. A lively, upbeat and fun atmosphere will make you forget you’re even working out.

426 Fitness staff said they had the idea for the fundraiser after discovering the center’s free Zumba classes were a huge success, with 80 - 100 people showing up on Thursday nights – two large a group for a single room, so the group is split into two rooms with two instructors.

“We wanted to take a positive one step further, so we approached the Warren Animal Shelter, which gladly accepted the offer,” they said.

Donations collected during the free Zumba classes will go towards improvements to the shelter and day-to-day operations.

The fitness center’s free Zumba classes are offered weekly at 7 p.m. on Thursday nights.

“People are really loving the Zumba classes. This fundraiser gets people to Zumba their tails off for animals with tails. It’s win-win for both gym goers and the rescued animals,” says Mark Lombari, 426 Fitness owner.

Zumba is similar to dance aerobics but without the complicated step routines.

It combines simple-to-follow step movements with Latin rhythms and offers an exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing fun.

The cardio workout both tones and strengthens the core. The simple and repetitive Latin dance steps specifically target the abdominal muscles.

“What’s great about ZUMBA is people of all fitness levels and ages can do it,” says Diane Stanzione, Class Fitness Director at 426 Fitness. “You don’t have to be a dancer, athlete or regular gym participant. You just feel the music and let your body move. Both men or women can have fun and you get real results.”

426 Fitness introduced Zumba in early 2010, and since then, member feedback has been overwhelming.

“It’s an easier way to exercise than other classes because of the pace – it’s like dancing – you just move your body to the music,” says Stanzione.

Zumba is the creation of celebrity fitness trainer “Beto” Perez who, back in the 90s, improvised workout moves when he forgot to bring usual aerobics music to the gym and used his favorite Latin music instead. His Columbian students loved the change, and he developed the Zumba program, which today is offered in gyms around the globe.

“We’re doing this because Zumba is so popular and so much fun, it’s also a way to invite people into our fitness center to experience what our members already know about 426 Fitness – that our facility, in this historic mill, is a really inviting place to workout,” says Lombari.

426 Fitness is located in the historic Parker Mill at 426 Metacom Ave., Warren, RI.

For more information contact 426 fitness at 401-247-7440.

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