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JOHNSONBURG â€“ Johnsonburg native Laura Lechien has chosen to dedicate her time in order to better the community.
Lechien teaches an Aero/tone fitness class at the Johnsonburg Community Center where all proceeds are donated to the community center.
â€śI donâ€™t get anything out of it. Members have to pay a membership fee to the building,â€ť Lechien said. â€śI am blessed with a good job, so I decided I would do this to give back to the community.â€ť
Lechien was approached last year to teach a class at the community center. In order to teach safely, Lechien decided to become a certified personal trainer.
â€śThe community center lost their instructor last year. They asked me to do it so I decided to become certified,â€ť Lechien said. â€śI figured I am going to exercise regardless, and working with people makes it fun.â€ť
The Aero/tone class is held on Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the community center. The fitness class is a general exercise prescription.
â€śI do a warm-up, cardio, toning and abdominal work,â€ť Lechien said. â€śThere is also kickboxing and international dancing. I like to keep a variety so people donâ€™t get bored.â€ť
The class is centered on something Lechien says she would do at home.
â€śThis is a workout I would do at home, but it is definitely a fitness class,â€ť Lechien said. â€śYou are not going to leave without a good workout.â€ť
Even though the class is rigorous it can be accommodated to all fitness levels.
â€śWe have over 20 people of all different ages,â€ť Lechien said. â€śAnd I show them how to cater to their level of fitness.â€ť
Pick up a copy of the Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.