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BAUMHOLDER, Germany — Don’t expect just another session of buff instructors yelling “work that thing!”

Organizers want to see Saturday’s inaugural Aerobathon become an annual event in Baumholder.

To make an impression on the community, it had better be good — good enough to hold the crowds from beginning to end. And good enough to get them back, said organizer Suzi Watson.

The Aerobathon will be that and more, said Watson, fitness coordinator for Baumholder’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation program: “Come and learn about our programs, learn about your body, learn about healthy foods and meet new friends.”

The Aerobathon will be sweaty, fun and free, with “funky and fresh music,” she said.

Where the Baumholder event will diverge from the ordinary is it will transcend mere exercise and delve into nutritional issues as they dovetail with overall fitness, Watson said.

Trainers frequently see people who are working out, “but not seeing results,” said the Arizona native. Total fitness requires “a whole life change,” including saying goodbye to the quick fast-food drive-thru for dinner, Watson said.

So in addition to six separate training demonstrations, the Aerobathon will include enrollment in Baumholder’s new weight-loss group, which is coordinated with nutritionists with the base WIC program, a supplemental nutritional program for women, infants and children. Aerobathon will offer diet and nutrition counseling and fitness assessments, as well as healthy snacks such as fruit and veggies. “People can grab an apple between classes,” Watson said.

The day begins with registration at 11 a.m., and includes:

Step class at 11:30 a.m.Toning class at 12:05 p.m.Spinning class at 12:40 p.m.Step class at 1:15 p.m.Kickboxing class at 1:50 p.m.Yoga class at 2:25 p.m.Participants may go to one class, or all of them. The event is designed to accommodate both the super-fit for one mega-workout, as well as the curious who’ve never set foot in a gym, “and we’d like to see people (stay) from start to finish,” Watson said.

Watson said she’s expecting about 70 people, though the event can accommodate more at Baumholder’s Hall of Champions gymnasium at the center of H.D. Smith Barracks.

Capt. Sean Lyons said he and his wife, Cynthia, will go for both the socializing and the workout.

He said he’s looking forward to getting a fitness and body-fat assessment as well as to hearing good workout music. “Ultimately, it’s a good ‘date’ outing.”


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