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New Classes Added to Aerobics Course Offerings


| jlyons@queenscourier.com

The Country Club has made some changes to its aerobics class offerings, in part to accommodate residents who are unable to attend daytime classes.

Shelley Sander, chair of the Gym, Aerobics and Pool (GAP) Committee, said that they had received requests from members because the class schedule was heavily loaded during daytime hours when many are not available, such as because of work or volunteer commitments. Along with making changes to evening class offerings, changes were also made to what’s available on the weekends.

“In consideration for that, we looked at the calendar and we saw where we could inject some more classes to fit these people’s [schedules],” Sander said.

Some classes, such as the line dancing and evening Zumba, were added to accommodate resident requests for certain classes.

“We just want to make sure we don’t neglect any significant population group,” Sander said.

Aerobics Director Lori Scolaro said that the Towers also wants to make sure that its offering a large variety of classes. She also noted that Zumba is very popular, which is why they want to have it available to Country Club members.

“We have a wide range of classes,” Scolaro said. “We’re just tweaking it a little bit.”

The new classes are:

-Zumba on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

-Line dancing every other Wednesday at 7 p.m. (beginning on December 21)

-Aqua Zumba at 10:15 a.m. on Sundays

-Body blast at 10:15 a.m. on Sundays

Sander said that she has personally attended the Tuesday even Zumba class, which began around the start of November. She said there have been 12 to 16 participants, which is “very good attendance.”

“We’re laughing, we’re having a good time. It’s not an easy class but it’s fun,” Sander said, adding that you can take breaks when you need them and do as much or as little as you can.

Scolaro said that most of the aerobics classes offered at the North Shore Towers Country Club are for any fitness level. She said that participants can slow down and take the classes and their own pace.

“Don’t be afraid to go in and try any of the classes that are on the schedule,” Scolaro said. “Never be intimidated.”

Sander and Scolaro encouraged Country Club members to continue to give their feedback about the aerobics class offerings.

Members should be sure to check out the aerobics schedule every month to see any future changes.

“We’re going to continue to monitor classes,” Sander said, adding that they’ll be looking at other classes that might be available and seeing where there could be the opportunity to add or juggle classes.

Gym Tour Held to Encourage Use of Facilities at North Shore Towers


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Photos By Jessica Lyons

The Gym, Aerobics and Pool (GAP) Committee held a gym tour in November to try to encourage usage of this amenity by making it seem less intimidating.

“The key purpose of today is to help familiarize you with the many options available to you as a Country Club member,” said GAP Committee Chair Shelley Sander.

Lori Scolaro, aerobics director, said, “We want to really make you guys feel comfortable…”

In addition to hoping that current members will start to use the fitness programs more, Sander also said she hopes that individuals who aren’t yet members would decide to join.

“I don’t think that you can beat the value that you get with your membership,” she said.

Before event attendees were taken on tours of the facilities by committee volunteers and gym instructors, a video was shown to highlight the facilities and group fitness programs offered at the Country Club.

In addition to the gym, there is an indoor pool, billiards room, boxing room and aerobics classes that include cycling, Zumba, yoga, water aerobics and stretch classes, among others.

“We offer everything,” Scolaro said. “We have a fabulous staff.”

Scolaro also noted that there are gym attendants who can show members how to use the machines, although they cannot come up with specific fitness programs. However, there are personal trainers available, too.

Bob Rochedieu, a chair of the subcommittee that planned the event, said that the programs and activities offered can be tailored to the person’s own level of activity.

During the event, members were also reminded to consult with their doctor before beginning fitness programs.

June Rochedieu, also a chair of the event, described it as “a big hit” and said that about 70 people attended.

“Tours were given, many questions asked and renewed interest shown to attend the gym, aerobics and pool by everyone. There was an excitement and buzz about the event that surpassed our goals to get people excited about our fitness programs,” June said. “My husband and I are dedicated to helping people take control of their health and well-being through fitness. We’re seeing lots of changes at North Shore Towers and this new ‘pumped up’ spirit to start an individual wellness program for the New Year is great for every North Shore Towers resident.”

June said that she and her husband “wish everyone would go down to the gym.”

“There’s no other place I can think of that offers this type of extensive fitness program in your co-op complex,” June said.

Anyone interested in learning more about the gym can call the Country Club to make an appointment for a gym attendant to take them on a tour.

Sander also noted that the GAP Committee plans on holding gym tour events a few times a year and will likely do another one around the time that snowbirds return.