Free Summer Fitness Classes to Help Locals 'Shape Up'

RENO, Nev. -- The official start summer isn't quite here yet, but is sure feels like it, which means you'll probably want to head to the pool or the beach and you'll want to shed off those winter pounds. The city of Reno wants to give back to the community and give you a chance this summer to get down and shape up all for free.

Glen Daily is used to eating large meals on his lunch break and exercising wasn't an option. Now, he wants a change in his routine and his lifestyle.

"I want to get healthier, I wanted to lose some weight, I wanted to do something good with my lunch hour rather than going out and having a big lunch and not do something healthy," he said.

That's why he signed up for Shape Up Reno, a summer fitness program open to all locals. Daily's part of an hour boot-camp that tests his agility and works his cardio.

"You think 'well why am i doing this? it kind of hurts and it's requiring a lot of energy expenditure,' but at the same time it's good for me, and when I'm done I'm always glad i did it."

The program kicked off last summer and he lost 32 lbs, but this time around, he is looking to lose 20 more pounds.

"[Shape Up Reno] is removing barriers for people to come out and be healthy and it's all for no cost so we're just really trying to get people moving get them happy get them moving," Andy Bass, City of Reno recreation manager said.

You don't have to be a member or have any experience to participate. Instructors are volunteering their time to give back to the community and to make Reno healthy. They train both seasoned athletes to beginners.

"I believe in transforming lives first and foremost and a lot of people don't know how to do that or aren't motivated to do that and so that's why they come to a trainer," Channell Holmgren, fitness instructor said. "A lot of people can't get with a trained or don't know who to get with."

People participating the in the program say they come for the support and camaraderie.

"It's not really like a competition, you kind of support each other and the instructors are really motivating, so it's all just a good atmosphere. It's a little easier than going to the gym," Daily said.

One of the exercises featured in the boot camp is the kettle bell swing, which works out your quads, abs and upper body. In just one hour, you can burn anywhere from 200 to 600 calories.

There is a different class every day from now until the end of summer. For a complete list of class times and locations click on the link below.


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