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Sandy resident offers free workouts for every age and every body posted on 01/31/2020

When Sandy resident Amanda Klaumann set out to start a healthy exercise routine more than a decade ago, she was too intimidated to join a gym. Klaumann said she struggled to find a group fitness option she was comfortable with in the community and found the fees for local gym memberships out of her budget.

After what she describes as a “long journey with weight loss,” Klaumann lost 120 pounds through diet and a home exercise routine. Through her personal experience she saw the need for accessible group fitness classes in Sandy for community members that cannot afford gym memberships but could benefit from the community and structure of a group fitness routine.

In response, Klaumann began instructing two free fitness classes each week at the Living Way Fellowship Church, 39300 Dubarko Road in Sandy in December. Classes are open to all ages and fitness levels and are held at 6:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays.

“I want to give other people the opportunity to have what I didn’t have,” Klaumann said. “I want to create a place where everyone who wants to exercise can. It’s fitness for everybody and every body.”

No membership or sign up is required for the classes. Klaumann noted that the Living Way Fellowship's pastor Paul Stone allows her to use the church’s building free of charge, which enables her to offer the classes for free to the community.

Klaumann said the initial community response has been positive with several regular participants. The classes are open to every age group, and attendance has ranged from ages 16 to 72.

“We can all teach each other,” Klaumann said about the community focus of her classes.

Monday night classes are “Cardio night,” and include the ReFit dance-fitness program, which utilizes a combination of music, movement and toning elements.

ReFit is a fitness brand based in Waco, Texas that uses a “value based” approach to its’ dance-fitness program. Its website states the program is a “fitness ministry, fitness outreach or simply fitness with purpose.” Klaumann described her classes as non-denominational and focused on fostering a sense of community as well as the concept that wellness

includes more than just physical fitness.

On Thursday nights Klaumann leads “Rev + Flow” classes which focus on developing balance, flexibility and endurance. These classes involve high-intensity, low-impact and low-weight exercises designed to be accessible and beneficial for all ages and fitness levels.

Klaumann stated she intends for her classes to be welcoming to all community members looking for a way to begin a fitness routine.

“There’s no products, no membership and no angle,” she said, adding that donations will be accepted and will go right back to supporting community programs.

“If they have a beating heart, (community members) can come get over that hurdle and start exercising,” Klaumann said, encouraging those looking for a way to begin a healthy fitness routine.

For more information about the free fitness classes contact Amanda Klaumann by email at amanda@refitrev.com. More information, including special events are detailed on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RevolutionFive0Three/.

By Ben Simpson/MT




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