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Step class instructor, Tressa Keller, smiles encouragingly at those participating while demonstrating the next combination of moves to the class last Tuesday evening in the Civic Center gym. See story below for information on all class offerings.

The cold winter months are dragging on and many are starting to get a bit stir crazy, adults and kids alike! Getting out of the house and getting some exercise is a great way to improve your mood as well as your health and the Civic Center provides plenty of opportunities! 

In the past six months the Civic Center has seen some great additions and changes under manager, Jessie LaTray. New classes under different instructors that are family friendly, racquetball and roller skating for the kids are just a few things being offered and more are in the works.

“We currently offer roller skating, workout classes, racquetball, a teen room, basketball, two cardio rooms and a weight room that can help anyone achieve their results,” said LaTray. “We are in the process of remodeling and brightening up the teen room and hope to see more teenagers from the community coming in to use it.”

Roller skating is available on Mondays from 4-6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come burn some energy skating around the gym floor, but children under the age of 14-years-old are required to have a sibling, relative or family friend that is 14 or older there with them.

“I really worked on getting a day that did not interrupt any of the other schedules. I fought so hard to get this going again and want to keep it going,” said LaTray. “It’s been great and I’m so happy the kids have something to do and enjoy. If your child is under 14 they need to have someone 14 or older watching over them. I manage the whole building and cannot watch your child. Any child unattended will be asked to call a parent to come watch them or come get them if they can’t be here.”

Youth racquetball also happens on Mondays, from 4-5 p.m. Joe Larson and others from around the area have been great about coming in and working with the kids and teaching them this fun sport. If your child is interested LaTray encourages you to please come by and check it out!

Monday at noon also features Darcy White’s HIIT Workout and weight room class. White offers this class throughout the week, Monday through Thursday, starting at noon. This is the perfect opportunity to build up some strength, tone your muscles and feel good about yourself the rest of the day thanks to some exercise endorphins. 

“Everyone is welcome at any of the classes offered, regardless of what shape you are currently in,” said LaTray. “You are welcome to workout at your pace and we encourage everyone to come and try.”

If you’re an early bird then Ariel Weishaar’s High Fitness Aerobics just might be for you! This class takes place on Tuesday mornings at 5:15 a.m. If you are wanting another round, or just want to try the class but are not ready to be active before the sun rises it is also offered on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. with Brooke Weishaar.

Tressa Keller is the instructor for Step Class, a popular choice already with quite a few attending regularly. This class is offered on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and again Thursday mornings at 5:30 a.m. This is a 30-minute, music-driven, high-intensity cardio conditioning class. No prior experience with step aerobics is required and building up speed and strength will come with participation. Keller invites everyone to “step up!” and try it. If you have any questions you can contact Keller at tressa.keller@yahoo.com or call the Civic Center at (406) 434-5114.

If aerobics aren’t your forte and you’re looking for something a little more low-key than Tai Chi class with Barbara Schiffner could be just what you’ve been looking for.  Tai Chi is a form of exercise that began as a Chinese tradition and is based in martial arts. It involves slow movements and deep breaths and provides many physical and emotional benefits. Some of the benefits include decreased anxiety and depression and improvements in cognition. It can also help manage symptoms of some chronic illnesses, such as fibromyalgia or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and can help reduce pain from arthritis.

Tai Chi takes place on Tuesdays at 5:15 p.m. and 10 a.m. on Wednesday mornings.

You can try any class you would like by purchasing a day pass for $4 or you can purchase a five-punch class pass for $20 or a 10-day class pass for $40. Monthly passes are also available with a month pass for a family costing only $45. A yearly walking pass that allows you to come walk laps in the Civic Center gym is also available for the low cost of $30, that’s right, $30, for a year! Key fobs allowing you to come work out at any hour are also available with passes and require a $20 deposit. 

Fall/winter Civic Center office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday, 12 noon to 6 p.m. Stop by for more information on classes and what all the Civic Center has to offer, including rental area costs for parties and other events, or to purchase your pass. For any questions or additional information you can also call (406) 434-5114 during office hours or email shelbyciviccenter@shelbymt.com.

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